Anthem to be re-recorded with updated technology
The government has decided to release a brand new version of the national anthem before the 75th Independence Day.
On Sunday, the National Assembly Steering Committee on Re-Recording the National Anthem decided to seek help from orchestras from friendly countries. This was the steering committee’s fourth meeting.
The committee decided to assemble new choir and orchestral ensembles, including between 120 and 150 gifted vocalists, from all four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, rendering it more representative.
This will be the first time the 1954 version of the national anthem will be re-recorded.
The meeting was held in Karachi at the Arts Council of Pakistan under former Senator and federal minister Javed Jabbar.
On Tuesday, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry debunked rumours circulating on social media that the tune and verses of the national anthem are being changed.
“The anthem will be re-recorded with newer and better technology,” he said. “For the new version, we will be calling in around 150 singers from diverse cultures. As per recommendations, the new video will be one minute 20 seconds long.”
Pakistan’s national anthem was written by Hafeez Jalandhari. It was played by Radio Pakistan for the first time on August 13, 1954.
According to Radio Pakistan’s official records, 12 singers sung the anthem. These included Rashida Begum, Najam Ara, Ahmed Rushdie, Akhtar Wasi Ali, Shamim Bano, Naseema Shaheen, Zawar Hussain, Akhtar Abbas, Ghulam Dastgir, Anwar Zaheer, and Kokab Jahan.
The tune of the anthem was composed by Muhammad Ghulam Ali Chagla.
The story was originally published on September 26. It has been updated with additional details.