Promoters & Preservers of Sindhyat

Promoters & Preservers of Sindhyat

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Kumari  Bhagwanti Navani

Name Kumari  Bhagwanti Navani
Title if any  : Sindhi Koel’ (Nightingale)
Date of Birth : ‘Nasarpur’, Sind (Pakistan)
Place of Birth : 1-2-1940
Academic Attainments          : Matric
Permanent Residential
: 2, Bandra Saroj,
225,  St. Andrews Road,
Bandra (W), Mumbai – 400 050

Significant Literary Achievements/ Contributions :

During her singing career of about 25 years, she recorded number of Sindhi Cassettes & CDs covering traditional Sindhi folk songs, couplets of famous Sindhi poets and Bhajans.  Her musical recitation of ‘Sukhmani Saheb’ in 6 Volumes is considered to be the house hold name amongst Sindhi families.  Almost every Sindhi family in India & abroad will have a few cassettes of her Sindhi folk songs, particularly of ‘Ladas’ (traditional songs sung by Sindhi families on weddings).

Recognition By Way Of Award/ Honours :

•    Number of Sindhi Panchayats/ Associations have honoured her with Gold Medals, Trophies and other gifts of enduring nature, Certificates of Merits etc.
•    She   received ‘Best Actress’ Award for her performance in Sindhi One Act Plays & Sindhi film; ‘Sindhu a Je Kinare’, (On the Bank of Indus River).

Additional Information :

i)    During her singing career spread over 25 years, she gave around 3000 performances, not only in India but also in number of other countries of the world.
ii)   She was sweet, gentle with beauteous smile and much sought after artiste.  There is a Sindhi magazine, called ‘Murk’ (Smile), published to perpetuate her memory.
iii)  The prolific writer, late Gobind ‘Malhi’ was her guiding spirit and she was inseparable part of ‘Kalakar Mandal’, established by Gobind Malhi.
iv)  She died at young age, in oct 1986  and it is difficult to fill the void created by her sudden & sad demise.

Finale :

During her singing career, spread over 25 years, Bhagwanti acquired a unique place among the Sindhi singers, who popularised folk, traditional & modern music in every nook and corner of India and abroad.  Rated supreme amongst the artists, who put their mind and soul in singing, Bhagwanti made unparallel contribution in the field of music. Bhagwanti’s voice leaves a lasting impression on Sindhis and is missed greatly after her untimely death.

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