ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (APP): National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa will screen Ghunghat, a 1962 classic film to pay tribute to the composition, script, direction and production of legendary Khawaja Khurshid Anwar here on November 28.
Celebrating the best of Pakistani Music, Composer Wazir Afzal, who has worked closely as an assistant of Khawaja and Film scholar Umer Adil will talk about Khawaja’s life, compositions and his film making at Lok Virsa media center.
The music lovers, and fans of Khawaja Khurshid Anwar will have the opportunity to enjoy the best of Pakistani cinema melodies as well as jointly talk about the legendary music composer and watch his classic production “Ghunghat”, said an official of Lok Virsa.
Ghunghat is a 1962 Pakistani musical film directed by Khurshid
Anwar. The film was selected as the Pakistani entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 36th Academy Awards. Starring Santosh, Nayyar Sultana, Neelo and Talish, the film won four awards at the 1962 Nigar Awards.
Khawaja Khurshid Anwar was a filmmaker, writer, director and music composer who gained tremendous popularity both in India and Pakistan. He is widely credited as being one of the most original and inventive music directors of his generation.
Khurshid Anwar migrated to Pakistan in 1952. It was, his arrival
in a newly independent country where the nation was waiting to express
itself in arts, especially in music.
In 1956, Khurshid Anwar enhanced Pakistani film music’s identity through his first film Intezar.
The film also gave a new lease of life to Noor Jehan, his lead singer
for many years to come. After “Intezar”, Khurshid Anwar continued with
his stylistic creations in films such as, Mirza Sahiban, Zehre Ishq,
Jhoomer, Koel, Ayyaz, Ghunghat, Heer Ranjha and others.
In recognition of his contribution in enrichment of film music,
the Bollywood film industry awarded him the Mortal-Men-Immortal-Melodies Award (1982).
He has also been praised for his efforts to keep alive Classical music not only through his compositions but also through his unique collection of classical Music performances recorded by EMI Pakistan, known as Aahang-e-Khusravi in two parts in 1978.
In recognition of his services for the cause of music, he was
awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz award by the Government of Pakistan
in 1980.