Google celebrates 88th birthday of Fatima Surayya Bajiya

KARACHI: Google is honouring renowned Urdu novelist, playwright and drama writer Fatima Surayya Bajiya on her 88th birthday with its doodle feature.

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Google often commemorates personalities of prominence around the world by changing its doodle on its home page, before her other Pakistani celebrities like Mehdi Hasan, Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor Jehan, Nazia Hassan were also paid honor.

Miss. Bajiya is a well-known personality in relation to social welfare, literary radio, Television and stage.

She was born in an Indian city of Hyderabad in 1930, but migrated to Pakistan soon after independence, along with her family. She never received any formal education, but had acquired extensive knowledge of Arabic, Persian, English and Urdu literature and history at home through..  She started her career as an actress in a play aired by PTV in 1966.

From then, she adopted writing as a career. She wrote her first long play Mehman. It is believed that she has written more than 250 plays and drama serials. Her most famous dramas include Aroosa, Zeenat, Shama and Afshan.

When her grandfather and father died, she took up the responsibility of looking after her younger siblings, who all received a good education and some successfully carved out their own identity in separate fields of art and culture.

Ms. Bajiya was the eldest of the 9 siblings, her siblings includes Anwar Maqsood who emerged as a multi-talented artist writing plays for TV and theatre, Zehra Nigah became a renowned poetess, Zubaida Tariq turned into a cooking expert whereas Mrs Kazmi become a famous dress designer.

Ms. Bajiya won many accolades for her brilliant pieces of work which includes the Pride of Performance for her services to the performing arts in Pakistan. In 2012, she was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan. Bajia also served as president of the Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association.

She was also bestowed with Japan’s Highest Civil Award besides national prestige .

She has also worked as the Adviser to then Chief Minister of Sindh.

She breathed her last on February 10, 2016 at the age of 85.

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