Riaz Ur Rehman Saghar (Artist)

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Riaz-ur-Rehman Saghar was a prominent film song lyricist in Pakistan. He was born in Bathinda, Punjab, British India. His family migrated to Pakistan after the independence of Pakistan in 1947. He was a self-made man who lost his father to violence during 1947. Young Saghar was forced to make a living doing labor work to support his mother. He finished his schooling in Multan and then moved to Lahore in 1957. His passion for poetry drove him to the film world. He wrote over 2000 film songs over a span of nearly 40 year professional career as a song writer. Once one prominent film critic said that sometimes he could write a film song in 10 to 15 minutes no matter how noisy it was. He would write his lyrics after a lot of thought and an understanding of the situation in the film. He had won much recognition and many awards for his work in his lifetime. He died of cancer at age 71 in Lahore, Pakistan.[1] Riaz-ur-Rehman Saghar 

Title Description
Name: Riaz ur Rehman Saghar
In Urdu : ریاض الرحمٰن ساغر
Native Name : Saghar
Famous As: Poet
Nationality: Pakistani
Residence: Lahore, Pakistan
Religion: Islam
Profession: Poet, film song lyricist
Awards : National Film Award, PTV Award & Cultural Graduate Award
Date: 1 December 1941
Place: Bathinda, Punjab, British India
Children: One daughter
Parents: Molvi Muhammad Azeem ( Father ) & Sadiqan Bibi ( Mother )
Date: 2 June 2013
Rest Place: Lahore, Pakistan
Years active : 1973-2013
In journalism: Job at Lail o Nahar, an Urdu-language weekly magazine
In 1996: Editor at Nawa-i-Waqt
Film dialogue : Shama (1974), Naukar (1975), Susraal (1977), Shabana (1976), Nazrana (1978), Aurat aik paheli & Aawaz (1978)


Mini Bio

As a writer of more than 2000 ballads Saghar’s lyrical excellence manifested in many movies including 'Kabhi to Nazar Milao', ‘Chief Saab’, ‘Sargam’, ‘Ghoongat’, ‘Inteha’, ‘Mohabattan Sachian’, ‘Samjotha Express’, ‘Ishq Kuda’ to name a few. Saghar versed vocals for many singers such as Hadiqa Kiani's songs 'Dupatta Mera Malmal Da' and 'Yaad Sajan Di Ayi'. He also wrote the duet 'Kabhi to Nazar Milao' sang by Asha Bhosle and Adnan Sami Khan. Saghar also authored all the ten songs for singer Fariha Pervez’s album ‘O Vela Yad Kar 2001.’[2] Mini Bio -  Mini Bio 

Early Career

Saghar was a self-made man who lost his father during the India-Pakistan partition ,” he reveals. Living at an air force camp in his early years, Saghar was forced to make a living “doing ordinary labour work in Multan” to support his mother.He then moved to Lahore after his schooling, and embarked on a journey as a journalist in the ‘60s. But his passion for poetry and film ultimately steered the wheel in another direction. He quit journalism and got on board with the famed Shabab Studios. He started his career off as a mere assistant and little did anyone know he would go on to become one of the most prominent songwriters in the country. [3] Early Career -  Early Career 


Journalist Sajid Yazdani, who shadowed Saghar for nearly 10 years, speaks very highly of the humble man. “He had a great sense when it came to writing. He could write a poem in 10 to 15 minutes no matter how noisy it was,” says Yazdani, admitting that Saghar was deeply engrossed in his work. He gradually made his comeback in Lollywood through a series of Urdu films that were made in the ’90s; he penned down the lyrics for Javed Sheikh, Syed Noor and Shehzad Rafique’s projects.[4] Admirers -  Admirers 

Final projects

The late songwriter’s final projects are Ishq Khuda and Tamanna. Shehzad Rafique admits that he has worked with Saghar for all of his films, and feels that the music he provided has played a significant role. “He has written poetry which is timeless and I think that it was the emotion present in his songs which made him so popular,” he says, adding that the soundtrack of Ishq Khuda has been written by Saghar. “I think the biggest thing is that he was able to have an impact on the younger generation as well.”[5] Final projects 

The lucky ones

Riazur Rehman Saghar was known for his intense lyrics and beautiful poetry. The following singers received great fame through Riaz’s lyrics:[6] The lucky ones 
  • Mehdi Hassan
  • Nahid Akhtar
  • Noor Jehan
  • Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
  • Rahat Ali Khan
  • Adnan Sami Khan
  • Waris Baig
  • Shiraz Uppal
  • Fariha Pervez
  • Hadiqa Kiyani
  • Humaira Channa
  • Ghulam Ali

Complete Biography

  • December 1, 1941 — Born in Bathinda, India.[7] Complete Biography  
  • 1957 — 1966 Worked as a journalist. 
  • 1959 — 1961 Worked as a sub-editor at Daily Kohistan Rawalpindi
  • 1973 — Wrote lyrics for the songs Dholak Baja Kay, Sahelian Bula Kay from the film Mr Budhu. 
  • 1978 — Wrote lyrics for the song Ankhen Ghazal Hayn Aapki Aur Hont Hayn Gulab from Pakistani film Saheli. 
  • 1986 — 1996 Worked as a cultural editor for Daily Nawa-i-Waqt Lahore & editor film and culture for Family Magazine.
  • Early ‘90s  — Was the instrumental force behind children’s musical show Aangan Aangan Tarey. 
  • 1995 — Wrote all songs for the Pakistani film Sargam starring Zeba Bakhtiar and Adnan Sami Khan. 
  • 1996 — Wrote lyrics for the popular song Dekha Jo Chehra Tera from the Pakistani film Ghungat. 
  • 1997 — Started poetry column “Arz Kia Hai” for Nawa-i-Waqt which ran daily. 
  • 1997 — Wrote lyrics for Adnan Sami’s entire album Badaltay Mausam. 
  • 1998 — Gave lyrics for the superhit song Ho Sakay to Mera Aik Kaam Karo from the film Dupatta Jal Raha Hai. 
  • 2000 — Wrote two songs for Adnan Sami’s album Always Yours (Lift Karadey and Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein). 
  • 2000 — Gave lyrics for the hit song Kal Shab Dekha Chaand Main Nay Jhrokay Main from film Mujhe Chand Chahiye. 
  • 2001 — Wrote all songs for Fariha Pervez’s album O Vela Yaad Kar. 
  • 2002 — Wrote lyrics for Dupatta and Yaad Sajan Di for Hadiqa Kiyani’s album titled Rung. 
  • 2003 — Provided Shiraz Uppal with lyrics for all his songs in his popular album Tera Te Mera. 
  • 2007 — Wrote lyrics for hit song Me Jeena Tere Naal from Pakistani Punjabi film Mohabbataan Sachiyaan. 
  • 2009 — Gave lyrics for Hadiqa Kiyani’s songs Tuk Tuk from album Aasman. 
  • 2010 — Provided lyrics for Main Tenu Samjhawan Ki from Virsa, India and Pakistan’s joint venture. 
  • 2012 — Wrote lyrics for the Pakistani film Ishq Khuda.

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