Zeb Bangash gives a soulful rendition to Iqbal’s ‘Shaheen o Mahi’

Poetry meets music

Poems are more than song lyrics, often more complex and certainly more independent-take the music away from most pop song lyrics and they collapse into something very thin, almost transparent. But that is not to say that a poem can’t be remade into a good song, and since there have been poems, composers and songwriters have set them to music. One such classic poem made into new song is Allama Iqbal’s Farsi poem Shaheen o Mahi. On Iqbal Day 2020, Pakistan Air Force collaborated with Zeb Bangash to turn the beautiful poem into a soulful song as a tribute to our national poet. The song has composed by Sarmad Ghafoor and directed by Hasan Naeem of Bling Studio Motion Pictures. The music video for the song was shot at the magnificent Pakistan Monument in Islamabad. Addressing Iqbal’s message Zeb said, “Through this parable, Iqbal urges the youth to step out of their comfort zone, and go out in different terrains, instead of limiting their beliefs and horizons. Only through true leadership and vision can they soar, and embrace the spirit of the far-sighted eagle.”

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