Generations sing everlasting Pakistani patriotic songs

Since independence, Pakistan has accumulated a huge repertoire of patriotic and nationalistic songs that have been passed on from generation to generation.

Syeda Zahra

2009-10-26

LAHORE — Since independence, Pakistan has accumulated a huge repertoire of patriotic and nationalistic songs, which have been passed on from generation to generation, said music producer Rohail Hyatt on Oct. 20.

“Patriotic Pakistani music has seemingly evolved from its saccharine, nationalistic roots to a more thoughtful look at Pakistan,” he said.

Patriotic songs have been of paramount importance in Pakistan through the decades. In 1965, a number of nationalistic songs were composed, which aimed to be inspirational. The songs reflected a love for Pakistan and were also a rallying cry.

“Shahnaz Begum's soulful and incredibly melodic ‘Sohni Dharti’ is one of the best patriotic songs ever,” Hyatt said.

Recalling 'Dil, Dil, Pakistan' by Vital Signs, he said it was “one of the first patriotic songs of the '80s and '90s pop movement in Pakistan, and has been associated with national elections, a variety of political milestones and, most memorably, cricket match victories.”

Equally unforgettable are Pakistani patriotic songs that over time have found themselves incorporated in different ceremonies at schools across the country because of their chorus segments and sing-along factor.

“What is important, though, is that the music continues to be passed on. Whether it's the happy chorus of 'Jeevay Jeevay' or the optimistic 'Jazba-e-Junoon,' in 20 years or so, I hope that Pakistani children will still be singing the songs that have made us proud of our nation in years gone by,” Hyatt said.

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