The government has rejected baseless and fabricated rumors of changing the wording and the original musical composition of the national anthem.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday stated that there would be absolutely no change whatsoever in the national anthem.

The rumors on social media are completely baseless and fabricated in this regard, he added.

The national anthem will be re-recorded using the most advanced recording technology and with a larger number of vocalists.

The Steering Committee under the chairmanship of former senator Javed Jabbar has unanimously resolved to ensure the highest international standards of orchestration and vocal rendering for the official re-recording of the national anthem, which was first recorded in 1954.

The committee resolved to assemble a large choir of about 120 to 150 gifted vocalists from four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir to make the new official recording truly representative and participative of the whole federation, including religious faiths.

This was decided in the fourth meeting of the Steering Committee on the re-recording of the national anthem, presided over by its chairman, former senator Javed Jabbar.

The first recording, which remained the only official recording was conducted in 1954. Over the past 67 years, there had been revolutionary changes to recording voices and music to provide optimal clarity and tonal accuracy while using digital technology.

Reviewing the distinctive quality of brass bands in the Pakistan Army, Air Force, and Navy, it was also decided to make all efforts to utilise and further enhance the locally available instrumental capability of musicians while exploring the options for using the orchestras of friendly countries.

The vocal version would be rendered entirely by Pakistani vocalists. Despite possessing enormous talent in music, Pakistan neither has a permanent national orchestra unlike many other countries including Muslim countries like Turkey nor does Pakistan possess locally located most advanced sound recording facilities.

Expressions of interest have already been invited from film and video producers of Pakistan to provide proposals for the creation of the new video of a duration of one minute 20 seconds by featuring the new re-recorded sound version.

The Steering Committee noted the need to complete its task well in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Independence of Pakistan in 2022. Aspects of preparatory and production logistics along with their respective costs were also discussed in detail.

The Steering Committee was notified by the federal government in June 2021 and later expanded to ensure maximum representation.

FACTS: Pakistan’s national anthem was written by noted poet 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 filed by the News Desk.
The Desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk.

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