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Renowned Sindhi Poet and Story writer Vasdev Mohi passes away

Vasdev Mohi was born in Mirpurkhas Sindh on March 2, 1944 and was settled in Ahmedabad

Vasdev Mohi was an eminent Sindhi poet, translator, critic and short story writer. He enriched Sindhi poetry with clarity of expression and profundity of thought.

Ahmedabad: Vasdev Mohi, considered as the icon of Modern Sindhi Poetry, who made Sindhi Ghazal popular among the masses, and was known as the writer of clarity of expressions, true depth of thoughts, breathed his last at Ahmedabad on Friday August 27, 2021. He had been suffering from age-related ailments.

Born on 2nd March 1944 in Mirpurkhas Sindh, was retired Lecturer and had served as Head of Department (English) at the Indian High School Dubai (UAE). He had joined the service as teacher in 1965 at Adarsh High School. He had M.A. B. Ed. degrees. He was settled in Ahmedabad. His family had migrated to India in 1947 and settled first at Jodhpur from where shifted to Ahmedabad in 1950. He married to Janki in 1964.

Late Vasdev Mohi’s first poetry was published in an anthology of ghazals in 1962.

Vasdev Mohi was an eminent Sindhi poet, translator, critic and short story writer. He enriched Sindhi poetry with clarity of expression and profundity of thought. Mohi’s short stories ‘Cheque Book’ and ‘Dedh Gandh’ (1.5 Knot) had been well received by literary fraternity. Both “Cheque Book” and “Dedh Gandh” have also been translated into English by Dr. Vinod Asudani. “Chequebook” is also translated into Hindi by Bhagwan Atlani, with a title ‘Dawat’.

Vasdev Mohi-Sindh-CourierMohi had creatively written poems on a rustic character named ‘Mankoo’. Mankoo’s characterization depicts the agony and anguish of rustic rural class of the society. ‘Mankoo’ has been translated into Gujarati by Jayant Relwani as well as into Hindi by acknowledged artist Bhanwar Singh Panwar and has been acclaimed in both the languages

His first book titled Tazaad” published in 1976 was poetry collection and was appreciated alike by the critics and common readers. His yet another book “Subah Kithe Ahe “had made him favorite of readers. Vasdev Mohi has credit of presenting Sindhi Ghazal in new effective way of Haiku Ghazal, a Ghazal style inspired or more correctly combination of Traditional Sindhi Haiku and Japanese Haiku style.

Mohi was recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award for collection of ghazals ‘Barf jo Thahyal’ (1999), which is also translated into English by Ram Daryani and Dr. Vinod Asudani and is published by Central Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Besides a variety of other literary Awards, he also had been accorded Lifetime Achievement Awards from National Council for Promotion of Sindhi language (NCPSL) and Sindhi Academy, Delhi.

Vasdev-Mohi-Poetry-Sindh-CourierMohi was a member of Executive Board of Sahitya Akademi and the Convener of Sindhi Advisory Board from 2008 to 2012. During his tenure he did exemplary work and gave impetus to a variety of literary activities, including convening Indo-Pak Sindhi writers’ Seminar in New Delhi. In 2009 he led a delegation of Indian writers to China and had discourses with Chinese writers on literature of both countries. Koonj, the literary digest, had brought out a special issue on life and works of Mohi. Sindhi Sangat, Mumbai in collaboration with NCPSL, New Delhi had produced a documentary on life and works of Mohi. Two audio CDs ‘Mahak jee Dhun’ and ‘Ain Poi..’ of Mohi’s ghazals composed and sung respectively by renowned singers Pavan Kumar and Ghansham Vaswani are also released.

He had participated actively in National and International Seminars and presented papers on various literary topics including International Seminar at Karachi Sindh in December 2004. The Topic was Aesthetics of renowned poet Narayan Shyam.

He presided over many seminars organized by Sahitya Akademi and other literary organizations/state academies

His books ‘Gaalh Shairee-a-Jee’ (Talk of Poetry) and ‘Virhange Khanpoi Sindhi Ghazal Jo Handbook’ (Post Independence Handbook of Sindhi Ghazal) are based on extensive research work and are widely acclaimed by critics.

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