Renowned writer, poet and journalist Shamsherul Hyderi dies

Writer, poet Shamsherul Hyderi passes away

SINDH – KARACHI: Renowned writer, poet, playwright and journalist Shamsherul Hyderi dies after prolong illness here on Friday.

He was around 80. He was recently shifted to the Aga Khan Hospital from a local private hospital. Earlier he had remained under treatment in Islamabad.

Hyderi left behind four daughters, a son, and thousands of friends and well wishers to mourn. He was buried in historical Chaukandi Graveyard situated at National Highway.

He was born on September 15, 1931 in coastal town of lower Sindh, Badin. He served in Federal Ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Communication and Youth Affairs, and retired in grade-19 in 1990. He also served the Sindhi Adabi Board, Jamshoro for 15 years as member publications and secretary.

Hyderi was writer of several books of poetry, literature, history, etc. He had started his career as broadcaster from PTV in 1970. He has written more than 100 Sindhi and Urdu plays and serials for PTV during his 38-year association with it, besides writing numerous songs both for PTV and radio.

He remained member Urdu Dictionary Board, Karachi for three years, and member Pakistan Films Censor Board, Karachi also for three years. He was member of Karachi Press Club and member of Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi.

Hyderi was Life Fellow of Pakistan Academy of Letters and founder member of Sindh Graduates Association, founder member and secretary general of Sindhi Adabi Sanghat Sindh for 11 years. He produced and directed two documentary films on Thatta and Makli for the Department of Culture, Sindh, supervised two films on shipping for the Ministry of Communications.

During his 56-year journalistic career he remained editor and chief editor of different newspapers and periodicals, including ‘Hilal-e-Pakistan’, ‘Mehran’, ‘Khalq’a’, ‘Khadim-e-Waqt’, ‘Barsat’. Presently he was working as editor daily ‘Moomal’, Karachi. He also remained affiliated with monthly ‘Naeen Zindagi’, English monthly magazine ‘The Communicator’, Sindhi magazine ‘Hayati’, etc.

Hyderi got over 40 literary, cultural and journalistic awards from Pakistan and India, including Presidential award of Pride of Performance etc.

Courtesy: Daily Times\11\story_11-8-2012_pg7_23

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