Ali Baba, legendary dramatist, story writer, and literary figure of Sindhi language passed away on Monday due to illness. He was 76. He had been under treatment for few days in Civil Hospital Karachi before he suffered a stroke and died.
Ali Baba was born in 1940 in Kotri near Hyderabad, Sindh. He was the renowned dramatist, story writer, and literary figure of Sindhi language. Parents of Ali Baba had migrated from Balochistan to Sehwan Sharif and later shifted to Kotri. His father worked in Pakistan Railways. Ali Baba was appointed in Pakistan Railways as clerk and then he left the job and joined a textile mill as Assistant Manager. He did a private job for four years, then left the job and started writing since 1965 with pen name Ali Baba. His real name was Ali Mohammad.
He received his primary education at Nango Line Municipal Primary School and from Sher Dil Khan Municipal High School in Kotri. He did his matriculation. During matriculation examination, he had a quarrel with a student in examination hall, subsequently the examiner expelled him from there. Since then he never turned to any school.
Ali Baba traveled throughout Sindh and portrayed every person from different walk of life in his stories and dramas. He has written several dramas for Radio and Television. His one of the famous dramas Dungi Majh Darya got international fame. This drama was entitled as world’s 3rd number drama in the annual festival of Munich and received “German Award”. In this celebration, 92 countries participated. He was also editor of some magazines. His source of livelihood was writing dramas.
Ali Baba has written Mohan Jo Daro (1985) novel, Dharti Dhikana (short stories), Lahandar Sij Ji Laam, (stories), Runj Sajo ee Rat Phura, Muhijoon Kahaniyun, Sindhbad, Musafir and many more.