Fatima Surayya Bajia, a legend who deserted us two days ago has left a huge void behind her in the genre of Urdu literature. She was an Urdu novelist, playwright and drama writer of Pakistan. She bagged several awards both at home and abroad including Japan’s highest civil award in recognition of her works.
Here are a few facts regarding her,
Native of Hyderabad, India, she was born near “Panj Bibi Mountain”, in Karnataka. She migrated to Pakistan soon after independence, along with her family.
She never attended a formal school. According to her, “The elders of the family decided that all my education should take place at home. The teacher lived in our home where we were taught discipline along with our education. Although there were a few prominent schools e.g. Saint Joseph’s School, although my grandfather could afford the fee (which was Rs. 20), he still preferred to educate us at home.”
Her siblings include, Anwar Maqsood, Zehra Nigah, Zubaida Tariq, a cook, and Mrs Kazmi, a dress designer.
She was an authority in PTV. Director, Agha Nasir who initially hired her said that, “Anyone who had a problem would go to Bajia, not to the chief of the organization.”
Most of her dramas like Shama, Afshan, Aroosa, Ana, Tasveer had large ensemble casts and portrayed huge families and their problems. She produced great number of Women programs, especially she is founder of Khwateen key Meilaad.
She also remained as the Advisor of the Chief Minister of Sindh province of Pakistan.