Dr. Moti Prakash, born on May 15, 1931, in Daro, district Thatta, Sind (now in Pakistan), stands as an exceptional figure in post-partition Sindhi literature. His journey, marked by academic accomplishments and diverse talents, left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of Sindhi society.
Armed with Bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Education and a Doctorate in Sindhi, Dr. Moti Prakash’s journey began with his SCC exam from the SSC Board, Poona (now Pune) in 1951. He seamlessly combined his studies with a teaching career, starting at the Sindh Cosmopolitan High School in Mumbai. His dedication led him to K.J. Khilnani High School, where he ascended to the position of Principal in 1968. In 1977, he ventured abroad to lead the Indian High School, Dubai, showcasing his commitment to education.
Literary and Artistic Contributions:
Beyond his administrative roles, Dr. Moti Prakash excelled as a prolific Writer, Poet, and Dramatist. His literary journey included notable works such as, Aau Ta Choryoon Chung (Let us play the fiddle), Andhero Ujalo (Light and darkness), and Gulran Ja Geet (Songs for budding kids). His diverse repertoire expanded to include Chininga Vich Choley (Sparks in my lap) in 1983, Dithe Deenh Thyam (Have not seen you for a long) in 1986, and Se Sabh Sandhyum Saah Seen (All are hidden in my heart), a Travelogue in 1987.
Dr. Moti Prakash’s involvement extended to producing nearly 250 plays and features for All India Radio until 1977. As the Founder-Secretary of Sindhu Kala Mandir, he aimed to promote Sindhi plays, contributing works like Anja Ta Maan Nandhri Ahyam (I am still a kid) in 1962 and Raat Hik Toofan Ji (Stormy night) in 1971.
Recognition and Awards:
In recognition of his immense contributions to Sindhi culture, Dr. Moti Prakash received numerous accolades, including the NCERT Award in 1975, an award for outstanding contribution to Sindhi literature in 1987, and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989. Notable honors also include the Prof. Ram Panjwani Literary Award in 1989, Priyadarshni Literary Award in 2004, Sahyog Foundation Award in 2000, Uttam Award in 2008, and the Gaurav Puraskar by the Government of Maharashtra.
Legacy and Impact:
Dr. Moti Prakash’s legacy is immortalized in his popular song, Aandhi Mein Jyot Jagain Wara Sindhi Ain Khak Khe Sonu Banain Wara Sindhi … (Sindhis dare to initiate flame even in storms and have the skills and abilities to turn dust into Gold). This song elevated him to a household name among the global Sindhi community.
On August 4, 2015, Dr. Moti Prakash, the outstanding poet, journalist, and educationist, bid farewell to the world. As we pay tribute to his remarkable life, we hope that his soul rests in peace, and his literary contributions continue to thrive in the hearts of Sindhis worldwide. Dr. Moti Prakash’s vision and creativity have left an indelible imprint on Sindhi literature, ensuring that his legacy endures through the sands of time.