Ali Gul Pir Sindh Festival Essay

The following is a chronological list of notable ethnic Sindhi people.

Historical personalities[edit]



Science and technology[edit]

Business and industry[edit]


Entertainment industry[edit]

  • Abida Parveen, Pakistani Sufi singer
  • Aftab Shivdasani, Indian actor
  • Allan Fakir
  • Asrani, Indian comedian and actor
  • Babita, Indian actress and mother of Kareena and Karisma
  • Bhagat Kanwar Ram
  • Fahad Mustafa, Pakistani actor, producer, host, anchor and model
  • G P Sippy, Indian filmmaker
  • Govind Nihalani, director of serious and art films
  • Hansika Motwani, Indian actress
  • Hari Shivdasani, Indian actor and father of Babita
  • Hiten Tejwani, television actor
  • Hussain Chandio
  • Imran Channa
  • Jackky Bhagnani, Indian actor
  • Manzoor Sakhirani
  • Master Chander
  • Manoj Punjabi, Indian-Indonesian film businessman
  • Muhammad Juman, Sindhi musician and classical singer
  • Mustafa Qureshi, film and television actor from Sindh, Pakistan
  • Nikhil Advani, Indian director and screenwriter
  • Preeti Jhangiani, Indian actress in Bollywood
  • Poonam Sinha, Poonam Chandiramani
  • Rajkumar Hirani, Indian movie director
  • Tarun Mansukhani, Indian movie director
  • Ramesh Sippy, Indian director, son of G P Sippy
  • Raam Punjabi, Indian-Indonesian film producer
  • Ranveer Singh, Indian actor
  • Ritesh Sidhwani, Indian movie producer
  • Roma Asrani, Indian actress
  • Runa Laila
  • Saif Samejo
  • Sanam Baloch, Pakistani actress and television host
  • Sanam Marvi
  • Sanjjanaa Indian actress in sandalwood and Telugu films
  • Shafi Muhammad Shah, Pakistani film and television actor
  • Shazia Khushk
  • Suhrab Faqir
  • Tamanna Bhatia
  • Ustad Manzoor Ali Khan
  • Vashu Bhagnani, Indian filmmaker
  • Vishal Dadlani, Indian music director
  • Zarina Baloch, Pakistani folk music singer and composer

Law experts[edit]




  • Amar Jaleel
  • Fehmida Riaz, writer, poet, activist
  • Ghulam Mustafa Khan, writer, critic, linguist, researcher, scholar
  • Imdad Ali Imam Ali Kazi
  • Jamal Abro
  • Mazhar Abro
  • Mirza Kalich Beg
  • Muhammad Ibrahim Joyo
  • Nabi Bux Khan Baloch
  • Naseem Kharal
  • Shaikh Ayaz
  • Sobho Gianchandani, writer
  • Syed Irfan Ali Shah

Philanthropists and social activists[edit]


Law and judiciary[edit]

Metaphysics, spirituality and religion[edit]

  • Abu Mashar Sindhi (786 AD), teacher of Arab scholars
  • Abu Raja Sindhi (d. 321 A.H.), scholar, poet, teacher
  • Abul Hassan Sindhi (d. 1176 AH), made the first translation of Qur'an from Arabic to Sindhi
  • Allama Ali Khan Abro
  • Allama Makhdoom Muhammad Hashim Thattvi (died 1174 AH), Ahl-us-Sunnah scholar
  • Allama Muhammad Idrees Dahiri, Islamic scholar, preacher, writer, author, poet and researcher
  • Asadullah Bhutto
  • Badi' ud-Din Shah al-Rashidi
  • Dada Vaswani
  • Hafiz Muhammad Siddique, scholar from Sindh and founder of school of thought in Bharchundi
  • Hazrat Khwaja Muhammad Tahir
  • Makhdoom Bilawal
  • Maulana Taj Mohammad Amrothi (d. 1929), freedom fighter from Sukkur, Sindh
  • Mir Ahmed Nasrallah Thattvi, Muslim scholar at the court of Mughal EmperorAkbar
  • Mir Ali Sir Thattvi, Sindhi Muslim historian born after the rule of Mughal EmperorAurangzeb
  • Mohammad Hayya Al-Sindhi, prominent Muslim scholar in Medina in the 18th century
  • Moulana Jan Mohammad Abbasi
  • Raees-Ul-Muhajireen Barrister Jan Muhammad Junejo, a leader of the Khilafat Movement
  • Sadhu T. L. Vaswani
  • Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi, spiritual leader of the Hurs
  • Syed Shah Mardan Shah-II, spiritual leader of Hurs
  • Tahir Muhammad Thattvi, Sindhi Muslim poet and historian during the rule of the Mughal Empire
  • Ubaidullah Sindhi, pan-Islamic leader and a political activist

Saints and sufis[edit]




Festiv­al starts with a bang at the lumine­scent and majest­ic Moen jo Daro.



It’s a party…it’s a concert…no, it’s the Sindh Festival 2014!

The celebrations have officially begun as contemporary trends and history were exquisitely fused at the inaugural ceremony of the Sindh Festival at Moen jo Daro. The ruins of the Indus Valley civilisation were transformed into a gorgeous, tinselled venue – a manifestation of the rich heritage it hoped to represent.

Spearheaded by the Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the two-week festival is part of a campaign to conserve the heritage of his home province of Sindh.

Instead of dusty plains, Moen jo Daro was a palette of red, green and purple hues. A large wooden and steel scaffolding formed the grand stage, which was decorated like an ancient kingdom. But the cynosure was the stupa, luminescent and majestic.

“This is the first time in the country’s history that we pulled off an event of such importance at such an important site,” Bilawal said when he came up on stage to thank the artists and all those who made the event possible.

Clad in a black sherwani with an ajrak pocket square, he arrived on Saturday in a caravan of four vehicles. It was reported that he had been visiting the site daily for the past couple of days to ensure the arrangements were impeccable. Tents, poles and other material were removed and rearranged a couple of times as they were dug up in the relics or in the area that comes under the heritage site.

But in the end, Moen jo Daro looked even more beautiful than the Mohatta Palace in Karachi.

And the show had it all. From a star-studded line-up of events – a laser presentation of 3D animations, LED dances, concerts and a fashion show – to gentry of the political cream of the province, the event was a celebration of “hope and civilisation”.

Humaima Malik and Shehryar Siddiqui hosted the night, describing the festival as a cultural ‘coup’ as opposed to the “vultural” coup imposed by military dictators. “Superman is fictional, but the Sindhi man is a fact that has sustained for 5,000 years,” they said, referring to the logo of the Sindh Festival.

The dazzling night kicked off with short dance performances featuring a fashion show, followed by a multimedia presentation illustrating the history of this region, particularly the Aryan invasion.

The laser presentation by Laseronix, who created a 3D review of Sindh’s history, through 3D animation wowed the crowd. Laser forms of the Indus dolphins, Sindhi farmers, the Lansdowne Bridge linking Sukkur and Rohri as well as other cultural elements floated and flashed over the stage.

Artists and bands, who are known for creating socially relevant music, such as the Beygairat Brigade, Ali Gul Pir and Azal performed songs especially composed for the festival, apart from their hits. Ali Gul Pir sang “Super Saeen”, written exclusively for the Sindh Festival, and he also tweaked his hit, “Waderai ka Beta” to “Pakistan ka Beta” for the show.

A number of foreign visitors, some wearing traditional Sindhi Ajrak outfits, were also seen among the approximately 1,000 guests.

To summarise, Sharmila Farooqi said, “Today we made a statement by cerebrating the true essence and diversity of Sindh in a very engaging and entertaining manner.”

As the show ended, Fakhr-e-Alam, who is the coordinator of the entire festival, said, “This was a landmark event in the history of Pakistan. The grandeur and immensity of this is a testimony to what is to come in the next 15 days. This is just a teaser.”

However, he admitted that the real challenge is to pull off the entire festival “with equal grace and precision”. “I am thankful to the more than 500 people who have worked day and night to make this dream into a reality.” And that is when the fireworks began, drawing the night to a close.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2014.

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