Fourth death anniversary of Munir Niazi observed
LAHORE: Fourth death anniversary of renowned Urdu and Punjabi poet, Munir Ahmed Niazi, was observed on Sunday with traditional reverence and solemnity.
He was born in Khanpur, a village near Hoshiarpur, India, on April 19, 1928. He hailed from the famous Niazi tribe. He got primary education from Khanpur and migrated to Sahiwal after creation of Pakistan, where he passed his Matriculation. He got his Intermediate degree from SE College, Bahawalpur and BA from Diyal Singh College, Lahore.
Munir Niazi wrote numerous film songs and made his name as the foremost movie songwriter of Pakistan. He also wrote for newspapers, magazines and radio. He launched a weekly Saat Rang from Sahiwal in 1949. He also established a publication institute, Al-Misal in 1960. Also he remained associated with the Lahore Television and lived in Lahore until his death.
He has experimented with poetic forms and has tried to create a new style, rhythm and diction in Urdu poetry. Innocence, mythology, nostalgia, dreams and romance are some of his most common themes. Niazi has to his credit 14 collections of poetry both in Urdu and Punjabi. Shy, soft-spoken and a person of few words and great self-belief, he was a poet of distinction.
His poetry influenced an entire generation of young writers and poets and they should be grateful to him for having set such an exceptional and powerful style in poetry. His works include Dushmanoon Key Darmiyan, Mah-e-Munir, Aghaz-e-Zamastan Main Dobara and Aik Musalsal.
Munir deeply influenced his contemporaries and later generations of poets and is respected by the reading public. His works have been translated into many other languages. For his literary achievements, Munir Niazi was awarded Â‘Kamal-e-Funn Award’ for the year 2002 by Pakistan Academy of Letters and the PresidentÂ’s Award for Pride of Performance in 1992 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 1998. Munir Niazi died of respiratory illness on December 26, 2006 in Lahore.
Source: Daily Times