Promoters & Preservers of Sindhyat

Promoters & Preservers of Sindhyat

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Dewan Motihar

Name Dewan Motihar
Date of Birth : Old Sukkur, Sind (Pakistan)
Place of Birth : 22-2-1927
Academic Attainments          : B.A. (India) C.C.S.(London)
Permanent Residential
: R-595 New Rajinder Nagar,
New Delhi – 110060

Telephone Nos. : (R) 91-22-2575 2062
Occupation/ Profession : Retired  Accountant,
Esso Petroleum Co. (New Exxon),
London.,  Ex. Comptroller
AT & T., New York (U.S.A)

Significant Literary Achievements/ Contributions :

In 1957, HMV released 2 Records (78 rpm) of his Sindhi geets in Calcutta.  In 1984, LP of his Kabir Bhajans was released in U.S.A.   From 1998 to 2001, five cassettes covering number of Sindhi soofi kalams, geets, including Sajan-Ji-Sar, (Rememberance Of Beloved), Rus Na Rana (Do Not Turn Away My Beloved), Sapne Mein Sajan Ayo  (My Beloved Appeared In My Dream)  were released.  He is also a Music Maestro and has played Sitar as per details given below :
1.    Indo-Jazz Suite, EMI Records,  London         , 1966.
2.    Indo-Jazz Fusion, EMI Records,  London, 1967.      
3.    Indo-Jazz Fusion II, EMI Records, London, 1968.  
4.    Jazz Meets India,  SABA Recording Co., Germany,
       recorded during World Jazz Festival at West Berlin, Germany, 1967.                
5.    John Mayers String Quintet with Dewan Motihar on Sitar; EMI Records, London, 1967.

Recognition By Way Of Award/ Honours :

Dewan has received many Awards/ Honours both in India and abroad.  Details of two prestigious Awards as Sindhi Singer are given below:
1.    Sindhu Ratan  Award, 1965 (At New Delhi by Sindhi Association).
2.    Award for distinguished contributions, 1998 (At New Delhi by Sindhi Sahit Academy).

Additional Information :

As a matter of pride for Sindhi community, it may be noted that:
i)    Dewan  has played Sitar in about 20 English movies.
ii)   He composed music for an American play ‘Kindly Monkeys’.
iii)  He gave performances on BBC London.
iv)  In association of other Sindhi organisations in Delhi, he  presented first Tableu (Jhanki) depicting Jhulelal (Patron God of Sindhis) at the Republic Day Parade in, New Delhi, on 26th January 1960.

Finale :

With a rare blend of modern & traditional Sindhi music, Dewan-Kan duo will be remembered by lovers of Sindhi music.  Having his mastery over Sitar, which stirs the soul, Dewan after living in USA for a very long time has now, returned to India for permanent residence.

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