Jumbo Editorial Team
Obaidullah Baig having become a household name in the 1970s with his regular appearance with Iftikhar Arif in the Pakistan Television’s famous quiz show Kasauti died of cancer in Karachi on June 22. He was 75.
Although he attained greater status later in his career as a writer and a documentary film maker, he was greatly admired and remembered for Kasauti, in which he teamed up with Ghazi Salahuddin and Quraish Pur in 1990s.
He remained associated with the broadcast media for nearly half a century having worked for Pakistan Television and Radio Pakistan. He earned recognition for his documentaries too. He authored two books, Rajput and Insan Zinda Hai, and won the Pride of Performance award in 2008 for his achievements in the media.
He is survived by his wife, Salma Baig, a television host, and three daughters, Maryam Baig, Fatima Baig and Amina Baig.
Glowing tributes were paid to Obaidullah Baig in his lifetime and he has been showered with praise after his death which has been described as a colossal loss to the world of literature.
“Obaidullah Baig was an institution. He had so many aspects that I can’t decide which one to speak about. I had a long association with him. He is renowned for Pakistan Television’s popular programme Kasauti but he has done a lot aside from this, which includes his two novels and documentary films and other literary work,” Ghazi Salahuddin, a veteran journalist and his long time friend, observed.
“He had a scholarly tone in his speech which differentiated him from others. He used to work with zeal and solemnity and the good thing was that he transferred that spirit to others. He had multiple qualities which are difficult to find in a single person and “he will be remembered for a long time because of his work,” Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor, Ziauddin University, noted.
Karachi University's Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, reckoned that the death of Obaidullah Baig has left a void in the literary and scholarly field which will be difficult to be filled.