Fatima Surayya Bajia was renowned Urdu novelist, drama writer and Actress. She was born on 1 September 1930 in Hyderabad, India. She died on 10 February 2016 Karachi, Pakistan. She died at the age of 85. Her siblings also include well-known personalities, Anwar Maqsood, Zehra Nigah, Zubaida Tariq, and Mrs Kazmi.
Fatima Bajia also works for social welfare, literary Radio, TV and Stage. She wrote the play like Mehman, Auraaq and Aaraish-e-Khaam-e-Kakal. Fatima Bajia also produced children and women programmes including ‘Khwateen key Meilaad’. Fatima Bajia popular dramas are Shama, Afshan, Aroosa, Ana and Tasveer.
Fatima Bajia Biography titled “Apki Bajia” written by Syeda Iffat Hasan Rizvi after six years of research released on 22 May 2012.Awards won by Fatima bajia including the Pride of Performance Award in 1996 and In 2012 and Hilal-i-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan.
Talking about her childhood, she said,
“I never attended a formal school. The elders of the family decided that all my education should take place at home. The teacher lived in our home where we were taught discipline along with our education. My family was settled in Hyderabad Deccan, which was then a paramount cultural center in undivided India. Although there were a few prominent schools e.g. Saint Josephs School, although my grandfather could afford the fee (which was Rs. 20), he still preferred to educate us at home. These schools were primarily attended by pampered girls from the elite families of nawabs and jagirdars. From the beginning we were taught self-sufficiency, although we employed 60 to 70 servants, we were not allowed to ask anyone of them for water. There was a huge difference between girls of the elite families and us. My grandfather felt that if we attended such schools, we would suffer from an inferiority complex, but since proper upbringing is not possible without coaching, he decided to carry out our education at home. Nevertheless, we were taught all the subjects that were taught in the formal Hyderabad schools with separate teachers for every subject e.g. calligraphy and math.”
Plays of Fatima Surayya Bajia:
- Ghar aik Nagar
- Faraz Aik Karz
- Phool Rahi Sarsoon
- Sassi Punno
- Jisse Piya Chahe