Remembering Shaikh Ayaz – “They wanted to take me to “chita” but the rain fall occurred in “shamshan”

2nd March is a birthday and December 28 is a Anniversary of Sindh’s legendary poet Shaikh Ayaz (2 March 1923- 28 December 1997). He was one of the greatest Sindhi poets of 20th century. He was born in Shikarpur Sindh. Ayaz’s critics, friends and contemporaries have agreed that through his poetry, he introduced new trends in Sindhi language and he also revolutionized many aspects of Sindhi poetry. His 46 collections of poetry, short stories, essays, diaries and the translation of Shah Jo Risalo into Urdu, continue to inspire not only literary circles but also common people of the region. Due to his poetry and writings, he had put behind the bars from 1965 to 1968 by military dictator Ayoub Khan and again was behind the bars from May 1971 to January 1972 by military dictator Yahya Khan, in Sukkur Jail in the punishment of opposing the brutal military operation and genocide of Bengalis.

He was friend of Sindh nationalist leader G.M. Syed, who was actually one of the founders of Pakistan but unfortunately he had treated by the authoritarian authorities of Pakistan as traitor and he put under house arrest and his house was declared a sub-jail. He was declared “Prisoner of Conscience” by Amnesty International. He had been detained without trial until his death.

Shaikh Ayaz also fought against military dictator Ayoub with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the then prime minister of Pakistan was hanged by another military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq and his two sons Shahnawaz Bhutto, Mir Murtaza Bhutto and daughter Benazir Bhutto, twice prime minister of Pakistan was assassinated on 27 December 2007 in garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Recently, Banladesh’s democratically elected government has decided to confer the highest Bangladesh National award to Shaikh Ayaz.

”Shaikh Ayaz’s work is spontaneous, objective, powerful and effective . He wrote verses on every such topic that was disliked intensely by  military establishment. He was incarcerated many times for his writings and even he was sentenced as traitor, but escaped gallows due to the sudden change of government.” Shaikh Ayaz proved that all miracles in history was done by common people; through his poetry he has strengthen our faith in human potentials to collaborate in reaching towards global community. A united world along prosper Sindh. Following is lyrical translation of  Sheikh Ayaz’s peom in Hindi;

Poornimaasi Poori Ganga, Thandi Thandi Hawa,
Ghoom Raha he Tagore Kinary pe, Mehki He Hawa

Kawi, Ham ne Parnaam Kiya, Choom ke tumhary Paer (feet),
Kawi dekh rahy ho, Kuljag laaya Ham pe kitnay Andher

Kawi Dekhay hain ham ne tumhary peechy kitnay Kaloor
Sach Sooli Pe Latkaya gaya, Khamosh Raha Mansoor!

–  Sheikh Ayaz’s

6 thoughts on “Remembering Shaikh Ayaz – “They wanted to take me to “chita” but the rain fall occurred in “shamshan””

  1. WHEN SHAIKH AYAZ’S POEM SINDHRI TE SER KER NO DINDO BECAME FAMOUS ACROSS SINDH AND WAS SUNG IN EACH NOOK AND CORNER OF SINDH ESPECIALLY IN MELODIUS VOICE OF FAQEER ABDUL GHAFOOR BHUTTO THEN PRIME MINISTER SCHEMED TO ALIENATE HIM FROM FREEDOM STRUGGLE LED BY SAIN G M SYED.SHAIKH AYAZ SURFACED AS SECOND TO SAIN GM SYED. SO BHUTTO CONVINCED HIM TO BECAOME VC OF SINDH UNIVERSITY WHICH WAS STRONGHOLD OF JEAY SINDH TEHRIK. DURING HIS TENURE HE KEPT DISTANCE FROM SINDHI STUDENTS WHO HAD LOVED HIM SO MUCH . HE SACRIFICED LOVE OF SINDHIS FOR SAKE OF CHAIR.

  2. HEERA TA DISSO KANKAR NA HANNO
    ENDO NA WAREE WANJARRO
    KUJH DATT DISSO POE BAT KAYOO
    HEE SHOOR AJAYOO AA PIYARA — A genius in poetry who have left his strong foot prints on this domain.After Shah sb there seems none to replace him.Not only he brought new trends , innovations but opted own forms,styles & modes also. His poetry either prose bears a revolutionary thought. He is the only poet who successfully inculcated the spirit in masses to fight against mighty powers with empty hands. MOO DATT ANOKHI AANDI AA THI TAND WIRHI TALWARAN SAA
    THA BHARI TUHNJA BURJ LUDAN TOO HENO HENOO AA HATHYARAN SAA .

  3. Ayaz wrote every line for sindh he were brought two times in Prison at his Rebilion poetry for sindh in his time he says SINDHRI TE SIR KEER NA DENDO SAHNDO KEER MAYYAR Against Autocreasy or Dictatership

  4. A great poet of our times, who knows, when the next will born and replace Ayaz and Ibrahim Munshi.

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