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Eight authors receive awards for writing Sindhi books

The Institute of Sindhology of the University of Sindh on Thursday organized the traditional award ceremony for the best Sindhi books published in the year 2018.

The first ever physical award ceremony after March 2020 drew the attention of many literary figures, authors and poets who came all the way from various cities and towns of the province especially to participate in it where as many as 8 books written on various topics of literature were declared as the best books for the year 2018 and awarded.

The SU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro presided over the ceremony while a number of authors, writers, columnists, intellectual, literary figures attended the event.

The SU VC presented awards to the authors of the award winning books which included a shield and a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 each. The first award was given to the book based on the genre of short story ‘Aakhri Manhoon’— The last man, and the authored by Zaib Sindhi. He also received a case prize of Rs. 25,000.

Similarly, Ali Dost Aajiz, author of the book ‘Tandana Tandana Raat’—The firebrand night on the subject of children’s literature, Muhammad Anwar Baloch, author of ‘Labaik Allah Labaik’—Here I am, O Allah, here I am on the subject of autobiographical literature, Wafa Nathan Shahi, author of ‘Ayo Jhol Bhare’— Came filling the lap on the subject of poetry received their shields and cash prizes of Rs 25, 000 each.

Likewise, Dr. Mumtaz Bhutto, author of ‘Sindh mein Argoon aen Turkhan qabeelay ji hukoomat’—The rule of Argoon and Turkhan tribes in Sindh on the topic of history, Fayyaz Latif, author of ‘Sheikh Ayaz ji shaairi mein jamaaliyat’— Aesthetics in Sheikh Ayaz’s poetry on the topic of research, Jami Chandio, author of ‘Adabi tanqeed ja muharik aen samaaji kaarij’ –Stimulus of literary criticism and social work and Muhammad Ibrahim Kharal, author of ‘Khajiyan Jay Des Ja Manhoon’—people of the homeland of dates’ orchard on the subject of novel received the prizes at the ceremony.

Addressing the award ceremony, the director Institute of Sindhiology Dr. Mahmoodul Hassan Mughal said that preparations were being made for the ceremony for a year, but the whole process was stalled and slowed down due to the corona virus pandemic.

He said that the books published in 2018 were sent to Sindhology for the award by the authors and the selection committee scrutinized and considered the books received on each subject after which 8 books have been selected for the award in different topics.

“Today, we are happy that the event has finally been organized with the all-out support and cooperation of SU Vice-Chancellor, who despite all financial odds gave us green signal for holding this ceremony”, he said.

Addressing the function, SU VC Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro congratulated the award winning authors and said that Sindhology had maintained the tradition of giving awards for the best books even in the time of difficulty adding that though, the amount of the award was not much, but if an institution like Sindhology gave an honor in form of awards to the authors of books, it really mattered and became a part of history.

He said that there was a panel of writers, poets and intellectuals to give awards on books every year, which selected the above 8 books in different categories.

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