National Anthem plays important role in bringing all the pillars of society together to build a strong nation. It does imply unity and brotherhood, ignite feelings of patriotism and stir a nation’s soul like no other music can.
It doesn’t matter if you understand the language or know the history of the country, the compelling music strikes a chord deep within us. That’s the power and the purpose of any national anthem.
National Anthem of Pakistan for Me
I am a proud Pakistani and my National Anthem does the same for me. When it plays anywhere in the world, it inherently invokes strong feelings of passion and zeal.
I feel a powerful affinity with my fellow countrymen. I get immensely inspired to contribute to my country’s progress in any way I can.
The lyrics pay an ode to my sacred land and its glory and the uplifting music finds a way to grip the soul every time I hears it.
National Anthem of Pakistan – History
The National Anthem of Pakistan is a beautifully composed piece with equally striking lyrics. You must be knowing that our national anthem holds a special distinction of being created in two phases; as the music for the anthem was composed years before the lyrics were written.
Ahmad G. Chagla composed the music of the national anthem in 1949 for the state visit of Shah of Iran to the newly formed Pakistan. The same music was also played later when the then Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan visited United States.
Although many poets were asked to write lyrics and hundreds of options were submitted, none of the lyrics were approved until 1952 when the famous poet, Hafeez Jullundhri’s lyrics for the National Anthem were selected.
The new national anthem was broadcast publically on Radio Pakistan, sung by Hafeez Jullundhri himself, on the eve of 7th Independence Day of Pakistan in 1954.
70th Independence Day
To commemorate Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day on August 14, 2017, a 9 year old guitarist, Ahmed Afandi, shows his affiliation with Pakistan and its National Anthem.