Mumbai : Legendary music composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, popularly known as Khayyam, breathed his last at 9:30 pm today. The hospital declared cardiac arrest as the cause of his death. The Padma Bhushan recipient was admitted ever since admission.
Ghazal singer Talat Aziz, who was looking after the composer and his wife Jagjit Kaur during this tough phase, shared the news with Bombay Times.
“He was on the ventilator for a while. The doctors informed me that Khayyam Saab passed away at 9:30 pm. I’ll take his body home today and will make arrangements for the burial tomorrow. He wanted his burial to happen at the Four Bungalows graveyard. I’m extremely worried his wife Jagjit Ji, as she, too, has been unwell for a while,” said Aziz.
Khayyam, 93, was the man behind some of Bollywood’s most celebrated soundtracks, Kabhi Kabhi (1972), Umrao Jaan (1981), Noorie (1979), Raziya Sultan (1983), Bazaar (1982), among many others. “I used to recite the Quran to him every day at the hospital. In fact, Khayyam Saab’s wish was that I recite theSsurah Yaseen (recited at the time when someone is about to breathe his/her last) during his last moments. I did that today,” said Aziz as he was on the way to the hospital. Musicians Salim Merchant and Sonu Nigam also arrived at the hospital.