University of Turbat’s dean faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and director Institute of Balochi Language and Culture (IBLC) Prof Dr. Abdul Saboor Baloch has said that besides introducing modern Balochi poetry, free poem, metaphors and new poetic techniques in Balochi language and literature, the legendary poet Atta Shad also gave Baloch literature a new identity with his distinguished poetry. He said this on the occasion of 27th death anniversary of the legendary poet Atta Shad organized by Institute of Balochi Language and Culture (IBLC) on 14th February 2020.
“Atta Shad not only made beautiful experiences of the ghazal in Balochi language but he also played an important role in introducing new genres of free poem and verse to Balochi poetry. Therefore, the history of modern Balochi poetry is incomplete without remembering the contributions of Atta Shad.” Said Dr. Abdul Saboor Baloch.
He remarked that an important aspect of Atta Shad's poetical creation is that his literary works were the true reflection of Balochi culture and landscape of Balochistan.
“Balochi language and literature gained a new dimension due to Atta Shad's social philosophy, artistic approach and creativity. He added.
While addressing on the occasion other speakers said that Atta Shad represented various aspects of Balochi language and culture and brought changes in Baloch society. They added that Atta Shad was considered the architect of modern symbolic Balochi poetry because he introduced a number of literary essays, diction, symbolism and use of free poem and verse in Balochi language. They believed that “His unique style gave him a prominent place in the literary circles, and the legendary poet abandoned outdated expressions and metaphors and discovered a new poetic language for his poetry.” Besides Prof Dr. Abdul Saboor Baloch, IBLC’s Assistant Professor Sadiq Saba, student Abbas Hassan and Shabir Sharif also presented research articles on Atta Shad's arts and poetry while the young singer of Balochi language and IBLC’s students Asumi Baloch, Nawab Baloch, Sajid Qadir and Rabia Baloch received tremendous round of applauses from the audience for presenting Atta Shad's Balochi song with rhythm. Hatim Adnan Dashti a student of BS Balochi also presented parody of one of Atta Shad's famous ghazal very artistically. Imran Hasil performed the responsibility of stage secretary of the event. The event was attended by the faculty members and students in large number.