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Munir Niazi


Munir Niazi’s era may be defined as the latter half-decade of the twentieth century. He had such a significant influence on at least three generations of people via his Urdu and Punjabi poetry that he became a legend and his poetry became a classic.

His poetry is a perfume of the era’s sentiments and attitudes. Munir’s poetry is comprehensive, and his all-encompassing concepts are articulated in such a way that anybody, regardless of skill, may find significance. There is a hell-like field of human life in his poems, as well as a lost paradise of man. Munir Niyazi’s poetry is a hybrid of the two.

Munir Niazi’s poetry is like catching a glimpse of a long-awaited reunion. This poem has a unique potential to resurrect incredibly, forgotten, and lost memories not seen in other writers. Munir’s poetry is focused on the essence and essence of poetry, not with concepts or sciences. He realizes and seeks to grasp his existence as a poet and as a human by identifying himself as a poet

Munir Niyazi was born to a Pashtun family in Khanpur, Hoshiarpur, Pakistan, on April 19, 1928. Muhammad Fateh Khan’s father worked for the Punjab Irrigation Department in Pakistan. The remainder of the family, on the other hand, was in the army or the transportation department.

Munir’s father died when he was one year old. His mother and uncles were his primary caregivers. Munir’s literary inclination was passed down to him through his mother, who enjoyed reading novels since he was a child. When Munir was taken aback by anything, he tried to turn it into poetry.

Munir had his early schooling at Montgomery (now Sahiwal), where he passed the matriculation test and enlisted as a sailor in the Navy. However, the punishment he was subjected to here was causing him to lose his cool.

He would sit alone on the beaches of Bombay during his working days and read Saadat Hassan Manto’s tales and Meera Ji’s poems published in “Adabi Dunya.” His literary interests blossomed at the time, and he resigned from the Navy to finish his degree while also starting a regular writing career. He earned a B.Sc. from Dayal Singh College in Lahore and authored some English poetry at this time.

When his education was completed, the nation was partitioned, and his entire family relocated to Pakistan. In Sahiwal, he established a struggling publishing firm. Munir went to Lahore when a small business collapsed.

He published a periodical called “Sat-Rang” alongside Majeed Amjad. He created music for movies that became immensely successful in the 1960s. Naseem Bano’s song for the 1962 film “Shaheed” (Martyr) and Mehdi Hassan’s song for the same year’s film “Sasural” (In-laws) were among them. However, he eventually got entirely absorbed in his literary poems.

Munir’s stunning features made him quite popular among ladies. He admitted to having been in love more than forty times. “This isn’t Laila Majnoon’s moment,” he stated in an interview. Despite his free-spirited nature, he married Begum Naheed in 1958. He was a very self-congratulatory poet who seldom found pros in other writers. Among classical poets, his favorites were Mir, Ghalib, and Siraj Aurangabad. He used to describe poets of his period as fine or somewhat decent at best. He notably referred to Kishwar Naheed as a fine poet while dismissing Parveen Shakir as a second-rate poet.

Munir Niazi is one of the few poets who has claimed to be a brilliant poet in both Urdu and Punjabi. Munir has also elevated the bar for his poetry in both the ghazal and Nazm genres. He died on December 26, 2006, after contracting a respiratory condition in his final years.

He received the Star of Distinction and later the Pride of Performance (Perfect Art) awards from the Pakistani government.


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