||The Talpurs were patrons of arts and literature
even before they became rulers of Sindh. We have a copy of "Gulistan"
commissioned by Janab Mir Mahmood Khan in 1194AH/1780AD. On Dr.N.A.Baluch's
authority I can state with certainty that a book commissioned by Mir Bijar
Khan the Elder does exist. The Talpurs were not the uncultured and unlettered
rustics their suggest. Many of the Amirs were poets of no mean stature.
Mir Karam Ali Khan's poetry was recently published in the Iranian magazine
"Danish." Mir Murad Ali
Khan and Mir Sobdar Khan of the second Chauyari were poets. Mir Sobdar's
book of poems "Judai
Nama." written during his days of exile in Calcutta is in our library.
Mir Mohammad Hassan Ali, the son of Mir Nasser Khan was also a poet as was his brother. His nephew Mir Abdul Hussain "Sangi" is considered the greatest poet of Sindh after Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. His hand written Diwan is in our library. It was given to my father, Mir Ali Ahmed Talpur by his grandson Mir Abbas Ali Khan. There are quite a few books in our library which were commissioned by Talpurs.
Our library also
has letters of Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhora, ruler of Sindh from1172AH/1759AD
to1186AH/1772AD and Mian Sarfaraz Khan Kalhora, who ruled from 1186AH/1772AD
to 1189AH/1775AD, to Mir Bahram Shaheed. We also have an original Sanad
given to Mir Shahdad Khan during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb in 1117AH/1705AD
granting him lands in Gambat, Rajar and Dandh Circle. Other historical
papers include some documents pertaining to the restoration of our ancestral
Estates by Charles Napier.
The manuscripts in our Library are on a variety of subjects. There are fine copies of the Holy Quran and Hadit. Unfortunately, these copies do not carry a date as some other manuscripts do but an expert in the field could date them. There are Diwans of different poets including Saib, Wakif, Aseer, Mushtak, Wala, etc. There also are books of "Hikmat," i.e., traditional medicine. These could contain herbal treatments for many diseases. My maternal grandfather Mir Ali Mohammad Khan practised Hikmat as well. There are books of the traditional folk tales like "Leela Chanesar," "Saif ul Maluk and Badiuzaman," etc in Farsi, and the "Sikandar Nama" of Nizami. We have a manuscript named "SHASH JAHAT" meaning six sides. This is a uniquely written book because it contains six stories, one of which, the main story is read horizontally as all books are read. The other five stories are read vertically. The words of these stories are denoted by the use of RED INK. The words with red ink are chosen from the Text of the main story and are placed in such a way that they come in a vertical line and can be read as a story. This book was written for Mir Bijar Khan in 1264AH/1848AD from the original which was written in 1113AH/1701AD by Roop Narain.
The preservation of all these books and documents shows that Talpurs also had a sense of history. Many manuscripts and documents were lost due to the trying times that the Talpur family faced due to the invasion by the British. Many were lost due to ageing. That we still have these invaluable items is no small wonder. The preservation of these in our family is mostly due to efforts of my late father, Mir Ali Ahmed Khan Talpur.
1) This site was designed by my respected friend balisht, without whose invaluable help, advice and patient effort this site may not have seen the light of day. I thank her on behalf of the Talpur Family for the kind help she has given .We look forward to her continued help and advice.
2) Thanks to Mir Aijaz Ali Bijarani Talpur for the manuscripts that he gave to my late father, Mir Ali Ahmed Khan.
3) Special thanks to Dr. N.A. Baluch for his kind and invaluable help and guidance, and for providing me with the Sanads relating to Mir Shahdad Khan.
4) I thank all those persons who helped my late father in securing these books and helping in their preservation.