Speakers have paid glowing tributes to Dr Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch for his excellent and valuable services for the fortification and development of Sindhi culture, language, literature and folklore of Sindh.
They said that Dr Baloch visited every nook and corner of the province to preserve the culture and history of Sindh and spent his entire life working to document everything about the land of Sufis.
This they said while addressing a session held at Sindh University (SU) after cutting the cake at the 105th birth anniversary organized by Dr NA Baloch Chair here on Friday.
Director of the Chair Dr Fayaz Latif said that Dr Baloch had rendered great services for the growth of Sindhi folk literature and he was a person who had performed the work of institutions, which was commendable.
“Even today there are people in Sindh who are following in the footsteps of Dr Baloch, but they get tired after a short walk in the academic and literary fields and there is no continuity in their work. That’s why we don’t get the required results”, he said.
He said that Dr. Baloch never got tired and whatever work he put his hand in, he did it to perfection, adding that the literary and academic labor done by Dr. Baloch on folk literature needed to be further developed and researched.
Dr. Fayaz Latif announced that Dr Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch Chair will organize a national level conference on folk literature in February next year.
Renowned writer Nafees Ahmed Nashad said that he was close to Dr. NA Baloch and always found him carrying out his academic, literary and research work without any break, adding that he also continued to do the educational labor and faced the unnecessary criticism and injuries of his contemporaries with patience.
He said that people knew Dr. NA Baloch as the best researcher and writer, but another important introduction to his personality was that he neither did any harm to anyone in his life, nor did he reply to anyone for personal criticism.
“Dr Baloch’s arguments were always based upon personal observations and research”, he said and added that he would love Sindh, its culture, civilization and Sindhi language unconditionally.
Senior journalist and poet Niaz Panhwar said that Dr. NA Baloch pursued his PhD from abroad; even then he used to go to rural areas and interact with common people so that he could revive folk literature.
He stated that the only sign of a great person was that there would be no arrogance in his personality and he will listen to everyone, encourage them and engage in literary conversations across the board.
He said that the topic of knowledge was the most important for Dr. Baloch. His passion was to do educational and literary work.
“The credit for the development of folk literature, Sindhi dictionary and language that we are proud of today goes to Dr. NA Baloch”, he said
Niaz Panhwar said that Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch was the right hand man of Allama I.I. Kazi, the founder Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sindh. Dr Baloch was also with Allama Kazi in the establishment of Sindh University in Jamshoro.
He demanded that Dr. Baloch’s work on every subject should be conveyed to the future generations.
Dr. Rehana Nazir Mallah said that the scientific and literary work of Dr. NA Baloch was very extensive. He prepared documents on Sindhi classical poets, who were anonymous during Shah Latif’s era, which was a great feat.
She said that she was surprised to see the work of Dr. Baloch, how he did such great literary and educational labor despite the lack of facilities and internet during his time.
She said that Dr Baloch brought 42 types of folk songs with him from Thar, adding that he wrote a book on the women of Sindh under the title of “Sindh Jon Manaityun Mayon” (The respected women of Sindh), in which he introduced 6 artist women in detail.
Dr. Abdul Majeed Chandio said that the excellent services of Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch for the preservation of the culture, language and folklore of Sindh will always be remembered.
He said that along with all other works of Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch also worked on the geography of Sindh, which was a history for it, the current and the next generation will remain grateful to him.
“I pray to God that another benefactor like Dr Baloch gets birth who carries forward the abandoned research work of Dr Baloch”, he said.
Director Dr Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch Institute of Heritage Research Jamshoro Dr. Altaf Mehboob said that Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch had done great work on Sindhi linguistics, vocabulary, literature and folklore, which was a great treasure for the people of the province and it paved a way for new researchers to conduct further research on these subjects.
The founding chairman of the Sindh Folk Literature Association (SFLA) Aajiz Rahmatullah Lashari said that Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch was a historical figure who had rendered great services in the field of Sindhi literature, linguistics, elegies, folklore, culture, history and geography.
“There are many aspects of going into raptures over Dr Baloch, but the work he did in the field of poetry, folklore and folk literature is not less than a great trove for the Sindhi nation”, he said.
Ali Muhammad Baloch, the son of Dr Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch said that his father had carried out so much work for the Sindhi nation that no one could even guess it.
Among others, Salimullah Siddiqui, Arshad Baloch, Dr. Muhammad Ali Manjhi, Dr. Rafique Baloch, Professor Anwar Mansoor Mangrio, Professor Benazir Junejo, Hafiz Ahmed Indhar, Mumtaz Panhwar, Asghar Siyal, Salimullah Lako, Dodo Maheri and others also expressed their views and offered words of appreciation to Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch.
The birth anniversary cake of Dr Nabi Bakhsh Khan Baloch was also cut in the event. Earlier, the writers and intellectuals reached Baloch’s shrine, where they laid floral wreaths and prayed for the departed soul.