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Nanikram Dharamdas

Nanikram Dharamdas

Nanikram Dharamdas was a versatile writer in an idiomatic and expressive style—his principal contribution being in the realm of drama where he served as a link between the old drama and the new. His first play was Nek Anjam (Anjam the God) followed by Frebi Fitna (1916) an adaptation of Marie Corelli's novel" Vendetta'— both sensational but popular plays of the day. Then he turned to moral and religious subjects in plays like Pati Shewa (Service of the * Dr. Ernest Trump : "The Divan of Abdul Latif Shah", Leipzig, 1866.Husband) adapted from Hindi, and Prem Bhagti (1923) adapted from the famous Hindi play Soordas, which was his most successful drama. Prem-ji-Putli (Idol of Love) and Lilavati were two of his original plays on social evils and reforms. His last published play was Suhni Mehar (1946), a dramatization of a folk-tale of Sind. Nanikram also adapted and wrote many novels in Sindhi of which the following were popular :

            Hasad-ji-Hani (Evils of Jealousy), abridged from Dumas' ''Count of Monte Cristo".

            Nazik Gulra (Delicate Flowers), from Farrar's "Eric".

            Kashmiri Phool (Flower of Kashmir), from Corelli's "Thelma".

            Likal Lal (Hidden Ruby), a historical novel about Alexander's unsuccessful attack on Sind, 1918-

            Adarsh Nari (Ideal Woman), a novel of domestic life, 1926.

            Nar-joon-Kingryoon (Poets of the Persian Wheel), a social novel

Nanikram also tried his hand at short-stories of which two books were published containing mostly adapted stories and a few original ones: Dharamrai-ji-Vahi (Account-book of Dharamrai)— 1915, and Jeevat Ja-Varq (Pages from Life)—1923. Nanikram was also a competent poet and his Megh Doot is an able verse translation of Kalidasa's immortal epic posthumously published in 1947.