Promoters & Preservers of Sindhyat

Promoters & Preservers of Sindhyat

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Kirat Choithram Babani


Name Kirat Choithram Babani
Date of Birth : Moro Lakho, Dist: Nawabshah,Sind (Pakistan)
Place of Birth : 3-1-1922
Academic Attainments          : B.A., LL.B.
Permanent Residential
Address
: 3/41, Adrash Nagar,
Prabhadevi, Mumbai  400 025
Telephone Nos. : (R) 91-22-24224549, 24315912
Occupation/ Profession : Retd. Professor of Sindhi

Significant Literary Achievements/ Contributions :

Kirat Babani has written 15 books and translated 2 novels & History of Marathi literature.  The most significant amongst them are:
1.    Hooa, (She) short stories, 1956.
2.    Sooree a Saad Kayo, (Call of Gallows), Collection of 8 one Act Plays, 1972.
3.    Jeki Ditho Ho Moon, (Whatever I had Seen), Travelogue, 1981.              
4.    Abol Rani, (Queen who would not speak), Sindhi Folk tales, 1982.
5.    Ahween Sab Nanga Ahiyo, (All of you are nude), Short Stories, 1987.
6.    Kujh Budhayum Kujh Likayum (Narrated some, hidden some), Autobiography in 4 parts, 1993.
7.    Likyo Liyaka Paeen, (Peeing secretly), Poetry, 2000.
Translation.  Significant amongst three was History of Marathi literature by Kusumawati Despande and M.V. Rajadhyaksha.
As Journalist:
Editor  Sindh Rises in English & Sind Sujag in Sindhi monthly political magazine since 1991.

In addition Kirat has also compiled & edited Choond Sindhi Mazmoon (Selected essays), Choond Sindhi Lok Kahinyoon (Selected Sindhi Folk Tales), 1991 which were published by Sahitya Akademy, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.


Recognition By Way Of Award/ Honours :

Kirat has received number of Awards/ Honours.  Given hereunder are a few most significant ones.
1.    Soviet Land Nehru Peace Award, 1980 (At Moscow, USSR).
2.    Award for Okha Dokha (Literary Analysis), 1982 (At New Delhi by Ministry of Education, Govt. of India).
3.    Award for Outstanding Literary Contributions, 1986 (At Mumbai by Akhil Bharat Sindhi Boli Ain Sahit Sabha).
4.    Award for Significant  Literary Contributions, 1987 (At Mumbai by Maharashtra State Sindhi Sahit Academy).
5.    Award for Best Literary Work 1992 (At Calcutta By Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad).


Additional Information :

Kirat Babani has visited Russia in 1981 at the invitation of Govt. of U.S.S.R. and Czecoslovakia in 1983, which was sponsored by World Peace Council.  He has also visited U.S.A. at the invitation of International Sindhi Conference.
Kirat was a Freedom fighter and was imprisoned for 11 months in 1942.
He was President of Akhil Bharat Sindhi Boli Ain Sahit Sabha for record 18 years.
He was a member, Advisory Board of Sindhi language Sahitya
Akademy, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.
He had a short stint in Labour & students union movement.


Finale :

Kirat Babani Doyen  and one of the few living old guards of Sindhi Community has made outstanding contributions in the field of literature, journalism, and education.

Kirat is man of many images.  An orator with an appeal, a crusader for a cause and a writer with an inimitable style and above all a friend in need.

He believes that literature has a purpose.  The writer need not be committed to creed but he has a commitment to life and should portray life as honestly as possible.  Apart from his contributions to Sindhi literature, Kirat has rendered yeoman service to the Sindhi community.  He has fought pitched battles against those who wanted to change the script of Sindhi language adopting Devnagari.  Also he led 16 year long struggle for recognition of Sindhi language and its inclusion to that effect in the Constitution of India.

Kirat had perhaps the longest innings (18 years) of the august body called Akhil Bharat Sindhi Boli Ain Sahit Sabha.
Associated with several literary and social organisations Kiratbhai is disciplinarian and man of principles.  He is outspoken yet humble, soft, gentle and accommodating.  Even at this age (80 years), he is much sought after man at literary and cultural forums and his presence is felt.

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