Veteran music director Khayyam critical, admitted to ICU in Mumbai


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Veteran music director-composer Khayyam, much admired for composing music for films like Umrao Jaan and ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ and Noorie has been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Sujay Hospital in Mumbai. According to a report, “The musician, a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Padma Bhushan, is in a critical condition due to infection in lungs, as was informed by BN Tiwari, president of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees Union. Mohammed Zahur ‘Khayyam’ Hashmi, better known as Khayyam, began his career in music from the city of Ludhiana at the tender age of 17. He got his first big break in blockbuster ‘Umrao Jaan’ through which he made his permanent place in Bollywood industry.

He was born in Rahon, in Nawanshahr tehsil of Jalandhar in undivided Punjab. His earlier name was Saadat Hussian and was later changed to Mohammad Zahur Khayyam.

The ANI report further added, “He won National Award, and also a Filmfare Award, besides a few other tributes for composing music for the flick 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 gave music for late Meena Kumari’s album, ‘I Write, I Recite’ featuring ‘nazms’ (poems) sung by her.”

Khayyam also had a stint in the second World War before moving to Mumbai for a career in films.

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