Khawaja Pervaiz

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Khawaja Pervez
Khawaja Ghulam Mohiuddin

28 December 1930
Amritsar, British India
Died20 June 2011(2011-06-20) (aged 80)
Occupation(s)Film songwriter, film screenwriter
Years active1965 – 2011
Awards5 Nigar Awards in 1985, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995

Khawaja Pervez (Urdu: خواجہ پرویز), (28 December 1930 – 20 June 2011) was a prominent Pakistani film composer- lyricist and film songwriter for both Urdu and Punjabi language films. His real name was Khawaja Ghulam Mohiuddin. His professional career span was over 40 years.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Khawaja Ghulam Muhayyudin, popularly known as Khawaja Pervaiz was born into a Kashmiri Muslim Family in Amritsar, Punjab, British India. After independence of Pakistan in 1947, his family along with him moved to Lahore. He graduated from Dayal Singh College, Lahore in 1954.[1][3]


Khawaja Pervaiz's college friend Zafar Iqbal who was a son of film director Wali Sahib introduced him to his father who later hired him as an assistant. He worked with Wali Sahib while the latter was making Guddi Gudda (1956 film), Lukan Miti (1959) and Sohni Kumharan (1960).[1][3]

Khawaja Pervez's first film, as a lyricist, was Diljeet Mirza's Rawaj in 1965 in Pakistan. He got a big breakthrough from the song "Tum hee ho mehboob meray" in film Aina (1966) sung by Irene Perveen and Masood Rana, music by Manzoor Ashraf, later known as music director M Ashraf. His songs included "Sunn Wey Balori Akh Waleya", "Jub Koi Pyar Sai Bulai Ga, Tum Ko Aik Shakhs Yaad Aiy Ga", "Kisay Da Yaar Na Wichray", "Mahi Aavey Gaa,Main Phullaan Naal Dharti Sajawan Gi", "Meri Chichi Da Challa Mahi La Layaa" and "Do Dil Ik Doojay Kolun Door Ho Gayey", "Teray Bina Yuun Gharian Beetin,Jaisay Saddian Beet Gaeiin", "Jan-e-Jan Tu Jo Kahay,Gaaoon Mein Geet Naey", "Dil-e- Veeran Hay, Teri Yaad Hay, Tanhai Hai".....etc.[4][1]

He had written more than fifteen thousand film songs in his lifetime over a career of over 40 years, out of which five thousand plus film songs were sung by Noor Jehan alone. He was a well-sought-after and popular film songwriter and his songs were sung by almost all well-known vocalists of the time including Mehdi Hassan, Masood Rana, Ahmed Rushdi, Nahid Akhtar, Mehnaz, Runa Laila, Mala (Pakistani singer), Nayyara Noor, Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Musarrat Nazir and many others. Most of the popular Qawwali songs performed by the renowned Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan were written by Khawaja Pervez.[1][4][3]

Some of his popular songs[edit]

Song Title Sung by Music by Film and Year
Tum Hee Ho Mehboob Meray[1][2] Irene Perveen and Masood Rana M Ashraf film Aina (1966)
"Meri Chichi Da Challa Mahi La Laya"[2] Noor Jehan M Ashraf film Dhee Rani (1969)
Jab Koie Piyar Se Bulaye Ga[4][2] Mehdi Hassan M. Ashraf film Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai (1969)
Sunn Wey Balori Akh Waleya[1][5][2] Noor Jehan Ustad Tafu film Anwara (1970)
Dil Bhi Dahk Dahk Paey Dhamaalan, Nachhan Lag Paey Saah, Sohnia Teray Jee Sadaqay, Hore Mein Aakhan Ki Sadaqay Noor Jehan Ustad Tafu film Pehlwan Jee in London (1971)
Wey Sab Taun Sohnia, Haey Wey Mun Mohania Tassawar Khanum Nazir Ali film Rangeela (1970)
Akhh Lari Bado Badi, Mauqa Milay Kadi Kadi Noor Jehan Bakhshi Wazir film Banarsi Thugg (1973)
Nashian Nay Saadia, Hulia Wigaaria Masood Rana Bakhshi Wazir film Banarsi Thugg (1973)
Pyar Bharay Do Sharmeelay Nain[1][5] Mehdi Hassan Robin Ghosh film Chahat (1974)
Meri Vail Di Qameez Ajj Phaat Gai Ae Noor Jehan Ustad Tafu film Dada (1977)
Yehi Hai Pyaarey Zindagi, Kabhi Hain Gham Kabhi Khushi Akhlaq Ahmed Kamal Ahmed film Prince (1978)
Jai Mein Hoondi Dholna Sonay Di Taweetri[1] Noor Jehan Wajahat Attre film Sholay (1984)
Mahi Aaway Ga Mein Phullan Naal Dharti Sajawan Gi[1][5][2] Noor Jehan Nazir Ali film Qaidi (1986)
Mera Laung Gawacha[1][5][2] Musarrat Nazir Wazir Afzal A Pakistan Television Corporation production
Sahnun Ik Pal Chaen Na Aaway Sajna Terey Bina[1][5] Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 1993 released
Akhiyan Udeek Diyan Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Jo na mil sake wohi bewafa Noor Jehan Film Sham Se Pehle Aa Jana (2009)

Death and legacy[edit]

Pervez died at the Mayo Hospital, Lahore after a protracted illness at age 78 due to a prolonged illness with asthma & diabetes. He left behind two widows, five sons, six daughters and five Nigar Awards.[1] He was buried at Miani Sahib Graveyard in Lahore where a lot of showbiz celebrities were in attendance including folk singer Shaukat Ali, actors Iftikhar Thakur and Sohail Ahmed. Also present were famous film producers Syed Noor and Shehzad Rafiq. His fellow poet Riaz ur Rehman Saghar said that Khawaja Pervez always helped other artists in their difficult times.

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Noted lyricist Khawaja Pervaiz is dead Dawn (newspaper), Published 20 June 2011, Retrieved 12 July 2021
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Film Songs of Khawaja Pervaiz". Pakistan Film Magazine website. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d (Associated Press of Pakistan) Khawaja Pervez remembered Pakistan Today (newspaper), Published 21 June 2012, Retrieved 12 July 2021
  4. ^ a b c Shoaib Ahmed (17 April 2014). "Jab koie piyar say bulaye ga..." Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e Lyricist Khawaja Pervaiz remembered on death anniversary The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 20 June 2016, Retrieved 12 July 2021
  6. ^ "Pakistan's "Oscars": The Nigar Awards". The Hot Spot Film Reviews website. 24 November 2017. Archived from the original on 13 June 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2022.

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