119th birth anniversary of the writer of Pakistan National Anthem Abu Al-Asar Hafeez Jalandhari is being observed today (Jan 14).
Hafeez Jalandhari was a Pakistani Urdu-language poet, famous for his uniqueness in Urdu poetry for the enchanting melody of his voice and lilting rhythms of his songs and lyrics. His poetry generally dealt with romantic, religious, patriotic and natural themes.
Jalandhari was born in Jalandhar, Punjab, British India on 14 January 1900. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, Jalandhari migrated to Lahore in the new state of Pakistan From 1922 to 1929, Jalandhari remained the editor of a few monthly magazines and after World War II, he worked as the director of the Song Publicity Department. During this same time he wrote songs that were much liked by the public. Jalandhari actively participated in Pakistan Movement and used his writings to inspire people for the cause of Pakistan. He wrote many patriotic songs during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 His lyrics for national anthem were selected among 723 participants.
Jalandhari died in Lahore, Pakistan, on 21 December 1982 at the age of 82. In recognition of his literary contributions he was awarded by Hilal-i-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan and Pride of Performance Award in 1958 by the Government of Pakistan.
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17 November, 2019