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1 October 1936|
Rampur, British India
|Died||22 June 2012
Karachi, Sindh Pakistan
|Occupation||Writer, Novelist, Columnist, Media expert|
|Awards||Pride of Performance (14 August 2008)|
Obaidullah Baig (October 1, 1936 – June 22, 2012) (Urdu: عبيدالله بيگ) was an eminent scholar, Urdu writer/novelist, columnist, media expert and documentary filmmaker from Karachi, Sindhi, Pakistan.
Born in Rampur, India in 1936, Baig migrated to Karachi with his family in the early 1950s following the independence of Pakistan in 1947, and settled in Karachi, Pakistan. His wife, Salma Baig is known for hosting programs on PTV and for her participation in the field of education.
Obaidullah Baig had three daughters. His eldest daughter is Maryam Obaidullah Baig, a visual artist and also a theatre actor in the United States. She is following her father's footsteps by making films as well. His second daughter is Fatima Adarsh, who is married to actor Adarsh Ayaz and works for Pakistani news channels. The third and youngest daughter Amina Baig works for The News International.
Baig died on June 22, 2012 in Karachi.
Though he is best known for Kasauti', a show in which he teamed up with Iftikhar Arif in the 1970s and then with Ghazi Salahuddin in the 1990s, in his 48-year-long career, Baig made over 300 documentary films, studying the flora, fauna, and history of Pakistan as well as Central Asia. His films Lakes of Sindh, Wildlife in Sindh, Game Warden and Life in Stone won major acclaim, as did the TV series Sailani Ke Saath, which ran on PTV in the '70s for nearly three years.
Obaidullah Baig championed nature and environmental causes. He served Director National and Regional Languages Cell at the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources for six years, where he established Jareeda, Pakistan's first Urdu language magazine focusing on environmental issues.
Prior to this career in television and production, Baig worked as Associate Editor ASHUJA Magazine, translator/announcer, External Services, Radio Pakistan, Assistant Editor, Daily HURRIYAT, and Director Copywriting, ASIATIC Advertising.
Obaidullah Baig was awarded Pride of Performance (August 14, 2008) by the President of Pakistan for his services to Pakistani media.
- Interview of Obaidullah Baig & his daughter Fatima at mag4you.com
- A word about Iftikhar Arif, at Dawn.com
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