Fatima Surayya Bajia Bio
Fatima Surayya Bajia (فاطمہ ثریا بجیا) was born on 1 September 1930 and died on 10 February 2016. She was an Urdu novelist, playwright and drama writer of Pakistan. Fatima was awarded various awards at home and abroad including Japan’s highest civil award in recognition of her works. She also remained Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh province in Pakistan. Fatima was also a member of managing committee of Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi. She died on 10 February 2016 in Karachi, Pakistan, aged 85.
|Native name||فاطمہ ثریاّ بجیا|
|Born||1 September 1930 Hyderabad State, British India|
|Died||10 February 2016 (aged 85) Karachi, Pakistan|
|Cause of Death||Throat Cancer|
|Nieces||Arjumand Rahim, Saba Tariq|
|Nephews||Bilal Maqsood, Hussain Tariq|
|Siblings||Anwar Maqsood, Zehra Nigah, Zubaida Tariq|
|Awards||Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance|
|Google Doodle||On 1 September 2018, Google honoured Fatima Surayya Bajia with a Doodle on what would have been her 88th Birthday.|
Fatima Surayya Bajia Biography
Fatima Surayya Bajia was a native of Hyderabad, India, born near “Panj Bibi Mountain,” in the town of Raichur in the present state of Karnataka. She migrated to Pakistan soon after independence, along with her family. She never received formal any education and was instead homeschooled. Despite this, she is ranked an eminent intellectual, reader, and writer.
She was a renown personality in social welfare, literary Radio, TV, and Stage. She wrote for PTV Centres Islamabad and Lahore since the launch of those TV channels. She wrote her first long play Mehman. She also contributed to the literary programmes like Auraaq, and beauty care programmes under the title Aaraish-e-Khaam-e-Kakal and she also produced some children programmes
Talking about her childhood, she said,
“I never attended a formal school. 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. My family was settled in Hyderabad Deccan, which was then a paramount cultural center in undivided India. Although there were a few prominent schools, e.g., Saint Josephs School, although my grandfather could afford the fee (which was Rs. 20), he still preferred to educate us at home. These schools were primarily attended by pampered girls from the elite families of nawabs and jagirdars. From the beginning we were taught self-sufficiency, although we employed 60 to 70 servants, we were not allowed to ask any one of them for water. There was a huge difference between girls of the elite families and us. My grandfather felt that if we attended such schools, we would suffer from an inferiority complex, but since proper upbringing is not possible without coaching, he decided to carry out our education at home. Nevertheless, we were taught all the subjects that were taught in the formal Hyderabad schools with separate teachers for every subject, e.g., calligraphy and math.”
She was born in a family of ten children, her siblings, include Anwar Maqsood, Zehra Nigah, Zubaida Tariq, and Mrs. Kazmi (a fashion designer).
Fatima Surayya Bajia Awards, honours, and recognition
Bajia won a couple of awards, including, 1996 the Pride of Performance Award for her services to the performing arts in Pakistan. It is one of the most prestigious civil awards conferred by the Pakistan Government. 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. Her most recent appearance was in The Big Show on CNBC alongside another legendary writer Haseena Moin. In 2012, she was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan.
On 22 May 2012 Bajia’s biography, titled Apki Bajia (Your Bajia) was released. Syeda Iffat Hasan Rizvi had written the book after six years of research.
Fatima Surayya Bajia Google Doodle
On 1 September 2018, Google honoured Fatima Surayya Bajia with a Doodle on what would have been her 88th Birthday.
Fatima Surayya Bajia Google Doodle 2018 – Happy Birthday Fatima Surayya Bajia
Fatima Surayya Bajia Death and Cause
Bajia died on 10 February 2016 in Karachi, Pakistan, at the age of 85 from throat cancer.
Fatima Surayya Bajia Plays
Some of her popular drama serials:
- 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)
- Ghar aik Nagar
- Faraz Aik Karz
- Phool Rahi Sarsoon
- Sassi Punno
- Jisse Piya Chahe