A brand new version of the Pakistan National Anthem will be released in 2022 before the 75th Independence Day as per a report by SAMAA NEWS. It will be the first time a new version of the National Anthem will be released and replace the current 1954 version.
The National Assembly Steering Committee during its fourth meeting has decided to seek the help from orchestras from friendly countries for re-recording of the new National Anthem.
The committee has decided to assemble a new choir and orchestral ensembles, which will include between 120 and 150 gifted vocalists from all four provinces as well as Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K).
It is pertinent to mention that it will be the first time a new version of the Pakistan National Anthem will be released and replace the current 1954 version.
The meeting was held in Karachi at the Arts Council of Pakistan under former Senator and federal minister Javed Jabbar and its members included renowned musicologists Arshad Mahmud, Rohail Hayat and Nafees Ahmed, Director Production of ISPR Brig Imran Naqvi, film sector leader Satish Anand, Secretary of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Shahera Shahid, Director (electronic media and publications) Imrana Wazir along with other prominent people linked with creative arts and education across Pakistan.
Pakistan’s National Anthem was written by poet Hafeez Jallundhri and composed by renowned musician Ahmad G Chhagla.
The 1954 version of the National Anthem was recorded by eleven major singers of Pakistan including Ahmad Rushdi, Kaukab Jahan, Rasheeda Begum, Najam Ara, Naseema Shaheen, Zawar Hussain, Akhtar Abbas, Ghulam Dastagir, Anwar Zaheer, and Akhtar Wasi Ali.
The Pakistan National Anthem was officially adopted and released on Radio Pakistan on 13 August 1954.