Published On: Mon, Jul 11th, 2016

Tribute to Qateel Shifai, on his 15th death anniversary today.

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Tribute to Qateel Shifai, one of the most popular poets ever and film lyricist, on his 15th death anniversary today.

Tribute to Qateel Shifai, one of the most popular poets ever and film lyricist, on his 15th death anniversary today.

Qateel Shifai was a well known Urdu Poet from Pakistan who earned huge fame for his poetry. He was born on 24th December, 1919 in Haripur, Hazara Division, Pakistan and was originally named Aurangzeb Khan. In the sphere of poetry he is known by the name Qateel Shifai which was the pen-name embraced by him.

Many of his poem collections were published amongst them was ‘Mutriba’ which was given highest literature award in Pakistan.

Over 20 collections of verse and over 2500 songs for Pakistani and Indian films were published.

His poetry has been translated into numerous languages including Hindi Gujarati English Russian and Chinese.

Besides Ghazals and Geets Qateel Shifai had also written a large number of songs for Pakistani films.

The heart touching and evergreen tunes were composed on his poetic verses and the legendary singers of that era sung those in their melodious voices.

Qateel Shifai and his son Naveed Qateel with Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and RD Burman.

Qateel Shifai and his son Naveed Qateel with Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and RD Burman.

Qateel produced unmatchable work including ghazals and poems and gave life to the film industry through disseminating the message of love and deep philosophy of life.

Qateel died on 11 July 2001 but his works remain alive forever.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology