The Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah launched the first ever comprehensive encyclopaedia of the Sindhi language, 'Encyclopaedia Sindhiana' on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at a ceremony at Karachi's Regent Plaza hotel. The ceremony was also attended ...

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  1. Encyclopaedia of Sindhi Launched
  2. Support Flood Relief Campaign in Southern Sindh
  3. Father sells infant of Rs. 100 (US $1.30) in Badin, Sindh, Pakistan
  4. Lal meri Pat Rakhiyo
  5. Pallu Machi
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Encyclopaedia of Sindhi Launched


The Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah launched the first ever comprehensive encyclopaedia of the Sindhi language, 'Encyclopaedia Sindhiana' on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at a ceremony at Karachi's Regent Plaza hotel.

 
The ceremony was also attended by Ms Sassui Palijo, the Sindh Culture Minister, Ms Sharmila Farooqi, Information Advisor to the Chief Minister, Mr Abdul Salaam Thaheem, Minister for Technical Education and a large number of Sindhi scholars and intellectuals including Dr GA Allana, Mr Mazhar Siddiqui, Sirajul Haque Memon and others.

The Chief Minister termed the launch of the publication a major achievement and lauded the efforts of the Sindhi Language Authority, the department behind the project, headed by Dr Fahmida Hussain. Ms Sassui Palijo, Dr GA Allana, Dr Fahmida Hussain and others also spoke on the occasion.

Two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Sindhiana have been published so far. The first volume contains about 3,500 entries comprising 650 pages and is based on the first three letters of the Sindhi alphabet. The second volume of 728 pages, out now, consists of 2,571 entries based on the next six letters of the Sindhi alphabet, and also include about 323 entries as addenda for the first volume.

About 80 percent entries are related to Sindh, such as personalities, places, flora, fauna, archaeological sites, other life forms, tribes, castes, beliefs, rituals and rites, culture, civilisation, language, dialects, literature, fine arts etc.

The encyclopaedia is dedicated to late Dr Tanveer Abbasi, who conceived the original project idea. Dr Fahmida Hussain is the editor-in-chief while Mr Taj Joyo is its editor. Consultation and guidance on the project are being provided by Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo and Dr Ghulam Ali Allana.

The third volume of Encyclopaedia Sindhiana is also in its final stages and will be published soon.
    

Support Flood Relief Campaign in Southern Sindh

The earthquake’s  that hit Pakistan in 2005 and 2008  were regarded as the worst tragedy for the nation. Few have realized that the recent floods have in fact caused more damage then those earthquake’s did. As per latest reports official figures stand at 1600 dead and 12 million left homeless.
The Monsoon rains began  two weeks ago and have washed away roads, bridges and communications lines, hampering rescue efforts by aid organizations and the government. The downpours have grounded many aircraft trying to rescue people and ferry aid, including six helicopters manned by US troops on secondment from Afghanistan. Continue reading ...
    

Father sells infant of Rs. 100 (US $1.30) in Badin, Sindh, Pakistan


BADIN: By being sick of poverty in Golarchi area of Badin district, a father sold out his infant of Rs. 100, who was born two hours ago on Friday.

Police raided the alleged buyer’s home on complaint of infant’s mother and recovered the baby.

Police recovered the baby having raided the home of alleged buyer on complaint of infant’s poor mother after five hours of the incident and arrested the seller (father) and buyer, police sources said.

Alleged buyer told the police that the infant’s father was unable to bring up his child that made him sell the infant. He then paid hundred rupees to the alleged father in return to buy sweets and guaranteed to bear the infant’s living expenditures in future. [GEO NEWS]

    

Lal meri Pat Rakhiyo

This song, one of the most famous qawwali, is written and sung in the honor of Sufi mystic saint 'Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar' (Usman Marvandhi) - may God sanctify his station. Every word of his name used in the qawwali has a meaning - he was known as Hazrat (holiness), Lal (he wore red robes, also mothers fondly call their kids as Lal in Punjab and nearby region), Shahbaz (Shah - King and Baz - Falcon, king of falcons and in Iranian mythology represent godly figure who led them to victory, divine spirit), and finally Qalandar (a qalandari - a sufi saint, poet, mystic, noble man). He settled in Serwan (Sindh, now in Pakistan) and tried bringing peace between Hindus and Muslims. Hindus regard him as divine reincarnate, avatar as well. Still today many Punjabi singers, singing in his praise. He is also fondly called as Jhulelal.

To whomever can help, please kindly provide a better translation by posting it as a comment to this post. Thank you for your support and patronage of Sindhiyat.


O Laal Meri Pat Rakhiyo Bala Jhulelal Laalan
Sindri Da Sehvan Da Sakhi Shabaaz Qalandar
Shahbaz Qalandar, Sakhi Shahbaz Qalandar
Duma Dum Mast Kalandar, Duma Dum Mast Kalandar
Ali Dum Dum De Andar, Ali Dum Dum De Andar
O Laal Meri Pat Rakhiyo Bala Jhulelal Laalan
Sindri Da Sehvan Da Sakhi Shabaaz Qalandar



O the red robed, may I always have your benign protection, Jhulelal (as he was affectionately called). O master, friend and Sire of Sindh and Sehwan (or Serwan), The red robed God-intoxicated Qalandar, The Lord in every breath of mine, glory unto to you.
Chaar Charaag Tere Baran Hamesha
Panjwa Baaran Aayi Bala Jhulelal Laalan
O Panjwa Mein Baaran Aayi Bala Jhulelal Laalan
Sindri Da, Sehvan Da Sakhi Shabaaz Kalandar
Shahbaz Qalandar, Sakhi Shahbaz Qalandar
Duma Dum Mast Kalandar, Duma Dum Mast Kalandar
Ali Dum Dum De Andar, Ali Dum Dum De Ander
O Laal Meri Pat Rakhiyo Bala Jhulelal Laalan
Sindri Da Sehvan Da Sakhi Shabaaz Qalandar

Your shrine is always lighted with four lamps, And here I come to light a fifth lamp in your honor. Here I come with fifth O master, friend and Sire of Sindh and Sehwan (or Serwan), The red robed God-intoxicated Qalandar, The Lord in every breath of mine, glory unto to you.
Uchra Roza Peera Tera, Uchra Roza Peera Tera
Gaith Wage Gharyaal Bala Jhulelal Laalan
Sindri Da Sehvan Da Sakhi Shabaaz Qalandar
Shahbaz Qalandar, Sakhi Shahbaz Qalandar
Dama Dum Must Qalandar, Duma Dum Mast Kalandar
Ali Dum Dum De Andar, Ali Dum Dum De Ander
O Laal Meri Pat Rakhiyo Bala Jhulelal Laalan
Sindri Da Sehvan Da Sakhi Shabaaz Qalandar

Let your heroic name ring out in Hind & Sindh (or lets the gongs bell loud), Let the gong ring loud for your glory day and night by the people (ghadiyaal - watchman, symbolism of night).


Ghanan Ghanan Teri Nobat Waagay
...(Dhol Beats)
Ghanan Ghanan Teri Nobat Waagay
Naal Vajay Gharyaal Bala Jhulelal Laalan
Sindri Da Sehvan Da Sakhi Shabaaz Qalandar
Shahbaz Qalandar, Sakhi Shahbaz Qalandar
Duma Dum Mast Kalandar, Duma Dum Mast Kalandar
Ali Dum Dum De Andar Ali Dum Dum De Ander
Ali Dum Dum De Ander Ho
O Lord, may you prevail everytime, everywhere, I pray of your well being, In the name of Ali, I pray to you to help my boat cross in safety (in the river of life). 

 
    

Pallu Machi

Pala (Sindhi: پلو مڇي, Pallu Machi) is found in the delta region of southern Pakistan, in the province of Sindh. It's a similar to Hilsa (Bengali:  ইিলশ Ilish) fish found in present-day Bangladesh.  The fish was usually found in abundant quantities in the district of Thatta. Recently, however, the lower reaches of the Indus have dried up as water is stored upstream, and the Palla cannot make its journey into the river anymore. Continue reading

Note: Apparently there isn't much information on the Web about Pallu Machi. Readers if you have additional information or anecdotes please tell us by stating it as a comment to this post. We would love to hear your personal accounts and any family folk lore relating to this ancient delicacy from Sindh.


    

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