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Living legend Khayyam turns 90, announces KPJ trust

February 18, 2016 2:41:59 PM IST
By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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Karoge Yaad Toh Har Baat Yaad Aayegi - this classic ghazal from Sagar Sarhadi's 1982 brilliant piece of art - BAZAAR echoes the brilliance of the living legend Khayyam Saab with a chorus. The music maestro turned 90 yesterday.


On the occasion, Khayyam Saab & his wife Mrs. Jagjit Kaur announced, “KHAYYAM PRADEEP JAGJIT KAUR (KPJ Charitable Trust)” and gave away his entire wealth for the trust. The trust will provide a helping hand to all needy & aspiring people from Music Fraternity. Renowned Ghazal singer Talat Aziz is one of the trustees.

Recalling his special association with Khayyam Saab, Talat Aziz said, “Khayyam Saab is a living legend. The Indian Music Industry has never witnessed a gem like him. There was another aspect of Khayyam Saab's work that sets him apart from other composers- his non-film ghazals. Do you know that he is the only composer whose compositions Begum Akhtar recorded for HMV in her entire career? Otherwise she has sung only her own. Throughout his career and especially during his sabbaticals from Bollywood, he recorded many ghazals including one album with Rafi Saheb which drew a niche but devoted set of fans. I am overwhelmed to be a part of this evening as everyone knows that he was the first one to introduce me to the world of film music in the classic UMRAO JAAN. And speaking of UMRAO JAAN, who can forget ‘Dil cheez kya hai' sung brilliantly by none other than Asha ji….His songs in films with all the greats like Talat, Mahmood, Lata ji, Rafi Saheb, Mukesh ji are now part of Bollywood music history. May God Bless him with health.”

Khayyam Saab's music has being a treasured item for connoisseurs of true art of music for his immaculate standards of musical harmony.

KABHIE KABHIE, (1976), UMRAO JAAN (1981), AHISTA AHISTA (1981), BAZAAR (1982) are his proven testimonies.

Before UMRAO JAAN, even Asha Bhosle wouldn't have imagined that she can sing ghazals with such poise. ‘In Aankhon ki masti ke', ‘Ye Kya Jagah hai doston' and ‘Dil Cheez kya hai' are now amongst Asha ji's best.

Khayyam Saab was the only music composer whose composition Begum Akhtar recorded for HMV in her entire career.

Khayyam Saab, who never kept a team of assistants, credits his success to his beloved wife Jagjit Kaur & his son Late Pradeep whose been a part of his musical journey applauding them as his greatest strength and inspiration. Khayyam Saab was always effusive with his praise for his wife Jagjit Kaur. She may have been behind the scenes but was a key element in Khayyam Saab's success. It seems appropriate to recognize their partnership with the only film song they sang together ‘Kab Yaad Mein Tera Saath Nahin' (ANJUMAN, 1986).

Declared as one of the greatest Bollywood music directors of all time, Khayyam Saab has triumphed upon the hearts of millions with his unique style of music. He has carved his name on prestigious awards like: Best Music Director of the Millennium- Govt. of Punjab, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award to name a few.

Dil (music) cheez kya hai literally.. Khayyam Sahab has given everything.. at the age of 90, the maestro still wants to serve by KPJ trust. They don't make people like Khayyam nowadays..

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