Sundri Uttamchandani: Noted Sindhi fiction writer passes away

Published: July 9, 2013
The funeral of the writer was in Mumbai, India. PHOTO: FILE

The funeral of the writer was in Mumbai, India. PHOTO: FILE


Renowned Sindhi fiction writer Sundri Uttamchandani,89, passed away in Mumbai, India on Monday. She was suffering from respiratory illness.

Large number of Sindhi speakers in India attended her funeral, while writers, poets and intellectuals from various cities and towns of Sindh paid rich tributes to her by forwarding their condolence messages to the grieving family.

Sundri Uttamchandani, better known by her first name, was born in Hyderabad Sindh. Her family migrated to India after the partition where she continued her struggle for promoting Sindhi language and culture till her death.

“Sundri shattered male dominance in literature by her writings and brought in a new flavour in Sindhi literature,” said Chander Keswani, a Sindhi poet and writer.

Sundri also gained acclaim in India where she earned many literary awards. Most of her writings revolved around the plight of people that went through the perils of mass migration after the partition. She wrote more than 250 stories, four novels, a dozen plays and translated many novels. Her books continue to be reprinted given the demand of readers.

Progressive Sindhi writer Sham Kumar said Sundri started writing in 1946, got married to progressive Sindhi writer, Assandas Jethanand Uttamchandani popularly known as Shri A J Uttam and both vowed to promote Sindhi literature in India and started movement for it which resulted in government of India giving Sindhi language an official status.

Uttam was born December 16, 1923 in Hyderabad in Uttamchandani Lane named after the family which is still called by the same name. He says, “I attribute my love for Sindhi language to my mother’s influence since young days she used to speak to me in sweet Sindhi using proverbs.”

Her husband passed away in 2003. Sundri leaves behind two daughters Asha Chand and Geeta Khiyani.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Sindhi Pakistani
    Jul 9, 2013 - 9:50PM

    Partition was a horrible thing for us Sindhis. I feel so sad and I apologize that we Muslim Sindhis were not able to protect Sindhi Hindus who were forced out of urban Sindh by the new government of Pakistan. We were no match for the armed forces and Sindhis have never ever been good at fighting.

    But it must be said that I salute millions of Sindhi Hindus who stayed with their mother Sindh and are rising to the top thanks to the equal opportunities provided by Sindh government. I wish my Sindhi brothers and sisters in Hindustan the best. Yours truly a Sindhi from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Raj
    Jul 9, 2013 - 10:35PM

    @Sindhi Pakistani
    Very nice comment. Right from heart. It’s a right for everybody to promote his mother tongue.


  • Vishal Kaul
    Jul 9, 2013 - 11:06PM

    Great Great comment forever by a Pakistani blogger I know pain of leaving own people motherland native people when you forced to leave your own birth place . But a refugee or migrated person or community never forget there language culture and rituals they make effort to all both things safe and cared in there daily life or any in ceremony. Your words like a heal on wounds for any refugees from Pakistan in: India. @Sindhi Pakistani:Recommend

  • Khalid Pathan
    Jul 10, 2013 - 5:05AM

    @Sindhi Pakistani

    Two states emerged due to religious considerations, when the British Empire after the second World War was on the decline, Pakistan and Israel. In Pakistan Sindhi Hindus had to migrate from their home and hearth, against their will, similarly in Israel the Palestinians who belonged to the land were forced to become a minority. In both cases the original population didn’t ask for it and didn’t want it, but they had no say and were forced to accept the decision.


  • A Kumar
    Jul 10, 2013 - 12:04PM

    I love her novel “Vicohhoro” (separation) and “Crumbling walls”. She was really exceptional writer of sub-continent


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