The 37th death anniversary of Abu-Al-Asar Hafeez Jalandhari, the creator of the country’s national anthem is being observed today (Dec 21).
Hafeez Jalandhari was born in Jalandhar, Indian Punjab on January 14, 1900 and died on December 21, 1982 at the age of 82. He was buried in Model Town, Lahore but later on his dead body was re-buried in a tomb near Minar-e-Pakistan.
He was a writer, poet and above all, the creator of the national anthem of Pakistan that was composed by SG Chhagla. From 1922 to 1929, he remained the editor of a few monthly magazines, namely ‘Nonehal, ‘Hazar Dastaan’, ‘Tehzeeb-e-Niswan’ and ‘Makhzin’. His first collection of poems ‘Naghma-e-Zar’ was published in 1935.
After World War II, he worked as director of the Song Publicity Department. During this time, he wrote songs that were much liked by the public.
His monumental work of poetry ‘Shahnama-e-Islam’ gave him incredible fame, which, in the manner of Firdowsi’s ‘Shahnamah’, is a record of the glorious history of Islam in verse. He is unique in Urdu poetry for the enchanting melody of his voice and lilting rhythms of his songs and lyrics.
His poetry generally deals with romantic, religious, patriotic and natural themes. He chose his themes, images and tunes from the subcontinent and his language is a fine blend of Hindi and Urdu diction, reflecting the composite culture of South Asia.
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