KARACHI: Pakistan Academy of Letters recently organised a graceful literary reference ceremony to pay tribute to the renowned archivist, famous for preserving voices, Lutfullah Khan.
Speaking on the occasion, guest of honour Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) Chancellor ZA Nizami highlighted the invaluable services of the great archivist and oral historian Khan.
He said that Khan was a committed and devoted person who spent most of his life collecting voices from different walks of life. He has archived a wide variety of voices including the speeches of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Noon Meem Rashid, Jigar Muradabadi to the sermons of Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi.
Nizami told the audience that Khan had some unique and extinct record of voices, which no national institution could claim to have. He offered to provide full support on behalf of the SSUET to preserve the valuable and important record of voices with latest technology, adding, that the preserved record of voices by Khan was in fact historic.
Expressing his views about Khan, renowned intellectual and critic Dr Muhammad Ali Siddiqui said, “We are a nation that tends to either distort history or give it a shape as we want to see it but late Khan recorded the voices in their original forms with complete honesty and sincerity.”
He said that as a broadcaster, Khan was the senior to ZA Bukhari and Patras Bukhari, yet he was never remembered as such. He claimed if one was to listen to the material that Khan had recorded, they would require at least three-and-a-half consecutive years, adding that he was able to save contemporary history to a great deal.
Fatima Hassan, a poetess, informed the moot that Khan had more than 5,000 voices preserved in a very organised way with well-maintained catalogues. He was a multifaceted man who entered the world of archives through his passion for classical music. However, it was being an archivist that overshadowed the rest of his talents.
Another famous poet Sarshar Siddiqui, Chairman of the Academy Abdul Hameed and Resident Director of the Academy Agha Noor Muhammad Pathan also spoke on the occasion. staff report