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Himayat Ali Shayar is a renowned Urdu poet, writer, lyricist, actor, radio drama artist from Pakistan. He is also the recipient of the Pride of Performance Award given to him in 2002. He was born in Aurangabad, India on July 14, 1926. He worked for All India Radio and arrived in Pakistan in 1951 to begin his remarkable career with Radio Pakistan at Karachi. His first poetry book was published in 1956 "Aag Main Phool" which received the Presidential Award in 1958. Later, he started his successful career as a lyricist, receiving Nigar Awards for the films Aanchal and Daaman in 1962 and 1963 respectively. His other collection of poetry includes "Mitti Ka Qarz, "Tashnagi Ka Safar", "Haroon Ki Awaz". In 2007, he published collection of all of his poetry as "Kuliyat-e-Shaer".