Biography – Hiro Tikamdas Shewkani
Famous Sindhi Writer & Critic – Academy Award - Sindhi Adab Ji Tarikh
41st Awardee of Sindhi Sahitya Academy Award 2008
Hiro Shewkani, Ex Principal of R K Talreja College Ulhasnagar and Academy Award winner famous critic of Sindhi language belongs to Thatho, the land of Sindhi Deity Lord Jhulelal. He was fortunate to take birth nearby this holly place on 06 January 1935 at village Chuhar Jamali though this fortune did not lost for a longer period as country’s partition has forced him and his family to migrate to India. This was a real painful experience for a student of standard sixth to balance his feet which were often refusing to bear load of anguish filled heart.
The unmatched creativity for which Shewkani has been renowned was born here as Hiro has used this turmoil of partition as the fuel for sharpening his creative powers. His family has chooses Ahmadabad to resettle the life. In the year 1961 he has passed B.A. with Sindhi as special subject and decided to works as Lecturer of Sindhi even before he passed M.A. in 1963. Though like B.A. he was not the first class first [Gujarat University] at M.A. as this time he was ranked second.
In the 1968 he joined R K Talreja College Ulhasnagar as the senior lecturer in Sindhi and remains in service till his retirement in 1995 from the post of Principal. During these years he served the Sindhi language and literature in various capacities. Some of the key post on which Hiro Shewkani as worked during the span of time are:-
1981 as the Ph.D. guide for Sindhi at Mumbai University
1985 Chairman, Board of Studies in Sindhi, Mumbai University
1986-1995 Convener, Board of Studies in Sindhi, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Pune
1992 Member of Sindhi Advisory Board of Sahitya Academy New Delhi
1992-1995 Member of Sindhi language committee of Bhartiya Gyan Peeth Literary Award
After retirement in 1995 Hiro Shewkani has joined the Gandhidham Collegiate Board Adipur as the Executive Secretary and worked till 2001.
During the days of student life Hiro Shewkani was used to attend and participate in the literary meetings held at Harishchandra Pathshala Ahmedabad. This has not only helped him to get his literary potentials nourished but also helped in developing approach to Sindhi literature. Though the first short story written by Hiro Shewkani was published in 1954 but his first book was published in 1975.
Hiro Shewkani has also done some translation work like “Sindhi Adab Ji Tarikh” which is considered as his most significant contribution to Sindhi literature. This if often said that he along with Harish Vaswani has changed the style of criticism in its totality and has introduced new horizon for it.
Literary Contribution – Hiro Shewkani
List of Books [In alphabetical Order of Titles]
Choond Sindhi Kahaniyun
Jiddat-Jo-Mafahoom Ain Sindhi Kahani
Lok Lahwaro Vahe Toon Oocho Vahu
Nai Sindhi Kahani
Nai Sindhi Kavita
Sindhi Adab Ji Tarikh
Sirjan Jo Sankat Ain Sindhi Kahani
Zindagi Ain Cactus
Hiro Shewkani Awards
Besides being honored with prestigious Academy Award for Book “Sirjan Jo Sankat Ain Sindhi Kahani” in the year 2008, Hiro Shewkani was also felicitated with Academy Award [Translation] for translating “History of Sindhi Literature” [by L.H. Ajwani] from English to Sindhi with Title “Sindhi Adab Ji Tarikh” in the year 1997. He is honored also by Gujarat Sindhi Sahitya Academy with Gaurav Puraskar.