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Pakistan mourns the demise of Zia Mohyeddin Sahab, an icon of art, literature & culture

Revered actor, writer, director, producer, broadcaster, and linguist Zia Mohyeddin passed away in Karachi

Pakistan mourns the demise of Zia Mohyeddin Sahab, an icon of art, literature, and culture.

Internationally renowned artist and President Emeritus of the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa), Zia Mohyeddin passed away in Karachi on Feb 13 aged 91.

In his lifetime, Zia Mohyeddin taught, inspired, and introduced a generation of artists, performers, and future creatives to the world.

Today Urdu lost one of its greatest voices. And from now on reciting Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Mirza Ghalib’s kalams, Insha and Yousafi’s humour won’t be the same.

Zia adapted the discipline of the Western genre of reading to Urdu prose and poetry.

Through Zia’s distinctive reading style, the youth were introduced to poets and authors like Ghalib, Faiz, Noon Meem Rashid, Ibn e Insha, Patras Bokhari, and English writers like Shakespeare.

In 2005, then-President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf invited Zia Mohyeddin to form the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) in Karachi, of which he had been President since its inception and was active in directing theatre plays.

He was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence).

He also authored three books; A Carrot is a Carrot, Theatrics, and The God of My Idolatry Memories and Reflections.

In the past three decades, Zia Mohyeddin personified the best that Pakistan has produced in theatre, whether in the fields of acting, directing, or recitation.


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Read more: Sania Saeed pens an emotional tribute for Zia Mohyeddin

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Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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