Amjad Islam Amjad being remembered on birth anniversary

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LAHORE – The poet of love and romance Amjad Islam Amjad is being remembered today (Friday) on his 79th birth anniversary.

Amjad was a renowned poet, screenwriter, playwright and lyricist who inspired generations through his literary work.

He was born on Aug 4, 1944 in Lahore. It is to Amjad’s credit that he authored around 50 books of poetry, drama and translation during his career spanning over five decades.

He received many awards including Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Tamgh-e-Imtiaz.

He did his Mater’s in Urdu from the University of Punjab in 1967. In 1968, he was appointed as an Urdu professor in the MAO College, Lahore.

He worked as a director at PTV from 1975 to 1979 and later returned to teaching again.

He was appointed director general of the Urdu Science Board in 1989. Amjad is the writer of many drama series for PTV, including super hit Waris. He has written many columns, translation, criticism and essays but his main focus remained writing nazms.

The famous dramas of Amjad were Dehleez, Samandar, Raat, Waqt and Apnay Log.

He also wrote the lyrics of famous Bollywood song Mann Ki Lagan in 2003 for movie Paap, which marked the debut of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in Indian music industry.

Amjad died of a cardiac arrest on Feb 10, 2023 at the age of 78.