Born on 1st September 1930, Fatima Surayya Bajia is Pakistan’s finest Urdu novelist, playwright and drama writer. And marking this day, Google the world’s most famous search engine has dedicated its doodle paying tribute to the legendary Bajia commemorating what would have been her 88th birthday.
Bajia’s contribution in Urdu literature and Pakistani drama can never be marginalized. She has written nearly 300 plays which have particularly focused on women, children, history, heritage and culture.
Bajia has been associated with the Pakistani broadcast media including radio and television. But not many would have known that she made her debut as an actress in 1966 from PTV Islamabad hired by the legendary Pakistani director Agha Nasir.
Still what many could not achieved having proper education, Bajia proved to be a natural born talent, without obtaining any formal degree she had acquired the most extensive knowledge of various languages that include Arabic, Persian, English and Urdu literature and history.
There is a long list of her amazing dramas, which have set a trade mark for Pakistani dramas all around the globe, particularly where people can understand Urdu.The characters she created in her drams can never be forgotten.
Her famous dramas include Shama 1974 (adapted from a novel by A.R. Khatoon), Afshaan (adapted from a novel by A.R. Khatoon), Aroosa(adapted from a novel by Zubaida Khatoon), Tasweer (adapted from a novel by A.R. Khatoon), Zeenat (adapted from a Sindhi novel by Mirza Quleech Baig), Ana, Aagahi, Aabgeenay, Babar, Tareekh-o-Tamseel, Ghar aik Nagar, Faraz Aik Karz, Phool Rahi Sarsoon, Tasveer-e-Kainaat, Asaavari, Arzoo, Sassi Punno, Anarkali, Auraq, Jisse Piya Chahe.
Fatima Surayya Bajia has been awarded with several awards for the acknowledgement of her services to the Pakistani performing arts. She received Pride of performance in 1996 and was awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan in 2012. She was also awarded Japan’s highest civil award in recognition of her works. She remained Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh province in Pakistan. She passed away on 10th February 2016, at the age of 85.