Shaikh Ayaz

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Shaikh Ayaz
شيخ اياز
Portrait of a legendry Sindhi poet Shaikh Ayaz.jpg
Born Mubarak Ali Shaikh
(1923-03-02)2 March 1923
Shikarpur Sindh, British India
Died 28 December 1997(1997-12-28) (aged 74)
Karachi, buried at Bhit Shah
Pen name "Ayaz"
Occupation Poet, lawyer, vice chancellor of Sindh University
Nationality Pakistani
Genre Aesthetic
Literary movement Progressive
Notable works Urdu translation of Shah Jo Risalo
Notable awards Sitara-i-Imtiaz
Spouse Iqbal Begum [1]

four sons and 3


Shaikh Ayaz (Urdu: شیخ ایاز‎) born Mubarak Ali Shaikh (Urdu: مبارک علی شیخ‎ March 1923 – 28 December 1997) was one of the prominent Sindhi poets of Pakistan in general and Sindh in particular. He wrote several books on poetry, biographies, plays and short-stories in both Sindhi and Urdu languages. His translations of Shah Jo Risalo, which was written by the 18th century Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, from Sindhi to Urdu language established him as an authority in his domain.

He received Sitara-i-Imtiaz for his literary works and is regarded as a "revolutionary and romantic poet".[3]

Early life[edit]

Shaikh Ayaz was born as Mubarak Ali on 2 March 1923 in Shikarpur, Sindh. He was Sindhi speaking of Arabs origin his ancestors settled Sindh permanently centuries ago. He was a lawyer but he also served as the vice-chancellor of Sindh University.[4] Ayaz married Iqbal Begum, who was also a Sindhi poet. He died on 28th, December, 1997 in Karachi, Sindh after suffering from cardiac-arrest - leaving behind two sons and a daughter.[5][6][7]

Literary career[edit]

Ayaz is one of the major voices in twentieth century poetry.[8] His literary career spanned almost six decades and covered a wide range of poetry and prose forms, ranging from the traditional bait, wa'i,nazm,"azad nazm" and ghazal to plays in verse. He wrote short stories, Operas, essays, poetry, travelogues, diaries, an autobiography and the translation of Shah Jo Risalo in Urdu. He also wrote poetry in Urdu which is spread to two books, Booye Gul, Nala-i-dil" and Neel Kanth Aur Neem Ke Pate. His first book of poetry was in Urdu named Boi gul, Nalai dil and his first book of poetry in Sindhi was, " Bhounr Bhire Akas" [9]



In Sindhi poetry

  • ڀنور ڀري آڪاس'
  • ڪلھي پاتم ڪينرو
  • ڪي جي ٻيجل ٻوليو
  • وڄون وسڻ آيون
  • ڪپر ٿو ڪن ڪري
  • لڙيون سج لڪن م
  • پتڻ ٿو پور ڪري
  • ٽڪرا ٽڪرا صليب جا
  • پن ڇڻ پڄاڻان
  • واٽون ڦلن ڇانئيون
  • چنڊ چنبيلي ول
  • رڻ تي رم جھم
  • راج گھاٽ تي چنڊ
  • ڀڳت سنگھ کي ڦاھي
  • بڙ جي ڇانو اڳي کان گھاٽي
  • اڪن نيرا ڦليا
  • سُر نارائڻ شيام
  • اُڀر چنڊ پس پرين
  • ھينئڙو ڏاڙھون گل جيئن
  • ڪتين ڪر موڙيا جڏھن
  • ننڊ وليون
  • چنڊ ڳليون
  • سر لوھيڙا ڳڀا
  • سورج مکي سانجھ
  • جر ڏيئا جھمڪن
  • ھرڻ اکي ڪيڏانھن
  • گھاٽ مٿان گھنگھور گھٽا
  • سانجھي سمنڊ سپون
  • ڪونجون ڪرڪن روھ تي
  • وڏا وڻ وڻڪار جا
  • تون ڇپر تون ڇانء

In Sindhi prose[edit]

  • سفيد وحشي
  • پنھل کان پو۽
  • بقول اياز
  • جي ڪاڪ ڪڪوريا ڪاپڙي
  • ساھيوال جيل ڊائري
  • خط انٽرويو تقريرون
  • ڪراچي جا ڏينھن ۽ راتيون
  • ڪٿي ت ڀڃبو ٿڪ مسافر''

In Urdu[edit]

  • Booye Gul, Nala-i-dil
  • Neel Kanth Aur Neem Ke Pate

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Begum, Iqbal. "Ayaz's widow passes away". Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "KARACHI: Shaikh Ayaz's widow dies". 15 January 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Ayaz, Shaikh. "Introduction of Ayaz's life". Tribune. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Death anniversary of Shaikh Ayaz on December 28". Radio Govt Pakistan. 28 December 2012. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Shaikh, family. "Ayaz's personal life". Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Dr., Saleem Shaikh. "Dr. Saleem Shaikh elder son of Ayaz says..." Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Moonis, Shaikh. "Ayaz's son became a poet". Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Death anniversary of Shaikh Ayaz observed". The Frontier Post. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Muse India". Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. 

his poetry is famously read in educational events

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