Zia Mohyeddin Death: A Tribute to a Legendary Icon

The world of art has lost a giant. Zia Mohyeddin, a legendary thespian, passed away in Karachi at the age of 92. The artist lays to rest in Karachi’s DHA. Mourners, including politicians, celebrities, journalists, and activists, gathered to pay their respects.

The Legacy of Zia Mohyeddin

Zia Mohyeddin with a lovely pic

Zia Mohyeddin is known as a legend in his lifetime. Trained in dramatic arts in the United Kingdom, he not only performed in a variety of stage roles, but also acted in foreign films such as David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” both in Pakistan and abroad. After coming to Pakistan, he further promoted the performing arts in various capacities. Additionally, he founded the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa), where he trained a large number of actors, singers, and instrumentalists.

His contributions to the performing arts are numerous. Known for his excellent compering, broadcasting, poetry, and prose recitation, he also excelled as an acting and theatre director. Moreover, he mentored hundreds of students who are now working in different fields of TV production and acting. After coming to Pakistan, Mohyeddin was elevated to the position of president emeritus of Napa last year and received the Hilal-i-Imtiaz for art in 2012.

The Career of Zia Mohyeddin

Zia Mohyeddin in a deep thought

Born in Faisalabad on June 20, 1931, Zia Mohyeddin graduated from Government College, Lahore, and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Upon his return to Pakistan, he produced, directed, and acted in numerous plays. Additionally, he starred in “Lawrence of Arabia” with director David Lean in 1962, “Behold the Pale Horse” with filmmaker Fred Zinnemann in 1964 and later in “Immaculate Conception” in 1992 with director Jamil Dehlavi.

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In 1970, he presented the now legendary Zia Mohyeddin Show on PTV. Later, he accepted the post of director at the PIA Arts Academy. Furthermore, he is the author of three novels, including “The God of My Idolatry: Memories and Reflections,” “Theatrics,” and “A Carrot is a Carrot.”

Tributes Pour In

Zia Mohyeddin with wife and daughter

As soon as news of Mohyeddin’s passing spread. Politicians, celebrities, journalists, activists, and others across Pakistan expressed their grief, calling it the end of an era. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif praised Mohyeddin’s role. And introducing a new dimension to television hosting in Pakistan and training budding artists. Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb. Referred to Mohyeddin as a literary figure whose style of reading and speaking gained worldwide fame.

In a press statement issued by Napa. Jawaid Iqbal, the chairman of the board of directors, referred to Mohyeddin as a brilliant teacher. Who mentored and trained numerous students of theatre. He also extended his condolences to Mohyeddin’s wife and children. On behalf of the Board, CEO, and the entire Napa fraternity. Read more about Zia Mohyeddin


Zia Mohyeddin was not just a thespian, but a literary icon. His contributions to the performing arts will always remember, and his voice will continue to resonate in our minds. The world of art has lost a giant. But his legacy will live on through the countless students he mentored and the art he created.

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