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Literary works of ex-PTV producer Badal Jamali praised.

LARKANA -- Badal Jamali, who started writing during the 1970s, created a niche for himself in a short time in the field of Sindhi fiction writing as the language in his stories is always standard and up to the mental level of his characters.

This was stated by Dr Bashir Ahmed Shaad, Mohammad Ali Pathan, Dr Ahsan Danish, Sikandar Abbasi, Rizwan Gul and Shahmir Soomro while speaking at a literary sitting held on Sunday at Sachal Adabi Markaz in honour of senior fiction writer, playwright and former PTV producer Badal Jamali.

They said his stories 'Nawabi', 'Sangram' and 'Bhooro Gulani' became very popular. There was such power in his stories that they shook readers and made them cry as they represented the common people, painting their problems and deprivations with true colours of life, they added.

His recently published book Awelo musafir had got widespread popularity and won an award from Pakistan Academy of Letters.

Addressing the sitting, Mr Jamali said: 'Story is like a flowing river. There could be fluctuations, and ups and downs in it, but it could not come to an end. Of the writers of my age, I am the one who still continues writing stories.'

He said he was very sensitive and always broke into tears on people's agonies. Mr Jamali said: 'I had lived through trying times, but after that [I have had] many achievements and successes.' If any story writer claimed that he never edits his story after writing it, 'to me he exaggerates', he said.

Creating a good story needed full concentration of the writer and 'my stories are like a mirror of Sindhi society. I had always written fearlessly; I didn't belong to any lobby and my literary work is my identification', he said.

He said that while working in TV, he had no problem in producing any drama because he worked on it with his heart, he said, adding that 'I introduced many actors who are now very famous artists'. Mr Jamali also read out his new story which was appreciated.

He was presented an ajrak and books. Prominent among those present on the occasion included Abdul Nabi Sariyo, Wafa Aslam Shaikh, Shaikh Nadeem, Sajjad Sahito, Saeed Siyal, Aftab Solangi, Shahzado Shaikh, Safdar Laghari and Fahad Abbasi.

Play staged

In connection with the celebrations of Sindhi Culture Day, a drama titled Karoonjhar Mountain and Rooplo Kolhi was enacted by children in Government ElemenAtary School of Ghulam Bhutto village.

A huge model of Karoonjhar mountain and a statue of Rooplo Kolhi was temporarily erected in a lawn of the school where a group of schoolgirls and boys clad in cultural costumes acted out the play to highlight the glory of this land.

The characters in the drama depicted the tale of a war between a band of British soldiers equipped with guns and ammunition who made an onslaught on Thar to occupy it in 1843, and a group of native people in possession of conventional weapons like swords, axes and poles under the command of Rooplo Kohli who challenged the invaders to save their land.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 4, 2019
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