Renowned archaeologist Hakim Ali Shah Bukhari passed away

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD May 14, 2021: Renowned researcher, historian and archaeologist of Sindh, Hakim Ali Shah Bukhari passed away at Sehwan hospital on Eid day. He was 83.

He was younger brother of famous public poet Ustad Bukhari.

As news of his death broke on social media, condolence messages started pouring in. A number of Facbook users also shared their photo with the late scholar.

Hakim Ali Shah Bukhari was born on 15 February 1938 village Ghulam Chandio taluka Dadu. He passed Sindhi final examination in 1950.

Later, he passed matriculation exam as student of Government High School, Dadu in 1957 from Sindh University.

He also passed the Intermediate Drawing Examination and joined as clerk in the Deputy Commissioner’s office.  

Bukhari left revenue department and in 1964, he became a teacher at the District Council High School.

In the meantime, the University of Sindh awarded him a scholarship for post-graduation in Archeology from the University of Peshawar and completed M.Sc in 1968.

Though he earned master’s degree on scholarship of University of Sindh, but the university refused to hire him.

Hakim Ali Shah got a job at the Archaeological Department in 1969 as a Gallery Assistant at Mohenjo-daro. After serving the archeology department for 29 years, he retired on February 14, 1998 in the 19th grade.


Syed Hakim Ali Shah had the opportunity to go to Italy, Japan and the UK at different times during his service.

Renowned archeologist was recipient of more than a dozen awards and certificates for education, training and additional courses.

Apart from his professional work, Bukhari was interested in music and public conversations since childhood. He is also known for his knowledge of music and art. He has also acted in many plays and also wrote some plays.

While working in the Archeology Department, Hakim Ali Shah excavated the five archeological sites of  Andan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (1967-68), Pirak in Balochistan (1969-70), Jhukar Daro in Sindh (1973),

Pirak in Baluchistan,second season (1973-74)

He personally inspected nearly all ancient sites in various districts of Sindh.  

Bukhari authored, co-authored number of articles and books. These are Khirthar (English) as Co-author, Sangeet Sansar (Culture, Music) co-author, Dictionary of Archeology of Sindh (Sindhi Language Authority, 2008- co-author, Aap Beti-Jag Beti (English translation of the biography of Muhammad Hussain Panhwar), Kalhora Period Architecture, Sindh Archives (2006) author, Musical instrumentals local and International Co-author, Dictionary of Construction.

Hakim Ali Shah Bukhari was still visiting different sites for research. He was Project Director in the Sindh Archives Department.