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This past week, the industry lost another one of its precious gems. Indian music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi passed away in Mumbai at the age of 92 after suffering from a lung related ailment and other age related problems.

Khayyam as he was fondly and popularly known in the industry and by his fans, was best known for music in films such as KABHI KABHIE and UMRAO JAAN. He started his career at the age of 17 and the rest is history. Among his other notable work are films like Trishul, Noorie and Shola Aur Shabnam. Even his non film works like PAAON PADUN TORE SHYAM, GHAZAB KIYA TERE VAADE PE AITBAAR KIYA and BRIJ MEIN LAUT CHALO are still famous among his fans. He was also a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, FilmFare Awards, National Award and even a Padma Bhushan.

Though the legendary musician is no more, he will forever continue to stay in our hearts and our thoughts through his music. His ability to weave words into songs and making even the simplest of words sound like magic is only a few possess these days. It wouldn’t be too wrong to say that his music was simply soul stirring; and he managed to keep giving the industry such music for about four decades. The beauty of his music was also that so many, in fact all of them were classical in nature, if not then had inspiration from the classical music. That was his love, dedication and devotion to the music.

His music was not the only reason he was loved by everyone in the industry and the fans. It was his nature that made him an eternal legend that he has come to be. He stuck by his morals and wouldn’t bulge on them even if it meant losing a film. He had an extraordinary strength of character. He was humble and kind and always helped others without any selfish/hidden motive. He had a pure heart and which reflected through his songs which resonated with people then, even now and probably for time to come.

He wouldn’t be concerned by what his peers or competitors composing, probably not even by what the producers demanded or most importantly what the “trends” that may be. He just made his music and lived it; and he will live on eternally through his music. He was truly a gem. Rest in Peace sir.

By – Amul Vikas Mohan

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