Mohammed Zahur “Khayyam” Hashmi, much better identified by his screen name Khayyam, passed away at about 9:30 pm now at a Mumbai hospital due to cardiac arrest. He had been admitted to the hospital on August 16 due to lung infection. The 92- year-old veteran, who was born on February 18, 1927, was suffering from ill wellness because the previous handful of days.

He was born in Nawanshahr district of Punjab. Even as a youngster, he was extra interested in films than research. He generally employed to bunk college and watch films. Such was his craze that he ran away to his uncle’s home in Delhi to develop into an actor. Music and singing had been an integral component of films and possibly to deviate him away from acting, his uncle permitted him to find out music. He began mastering music beneath Pandit Amaranth and some say he learnt beneath Husnlal-Bhagatram as effectively. 

Noted composer Khayyam is no more

He was only 17 when he met composer Baba Chisti in Lahore, who was impressed by the young man’s genius to take him on as an assistant. He worked with Chisti for sometime but strangely joined the army through the Globe War II. He served in the army for two years and immediately after the war ended, came to Mumbai to attempt his luck as an actor. Once again, destiny place him on the road to music. Composer Rahman Varma provided him a partnership and they began providing music beneath the screen name Sharmaji-Varmaji. Their 1st hit was Heer-Ranjha (1948). Khayyam also sang a duet, Dil yun yun karta hai, with Geeta Dutt in the film. However, Rahman chose to settle in Pakistan and the partnership quickly dissolved. He formed a further quick-lived partnership with composer Aziz Hindi. Their Biwi (1950), had a uncommon Geeta Dutt-Asha Bhosle duet Mausam hai rangeen sanwariya. 

His solo profession as Khayyam began with the Dilip Kumar starrer Footpath (1953). The song Sham-e-gham ki kasam sung by Talat Mehmood from the film is nonetheless renowned now. Recognition came with the film Phir Subha Hogi (1958) starring Raj Kapoor and Mala Sinha. Raj Kapoor’s favourite composer and lyricist had been Shankar-Jaikishan and Shailendra respectively. He was sceptical to give a newcomer a likelihood. It was also effectively-identified that poet Sahir Ludhianvi in no way changed his words to match a tune. It really is stated Khayyam had to audition ahead of Raj Kapoor, who was so impressed that he asked the tunes to be retained in their original type. 

Khayyam chose to perform with poets rather than frequent film lyricists. That is the explanation a single finds poetry playing an equal part in Khayyam’s compositions as the music or the singer. He composed music for performs of poets like Kaifi Azmi, Mir Taki Mir, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Naqsh Lyallpuri and Sahir Ludhianvi to name a handful of.

Noted composer Khayyam is no more


His physique of perform might be tiny for a six-decade old profession – he has only some 70-plus films to his credit in this span – but his creations carry a exclusive stamp. His notable efforts involve films like Footpath, Phir Subah Hogi, Shola Aur Shabnam, Shagoon, Aakhri Khat, Trishul, Kabhi Kabhie, Noori, Dard, Bazaar and Umrao Jaan.  He also got actresses to sing their personal numbers like Rekha in Ek Naya Rishta, Mala Sinha in Phir Subah Hogi and Shabana Azmi in Anjuman.

His wife Jagjit Kaur, a singer herself, contributed a lot to his repertoire. Her renditions to his compositions like Tum apna ranjo gham (Shagoon), Dekh lo aaj humko jee bharke (Bazaar), Kahe ko byaahe bides (Umrao Jaan) continue to haunt us to this day.

Khayyam won 3 Filmfare Awards, two for Very best Music for Kabhi Kabhie and Umrao Jaan, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He’s no longer with us but his spirit will continue to reside amongst by means of his melodies like Woh subah kabhi to aayegi, Chin-o-arab humara, Jeet hi lenge baazi hum tum, Baharon mera jeevan bhi sawaron, Shaam-e-gham ki kasam, Theheriye hosh mein aa loon toh chaley jaiyega, Aap yun faaslon se, Aye dil-e-naadan and just about all songs from films like Kabhi Kabhie, Trishul, Thodi Si Bewafai, Bazaar, Umrao Jaan and Noorie…