Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after prolonged illness, DawnNews reported.
Bajia was awarded Pride of Performance award by government of Pakistan in 1997 along with several other honours within the country and abroad including Japan’s highest civil award.
Some of the serials she wrote for PTV were immensely popular back in PTV’s heyday, some of which include Afshan, Uroosa, Zeenat and Shama.
Born into an educated in family of Hyderabad Deccan in 1930, Fatima Surayya was the eldest of the six siblings. The family sailed to Karachi on September 18, 1948, immediately after the fall of the Hyderabad state, which was invaded by the Indian army on September 11, the day the Quaid-i-Azam died here.
She does not have a formal degree but had acquired extensive knowledge of Arabic, Persian, English and Urdu literature and history at home through private tuitions.
In Karachi, when her grandfather and father died, she took up the responsibility of looking after her younger siblings, who all received a good education and some successfully carved out their own identity in separate fields of art and culture.
Her brother Anwar Maqsood became a multi-talented artist writing plays for TV and theatre, her sister Zehra Nigah became a renowned poetess Zehra Nigah while Zubaida Tariq turned into a cooking expert.
In recognition of her services, besides the local awards, she has been given the highest civil award of Japan. Bajia also served as president of the Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association.