Umair Ali recollects the contribution of a literary giant
The sudden demise & Unmatched Amjad Islam Amjad came as a shock to the literary circles of Pakistan and also to his countless fans all across the country. A literary stalwart who was a renowned poet, author, and playwright Amjad Islam Amjad was equally comfortable both in drama and poetry. His forte however was playwriting and his TV dramas laid a specific trend that was widely acclaimed and emulated.
He passed away at the age of 78 in Lahore though there was no apparent illness he was suffering from. His death caused a deep vacuum in the annals of poetry and drama that will be almost impossible to fill. He was a constant and adorable presence within literary circles and was greatly loved for his inimitable wit and amicable behavior. During his long career, he gave Pakistan some of its most seminal cultural works.
He was considered a knowledgeable and erudite public figure who was not marred by any controversy and his company was largely sought both in Pakistan and abroad. He broke onto the national screen with his most celebrated TV play known as Waris which was recognized as an adorable mixture of old and new patterns of civic life and the changes placed in them.
Every installment of this play was eagerly awaited and it assumed an iconic status within the annals of TV dramas. Amjad also penned some other famous plays such as Dehleez, Samandar, Raat, Waqt, and Apnay Loug. His plays Fishaar and Inkaar were also rated very highly.
His impressive voyage of soul-elevating and award-winning compositions covered diverse milestones like Shifting Sands, Ham Us Kay Hain, Sahilon Ki Hawa, Phir Yun Huwa, Zara Phir Se Kehna, and Itne Khawb Kahan Rakhun Ga, and many others.
Education & Success Of Amjad Islam Amjad
Very few people knew that he was the spirit behind Bollywood’s super hit track, Man Ki Lagan which gained wide acclaim in the 2003 movie Paap whose music was composed by Vital Signs’ Shahi Hassan and comprised the vocal prowess of award-winning singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Amjad Islam Amjad was born on 4 August 1944 in Lahore and his ancestors belonged to Sialkot. He received his earlier education in a nearby school and earned a Master of Arts degree in Urdu literature from Punjab University. He began his career as a lecturer in Government.
M.A.O. College Lahore later worked as a director at Pakistan Television Corporation from 1975 to 1979 and also worked as deputy director in Punjab’s Arts Council in 1975. Unmatched Amjad Islam Amjad went on to become a celebrated literary figure famed as an intellectual, columnist, writer, critic, poet, and playwright both nationally and globally.
His works emphasized social injustice, disparity, familial values, and their deterioration and self-recognition by all means. Through his writing, he unveiled despotism, dictatorship, democratic periods, and depravity of downtrodden sections on a miniature through diverse genres of poetry, prose, and dramatic writing style. In the process, he presented some soul-searching, self-reckoning realization of social norms affecting a wide array of fans.
Islam Amjad Islam’s Career
In his career, Amjad Islam Amjad authored more than 40 books spanning half a century and was the subject of more than ten more, each written by authors and critics globally renowned in their own right. He received many awards for his literary work and screenplays for television including Pride of Performance in 1987 and a Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 1998.
He cultivated a generation of intellectuals through his plays and writings and his poetry became a household favorite. In the golden age of PTV, he has judged PTV’s best Playwright for 1980,1984,1998,1999, and 2001. He was also awarded the best prose book award from Karachi Arts Council, best writer Nigar Film, Writers Guild Award, 12 PTV Awards, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi Awards, and several others.
He also excelled in the translation of foreign writers and poets and translated the poetry of African poets in Urdu called Kale Logon ki Roshan Nazmein. He was also conferred Allama Muhammad Iqbal Award for matchless contribution to Urdu literature. He was rated to be a conscientious columnist and feature writer and his columns were published in newspapers for many years.
In 2019 he received the Necip Fazil International Culture and Art Award in Istanbul. The most befitting reward he gained was the public recognition his works received from the people throughout the length and breadth of the country. His poetry rings through the popular avenues and it is greatly admired by all and sundry. Some of his couplets have entered the public lore and are recited widely. The Weekender