Faiz Ahmed Faiz was a poet with a unique identity. His literary work and poetry influenced Urdu literature all over the world. He was born in Sialkot in 1911.
Faiz Ahmed received his early education from Church Mission School and Masters in English and Arabic from Government College, Lahore.
He was fluent in six languages, including Russian and Persian. He wrote eight books and several collections of columns. Being the student of Patras Bukhari, (another famous name of Urdu Literature), Faiz published his first collection of poetry ‘Naqsh-e-Faryadi’ in 1939.
He remained imprisoned for four years in the Rawalpindi conspiracy case and was called a poet of revolution for rebelling against outdated traditions. Faiz Ahmad Faiz raised his voice in his poetry for the poor and especially the working class.
They also had to endure the hardships of imprisonment because of their ideology. He was nominated for four Nobel Prizes.
Some of his most popular writings are:
- Zindaan Naama
- Dast-e- Tah-e-Sang
- Mere Dil Mere Musafir
His complete poetry has been published and titled as ‘Nuskha Haye Wafa’.
Faiz was awarded Pakistan’s highest civil award Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 1990 in recognition of his services in literature. He also won the Lenin Peace Prize in 1962. His poetry has been translated into several languages including Russian and English.
5th Faiz International Festival 2019 commemorated his work, whereas Ali Sethi brought Faiz’s famous ghazal ‘Gulon Mein Rang’ back to life in Coke Studio 12.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz passed away on 20th Nov 1984 in Lahore but his legacy will live forever.