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Date of Birth: Sep 1, 1930 (83 years old)
Lovingly known as 'Bajiya' among her family members, coworkers and fans alike, Fatima Suraiyya Hameedi Khatoon was born in Karnataka, Hyderabad Deccan on September 1, 1930. Following the partition, her family soon migrated to the newly independent Pakistan.
Belonging to a family that has been known for its literary skills, Bajiya starting writing from a very young age as she came up with her first Urdu novel Muslim Samaaj when she was only 16. Being homeschooled by her maternal grand uncle Nawab Nisar Ahmed Khan, the stature Bajiya achieved in the literary world as well as a playwright was no ordinary feat.
As a playwright, she made numerous contributions towards radio and television. Her association with Pakistan Television (PTV) started in the sixties, when PTV was still a newly launched channel. Her famous plays include Aroosa, Anaa, Zeenat and Babar. She also adapted several famous Urdu novels as plays, among which Shama and Afshaan were adapted from A.R. Khatoon's novels whereas Zeenat was adapted from Mirza Qaleech Baig's novel. In this way, she introduced the public to classic literature through her plays. She also wrote a number of long plays, with Mehmaan being the first long play penned by her.
Being a strong believer of morals and traditions, Bajiya made sure that her dramas were a true reflection of the Pakistani culture. For her services as a playwright as well as a notable literary figure in Pakistan, she was awarded the President's Pride of Performance. She has also been a recipient of the highest civil award of Japan for translating Japanese poetic collections into Urdu.
Bajiya's passion for writing became the trademark of her writing and reflected in her work as a dramatist, novelist and intellectual. She also earned recognition for playing an active role for charitable causes as well as social welfare.