A jewel comes off Sindh`s literary crown

HYDERABAD, April 6: Sindh has lost one of its literary jewels with the death of Nabi Bux Baloch. With him goes the highly rich chapter of Sindhi folklore and literature.
Writers, academicians and intellectuals, particularly of Sindh faltered in words to describe his potentials in literary field. “His death has created a vacuum in the academic world,” say his followers.
Dr Baloch`s commitment and devotion and his knowledge of Sindh and Sindhi literature are like a milestone which would enlighten the future generations. His contemporaries feel that perhaps no one has traveled to the length and breadth of the province as was done by Dr Baloch, hence his rich knowledge.

He is highly esteemed by writers and intellectuals.

One of his contemporaries, Dr G.A. Allana told this correspondent that Dr Baloch had a firm command on each and every aspect of Sindhi folklore, language, literature, dictionary and music and on the work of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. Mr Allana particularly mentioned the marginal notes inserted in `Chachnama` (political history of the province) by Dr Baloch.

Dr Allana also mentioned the efforts Dr Blaoch took in getting established the `Sindhi Home` in an Asian gallery of a US museum.

He was an authority on Shah Latif`s verses and entangled himself into a controversy by deleting some parts of it during compilation of the Risalo, he said. Dr Baloch had his own arguments to it.

Another scholar Ibrahim Joyo said that people would always remain obliged to late Dr Baloch for his labor and employment to the cause of Sindh. None can match his academic qualities, particularly in reference to volumes of Sindhi lexicon.

Prof Inam Shaikh dwelling on late writer`s qualities said: “Once I encountered Dr Baloch about the secret of his active life. The answer was wrapped in four simple rules – regular walking, eating fish daily, responding coolly to critic`s scorn and spending every moment of life in a meaningful occupation.

Dr Baloch`s adaptability to any situation and among every age group played a significant role in carving harmony during communication with people, said Prof Shaikh.

A former vice chancellor of the Sindh University, Mazharul Haq Siddiqui termed his death as an irreparable loss. Late Baloch had a diversified personality.

The Hyderabad Radio Station Director, Naseer Mirza termed said that Dr Baloch`s death is a great loss to folk wisdom.

President, Karachi Arts Council, Ahmed Shah said that Dr Baloch was a solitarily reaper of quality work.

The Sindh University and the Shah Abdul Latif University mourned the death of Dr Nabi Bux Khan Baloch by suspending educational activities.

Shops and bazaars in his ancestral village, Jaffar Khan Leghari Goth, and adjoining villages of Sinjhoro taluka, Sanghar district also remained mourned his death by pulling down their shutters.Dawn