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Veteran music director-composer Khayyam passes away

PM Modi, Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Maharashtra CM Fadnavis condole Khayyam's demise

Prime News, National, Bollywood, Cinema, Entertainment, Mumbai, August 20:- Veteran music director-composer Khayyam, best known for his music in classic films such as ‘Umrao Jaan’ and ‘Kabhi Kabhi,’ passed away after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Mumbai on Monday. He was 92.

Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, popularly known as Khayyam, was admitted to Sujay Hospital in suburban Juhu a few days ago owing to breathing issues and other age-related illnesses.

According to the composer’s spokesperson, Khayyam’s mortal remains will be kept at his residential complex in Mumbai from 10 am onwards today for people to pay their last respects. Thereafter, his funeral will take place with full state honours.

PM Narendra Modi condoles Khayyam’s demise

Calling his work as something which will be remembered forever, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “India will remain grateful to Khayyam Sahab for giving us some of the most memorable compositions, which will be remembered forever.”

“He will also be remembered for his humanitarian gestures to support upcoming artistes. His demise is extremely saddening,” he said.

Lata Mangeshkar also took to Twitter and wrote that Khayyam’s demise is the end of an era in music.

“Great musician and a man with a kind heart, Khayyam sahab isn’t with us anymore. I am so saddened to hear this, I can’t put it in words. With Khayyam sahab, an era of music has ended. I offer my humble tribute to him,” she wrote.

In a subsequent tweet, the iconic singer said though she loved working with Khayyam, she was also scared because he was a perfectionist. “Khayyam sahab would treat me as his younger sister. For me, he used to make his special songs. I loved working with him but would also be a little scared because he was a perfectionist. His understanding and knowledge of Shayari was exceptional,” she tweeted.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan remembered the music veteran as “a soft-spoken, amiable soul”, who contributed to his several films, including ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ and ‘Trishul.’ “…KHAYAM sahib…for all the memorable music he conducted and produced .. prayers condolences,” Bachchan tweeted.

“Umrao Jaan” director Muzaffar Ali remembered Khayyam as a “storehouse of feelings, emotions and music”.
Reminiscing the memories of Rekha-fronted 1982 classic, the director said it took Khayyam and him almost two years to create music for the film.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other Bollywood personalities remembered Khayyam and paid their tributes.

Veteran music-director composer Khayyam began his career in music from the city of Ludhiana at the tender age of 17. Besides ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ and ‘Umrao Jaan,’ the musician’s other notable works include films such as “Trishul,” “Noorie” and “Shola Aur Shabnam.”

In 2007, Khayyam was honoured with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Creative Music by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Four years later, he was conferred with Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award. He won three Filmfare Awards for Best Music in 1977 for Kabhi Kabhie and 1982 for Umrao Jaan, and a lifetime achievement award in 2010.

In 2016, the veteran composer established Khayyam Jagjeet Kaur KPG Charitable Trust and pledged to donate his entire wealth to the trust to support budding artistes and technicians in India. Khayyam’s non-film songs are also equally loved by his fans, especially ‘Paaon padun tore shyam,’ ‘Brij mein laut chalo’ and ‘Ghazab kiya tere vaade pe aitbaar kiya.’ He also gave music for late Meena Kumari’s album, ‘I Write, I Recite’ featuring ‘nazms’ (poems) sung by her. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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