Khayyam (Mohammed Zahur Khayyam)

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Date of Birth : 1927
Birthname : NA

Mini Biography :
Khayyam was born in undivided Punjab in Rahon, a village in Nawanshahr District. As a boy Khayyam ran away to Delhi to learn music but a was forced to return to complete his education. Khayyam then went to Lahore to learn music from the famous Chisti Baba.After a stint in the Army in the Second World War, Khayyam went to Bombay to fulfil his dream. One of his earliest breaks was in the film Biwi in which the song “Akele mein wo ghabrate to Honge” sung by Mohammed Rafi was a huge hit.

But he gained greater recognition from the film Phir Subha Hogi starring Raj Kapoor and Mala Sinha, in which songs written by Sahir Ludhyanvi and sung by Mukesh and Asha Bhonsle were set to tune by Khayyam, notable amongst them “Wo Subha Kabhi to Aayegi”, “Aasman Pe hai Khauda aur Zameen pe Hum” and “Chin-o-Arab Humara”.

The film Shola Aur Shabnam established Khayyam’s reputation as a great composer. The songs written by Kaifi Azmi are some of the greats of the Hindi Film Industry. From Shola aur Shabnam “Jeet Hi lenge Baazi Hum tum” sung by Lata and Rafi and “Jaane kya dhhonti rehti hein ye aanken mujhmen” sung by Rafi, from the Chetan Anand directed Aakhri Khat “Baharon mera jeevan bhi Sawaron” by Lata and “Aur kuch der theher,a ur kuch der na ja” by Rafi. Also, noticeable are songs from the film Shagun which had Khayyam’s wife Jagjit Kaur sing “Tum apna ranj-o-gham” and “Tum chali Jaogi”.

From the film Lalarokh “Hai Kali Kali ke lab par” sung by Rafi and from Footpath “Shyam-e-Gham ki Kasam” sung by Talat Mehmood. From Mohhabat Isko Kehte hein “Theheriye hosh mein aa lun to chaley jaiyega” by Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur.

Filmography :As Composer :

  1. Jaan-E-Wafa (1990)
  2. Ek Naya Rishta (1988)
  3. Anjuman (1986)
  4. Bepanaah (1985)
  5. Lorie (1984)
  6. Mehndi (1983)
  7. Razia Sultan (1983) (as Khayyaam)
  8. Sawaal (1982)
  9. Baawri (1982)
  10. Bazaar (1982)
  11. Dil-E-Nadaan (1982)
  12. Ahista Ahista (1981)
  13. Dard (1981)
  14. Nakhuda (1981)
  15. Umrao Jaan (1981)
  16. Chambal Ki Kasam (1980)
  17. Thodisi Bewafaii (1980)
  18. Khandaan (1979)
  19. Noorie (1979)
  20. Trishul (1978)
  21. Shankar Hussain (1977)
  22. Kabhi Kabhie – Love Is Life (1976)
  23. Sankalp (1975)
  24. Aakhri Khat (1966)
  25. Mohabbat Isko Kahete Hain (1965)
  26. Shagoon (1964)
  27. Shola Aur Shabnam (1961) (as Khaiyyam)
  28. Lala Rukh (1958)
  29. Phil Subha Hogi (1958)
  30. Gul Bahar (1954)
  31. Foot Path (1953)

As Soundtrack:

  1. Umrao Jaan (1981) (music: “Dil cheez kya hai aap meri jaan leejiye”, “Justaju jiski thhi usko toh na paaya humne”, “In aankhon ki masti ke mastaane hazaaron hain”, “Zindagi jab bhi teri bazm mein”, “Yeh kya jagah hai doston”)
  2. Noorie (1979) (“Aaja Re” (Part 1), “Aaja Re” (Part 2), “Chori Chori Koi Aaye”, “Kadar Tune Na Jaani”, “Ke Ashiq Ho To”, “Uske Khel Nirale”)
  3. Kabhi Kabhie – Love Is Life (1976) (“Kabhi Kabhie”, “Main Pal Do Pal Ka”, “Main Har Ek Pal Ka”, “Pyar Kar Liya”, “Tere Chehre Se”, “Tere Phoolon Jaisa”, “Mere Ghar Aayi”, “Surkh Jode Ki”)
  4. Foot Path (1953) (music: “So Jaa Mere Pyaare So Jaa”, “Kaisa Jaadu Daala Re Balma Na Janne”, “Suhaana Hai Yeh Mausam Salona Hai Mera Balam”, “Shaam-e Gham Ki Qasam Aaj Ghamgin Hai”, “Piya Aaja Re Dil Mera Pukaare”)

Nomination And Awards
Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1982 Won Filmfare Award Best Music Director
for: Umrao Jaan (1981)

1977 Won Filmfare Award Best Music Director
for: Kabhi Kabhie – Love Is Life (1976)

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