Promoters & Preservers of Sindhyat

Promoters & Preservers of Sindhyat

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(Late) Mohan Chabria


Name (Late) Mohan Chabria
Date of Birth : Mumbai
Place of Birth : 25-3-1929
Academic Attainments          : B.A.
Permanent Residential
Address
: Columbus Apts.,
St.Andrews Road, Bandra,
Mumbai – 400 050
Telephone Nos. : (R) 91-22-2641 8560
Occupation/ Profession : Retired teacher

Significant Literary Achievements/ Contributions :

Mohan was a versatile artiste.  He was stage/ AIR artiste, commentator, and one of the pioneer of shadow play in Sindhi.  He had produced a humorous serial on AIR,  ‘Kako Vandomal’ (Man with no work), which became so popular, that it had to be broadcast repeatedly.

Shadow plays :
Among others, Mohan produced the following shadow plays on:
1.    Sant Kanwarram
2.    Hemu Kalani
3.    Jesus  Christ
4.    Sadhu T.L. Vaswani
5.    Murki Milya Je Maut Saan  (Embraced gallows with smile)
He founded a music academy, called ‘Lok Sur’, along with Chawla brothers Hiro & Bhagwan.  The object was to spread traditional Sindhi cultural programmes.  He was life and soul of this organisation.  Performances were staged all over the country, particularly in Sindhi colonies/ camps and other refugee settlements.

Mohan was actively on look out for young talent.  He encouraged them and brought them on stage and quite a few of them later joined film line.

He joined MOVAC Music Company, which had specialised in audio cassettes.  He produced more than 100 Sindhi cassettes covering almost every popular singer/ Bhagat of Sindhi community.


Recognition By Way Of Award/ Honours :

Mohan was honoured by several Sindhi associations/ organisations all over for promoting Sindhi culture & Sindhayat.  He also received the following awards:

i)    Gold Medal for his Outstanding Contributions to Sindhi Stage (At Mumbai by Dada Jashan Vaswani).
ii)   Priyadarshini Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sindhi Art, Culture and Literature. (At Mumbai by Priyadarshani Academy).


Additional Information :

i)    Sindhayat and Sindhi culture were very close to Mohan’s heart.
ii)   He also earned name in children’s theatre.

            He expired in June 1987.



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