Sunday, December 5, 2010

Encyclopaedia of Sindhi Launched

The Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah launched the first ever comprehensive encyclopaedia of the Sindhi language, 'Encyclopaedia Sindhiana' on Saturday, Dec 4, 2010 at a ceremony at Karachi's Regent Plaza hotel.

The ceremony was also attended by Ms Sassui Palijo, the Sindh Culture Minister, Ms Sharmila Farooqi, Information Advisor to the Chief Minister, Mr Abdul Salaam Thaheem, Minister for Technical Education and a large number of Sindhi scholars and intellectuals including Dr GA Allana, Mr Mazhar Siddiqui, Sirajul Haque Memon and others.

The Chief Minister termed the launch of the publication a major achievement and lauded the efforts of the Sindhi Language Authority, the department behind the project, headed by Dr Fahmida Hussain. Ms Sassui Palijo, Dr GA Allana, Dr Fahmida Hussain and others also spoke on the occasion.

Two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Sindhiana have been published so far. The first volume contains about 3,500 entries comprising 650 pages and is based on the first three letters of the Sindhi alphabet. The second volume of 728 pages, out now, consists of 2,571 entries based on the next six letters of the Sindhi alphabet, and also include about 323 entries as addenda for the first volume.

About 80 percent entries are related to Sindh, such as personalities, places, flora, fauna, archaeological sites, other life forms, tribes, castes, beliefs, rituals and rites, culture, civilisation, language, dialects, literature, fine arts etc.

The encyclopaedia is dedicated to late Dr Tanveer Abbasi, who conceived the original project idea. Dr Fahmida Hussain is the editor-in-chief while Mr Taj Joyo is its editor. Consultation and guidance on the project are being provided by Mohammad Ibrahim Joyo and Dr Ghulam Ali Allana.

The third volume of Encyclopaedia Sindhiana is also in its final stages and will be published soon.

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