Biography: Vasdev Vensimal Sidhnani
Famous Sindhi Poet – Sindhi Gazal – Academy Award
This was a bit different evening for the Sindhi literary world as writer of “Baraf Jo Thahiyal “ [composed of ice] famous Sindhi poet Vasdev Mohi was being felicitated with Academy Award of Sindhi Sahitya Academy Award 1999. Born as Vasdev Venshimal Sidhnani on 02 March 1944 at Mirpur Khas Sindh, Vasdev Mohi is one of the popular names of Sindhi community in India. Native of Ahmadabad Gujarat[though the family tried to get rooted at Jodhpur Rajasthan first and shifted to Ahmadabad in 1950] Vasdev Mohi have Masters Degree [M.A.] in the English Literature in academic column of his profile. Though he started his life as a government servant [working with LIC of India Joined in September 1966] but within no time was in the field of education as he started working with Indian School Dubai [Joined October 1987] to teach English and remained with that job till retirement [March 2004] as the Head of English Department.
In the Sindhi literature Vasdev Mohi is considered as the Icon of Modern Sindhi Poetry, making Sindhi Gazal popular among the masses. He is known as the writer of clarity of expressions, true depth of thoughts and strong hold over the pronouncing. His first book titled “Tazaad” publish in 1976 was poetry collection and was appreciated alike by the critics and common readers. His yet another book “Subah Kithe Ahe “has made him favorite of readers. Vasdev Mohi has credit of presenting Sindhi Gazal in new effective way of Hyku Gazal, a writing style inspired or more correctly combination of Traditional Sindhi writing and Japanese Hyku style.
In the second half of his literary life Vasdev Mohi has also tried to present his pen new horizons of short stories and critical essays and to surprise of all not only the literary fraternity but common readers have also appreciated him for this new beginning. Vasdev Mohi also translated a few writings in to Sindhi language and was felicitated by National council for promotion of Sindhi language and Sahitya Academy Delhi. He was also part and to lead the Delegation of Indian Writers visited China in the year 2011.
Besides the writing Vasdev Mohi has contributed to Sindhi literature in the capacity of Member of Executive Board of Sahitya Academy and Convener of Sindhi Advisory Board from 2008 to 2012. High light of his tenure was the seminar of Indo-Pak Sindhi writers held at New Delhi.
Literary Contribution – Vasdev Mohi
Vasdev Mohi is among the rare personalities of Sindhi literature who had contributed through almost all the horizons of Sindhi literature. Here is list of his books
Poetry: 1976 – Tazzad :: 1983 – Subah Kithe Ahe :: 1992 – Mankoo [afterward translated in to Gujarati and Hindi by others] :: 1996 – Barf Jo Thahiyil :: 2001 – Chuhinb Mein Kakhu :: 2009 – Rail Ji Patri Meri
Translation: 1976- Sutal Atma :: 2006 – Antaral
Educational: 1976 – Vajood Jo Khandhar ::2011 – Jadeed Sindhi Shayarai Jo Intekhab :: 2012- Adhunik Bhartiya Kavita
Criticism & Short Stories: 2007 – Gaalih Shayarai Jee :: 2008- Virhange Khan Poy Sindhi Gazal Jo Handbook :: 2012 – Chequebook
Awards – Vasdev Mohi
Vasdev Mohi is recipient of Academy Award of Sindhi Sahitya Academy in the year 1999 for his poetry collection “Baraf Jo Thahiyil”. A few other significant awards of Vasdev Mohi are:
Award by Gujarat Sahitya Academy [Translation]
Sahityakar Sanman – Life time Achievement Award by NCPSL
Literary Award by Priyadarshani Academy
Life time Achievement Award by Sindhi Akademy Delhi
Gangadhar National Award for Poetry
Jivan Gourav Puraskar by Gujarat Sahitya Academy