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(Rtd. Principal Shri Gayatri Vidya Mandir)
Anjali Khalsa School
Sundri Uttamchandani , born in Hyderabd Sindh on 28th Sep 1924, is the top most progressive lady short story writer and novelist in India. She has been writing continuously since last 4 decades. She has won Sahitya Akdemi Award and Maharashtra Gaurav Purskar and Akhil Bharat Sindhi Boli & Sahit Sabha’s literary Award and Indo Soviet Nehru Peace Prize with a fortnight visit to Soviet Russia. She has remained active in the movement for recognition of Sindhi language in the eighth schedule of Indian Constitution and other literary and cultural causes of the community. Some of her short stories and novels have been translated in various languages of India. Her writings are very liked by common people especially because of her homely language complied with proverbs.
She is a Radio, TV and stage artist and has taken part in many such programs. She has also written one act plays and poems. She is the founder President of women’s organisation, "Sindhu Nari Sabha" since 1966.
Address: 12B-2, Jethi K. Sipahimalani Co-p Soc.,
Mahim, Mumbai 400016, India
Tel: +9122 24441130 / 24464941
We all pray GOD for her Happiness and good Health
Many Many Happy returns of the day
Sundri Uttamchandani with her Loving daughter Asha & Dohtee Moomal
Sundri Uttamchandani was born on 28th Sept 1924 at Hydrabad Sindh. At a very young age, Sundri was exposed to a vast repertoire of folk and mythological tales, which were narrated by her parents to her and other children of the extended joint family. During her youth the freedom movement was sweeping across the country and she could not but be drawn to it. While still in college she translated a story Bhadur Maao Ji Bahadur Deeah (A brave daughter of a brave mother). This was her initiation in the literary field.
She married Assandas Uttamchandani(A.J.Uttam), a Freedom fighter, with a keen interest in Sindhi Literature with clear leanings toward Marxist Philosophy and, who become in the later years one of the leading writers of Sindhi progressive literary movement,
A J Uttam, was one of the founders of Sindhi Sahit Mandal in Bombay. Sundri accompanied him to weekly literary meetings which were presided over by a fatherly figure, Prof M U Malkani, who was a fountain head of encouragement to new and upcoming writers. This exposure to Sindhi writers and their creative works in the Sindhi Sahit Mandal ,were to become the source of inspiration for her, and in the year 1953 she produced her first novel Kirandar Deewaroon (Crumbling walls). This proved to be path breaking milestone.
She shattered the near monopoly of male domination in literature by her one feat. At the same time, she won the accolades and acclaim of all senior writers for use of homely language, a folksy- idiomatic language used by women folk in their household and thus brought in a new literary flavor in Sindhi literature. The theme and structure of the novel was mature and it has distinction of being reprinted many times over. This Novel was translated into many Indian languages and brought her acclaim from literary critics of those languages, thus elevating her from a writer of a regional language to writer the of All India fame. Her Second Novel Preet Purani Reet Niraali came in the year 1956, which has run into 5 reprints, which amply speaks of its merit and popularity.
Apart from her path breaking novels, it is in short story form, where she found herself more comfortable. She has 8 collections of short stories to her credit, and most of them have gone into reprints. Some of her short stories have become water mark in this genre and are often cited as outstanding examples.
Her Story Bhoori (A doll) brings out in stark relief the touching story about a beauty of yester years, who, due to ravages of partition of the country has lost her enchanting looks but is radiant with inner beauty, born out of dignity of labour and assured demeanor to shoulder economic responsibilities to feed her family, thus standing shoulder to shoulder with her husband, ushering in gender equality without sounding stirringly feminist.
HI SHAHAR (This City) is a story of a meek Nepali watchman in a lower middle class apartment building in this city. The Heartless City is portrayed as a vast ruthless and soulless machine, unmindful of the personal loss or tragedy.
In the early sixties, the Publisher of KAHANI magazine had organized a short story competition in which many stalwarts of that time participated and Sundris short story KHEER BARIYA HATHRA won the first prize
Sundri has tried her hand at traditional poetry with proper meter but it is in free verse where she has found her niche. She has four poetry collections to her credit. Her poems delve deep into subtle and delicate gamut of emotions and find artistic and imaginative articulation with her individual stamp.
Apart from bagging many awards throughout her vast and eventful literary career, she was bestowed the prestigious Sahitya Academy Award for her Book Vichhoro in the year 1986.
As a part of Progressive Writers movement she has written on erstwhile Soviet Union, NAEEN SABHYATA Jo DARSHAN and BHARAT ROOS BA BANH BELI (India Russia - two comrades in arms) for which she won the coveted Soviet Land Award. She has inspired many women writers to contribute to Sindhi literature and will continue to inspire future generations.
Sundri has been praised and admired time and again for depicting real life characters from our next door neighbourhood in her stories. Says Sundri----
I feel any creative work, story, novel, play or drama is not a photographic depiction of stark reality. It is to be covered with flesh and blood of imagination, artistic ideas and style of ones own. It is the unity of objective and subjective world. Thus the real facts are like diamonds strewn in the valley seen by Sindbad the Sailor. One has to pick and choose, cut and polish to make an attractive and invaluable one to adorn the brides beautiful body. Thus creative process is recreation of reality.
When I look back over the valleys of past years to understand how this urge towards becoming a writer develop within me, the events of past flash across the screen of my mind like playing of a video tape.
Sundri Uttamchandani Chronology
Literary career: Started writing in the year 1946.
Has written 200 Short Stories, 2 Novels, 12 one act plays, Approx. 500 essays 200 poems. Has translated many novels, short stories and poems of renowned writers viz. Amrita Pritam, Maxim Gorky, Krishanchandra, Sholokhav etc.
Positions Held: Pioneer Member of Sindhi Sahitya Mandal &
Akhil Bharat Sindhi Boli and Sahit Sabha
Founder of: Sindhu Nari Sabha
Sindhu Bal Mandir
Date Of Birth: 28-09-1924
Place of Birth: Hyderabad Sind (Pakistan)
Awards Received : Soviet Land Nehru Peace award, comprising
cash award and 2 weeks visit to USSR.
Award from Hindi Directorate, Ministry of Education for the Book Bhoori
Sahitya Academy award 1986 on Book Vichhoro
Cash Prize of Rd. 100,000/- Guarav Purskar from Govt. of Maharashtra.
Telefilms made: Bandhan 1986 In Hindi
Telefilms Made Sindhi: Vilayati Ghot ji Golha -2006
Bhoori 2008 and Kitty Party- 2008
To Jinin ji Taat In Making
Documentary Made on Sundri Uttamchandani along with two leading Sindhi lady Writter. Prof. Popati Hiranandani & Kala Prakash (Sindhi Sahit jun te barkh Lekhkaun)
List of Books:
· Kirandar Deewarun 1953
(5editions and translated in 3 languages)
· Aman Sade Peyo - 1966
· Preet Purani Reet Niralee 1956 (5 editions)
· Bharat Russ Ba Bahn Boli -
· Hugao 1993
· To Jin Jee Taat - 1970
· Murk Te Manah 1992
· Naien Sabhitya jo Darshan - 1975
· Bhoori 1979 (3 editions)
· Hik Sassui Sao Soor (Trans) - 1963
· Achaa Vaar Gaara Gul - 1965
· Atam Vishwas - 1999
· Vichooro 1989 (2 editions)
· Sindhu(Dramas) - 2000
· Yugaantar 1989
· Nakhreliyun - 2001
· Kheryal Dharti - 1992
· Daath bani aa laat - 2004
· Bandhan 1985 (3 editions)