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Legendary Musician Khayyam no more: Singer Lata Mangeshkar pays tribute

Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar said that Khayyam saheb considered her his younger sister. “He used to make songs of his special choice for me,” she said. 


Mumbai| Legendary musician Mohammad Zahoor Khayyam died at the age of 92. He was admitted to Sujay Hospital in Mumbai on July 28 after complaining of chest infection and Pneumonia. However, his health condition was constantly deteriorating. According to the doctors, he suffered a heart attack during treatment on Monday, due to which he died at around 9:30 pm.

Khayyam was born on 18 February 1927 in Punjab. Khayyam started his music career in 1943 in Ludhiana at the age of 17. In the year 1953, he started his Bollywood career with the film Footpath. Khayyam Saheb started gaining recognition for composing music in the 1961 film Shola and Shabnam. He had composed music for several movies including Akhiri Khat, Kabhi Kabhi, Trishul, Noori, Bazaar, Umrao Jaan and Yatra.

He has also received many awards for his brilliant work in the field of Music. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in the year 2007 and Padma Bhushan in the year 2011. He also received the Filmfare Award and the National Award for Umrao Jaan.

Actors and singers across the film industry have mourned his death. Playback singer Lata Mangeshkar in an emotional tribute said that she was saddened by the news of Khayyam ji’s death. She said in a tweet, “An era of music came to an end with Khayyam Saheb. I pay him a humble tribute.”

Talking about her bonding with Khayyam, she said that he considered her his younger sister. “He used to make songs of his special choice for me. I used to feel very good while working with him and also felt a bit scared. Because he was a great perfectionist. His understanding of poetry was very amazing. That is why he brought the poetry of great poets like Mir Taki Mir into films,” Lata Mangeshkar said. She said that Khayyam Saheb’s music always touched the hearts.

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