Amjad Islam Amjad

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Amjad Islam Amjad – 04 August 1944

Amjad Islam Amjad is an Urdu poet, drama writer and lyricist from Pakistan. The author of more than 40 books in a career spanning 50 years, he has received many awards for his literary work and screenplay for TV, including Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) Awards.

 

Biography:

Amjad was born in the Punjab at Lahore in British India, now in Pakistan. His family originally belonged to Sialkot. He received his secondary education in Lahore, and graduated from Government Islamia College Civil Lines, Lahore. He was also member of the college cricket team and participated in the inter collegiate tournament. He qualified for Masters of Arts degree in Urdu literature from Punjab University. He began his career as a lecturer in Govt. M.A.O College Lahore. He worked as a director at Pakistan Television Corporation from 1975 to 1979, before returning to teaching.

In 1989, Amjad was appointed as Director General of Urdu Science Board. He has also worked as a project director of the Children Library Complex. Amjad is the writer of many drama series for Pakistan Television Corporation including Waris. He has written many columns, translation, criticism and essays while his main focus remained writing Nazms, a type of Urdu poetry. Among his most notable dramas are Waris, Dehleez, Samandar, Raat, Waqt and Apnay Loug.

In June 2008, he joined Urdu newspaper Daily Express and writes column with the title of “Chasham-e-Tamasha”.

In December 2019, Amjad received the Necip Fazil International Culture and Art Award in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Early Career:

After completing his graduation from Civil Line College, he later got admission in the University of the Punjab. Here he completed his master degree in Urdu literature. Later he started lectureship at Government M.A.O College, Lahore. He has also been working as a director of Pakistan Television Corporation from 1975 to 1979.

Amjad Islam Amjad continued to work eagerly. He is very committed to his duties. His long-term hardworking gave him more and more fruits that with the passage of time he maintained his unique position in literal and arts community of Pakistan. In 1989, he was appointed as Director General of Urdu Science Board. He has also been attached to children library complex where he performed his duties as a project director.

 

Awards:
  • Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) Award by the President of Pakistan (1998)
  • Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan (1987)
  • National Hijra Iqbal Award (Best Book of Poetry: Fishaar) (1982)
  • Writers Guild Award (Best Translation Work: Aks) (1976)
  • Best Playwright, PTV Awards (1980, 1984, 1998, 1999 and 2001)
  • Karachi Arts Council Award, (Best Book of Prose: Nai Puraney) (1991)
  • Special President Award (TV Serial: Waris) (1980)
  • Best Nazam Nigar of the Year “Biaaz” Award (2005)
  • Best Film Writer Nigar Award (2 Awards) (1982–1987)
  • Agfa Award (1987)
  • Bolan Award (2 Awards) (1987–1995)
  • TV Serial Waris (Published in Chinese Language) (1987)
  • TV Serial Waris (Dubbed in Chinese Language & Telecasted on Chinese TV National Network) (1988)
  • Amjad Islam Amjad Art & Personality (Compilation Of Writings About Art & Personality of Amjad Islam Amjad) (1996)
  • Special Edition of Monthly ” Chahaar Su” (2001)
  • Special Edition of Monthly “Biaaz” (2003)
  • Jashn-E-Amjad Islam Amjad, Doha- Dubai (2001)
  • PTV Awards (12 total including Silver Jubilee Award) (1989)
  • Recipient of Graduate Awards (16 Awards total as ‘Best Writer’) (1975 To 2000)
  • National Award, Best Book of Poetry “Sahilon Ki Hawa” (2000)
  • Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi Award, Best Book of Poetry “Yaheen Kaheen” (2006)

 

Member:
  • Member, PUNJAB GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE for WRITERS’ FUND
  • Member, Board of ADVANCEMENT of URDU, LAHORE
  • MEMBER, IPL COPYRIGHT COMMITTEE, GOVT. OF PAKISTAN
  • MEMBER, Board of GOVERNORS of QUAID-E-AZAM LIBRARY, LAHORE
  • MEMBER, Board of GOVERNORS of ISLAMIA COLLEGE CIVIL LINES, LAHORE
  • MEMBER, SYNDICATE UNIVERSITY of HEALTH SCIENCES, LAHORE
  • MEMBER, DILKASH LAHORE COMMITTEE, LAHORE
  • MEMBER, NACTA ISLAMABAD
  • MEMBER, Board of GOVERNORS of Alhamra Arts Council, LAHORE
  • Member, COMMITTEE for ARTISTS’ WELFARE FUND, PUNJAB

 

Bibliography:

PTV Drama Serials
  • Waris (1979 to 1980)
  • Dehleez (1981)
  • Samandar (1983)
  • Waqt (1986)
  • Fishaar
  • Raat
  • Din (1993)
  • Eendhen
  • Inkaar
  • Chacha Abdul Baqi (short)
  • Daman Ki Aag (short)
  • Lahu Meain Phool (short)

 

Private Serials:
  • Agar
  • Girah
  • Zamana
  • Bandagi
  • Sheeraza
  • Sher-Dil

 

Long Plays (PTV):
  • Bazdeed
  • Dukhon Ki Chadar
  • Apney Log
  • Laikin
  • Dhund Ke Uss Par
  • Sham Se Pehley
  • Nizam Lohaar
  • Ghanti
  • TV, TV
  • Ye Kinara Chala Ke Naau Chali
  • Baazgasht
  • Abhi Tou Mein Jawan Hun
  • Mutthi Se Phisalti Rait
  • Aag Sab Ko Jalati Hai
  • Johar
  • Nazdeek

 

Short Plays (25 minutes, PTV):
  • Jo Yun Hota Tou Kya Hota
  • Aap Kal Aaiye
  • Taale Mand Ki Pareshaniyan
  • Deewar Ke Iss Par-Uss Par
  • Makan Ki Talaash Mein
  • Shauq Bohat Hai
  • Sheesha-O-Sang

 

General Plays (50 minutes, PTV):
  • Aakhri Khawab (1973)
  • Barzakh (1974)
  • Moum Ki Guriya (1974)
  • Khwab Jagtey Hain (1975)
  • Ya Naseeb Clinic
  • Balkani
  • Sauda
  • Ahl-E-Nazar
  • Shabzad
  • Rubaroo
  • Suragh E Sahar
  • Pichli Raat Ka Chand
  • Sawaal
  • Mere Bhi Hain Kuch Khwab
  • Gardish
  • Jaras
  • Bachon Ka Bagh
  • Ehsas E Ziyan
  • Apna Ghar
  • Zindagi Ke Miley Mein
  • Ulti Churri
  • Sooraj Bhi Tamashai
  • Paras Pathar
  • Doosra Qadam
  • Apney Hissey Ka Bhouj
  • Tawaan
  • Isi Ka Naam Duniya Hai
  • Ghairon Se Kaha Tum Ne
  • Idher Udher Se
  • Zero Point
  • Abhi Nahi Kabhi Nahi
  • Tasalsul
  • Girti Hui Deewar
  • Aakhri Tamatar
  • Qutab Sitara
  • Qafla E Sakht Jan
  • Ghar
  • Pewasta Reh Shajar Se
  • Phir Yun Huwa
  • Apni Khudi Pehchaan
  • Mere Khawab Reza Reza
  • Bakrey Ki Shadi
  • Basharat
  • Zero Point 2
  • Bara Andhera Hai
  • Eesaar
  • Eid Ka Tohfa

 

Adapted Plays:
  • Kan Russ
  • Bandagi Bechargi
  • Bura Aadmi
  • Aks Aur Aainey
  • Dehaktey Khwab
  • Waris ≠
  • Manzil Hai Kahan
  • Gard Bad E Hayat
  • Rifi Ki Duniya
  • Ehsaan
  • Sannata
  • Baitey Baitiyan
  • Amar Bail
  • Hisaab
  • Summander Ke Nichey
  • Dou Gaz Zameen
  • Namak Haram
  • Ghanti
  • Bara Andhera Hai
  • Barf Mein Lagi Aag
  • Chacha Abdul Baqi
  • Lahu Mei Phool

 

Punjabi Plays:
  • Nehle Te Dehla
  • Khauta Sikka
  • Bhukh

 

Plays for Children:
  • Jadu Ki Sheeshi
  • Bahadur Shehzada
  • Daal Mei Kala

 

Stage Plays:
  • Ghar Aya Mehmaan
  • Dastak
  • Kis Ko Keh Rahe Ho

 

Short Films:
  • Doosri Taraf
  • Beneath The Sea

 

Tele Film:
  • Aaina

 

Documentaries:
  • Muqtadra Qaumi Zubaan
  • Pakistan Ki Kahani
  • Madar E Millat
  • Qasmi Kahani
  • Maulana Zafar Ali Khan
  • Ptv Kahani (Verse)

 

Shows (Sound And Light Show):
  • Anarkali
  • Noor Jehan
  • Kashmir Kahani

 

Stage:
  • Dhanak Show
  • Waris Show

 

TV:
  • Ghazal Saraey (80 Episodes)
  • Gustakhi Muaaf

 

Audio Albums:
  • Muhabbat Aisa Darya Hai
  • Hum Us Ke Hain
  • Raat Sammundar Mein
  • Mere Bhi Hain Kuch Khawab
  • More than 150 of his songs for films, TV And radio have been recorded by singers Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, folk and sufi songs performer Abida Parveen, ghazal singers Ghulam Ali, Iqbal Bano, Jagjit Singh, Noor Jehan and many other singers.

 

Publications:
Publication Type Year
Barzakh Poetry 1974
Saatwan Dar Poetry 1978
Waris TV Serial 1980
Dehleez TV Serial 1982
Fishar Poetry 1982
Shaher Der Shaher Travelogue 1988
Zara Phir Se Kehna Poetry 1988
Aankhon Mein Tere Sapney Lyrics 1989
Chashm-E-Tamasha Columns 1990
Lahu Mein Phool Adapted Plays 1990
Nai Puraney A new Look on Classic Urdu Poetry 1991
Apney Log Long Plays 1991
In The Last Days Of Autumn English Translation of Selected Poetry 1991
Khizaan Ke Akhri Din Collected Works (Poetry) 1991
Yeh Afsaney Selection And Criticism of Short Stories  
Kehkashan Anthology of Urdu Poetesses 1992
Us Paar Poetry 1992
Resham Resham Travelogue 1992
Waqt TV Serial 1993
Itne Khwab Kahan Rakhun Gaa Poetry 1994
Ya Naseeb Clinic Comedy Plays 1995
Khatay Meethay Columns 1995
Sapne Baat Nahi Karte Lyrics 1995
Din TV Serial 1995
Raat T.V Serial 1995
Samundar T.V Serial 1997
Baarish Ki Awaz Poetry 1997
Dakhtey Chale Gaey Columns 1998
Sahar Aasar Poetry 1998
Nayi Aankhen Purane Khwab Columns 1999
Sapne Kaise Baat Karein Lyrics 1999
Jahannam Ki Dasween Gehrai Translation 1999
Mere Bhi Hain Kuch Khwab Collected “Nazmein” 1999
Hum Us Ke Hain Collected “Ghazlein” 1999
Sahilon Ki Hawa Collected “Ghazlein” 1999
Sahilon Ki Hawa Poetry 2000
Bandagi T.V Series 2001
Chaoon Columns 2002
Phir Yun Huwa Poetry 2003
Mohabbat Aisa Dariya Hai Selected Poems 2004
Saat Din Travelogue 2004
Autograph Selection Of Majeed Amjad’s Poetry 2004
Tere Dhayaan Ki Taiz Hawa Selected Poems 2004
Desperate In Love Selected English Translations 2004
Love Encompasses All English Translations 2005
Yahin Kahin Poetry 2006
Teesrey Pehar Ki Dhoop Columns 2007
Khwab Jagte Hein Selected Plays 2007
Sapno Se Bhari Aankhen Collected Lyrics 2008
Chalo Japan Chaltey Hein Travelogue 2008
Asbab Hamd -O-Naat 2008
Yeh Mera Shehr-Esukhan Selection of Parveen Shakir’s Poetry 2008
Nazdeek Poetry 2009
Dhund Ke Us Paar Columns 2009
Raat Samundar Mein Selection of Ghazals 2010
Sham Saray Poetry 2012
Koi Din Aur Columns (Condolence) 2012
Shifting Sands Translations In English 2011
Baatein Kerte Din Poetry 2014
Kara Bayu Translations in Turkish 2014
Cento Poesie D’amore Translations in Italian 2014
Geet Hamaray Songs For Children (3 Volumes) 2015
Girah TV Serial 2017
Chirag E Rehguzar Columns 2017
Safar Parey Travelogues 2018
Zindagi Ke Meley Mein Poetry 2018
Such Ki Talaash Mein Criticism 2018
Al Hub-O-Nahar Translations In Arabic 2018

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