A book written by Khalid Kumbhar on the nomadic tribes of Sindh launched
The eminent writers, poets, anthropologists and people from different walks of life thronged in Umerkot town on the other day where they launched the new book of the known writer and anthropologist Khalid Kumbhar Sindh Ja Khana Badosh Qabila ( The nomadic tribes of Sindh).
The known scholar of Sindh JamiChandio speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, said that Mr Kumbhar in book his unique book had tried his best to depict the centuries of lifestyle, culture, traditions and other aspects of the various communities of the nomadic living in the different areas of the province.
We can not delve deeper into the mysteries of history without knowing these tribes, who have kept their centuries old traditions still alive” he added and highly lauded the efforts of the writer of the book for his concerted efforts to compile a book after hectic research on the tribes. Mr Jami maintained that the book of the author was a complete document on the lifestyle, culture and their traditions and termed it an applied anthropology on the nomads of Sindh. “ The gypsies throughout the world have always been meted out the stepmother treatment by the societies they were living in and never got their basic human rights anywhere” he added.
He said that nomads despite the ups and downs had never compromised on their culture and traditions underscored the need to do more research on such tribes living across the country.
The known poet and writer Dr Ishaq Samejo said that the writer had surprisingly compiled a book whose page was full of authentic information adding he said that the document would prove a real guide for those, who were interested in travel journalism. He said that now it was now the duty of other researchers to read and translate the same in other languages so that those students and academia aspiring to know the ;lifestyle these tribes could read such a masterpiece of Sindhi literature.
The eminent poet and writer Ali Dost Aajiz speaking on the occasion said that had done a justice while writing a book on the nomads and said such books would be guide for the future generations, whenever they would do some search on the ancients builders of the societies.
He said that invaders and warriors throughout the world had always forced such tribes to leave their hearths and homes and move to safer places to live their lives peacefully. Khalid Kumbhar in his speech said that he was inspired write another book on such tribes because from his childhood he realized the hard life of such people, who according to him, never compromised on their traditions despite trials and tribulations of and tried to keep their rich culture and traditions even when the entire world went through various phases during the wars and natural calamities. “We will have to understand the nomadic people if we want to know the human evolution during millenniums” he added.
He said that nomadic tribes had played their great role during Mughal dynasty in India and always supported those who wanted to put up a fight with invading forces. Dost rejected the notion that nomads were only interested and dependent on the livestock due to which moved from one place to another in search of the food for their animals adding he searched various communities and greatly contributed to art, music, acrobatic art, warfare, making the traditional weapons and a number of other activities.
He said that a number of the communities, which still live in Sindh and other parts of Pakistan and Subcontinent, were contributing greatly to art and other activities despite living in sub-human condition. Mr Ali Dost said that Shah Abdul Bhattai was the greatest anthropologist of all times to come, who had immortalized a number of the communities by composing poetry on their culture, lifestyle, art and other traditions.
Ali said that it dawned upon him during the extensive research that the majority of these countries had always given power of the decision making to their women throughout history. The acclaimed writer and critic Taj Joypo said that at the time when the youths of the society were keeping themselves away from reading habits such books would again motivate them to not read books but also create the penchant in them to step into research work on their glorious past. Ameer Azad Panhwar said that importance of the book could be gauged from the fact its all printed copies were sold out before its formal inauguration and second edition was under the process of printing. He observed he had never such tremendous response from the readers in the recent history of Sindhi literature adding he full credit of such overwhelming response to its writer.
Arbab Nek Mohammad, Iqbal Rind, Amar Rai Singh. Munwar Halepoto, Haji Sand, Nashad Samoon, Khalil Kumbhar, Saindad Mangrio, Gul Hassan Pali, Sagir Khaskheli, Piyar Ali Nohrio, Ali Bux Chandio, Jalal Kori, Naseer Kumbhar and others also spoke on the occasion and highly lauded the efforts of Mr Kumbhar to compile a book on a very intricate subject. The singers and musicians from Thar and Umerkot districts also performed till dawn.