A new version of Pakistan’s national anthem recorded with modern instruments and new voices will be released before the next year’s Independence Day.
For recording the new version, the National Assembly Steering Committee on Re-Recording the National Anthem has asked orchestras of friendly countries for cooperation.
During its fourth meeting held in Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, on Sunday, the Steering Committee also decided to assemble a new choir consisting of up to 150 talented vocalists from all federating units including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to sing the new version of the national anthem.
The video of the new rendition of the national anthem will be recorded all over the country including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
So far, the Steering Committee on Re-Recording the National Anthem has met four times under the chairmanship of former Senator and Federal Minister, Javed Jabbar.
Acclaimed musicians Arshad Mahmud, Rohail Hayat, and Nafees Ahmed, Director Production of ISPR, Brig. Imran Naqvi, Director National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) Karachi, Satish Anand, Secretary of Federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Shahera Shahid, DG Directorate of Electronic Media and Publications (DEMP), Imrana Wazir, and a number of people associated with academia and music are members of the Steering Committee.
Did You Know?
While famous poet Hafeez Jallundhri wrote the national anthem, it was composed by renowned musician Ahmad Chhagla.
The playing time of the original rendition of the national anthem is 1 minute and 20 seconds. 21 music instruments and 38 different tones were used in its making.
Ahmad Rushdi, Shamim Bano, Kokab Jehan, Rasheeda Begum, Najam Ara, Naseema Shaheen, Zwar Hussain, Akhtar Abbas, Ghulam Dastgir, Anwar Zaheer, and Akhtar Wassi were among the vocalists who sang the official version of the national anthem.
The national anthem was officially adopted and was first released on Radio Pakistan on 13 August 1954.