Abstract

Ballads have prevailed in Sindhi culture since centuries. They have their origin in collective aspirations and cravings of masses. The current paper presents an overview of the ballads of Sheikh Ayaz – a poet whose work is steeped in aesthetics and carries intuitive qualities. His ballads have a magical quality that mesmerizes his readers. Leaving the subject maner aside, one is amazed his diction, reflecting imagination at its peak. While reading his folk ballads and folk lore one can feel his strong sense of attachment with his native culture. He has not only used obsolete words beautifully but has also fortified the tradition of using the language of common man. His poetry is representative of the Sindhi socio-cultural values that mirror typical Sindhi environment.

Ishaq Seejio