A renowned Sindhi poet, Shamsher ul Hyderi was born on 15 September 1931 in Kandhan Town of Badin District. He received his early education in Badin and subsequently went to the Sindh Madressatul Islam in Karachi and
Shamsher ul Hyderi
A renowned Sindhi poet, Shamsher ul Hyderi was born on 15 September 1931 in Kandhan Town of Badin District. He received his early education in Badin and subsequently went to the Sindh Madressatul Islam in Karachi and Noor Muhammad College in Hyderabad for further education. He went on to complete his graduation and post-graduation from the University of Sindh in Jamshoro.
Haideri started his career in journalism when few people knew of its importance. His writing skills were appreciated as he could write fluently in Sindhi, Urdu and English. He was also an anchor, journalist and script writer. He worked as a Secretary General of Poetry Companion in 1966. He organized the Sindhi companion two times in Nawabshah. He established many branches of Poetry companion in different areas of Sindh.
Shamsher ul Hyderi worked as an organizer in PTV and then organized the Sindhi PTV News Section. In 1955, he joined the Sindhi Adabi Board as its secretary and later on served as the editor of “Naee Zindagi” magazine published by the press information department for eleven years. He also served as the director of the same department.
Haideri became the first anchor of Sindhi television programmes as he started hosting “Ras Rehan” on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) in 1970. During 40 years of his affiliation with the state TV, he wrote many dramas for PTV and hosted many programmes. He produced and directed two documentaries on Thatta and Makli for the Sindh Culture Department. He also supervised two films on the shipping industry for the communications ministry.
For almost 40 years, Haideri wrote scripts, plays and songs for the national television, while also contributing in talk shows and documentaries, both in Urdu and Sindhi. He was the chief organiser of the PTV’s Sindhi news section at Karachi. He was writing the scripts of the famous programme for children, Roshan Tara, since it was started some 40 years ago. Haideri’s contribution in features, musical stories and songs for Radio Pakistan’s Hyderabad and Karachi stations was also much appreciated.
He was also the editor of Sindh Gazetteer, published by the Sindh Information Department. He had previously served as the editor of many Sindhi newspapers, including Daily Mehran, Hilal-e-Pakistan, Khalq, Khadm-e-Watan and Barsaat.
The Sindhi intellectual wrote many books and articles on a diverse range of topics. His most famous books were Laat, Sujaag Sanghar, Flame and Flute, Poet for all Times, Kaak Mahal, Tareekh Jo Kichro, Sindh Updates, Tareekh-e-Kalhora, Sindhi Azad Nazam Ji Osar, Sindhi Shairi jo Ebhyas, Roshan Tara, Laat Aeen Waat and Faqeer Bayan Kare Tho.
The eminent scholar remained a member of the Urdu Dictionary Board, Karachi for three years and was a member of the Pakistan Films Censor Board Karachi for three years as well. He was the founder member of Sindh Graduate Association and Sindhi Adabi Sanghar Sindh. He was also the Life Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Letters.
He was the longest surviving Sindhi journalist whose career spanned over 56 years. Haideri retired as a Grade 19 officer in 1999, after stints in the information and broadcasting ministry and the youth affairs ministry. He received over 40 literary, cultural and journalism awards from Pakistan and India as well, including the presidential award of Pride of Performance.
The famous writer earned acclaim not only among the literary circles but also among the youth due to his simple but striking and meaningful words. Haideri was famous for his writing skills and a very simple and humble lifestyle. Until he was shifted to a hospital, he continued living in the government quarters despite his friends and relatives wanting him to make his own house.
He died on Friday 30 August 2013 after serious illness from cancer at the age of 79 in Karachi. He was 81. He was laid to rest at the Chowkandi graveyard. He leaves behind a widow, five sons and three daughters.