The following appears in
je Hindun jee Tareek' by Diwan Bherumal Mahirchand Advani:
During the Japanese war of
1942, Sindhis suffered huge losses. Many were confined to detention camps and
...Three Sindhi firms were
considered as pioneers: M/s. Pohumal Bros., M/s. Dhanamal Chelaram and M/s.
Wassiamal Assumal. Later, the number grew”...
...In Egypt: Pohumal Bros.,
Syria: Mukhi Hiranand Tarachand, North Africa: Pessumal Mulchand, Gibraltar and
West Africa: J. T. Chanrai, Kishinchand Chellaram, Metharam Jassumal, M.
Dialdas and others.
...In West Africa: M/s.
J. T. Chanrai, M/s. Metharam Jassumal, M/s. Tarachand Jassumal, M/s.
Kishinchand Chellaram and others. Canada, South and North America had a few
Sindhis due to immigration restrictions like in Australia.
Due to Second World War,
Sindhis ventured out throughout India.
Leading at Madras: M/s.
Chellaram Gianchand. The family split giving birth to 3 firms. M/s. Chellaram
Gianchand, M/s. Kishinchand Chellaram and M/s. Kewalram Chellaram.
The following information on
'Chellarams' is an update by Shakun Narain with the kind assistance of Mr. Pishu
Omissions and errors are not
The Kishichnad Chellaram’s
name reminds one immediately of K.C. College in Mumbai.
But they are much bigger
Kishichand separated from his
father Mr. Chellaram and brothers Hashmatrai, Kewalram, Roopchand in the year
1914. Kishinchand also had a sister named Keematbai who joined the Bramkumari
Movement and is the mother of Mithoo Chanrai.
Kishinchand restarted his
retailing business of fabrics and sundries from Madras (Chennai). Business
expanded by leaps and bounds. It spread out to Ooty, Nilgiris, Whole of Tamil
Nadu, Coimbatore…He then sent a team to Nigeria in 1922, W. Africa Spain…Kishinchand
Chellaram became a world wide concern and saw its zenith in the 1950s and
The Chellaram’s original
surname is Daryanani.
“Daryanani owes its name to
Mr Daryanomal, whose grandson was Gianchand, whose son was Chellaram and whose
son was Kishinchand...
Rukmanibai Motumal Sabnani
Kishinchand Chellaram married Rukmanibai Motumal Sabnani, sired:
1)Tahilram married Satibai
2)Asandas married Gangga
Hathiramani, separated and
re-married Parpati Ghirdarimal
Samtani, daughter of Ghirdarimal Kotumal Samtani
3)Shevakram married Lachmi
4)Koonjbai married Gopaldas
5)Lokumal married kamla
6)Gopibai married Harkishindas
Tahilram and Satibai
Kishinchand Chellaram sired:
Murli married Nirmala Roopchand Kirpalani
Sundribai married Chatru Sobhraj Vaswani
Pishu married Padu hassaram Vaswani
Duru married Chatru Rewachand Aasoomal
Ram married Indu Hassaram Vaswani
Asandas and Parpati Ghirdarimal Samtani sired:
1. Lakshmandas married Aasha Mirchandani , sired:
a. Veena, married Ashok Sirwani, sired:
b. Geeta, married Suresh Kandhari
2. Nari (Dolly) married Sulachini Jhamatmal Sabnani, neice of Mrs. Kishinchand Chellaram, sired:
a. Naresh sired
i. Lawrence (Lance)
b. Joey married Maria Editha (Didit) Nacpil, sired:
c. Lovine married Reshu Nanikram Mahboobani, sired:
d. Rakesh married Angelica (Angie) Sehwani, sired:
3. Mohini married Vashi Sabnani, sired
4. Hiro married Gopi Genamal Dadlani, sired
a. Sunita married Haresh Gurnamal, sired
b. Shobha married Madhu Daryanani, sired
c. Ravi married Shirley Hemandas, sired
Shevakram and Lachmi Kishinchand Chellaram sired:
Savitrti (Meera) married Kishore Aasoomal
Shiela married Madhu Chanrai
Kanta married Gope Dalamal
Haresh married Kanta (Radhika) Roopchand
Bharati married Jagdish Chanrai
Lokumal and Kamla Bulchand Mahtani sired:
Chandra married Sunder Dalamal
Lal married Shobhna Aasoomal
Gunni married Mohan Moorjani
Sham married Radhe Chulani
Geetu married Haresh Chulani
At the time of Arab invasion in
the year 711, Sind was inhabited by Chana, Sahta, Lakha, Lahna and others.
Sahtas who are Rathod Rajputs, to escape the onslaught of Arabs, fled from Sind.
Sahtas residing in Sind during the year 1947, were descendents of those Sahtas
who had returned from Marwar during the reign of Mirs.
Due to heavy flooding in Marwar,
one group of Sahta went to Sind and another group went to Mandvi (Madaii) near
Bhuj in Kutch. The two Sahtas tried maintaining their contact with each other,
but with time the dialogue and the dress changed.
Sahtas first lived in Sahiti
province but by the year 1947, there were none there as they all had moved to
Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana and Sakhar. In Halla Paranan, a street was named
after them. Amongst the Sahta were Doctors, traders and many were in service.
GARIBDASANI: - Diwan
Mukh: Saydan (Sri Daan)
Garibdasanis are Rathod Rajputs
and in Sind they were known as Sahta. In 1947 they lived at Halla Paranan in
Sahtan Ghitti. See Dhermalani.
Diwan Garibdas had migrated to
Sind from Rajputana. Prominent amongst them: Diwan Chandumal, Diwan Khanchand
and Diwan Sangatrai Sahibrai. They all were Mukhtiarkars.
SHEWAKRAMANI: - Seth
Shewakramanis are zamindars and
traders from Tando Adam.
Seth Shewakram was Mukhi of
Tando Adam. After the death of Seth Shewakram, his son Seth Alimchand became the
After the demise of Seth
Alimchand, his son Seth Kundomal declined the seat. Seth Kundomal had his kothis
(offices) at Tando Adam and at Karachi. He also had Ginning Mills that were
managed by his sons Seth Assandas and Seth Radhakrishindas.
Seth Radhakrishindas was
Chairman of Tando Adam Municipality for over fifteen years and its President for
three years. He was also advisor to the Collector and Commissioner.
Seth Naraindas Kundomal was
manager of Tando Adam Academy, Municipal Counselor and chairman of the School
KARYA: - Seth Thawardas.
Karya Nukh families lived in
Karachi, Halla Paranan and village Alam Khan.
Around three hundred fifty years
ago, Seth Thawardas, the elder of Karyas, migrated from Punjab and settled at
Halla Paranan. His son, Seth Kotumal was grandfather of Seth Khemchand Vasanmal.
Seth Khemchand’s descendents
call themselves Khemani.
Seth Khemchand was a prosperous
trader and had a shop in Halla Paranan. He spoke Farsi (Persian) and recited
Guru Granth Sahib fluently. Seth Khemchand was a member of the Taluka Local and
Collector’s advisory Boards. He passed away at the age of eighty-five.
Seth Khemchand had four sons.
M/s. Teomal, Pahlajrai, Parmanand and Tahilram.
Seth Pahlajrai was a zamindar.
He was born at Halla Paranan and could read and write Farsi and Sindhi. He was
member of the Collector and Commissioner’s advisory boards. Seth Pahlajrai was
also Second Class Honorary Bench Magistrate.
He was a philanthropic and was
respected by both the Hindus and Muslims. He had one son named Mr. Khushiram who
had expired. Seth Pahlajrai’s grandson Mr. Bhagwandas, in the year 1947 was
with the Revenue Dept.
Seth Pahlajrai’s one daughter
Shrimati Savitribai was married to Karachi’s Seth Sukhdev Udhavdas M.L.A.
Seth Pahlajrai expired at the
age of seventy. His brother Seth Parmanand’s grandson Mr. Valabdas Mohandas
BA, was an Advocate in Mirpur Khas.
Another family with Karya Nukh
lived at Village Alam Khan Marri i.e. Seth Balchand Tilanmal. He was a zamindar.
KANJHAN: - Diwan Chandumal.
The elders of Kanjhan Nukh
family, Diwan Chandumal and others lived in Kherpur Mirsahib Ghitti. Later they
moved to Larkana. In 1947, there were around 25 Kanjhan households in Larkana.
KIRPALANI: - 1. Mr. Kirpaldas.
Nukh: - Chhug.
Kirpalanis are found both in
Amils and Bhaibunds. Chandiramani, Shinghwani and Manglani have the same Chhug
Nukh. Bhambhani and Karnani Diwans of Navsheri Firoz also have the same Nukh.
Families having Chhug Nukh were also living at Llar and in Punjab. They are
The ancestors of Kirpalani lived
at Peryag. Their Shijro (family tree) starts with Diwan Lakhomal who had four
sons: M/s. Askarandas, Kalyandas, Rangomal and Chaturdas.
Mr. Askarandas had two sons:
M/s. Jeetdas and Maniram. Mr. Maniram’s one son Mr. Kirpaldas held a very high
and important post in the government and had reached the height of glory. Mr.
Kirpaldas had no children. His cousins and family members gave Mr. Kirpaldas the
respect he deserved and proudly called themselves ‘Kirpalani’. The street in
which they lived was called Kirpalani Ghitti.
Diwan Lakhomal’s eldest son Diwan Askarandas sired Mr. Jeetdas. From his roots
came Mr. Topanmal Jethmal, Advocate.
Diwan Askarandas’ second son
Diwan Maniram had four sons: M/s. Atalrai, Mansharam, Kirpaldas and Harpaldas.
Prominent amongst Diwan
Mansharam’s roots was Master Dayaram Lekhraj and others. Their close cousins
were Mr. Gagoomal Detaram Advocate, Mr. Kotumal Jhangimal retired Excise
Inspector and others.
Diwan Harpaldas had two sons:
M/s. Ajaibrai and Chanrai. Diwan Ajaibrai’s grandsons Diwan Gangaram Mukhi and
Bhai Khemchand Sahib were renowned.
From Diwan Gangaram’s roots
came Mr. Chaturbhuj Tejumal and from Bhai Khemchand’s root came Mr. Sawaldas
Mohanlal and others.
Diwan Chanrai Harpaldas sired
Diwan Thawardas. He had seven sons:
Diwan Vishindas. He sired two sons: Diwan Bajasingh and Diwan Kesavdas. They had
a large family.
Diwan Nirbhdas. He sired Diwan Mulchand who sired Diwan Parumal. Diwan Parumal
sired Diwan Parmanand, the retired Deputy Collector and others.
Diwan Tirthdas. He expired without an issue.
Diwan Gurdasmal. From his roots came Mr. Thakurdas Khanchand Advocate and
Diwan Relaram sired Mr. Jashanmal.
Diwan Khatanmal sired Satramdas and he sired Diwan Khushiram.
Diwan Khushiram had five sons:
M/s. Dharamdas, Hiranand, Hashmatrai, Santdas and Motiram. The last three viz.
M/s. Hashmatrai, Santdas and Motiram were I. C. S. (Indian Civil Service). In
those days it was rare to have three brothers from one family to do I. C. S.
Diwan Lakhomal’s second son
was Diwan Kalyandas. He sired Diwan Shamdas. From his roots came Diwan Rochiram
Gajumal who was the official Sindhi translator. Diwan Rochiram’s brother Diwan
Hassomal was Mukhtiarkar (District Administrator). Diwan Hassomal sired Mr.
Detaram who was alive in the year 1947. Their close cousins: Mr. Daryadinomal
Naematrai and others.
Diwan Kalyandas’ other son
was Diwan Issardas. From his roots came Mr. Khiomal Obhriyomal who was railway
Diwan Kalyandas’ son Sawaldas
sired Diwan Pohumal. Diwan Pohumal sired three sons:
Master Khubchand. He sired 5 sons: Diwan Naraindas Deputy collector, Mr.
Hardasmal, Mr. Bhagchand, Mr. Pritamdas and Mr. Khushiram who expired in the
Babu Parmanand who sired Mr. Dharamdas and others.
Diwan Tejumal. He sired Mr. Jiwatram who was Superintendent at Marepur Salt
Works and others.
The third son of Diwan Lakhomal
was Mr. Rangomal. From his roots was born Mr. Chhajomal. His descendents are
Mr. Chaturdas was the fourth son
of Diwan Lakhomal. He had five sons. M/s. Ramchand, Dharamdas, Datomal,
Deenchand and Harjivan. Out of the above five, Deenchand prospered the most.
Deenchand had two sons, M/s.
Menghraj and Thakurdas.
Menghraj’s eldest son Bulchand expired without any issue. The second son was
Mr. Mangatram who had two sons: M/s. Bagomal and Kodumal. Diwan Bagomal had one
son named Diwan Verhomal who sired four sons: M/s. Manghanmal, Teckchand,
Gaganmal and Udharam.
Diwan Udharam Verhomal was Head
Clerk with M/s. Mackinnon Mackenzie Co. He did trading on the side. After
retirement he became Mukhi of Kirpalani Ghitti for eleven years. Diwan Udharam
passed away at the age of 69 in 1926 and left behind three sons named M/s.
Parsram, Kalachand and Motiram.
Diwan Udharam’s son Diwan
Parsram worked with M/s. Volkarts Bros. and held a high post. Diwan Parsram
expired at the age of 53 in the year 1934. He left behind two sons: M/s.
Navalrai and Chanderbhan. Mr. Navalrai was in fact son of Mr. Kalachand and had
been adopted by his brother Mr. Parsram. Mr. Chanderbhan was born thereafter.
Diwan Kalachand expired at the age of 57 in the years 1939-1940.
Mr. Motiram had his own
business and enjoyed good reputation and respect in the community.
From Mr. Thakurdas Deenchand’s (brother of Menghraj) roots was born Bhai
Mulchand Aaj (Ivory) Waro. Bhai Mulchand was a highly respectable man.
Diwan Lakhomal’s (the
ancestor of Kirpalani) three sons were called Diwans as they worked for the Mir
and later for the British Government. Quite a few descendents of the fourth son
Mr. Chaturdas were traders. They were considered and called Bhaibunds.
Bhai Mulchand Aaj (Ivory) Waro
was born on 12th May 1850 at Hyderabad. His father Bhai Menghraj Chhatomal was a
Munib (manager) and worked on salary with a firm at Halla. Thereafter he joined
Mukhi Chandumal and Mukhi Hiranand’s firm as a partner at Bombay.
Bhai Mulchand’s Kako (uncle)
exported Halla’s handicrafts to Bombay. Bhai Mulchand, at the age of 20
followed his uncle’s footsteps and went into the same trade. After two or
three years, at his father’s instance, he switched over to buying and selling
Ivory and was sent to Bombay. Ornaments made out of Ivory were very popular and
in vogue with the Amil and Bhaibund ladies. He made good money out of it.
Bhai Mulchand’s mother
Shrimati Piyonandbai was a very gentle and soft-spoken lady. She was religious
and fed grain and water to the birds daily. Bhai Mulchand could read and write
Hindi, Sindhi and Gurmukhi. After performing his pathh (Pooja) he went to Bhai
Lachmandas Beragi’s (Berag = a person who isolates himself from earthly ties
and devotes his entire time praising and worshiping the Lord) Thakur D’war to
seek darshan of the Thakurs (Idols of God).
Returning from the darshan,
Bhai Mulchand did marketing for his household and then went to Sain Kesoram
Sufi’s Tikano (Gurdwara) located in Sipahmalani Ghitti. Both Sain Kesoram
Sipahmalani and Bhai Khemchand Kirpalani were shish (disciples) of Sain
Sain Kesoram served the poor
and handicapped persons and contributed to the charity with an open heart. Bhai
Mulchand succumbed to the influence. He also served and cared for the poor and
During his time the Old Civil
Hospital was located at west Katchha near Pakhey Peer Chari that was later
converted into a Ladies Hospital. Bhai Mulchand resided nearby and spent most of
his spare time in the hospital caring for the sick. He got food cooked at home
and served it to the patients. In case of a death of a patient, he paid the
expense for cremation and last rites.
Bhai Mulchand served the sick
for 28 years and provided monthly dole to the needy that cost him Rs. 100/- per
During Bhai Mulchand’s time,
famine struck Kutch and Thhar that led to an exodus to Sind. Rajarshi Diwan
Dayaram Gidumal and Bhai Mulchand opened their shops and sold the grain at half
the cost to the refugees. Bhai Mulchand bore the bill that cost him Rs.
In the year 1897, the plague
struck Sind. Both Rajarshi Diwan Dayaram Gidumal and Bhai Mulchand stood
shoulder to shoulder and cared for the sick. After the epidemic was over, his (Bhai
Mulchand’s) father found that during the three months of epidemic, Bhai
Mulchand had withdrawn from his office (Kothi) a sum of Rs. 24,000/- for
providing relief to the sick.
Hyderabad’s Bhai Partab
(founder of Gandhidham, Kandla), son of Bhai Dialdas Mulchand, a philanthropic,
was very close to Bhai Mulchand who had played his role in contributing to the
needy and sick. Every month he gave Rs. 80/- to the Civil Surgeon at the Civil
Hospital to provide milk and fruit to the sick.
Bhai Kotumal Khubchand Shroff,
who was in their group, participated and contributed to the worthy cause. Bhai
Gangaram Tilokchand also played his role. Bhai Mulchand passed away on Jan. 2nd
KIRPALANI: - 2. Mr.
They are named after their
forefather Diwan Kirparam.
These Kirpalanis migrated to
Sind from Ach. They neither stayed in Shahdadpur, nor did they stay in
Shahdadpuri Paro at Hyderabad and yet they were called Shahdadpuri Kirpalanis
and were in the employment of Mir Shahdad Khan. They lived near Khiyanti Tando
and Chetel Chari.
Some of these Kirpalanis are off
shoots of Diwan Sachanand and call themselves Hasrajani. They preferred to be
called Shahdadpuri and for many years they married their children amongst
Sindhis living in small towns and villages (Barari). They were not considered
However, Diwan Tarachand, Mukhi
of Hyderabad after reading their Shijro (family tree) determined that they are
Khudabadi Amils and since ancient days their forefathers had participated in the
affairs of Khudabadi Amil panchayat. Even in the year 1947, they were
connected with the Amil panchayat.
KHATWANI: - Seth Khatumal.
Nukh: - Lahar.
There are many families having
the same Nukh.
Khatwanis originally lived at
Alarpur near Kotri. They then shifted to Khasayun village and then to Manjhand
Their forefather Seth Khatumal
had two sons: M/s. Gangaram and Nathurmal.
Seth Gangram’s son Seth
Wadhumal was the manager of Seth Vishindas of Manjho. He, Seth Wadhumal, was in
charge of the Grain warehouse at Karachi.
Seth Nathurmal’s son Seth
Ratumal also worked for Seth Vishindas and was manager of one of his branches.
In 1947, Seth Ratumal and his
brother Seth Varandmal started their own commission agency business under the
name of M/s. Ratumal Varandmal at Karachi.
Seth Varandmal’s son Seth
Khialdas was the President of Gudami Panchayat (Godown owner’s Association).
Seth Khialdas’ brother Seth Issardas, who was a staunch Congressy (Member of
Congress Party), was the President of Karachi Cotton Association and member of
Nukh: - Kharna.
Kharnas are from Jacobabad.
Prominent amongst them: Mr. Madhavdas Shivalomal B. A. He was in the year 1947
member of Sind Assembly and a staunch Congressy (Member of Congress Party). Mr.
Madhavdas was joint Editor of ‘Sindhu’, a newspaper published from Shikarpur.
'The Source of Sindhi Surnames' is a
translation into English, by Mr. Narain Sobhraj Kimatrai from the original
in Sindhi by Mr. Diwan Bherumal Mahirchand