107th birth anniversary of legendary music director and music composer Khwaja Khurshid Anwar is being observed today (March 21). Khwaja Khurshid Anwar was a filmmaker, writer, director and music composer who gained tremendous popularity both in India and Pakistan.
Khwaja Khurshid Anwar was born on 21 March 1912 in Mianwali, Punjab (now in Pakistan He made his debut as a music director in Kardar’s Punjabi venture “Kurmai” (1941). His first Hindi film was “Ishara”(1943), Khurshid Anwar migrated to Pakistan in 1952. It was, in fact, his arrival in a newly independent country where the nation was waiting to express itself in arts, especially in music. And it was here in 1956 that Khurshid Anwar enhanced Pakistani film music’s identity through his first film Intezar (1956).
Khurshid Anwar died on 30 October 1984 in Lahore after a protracted illness. In recognition of his contribution he was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz , Nigar Award for Best Music in film Ghunghat (1962 film) and Mortal-Men-Immortal-Melodies Award in 1982 in India.
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17 November, 2019