LAHORE: The 34th death anniversary of intellectual, revolutionary poet of Urdu language Faiz Ahmad Faiz was observed on Tuesday.
Using expressions like ‘Daro Rasan’, ‘Pa Ba Jaulan’ and ‘Koocha e Jaanan’, Faiz’s poems conveying the grievances of the lover as well as of the era, enunciated both the themes of love and revolution simultaneously.
While the twentieth century poet, using the power of writing, raised his voice against social injustice, Faiz was restricted from expressing his views owing to which he was also imprisoned for four years, later.
Other than English, Urdu and Punjabi, Faiz was also well-versed in Persian and Arabic languages.
Faiz Ahmad Faiz was born on February 13, 1911 in Sialkot, the birthplace of Poet of the East, Allama Muhammad Iqbal. After having completing his education, Faiz worked as a teacher, journalist and a politician as well.
He also served in British Army before independence of Pakistan and was promoted up to a rank of lieutenant-colonel. However Faiz resigned in 1947 to join Pakistan Times, a local newspaper of progressive narrative.
Faiz was also among the first ever official Pakistani delegation to visit Bangladesh. On conclusion of Bangladesh tour he wrote his famous Ghazal “Hum Kay Thehray Ajnabi”.
Faiz Ahmad Ahmad was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1963, which was equivalent to the Nobel Prize in the then USSR.
Faiz Ahmad Faiz wrote dozens of ghazals, dialogues and songs for films. Faiz breathed his last on 20th November 1984 at the age of 73 years. He buried in Lahore’s Gulberg graveyard.