by Promod Puri
In my warm tribute to accomplished Indian music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, popularly known as Khayyam, who died in Mumbai August 20, here is one of my most favorite songs composed by him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXdJJvpgTvw
It is sung by versatile singer Asha Bhonsle who won several awards for her classical presentation under Khayyam’s direction. The song was performed on the screen by talented actor Rekha. The wordings were penned by Aligarh University Urdu scholar and poet Akhlaq Mohammad Khan ‘Shahryar’.
Khayyam was one of the few music directors who in the real sense were composers. Famous music directors like Naushad Ali, Shanker -Jaikishan duo or OP Nayyar often borrowed tunes from regional folk songs. But Khayyam, like SD Burman or C Ramchandra and AR Rehaman, was always original. His uniqueness lies in converting a gazal into lyric as a filmi song.
In nagmo mein Khayyam ke mastaane hazaaron hain.