Third death anniversary of Pakistani drama writer and novelist Fatima Surayya Bajia is being observed today (Feb 10). She was born in Hyderabad Deccan, on September 1, 1930. However, she migrated with her family to Pakistan in 1947.
Fatima Surayya Bajia was an Urdu novelist, playwright and drama writer from Pakistan. Bajia remained Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh province in Pakistan, and was a member of the managing committee of the Arts Council of Pakistan. Bajia first became involved with PTV in the 1960s when her flight to Karachi was delayed and she came to PTV Islamabad station for a visit. Director Agha Nasir hired her and Bajia made her debut as an actress in 1966 in one of his plays. She began writing afterwards. Nasir is quoted to have said,
Bajia won numerous awards, including the Pride of Performance Award in 1996 for her services to the performing arts in Pakistan. She was also awarded Japan’s highest civil award in recognition of her works. In 2013, she was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan. Bajia died on 10 February 2016 in Karachi, at the age of 85 from throat cancer.
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18 February, 2019