Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Today is the birth anniversary of Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, known by mononym Khayyam, a renowned  Composer and Music Director.Born this day in 1927, at Rahon, Punjab, he left home at an early age to live with his uncle at Delhi, where he  received training in music from the classical Vocalist & Composer, Pandit Amarnath. Later he went to Lahore to find work in films .There , Baba Chishti , the renowned Punjabi  Music Composer took him as his assistant . He worked with Baba Chishti for six months and came to Ludhiana in 1943.
After a stint in the British Indian Army  during the Second World War, he went to  Bombay and under the pseudonym of Sharmaji, of the Sharmaji- Verma ji duo, composed music for the first time for the 1948 film Heer Ranjha.His partner Rahman Verma left for Pakistan post partition and Khayyam was on his own, going solo. His early break was in 1950 film Biwi, in which a song sung by Mohammad Rafi, became an instant hit.
The 1953 film Footpath brought him real recognition when the ghazal 'Sham e  Gham ki Qasam....' sung by Talat Mahmood became very popular with the listeners.This was followed by another hit 1958 film Phir Subah Hogi, in which the duet ' Woh subah kabhi to ayegi....' written by Sahir Ludhiyanavi, and sung beautifully by Mukesh & Asha Bhosle, became very popular, another popular hit from the same film was  'Aasman pe hai khuda, aur zameen pe hum.....'
 Subsequently, the lilting  melodies composed by him for Shola Aur Shabnam, Shagun, Aakhri Khat became hits.Another shot in the arm for Khayyam was the 1976 film Kabhi Kabhi, all the songs of which became hits.
After this the songs composed by him for films Trishul, Thodi si Bewafaai, Bazar, Dard, Noorie, Naakhuda, Sawaal & Khandaan.
The melodies composed for Umrao Jaan and Razia Sultan are other gems from his kitty. A two time winner of Filmfare Best Music Director Award, he also received National Award for Best Music Director, Life Time Achievement Award. He was also awarded Padma Bhushan in 2011.
He died last year on 19th August .
Our humble tributes to the maestro !

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