The 12th death anniversary of Sitara-e-Imtiaz award recipient and Urdu as well as Punjabi poet Munir Niazi being observed today (Dec 26).
He was born at Khanpur, district Hoshiyarpur (India). After the partition of India, he migrated to Pakistan and settled in Montgomery and later in Lahore. In Montgomery he had started his own publishing house and had also started his weekly journal called Saat Rang. Munir has been associated for long with several literary societies and was admired in both India and Pakistan. His poems had been widely circulated and translated into other languages. Munir wrote numerous songs for films and made his name as the foremost movie song writer of Pakistan. Some of his publications include Tez hawa aur tanha phool, Mah-e-Munir, Pahli baat hi akhri thi..
He also wrote for newspapers, magazines and radio. He was later associated with Pakistan Television, Lahore and lived in Lahore till his death. In Punjabi language, he has published Safar Di Raat, Char Chup Cheezan and Rasta Dassan Walay Tarey. Effective imagery in his poetry conveys pictures in a few words. He has experimented with poetic forms and has tried to create a new style, rhythm and diction in Urdu poetry.
In recognition of his literary achievement, he was honoured with “The Pride of Performance” by the Government of Pakistan. Munir was also a sportsman, a horse rider, a rifle shooter and a swimmer. He died on December 26, 2006.
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17 November, 2019