Unity for Peace
and Social Justice to make the world a better place for all
Come, we too should raise our hands (in supplication)
world peace, and for the prosperity of its people
classical music is one of the most complex and fascinating music
systems in the world and according to its theory, different
types of melodies should express different moods. Classical and
contemporary South Asian singers generally employ
well-established ragas and the poetry (ghazals, nazm or folk)
provides the basis for conveying layered emotions by entwining
music and words.
the greatest Urdu poet form the nineteenth century, still
remains the favourite for ghazal singers in India and Pakistan.
Ghalib’s universality and the freshness of his language attracts
many singers. Similarly the poetry of Faiz also enjoys
widespread support among the singers from Bangladesh, India and
Pakistan. After Ghalib, Faiz is the most popular poet among
ghazal and contemporary singers. Both the political and love
poems of Faiz are the essential repertoires of countless
singers. The revolutionary message of Faiz is still relevant as
it was some fifty years ago. The most heartening aspect of
present-day struggle in Pakistan is the employment of Faiz’s
poetry and songs as an integral part of arsenal to mobilise and
energies the population.
provides links to a small selection of Faiz’s poems sung and
recited by some of our legendary singers.