Legendary music composer Khayyam aged 92 passed away in a hospital in Mumbai who is known for his works in films like ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ and ‘Umrao Jaan’.
He took his last breath at 9;30 PM at the Sujay Hospital ICU in Juhu where he was in critical condition after he was admitted for age-related health issues a few days back.
PM Narendra Modi paid tribute to Khayyam and expressed his heartfelt condolences and expressed grief over music composer’s death.
PM 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 artists. His demise is extremely saddening,”
Lata Mangeshkar tweeted: “Mahan sangeetkar Aur bahut nek dil insan Khayyam sahab aaj humare bich nahi rahe. Ye sunkar mujhe itna dukh hua hai jo main bayaa’n nahi kar sakti.Khayyam sahab ke saath sangeet ke ek yug ka anth hua hai.Main unko vinamra shraddhanjali arpan karti hun,”
“Khayyam sahab mujhe apni choti behen maante the. Wo mere liye apni khas pasand ke gaane banaate the.Unke saath kaam karte waqt bahut accha lagta tha aur thoda darr bhi lagta tha kyo ki wo bade perfectionist the.Unki shayari ki samajh bahut kamaal thi, ” she added in other tweet.
Deeply saddened by the demise of Khayyam, music composer Salim Merchant took to his Twitter and wrote, “The Legend Khayyam saab passed away this eve at 9.28 pm. What a huge loss to the Music & Film world. I was by his side all day today with @TalatAziz2 bhai & Bina Aziz. May Allah bless his Soul.
Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.”Mohammed Zahur ‘Khayyam’ Hashmi, better known as Khayyam, started his career in music from the city of Ludhiana when he was 17 years old. He got his first big break in blockbuster ‘Umrao Jaan’ through which he made his permanent place in Bollywood industry.
Khayyam’s honours and awards
He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in the year 2011 and was bestowed the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007.
He won National Award, and also a Filmfare Award, besides a few other tributes for composing music for the movie which stars Rekha, Raj Babbar, and Naseeruddin Shah.
Khayyam’s non-film songs are equally loved by his fans, especially ‘Paaon Padun Tore Shyam,’ ‘Brij Mein Laut Chalo’ and ‘Ghazab Kiya Tere Vaade pe Aitbaar Kiya’.
He also worked for late Meena Kumari’s album, ‘I Write, I Recite’ featuring ‘nazms’ (poems) sung by her.