Pakistani poet Himayat Ali Shair passes away in Canada

11:45 AM | 16 Jul, 2019
Pakistani poet Himayat Ali Shair passes away in Canada

ISLAMABAD – Urdu poet Himayat Ali Shair has died of a heart attack at the age of 93, according to reports in local media.

Shair was a writer, film songwriter, actor and radio drama artist from Pakistan. Himayat Ali Shair had worked for All India Radio before migrating to Pakistan in 1951 to begin his career with Radio Pakistan in Karachi. His first poetry book Aag Main Phool was published in 1956 and received the Presidential Award in 1958.

Later, he started his successful career as a lyricist, receiving Nigar Awards for the films- Aanchal (1962 film) and Daaman (1963 film) respectively. In 1966, Shair produced and directed "Lori" (Lullaby) starring Muhammad Ali, Zeba and Santosh Kumar.

Shair had also written a first few evergreen songs in the cinema of Pakistan. Some of the songs include Na Chura Sakogay Daaman, Jaag Utha Hai Sara Watan, Khudawanda Yeh Kaisi Aag, Jab Raat Dhali, Har Qadam Per Nit Naye Sanchay Main Dhal Jatay Hain Log and many others.

Himayat's collection of poetry includes Mitti Ka Qarz, Tashnagi Ka Safar, Haroon Ki Awaz, which received Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Award and Harf Harf Roshni.

Shair is the only poet in Urdu literary history who wrote an autobiography titled Aaina Sar Aaina. In 2007, he published a collection of all of his poetry as Kuliyat-e-Shair.

Shair also had his work translated into different languages. A poem on World Peace named "Flower in Flames" was translated by Rajinder Singh Verma. Verma also translated another of his books named "Every World Aglow".

Shair's research work for Pakistan Television titled Aqeedat ka safar (700 years of Na'at poetry) has also been published. Another series shed valuable light on 50 years of Naat poetry in Pakistan.

The late poet had been awarded for his literary and film efforts include Makhdoom Mohiuddin international award in Delhi in 1989, Life Achievement Award in Washington, D.C. in 2001, Pride of Performance Award in 2002, Naqoosh Award, Allama Iqbal Award, the Long Life Literary Award in New Jersey in 1994 and the Inventor of Salassi (three-line poem) Award in Chicago in 1993.

He will be buried in Canada, where he was under treatment for some time.