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    'Kabhi Kabhie' music composer Khayyam passes away at 92; Lata calls it end of an era, Big B & PM Modi pay tribute


    The music composer passed away after age-related illnesses in Mumbai.

    (On the right, top to bottom) Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, and PM Modi took to social media to pay tribute to the music composer Khayyam.
    NEW DELHI: Veteran composer Mohammed Zahur 'Khayyam' Hashmi, who was behind the music for classic films 'Umrao Jaan' and 'Kabhi Kabhie', passed away at 92 after prolonged illness at a Mumbai hospital on Monday.

    The Padma Bhushan awardee was admitted to Sujay Hospital in suburban Juhu a few days ago owing to breathing issues and other age-related illnesses. "He died at Sujay Hospital at around 9.30 pm," a family friend told .

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

    Several personalities and B-town celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to the composer.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi took some time off his busy schedule and tweeted a tribute for the veteran music composer on Twitter in Hindi and English. He stressed that 'Khayyam Sahab' would be remembered for his humanitarian gestures to support upcoming artists.

    His post read, "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."

    In a series of Hindi tweets, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar said that Khayyam's demise is the end of an era in music.

    She also mentioned that Khayyam was a perfectionist with an impeccable understanding of poetry.

    In a subsequent Hindi tweet, the iconic singer said that he enjoyed listening to 'Raag Pahadi', which is a popular raga based on folk music. She further added that finding another music composer like Khayyam may not be easy.

    'Kabhie Kabhie' actor Amitabh Bachchan also remembered the 'legend in music' as "a soft-spoken, amiable soul", who also contributed to his several movie, including 'Trishul'.

    While paying condolence to Khayyam in a Hindi post, Anupam Kher said that he spent most of his life listening to Khayyam's tunes. He tweeted a monochrome picture along with the post.

    In a Twitter post, lyricist Javed Akhtar called Khayyam a 'great music director', and said his composition - 'Voh Subah Kabhi To Aayehi' - makes him immortal.

    Remembering Khayyam's immense contribution to music, directors Karan Johar and Madhur Bhandarkar, and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor condoled his death.

    Paying a tribute to the composer, actress Sonam Kapoor wrote the line from the popular song 'Kabhie Kabhie'.

    "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.

    "Day in, day out, I used to go to him. He used to stay at my house. It was an evolution of music. Today, no composer, director or producer will spend so much time on making the music. We left no stone unturned for this film's music," Ali told a news agency.

    Director Muzaffar Ali (R) said that spending time with Khayyam (L) was an evolution of music.​Agencies
    Director Muzaffar Ali (R) said that spending time with Khayyam (L) was an evolution of music.

    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, India's national academy of music, dance and theatre.

    Four years later, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan, the country third highest civilian award. 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 artists and technicians in India.

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    4 Comments on this Story

    Parapuram Joseph325 days ago
    modi paying tribute to Khayyam! No need of your tribute to the legend.
    jkvr setty325 days ago
    It is sad.Wish him RIP.
    Sitaram Sr326 days ago
    Two of his compositions from footpath and shola aur shabnam captivate me till this day! Indeed a maestro beyond compare ! RIP
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