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Kasauti-fame scholar Obaidullah Baig dies

Published Jun 22, 2012 09:04pm


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KARACHI: Distinguished scholar, documentary filmmaker, media person and novelist Obaidullah Baig died of cancer on Friday at 5.30am. He was 75.

He is survived by his wife, Salma Baig, who once hosted a show on PTV, and three daughters.

Born in India in 1936, Baig was in his early twenties when he wrote his first novel Aur Insaan Zinda Hai.

In the 1960s Baig produced and presented on Pakistan Television a series of documentaries titled Sailani Ke Saath. It was one of the most watched and critically acclaimed programmes on television at the time. He would visit far-off and culturally rich areas of the country and introduce them to TV viewers. Some of the most successful of the episodes were on the Khirthar Range and the Lahut Valley in Balochistan.

But it was the quiz show Kasauti on which Baig exhibited his extraordinary knowledge of history, literature, geography and environmental sciences that he is most remembered for.

Baig’s namaz-i-janaza held at Sultan Masjid in Defence after Friday prayers was attended by a large number of people and he was laid to rest in the Defence Graveyard. Among those who took part in the funeral procession were actor Rahat Kazmi, TV producers Zaheer Khan and Zafar Akbar, writer Anwar Maqsood, music composer Arshad Mahmood, media persons Farhad Zaidi and Ghazi Salahuddin, poet Naseer Turabi and scholar Quraish Pur. Moving scenes were witnessed as some of his close relatives and friends couldn’t control themselves and became teary-eyed.

Soyem will be held at Baig’s residence — 6 Qamar Court, 111 Clifton opposite Amir Khusrau Park — on Sunday after Zuhr prayers.


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Akbar Rasool Jun 23, 2012 05:10pm
Aik or aasman zameen kha gai. RIP dear sir.
Nadeem Mirza Jun 24, 2012 03:13pm
May Allah rest his soul in peace! Great personality!!!
A. Khan Jun 24, 2012 10:25pm
An intellectual giant has passed away. May Allah bless his soul!
Azfar Ahmad Jun 24, 2012 06:11pm
Page 2 of 2. continued from previous comment: It is high time that we take care of few remaining people of similar standing and try to learn from them and also get some knowledge across to our younger generation. I don't think we have another Obaidullah Baig..that much we know from what is being offered to us via the TV currently. We need to learn from Mr. Baig's script that he wrote while serving us via PTV and try to mimic that to feed some menainful things to our current and future generations. I request Quraish pur, Anwar Maqsood, Zia Mohiuddin, Rahat Kazmi, Iftikhar Arifs of this nation to kindly come forward once again and try to take Obaid sahib's work and his legend forward and while doing that keep your own legend in fore front also as you and likes of you are a rare breed and have excel, I must also add in a noble manner, in your fields. Many will think what was so special done by Obaid ullah Baig Marhoom or by other people mentioned here and to them, I wil say, you need to see their work and compare to what is being offered today. Thank you for your services. AZFAR, Dallas, TX
AZFAR AHMAD Jun 24, 2012 06:07pm
Page 1 of 2 Innallillahay was Inaa Alihay Rajaoon. Another ICON off the few noble ones left is gone. He was a true genious and always came across as a humble, cultured and pleasant person. Rarest off the rare breed of intellects. We are not blessed with many and such losses are a huge blow to our limited treasure of intellects. May he rest in peace and may Allah grant him Jannah. My sincere condolences to the family and friends. .....continue on next comment: AZFAR, DALLAS, TX
s qavi Jun 24, 2012 08:09pm
Pakistani society owes a lot to Mr.Baig and many other unsung heroes of PTV who laid the foundations of highest standards of broadcasting ,social responsibility and media role models in the young and nascent years of this country.We needed so many more of their kind especially in the helmless chaotic times of today. May he rest in peace
Jawaid Islam Jun 27, 2012 06:10am
Obaidullah Baig epitomized the documnetary scene in Pakistan; it was his Sailani ke Saath that impressd me to do just that which I did to some extent. Whenever and I do it often I want to travell to far off places within Pakistan, he inadvertantly comes to mind. Soft spoken, and showing brilliane in Kasauti, he was a role model for me. I wish the youth of today follow people like him rather than the Shah Rukhs or other Khans of Bollywood.