Late Khayyam’s wife, playback singer Jagjit Kaur, passes away at 93

Playback singer Jagjit Kaur - wife of the late music composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam - passed away on Sunday morning

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Well-known playback singer Jagjit Kaur – the widow of the late music composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam – passed away on Sunday morning, an aide said.

She was 93 years old. Her last rites were performed at the Juhu Crematorium with a few people present in view of the Covid-19 restrictions, her spokesperson Pritam Sharma said.

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Her husband, Khayyam, the National Award Winner music director, had suffered a heart attack and died on August 19, 2019 at 92.

The couple’s only son Pradeep Khayyam had died in 2012 after a cardiac arrest, stunning his aged parents, said Sharma.

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Later, in 2016, the couple set up the “Khayyam Jagjit Kaur KPG Charitable Trust” and donated their entire wealth of over Rs 10-crore which is being used to financially help needy artistes and technicians in Bollywood.

Kaur, a singer in Hindi and Urdu, sang many songs, including “Tum Apna Ranjho Gham, Apni Pareshani Mujhe De Do” (Shagoon, 1964), “Khamosh Zindagi Ko, Afsana Mil Gaya” (Dil-e-Nadaan, 1953), “Pehle To Aankh Milana” with Mohammed Rafi (Shola Aur Shabnam, 1961), “Sada Chidiya Da Chamba Ve” with Pamela Chopra (Kabhi Kabhi, 1976) “Kahe Ko Byahi Bides” (Umrao Jaan, 1981).

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She also composed music for a Punjabi film, “Satguru Teri Oatt” (1974) which starred the legendary actor Dara Singh.

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