Veteran composer Khayyam, best known for his music in classic films such as “Umrao Jaan” and “Kabhi Kabhie”, passed away after battling a prolonged illness, at a hospital in Mumbai.
Mohammed Zahur Hashmi, was 92 year old, popularly known as Khayyam, was admitted to Sujay Hospital in suburban Juhu a few days ago owing to breathing issues and other age-related illnesses.
According to the composer’s spokesperson, Khayyam’s mortal remains will be kept at his residential complex from 10 a.m. onwards for people to pay their last respect. Thereafter, his funeral will take place with full state honours, the spokesperson said.
Addressing the loss of the Indian poet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to PMO twitter handle and shared, “India will remain grateful to Khayyam Sahab for giving us some of the most memorable compositions, which will be remembered forever. He will also be remembered for his humanitarian gestures to support upcoming artists. His demise is extremely saddening”
Thespian Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “A legend in music…A soft spoken amiable soul… one that contributed to several films and some of the more important ones of mine…passes away…KHAYAM sahib…for all the memorable music he conducted and produced…prayers condolences”
Music composer Vishal Dadlani wrote “Feels like music lost a note today. #Khayyam Saab, thank you for your music and for your kindness each time we met. Wish it could have been more often, but I’m glad I was able to thank you in person for the wonderful music you gave us. The songs from Kabhie Kabhi, Umrao Jaan and Noorie will never fade, and neither will you”
By News Helpline