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Woh Subah Kabhi Toh Aayegi
by composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, performed by Asha Bhosle & Mukesh
Mohammed Zahur Khayyam (1927 to 2019) was an Indian music director and composer. Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi was born on February 18th 1927 in Rahon, Punjab, then part of British India. As a boy, he ran away from home to live with his uncle in New Delhi, and was trained in music there under classical vocalist and composer Pandit Amarnath. As a young man, he went to Lahore to look for 'playback' singing roles in films, and it was there that he met Baba Chishti, a famous Punjabi music director. Much-impressed after audition, Chishti offered him an assistant director's role - this he did for six months before moving to Ludhiana in 1943 (he was still only 17). After a stint in the Army during the Second World War, Khayyam went to Bombay (now Mumbai) to finally fulfil his musical dream, and made his singing debut as composer 'Sharmaji' (a real-life person, part of the 'Sharmaji-Varmaji' composer duo) appearing in the film "Heer Ranjha" in 1948. He had built up a close musical rapport with his co-songwriter Rahman Varmae, but went solo after Varmae moved to the newly-created Pakistan following partition. One of his next biggest breaks was in the film "Biwi" (1950) during which his song "Akele Mein Woh Ghabrate To Honge" was popularly sung by Mohammed Rafi. Another of his compositions, "Shaam-e-Gham Ki Kasam", was performed by Talat Mehmood in the movie "Footpath" (1953), and immediately struck a chord among the masses. Khayyam gained even more recognition by supplying music for the film "Phir Subha Hogi" (1958) - notable among them were his "Woh Subha Kabhi Toh Aayegi" (featured here), "Aasman Pe hai Khuda Aur Zameen Pe Hum" and "Chin-o-Arab Humara". It was the film "Shola Aur Shabnam" (1961) which fully-established his reputation in India as a composer, and he went on to compose for "Shagoon" (1964) and "Aakhri Khat" (1966). (His own wife Jagjit Kaur sang his tunes "Tum Apna Ranj-o-Gham" and "Tum Chali Jaogi" in the "Shagoon" movie.) The 1970s saw him team up with Sahir Ludhyanvi to supply numbers for "Kabhi Kabhie" (1976), and he continued to score many more films of the late-1970s and early-1980s. Khayyam also composed non-film songs - these included "Paaon Padun Tore Shyam, Brij Mein Laut Chalo" and "Ghazab Kiya Tere Vaade Pe Aitbaar Kiya" (he also wrote music used on Meena Kumari's album "I Write, I Recite" in 1971). He put more music to the words of poets than he did established film lyricists, and these poets included Mirza Ghalib, Daagh, Wali Mohammed Wali, Ali Sardar Jafri, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Sahir Ludhianvi (among the newer ones also Naqsh Lyallpuri, Nida Fazli, Jan Nisar Akhtar and Ahmed Wasi). On his 89th birthday, he announced the formation of Khayyam Jagjeet Kaur KPG Charitable Trust, to support budding artists and technicians in India, and decided to donate his entire wealth to the fund (this amounted to some US$1.4 million). Mohammed Zahur Khayyam died in Mumbai on August 19th 2019, aged 92.
Posted: 22nd September 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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