Sunday, 18 February 2018

Music director Khayyam sahab.
"Zindagi jab bhi teri bazm mein.."

Our legendary music director Khayyam composed this romantic ghazal of 'Umrao Jaan'! Today is his 91st birthday!

Mohammed Zahur known as Khayyam composed the music for meaningful Indian cinema for over last five decades..and the songs he composed are always consider as a Classic Talat Mahmood sung.."Sham-e-gham ki kasam.."
Dilip Kumar & Meena Kumari in 'Footpath's(1953) song "Sham-e-gham."

Mostly famous for ghazals...he composed the best lyrics of notable Sahir Ludhianvi's "Woh subah kabhi to aayegi..", Kaifi Aazami's "Jeet hi lenge baazi hum tum.." and great Mir Taqi Mir's "Dikhayee diye yun.."
Music director Khayyam sahab and ghazal singer Talat Aziz!

'Kabhi Kabhi', 'Noori' to 'Yatra'..his musical journey is still going on!

In 1982 he received National Award for 'Umrao Jaan'..which superbly portrayed by Rekha & her mujra on "Dil cheej kya hai.." was lajawab!
Beautiful Rekha in 'Umrao Jaan' (1981).

He won three 'Filmfare' awards..including lifetime achievement award!..And in 2011 he was honoured with 'Padma Bhushan' by the Government of India!

Music director Khayyam sahab with wife singer Jagjeet Kaurji!
Still remember meeting Khayyamsahab in the function 'Celebrating 75 years of Indian talkie cinema' held at Mumbai..and latter in Pune when he was awarded by 'PIFF'! While interacting him..when I mentioned one of his best compositions..sung by his wife Jagjeet Kaurji in 'Shagun' (1964).."Tum apna ranj-o-gham.." he emotionally talked on it!

Saalgirah mubarak ho Khayyamsahab!!

- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune]

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