Toronto: Famous Urdu poet, Himayat Ali Shair breathed his last in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday July 16. According to reports, the poet suffered from a heart attack in the morning.
Shair was born on 14 July, 1926 in Aurangabad, British India and moved to Karachi after Partition. He then pursued an MA in Urdu at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro to start his writing career.
Himayat Ali Shair worked as a lyricist for movie soundtracks for which he received numerous awards while also managing to produce his own film. Films with his work include Jab se Dekha hai Tumhe, Dil ne Tujhe maan liya, Daaman, Ek tera Sahaara, Kaneez, Mairay Mehboob, Tasveer and Khilonajust to name a few.
He was also applauded and well-regarded for works like, ‘Aag Mein Phool’, ‘Shikast Aarzoo’ and ‘Mitti ka Qarz’.