Renowned Pakistani poet Himayat Ali Shair passes away
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.
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.
In 2002, he received the Pride of Performance Award for his services to Urdu literature.
He also recieved the Long Life Literary Award in New Jersey in 1994 and the Inventor of Salassi (three-line poem) Award in Chicago in 1993.
He also received two Nigar Awards in 1962 and 1963 for ‘Best Song Lyricist’ for the Pakistani films Aanchal and Daman.
He will be buried in Canada, where he was under treatment for some time.