Umar Marvi

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Umar Marvi or Marui (Sindhi: عمر مارئي‎) is a folktale from Sindh, Pakistan about a village girl Marvi Maraich, who resists the overtures of a powerful King and the temptation to live in the palace as a queen, preferring to be in simple rural environment with her own village folk.[1]

The story also appears in Shah Jo Risalo and forms part of seven popular tragic romances from Sindh, Pakistan. The other six tales are Sassui Punhun, Sohni Mehar, Lilan Chanesar, Noori Jam Tamachi, Sorath Rai Diyach and Momal Rano commonly known as the Seven Queens of Sindh, or the Seven heroines (Sindhi: ست سورميون‎) of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.

In Popular Culture[edit]

  • Pakistan Television Corporation ran a serial-adaptation called Marvi in 1993. The series depicts the story of Marvi and Umar in a modern setting. Ghazal Siddique played the title-role, while Hassam Qazi played Umer.
  • Umar Marvi is a Pakistani film in adapted from this folktale, produced by Syed Hussain Ali Shah Fazlani, directed by Shaikh Hassan and starring Fazlani himself, Nigat Sultana and Noor Muhammad Charlie. Released on March 12, 1956, it was the first ever Sindhi language feature film made in Pakistan.

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Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Dr. N. A. Baloch (1976). Popular Folk Stories: Umar Marui. Hyderabad: Sindhi Adabi Board. 
  2. ^ The History of India, as Told by Its Own Historians by Eliot and Dawson , Volume 1 , Page 260

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