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Pakistan

Web Desk
September 1, 2018
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Google pays homage to Fatima Surayya Bajia on 88th birthday with doodle

KARACHI: Google is paying tribute to Pakistan’s legendary playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia with its doodle feature on her  88th birthday (September 1).  Google honours prominent personalities and occasions with special logos that it calls 'doodles'.

In the past, Google also paid tribute to Pakistan’s prominent personalities, Mehdi Hassan, Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor Jehan, Nazia Hassan and many others.

Surayya Bajia was born in Indian city of Hyderabad on September 1, 1930. She, along with her family,  migrated to Pakistan after the partition of the sub-continent.

Bajia had acquired extensive knowledge of Arabic, Persian, English and Urdu literature and history at home through without having any formal degree. When her grandfather and father died in Karachi, she took up the responsibility of looking after her younger siblings.

She  brought all her siblings up with care and made them all receive a good education almost all of them successfully carved out their own identity in separate fields of art and culture.

Her brother  Anwar Maqsood became a satirist and playwright, her sister Zehra Nigah became a renowned poetess while Zubaida Tariq turned into a cooking expert.

She received numerous awards, including the Pride of Performance Award for her services to the performing arts in Pakistan. In 2012, she was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan. Besides the local awards, she was given the highest civil award of Japan.

She breathed her last on February 10, 2016 at the age of 85.

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