National award-winning Bollywood music composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, 92, who was known only as Khayyam in his musical journey, passed away late on Monday night in a private hospital in Juhu, Mumbai following a brief illness.
Khayyam sahab won Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and soon he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the year 2011 at the hands of the then President, Pratibha Patil.
In Bombay, Khayyam started of as Sharmaji of the Sharmaji-Varmaji composer duo and composed music for "Heer Ranjha" in 1948.
Originally named Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, the music composer was married to singer Jagjit Kaur.
He reportedly rose to fame for composing music for the 1961 film Shola aur Shabnam. "When I used to sing with him he used to praise me a lot".
He began his career at the age of 17 and composed music for famous films like "Kabhie Kabhie" and 'Umrao Jaan.' He has also bestowed with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007.
Muzaffar Ali, who shared a special bond with Khayyam, had him compose music for nearly all his films. Throwing light on the same and expressing grief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted how he will 'be remembered for his humanitarian gestures to support upcoming artists'.
Hansal Mehta: An entire era was blessed with music from Madan Mohan, SD Burman, Naushad, Khayyam, RD Burman and Kalyanji Anandji aided by singers at their peak and some great poetry. "His demise is extremely saddening", read NaMo's tweet. "I offer my humble tribute to him". Though his uncle admitted him to a school, he was impressed by Khayyam's passion for music and helped him nurture it.
Talking about her bonding with Khayyam, she said that he considered her his younger sister. I was by his side all day today with @TalatAziz2 bhai & Bina Aziz.
The composer behind "Kabhie Kabhie" and "Umrao Jaan", Khayyam breathed his last on 19th August 2019 in Mumbai.