“Waris” historical drama in TV exposed rural life village, got extraordinary popularity; says Amjad Islam Amjad at PAL

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Islamabad: (Parliament Times)  “Waris” drama was the first serial in the history of TV in which rural life village was the subject and it got extraordinary popularity and this drama also became my identity. These views were expressed by the poet and writer Amjad Islam Amjad at the “Meet the Writers” event organized by the Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL). He was a guest at the “Meet the Writers”.

Dr. Yousuf Khushk, the Chairman, PAL thanked the guests. Amjad Islam Amjad’s relatives and other writers discussed and asked questions about his artistic life and personality.

Prof. Anwar Masood, Prof. Fateh Mohammad Malik, Prof. Jalil Ali, Dr. Inam-ul-Haq Javed, Ali Akbar Abbas, Hassan Abbas Raza, Salman Basit, Mohammad Hameed Shahid, Rahat Sarhadi, Dr. Sher Ali, Dr. Hakim Ali Barro, Dr. Manzoor Wesrio, Afshan Abbasi, Jahangir Imran, Dr. Rashid Matin, Abdul Qadir Taban, Mehboob Zafar, Rukhsana Solat were present on the occasion besides their fans and relatives attended.

Amjad Islam Amjad said that I was fond of writing stories since childhood. In the seventh class, he wrote a play of seventy-eight pages. The teacher appreciated this effort. At the same time, he became the editor of the school magazine “Nishan Manzil”. Poetry began in the first year and began to be published in magazines such as “Kandil” and “Chitan”. From that time also started writing prose and for four or five years continually being published my dramas and articles. In the university, I became the chairman of the literary society and also the editor-in-chief of the university’s magazine “Mahwar”.

He said that I was also an affiliation with the Halqa Arbab e Zauq where Met many senior writers I did Start writing drama series in 1974. I was awarded many awards for literary services. The dramas received 16 graduate awards. I apologize after 2000 for not giving me the award again. The popularity of the play “Waris” in 1979, it was also dubbed into Chinese. Also wrote plays for a series called “Ak Haqeqat Ak Afsana” which was well received.

Amjad Islam said that the first collection of poems was published under the name “Barzakh”. So far, 16 collections of poetry, 8 collections and 4 collections of songs have been published. There are 3 books on translation, 15 books on column writing and drama. In addition, 6 travelogues were published. Nine books of the TV serial were published. Some books are under print. Seven books on criticism have also been published.

Dr. Yousuf Khushk said that Amjad Islam Amjad is the identity of Pakistan in the outside world and Pakistan. Amjad Islam is one of the important writers of this era who has proved himself at different genres of literature with his writing. His poetry, poems, songs, plays, translations and travelogues are invaluable assets of our literature. He is equally popular as a poet, playwright, travel writer, columnist and translator in Pakistan and abroad.

He said that in the present era, there will be very few poets who gained popularity in general through poetry and also in the field of drama. He is fortunate to have been awarded Pakistani and foreign honors in literature. His works have been translated into many languages.

Prof. Fateh Mohammad Malik said that Amjad Islam Amjad not only wrote poetry and drama but also wrote critical essays on classical Urdu poets and chose their poetry. Amjad is a writer with deep critical consciousness and he writes with truth and honesty.

Prof. Anwar Masood said that Amjad Islam Amjad is a prominent poet who emerged in the ’70s who maintained his nature in the tumult of linguistic formation. Amjad’s poetry reflects the creative tradition of the best elements of tradition.

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