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, vice chancellor of Sindh University
Nationality Pakistani
Ethnicity Sindhi
Genre Aesthetic
Literary movement Progressive
Notable works Urdu translation of Shah Jo Risalo
Notable awards Sitara-i-Imtiaz
Spouse Iqbal Begum [1]
Children Two sons and a daughter[2]

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]

Ayaz was born on 2 March 1923 in Shikarpur, Sindh. 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. She died in 2009 in Shikarpur, 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, novel, essays, poetry, travelogues, diaries, an autobiography and the translation of Shah Jo Risalo in Urdu. He also wrote poetry in Urdu and two of his anthologies, Booye Gul, Nala-i-dil" and Neel Kanth Aur Neem Ke Pate. [8]



In Sindhi

  • Bhounr Bhare Akas
  • Kulhe Patam Keenaro
  • Je Kak Kakoriya Kapri
  • jaki bbejal bbolyo
  • uthi aour Allah seen
  • pan chhann pujjannan
  • nim ji chhanw aggy khan ghhati

In Urdu

  • 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. ^
  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. 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. ^ a b "Death anniversary of Shaikh Ayaz observed". The Frontier Post. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "thefront" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).

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