Mumbai, Aug 20 : When creator of some of the most memorable compositions, National award-winner Khayyam's death broke on Monday night, a string of celebrities, including Lata Mangeshkar and Amitabh Bachchan were left shocked.
The Bollywood music composer whose real name was Mohammed Zahir Hashmi passed away at the age of 92, late on Monday at a private hospital here following a brief illness, an aide said.
Survived by his singer wife Jagjit Kaur, Khayyam is known for his classics "Kabhie Kabhie" ftom movie by the same name, "In Ankhon ki Masti" from "Umrao Jaan", "Aap ki mehki hui zulfon" from "Trishul", "Ae dil-e-nadan" from "Razia Sultan" among many many others.
He also composed music for Meena Kumari's album, "I Write, I Recite" featuring her singing her own poetic compositions.
This is what celebrities have tweeted: Lata Mangeshkar tweeted in Hindi: Legendary musician and a beautiful soul Khayyam Saab is no more. I cant express in words how sad I am. An era of music ended with his demise. I pay my tribute to him.
Amitabh Bachchan: A legend in music. A soft spoken amiable soul. One that contributed to several films and some of the more important ones of mine passes away. Khayyam sahib for all the memorable music he conducted and produced. Prayers condolences.
A.R. Rahman: A True Patriot and a Master Songwriter...Mohammed Zahur Khayyam.
Anil Kapoor: A humble man, great composer and a true artist. Khayyam Saab was, and will remain an inspiration. He will truly be missed.
Ayushmann Khurrana: RIP Khayyam saab.
Hansal Mehta: An entire era was blessed with music from Madan Mohan, SD Burman, Naushad, Khayyam, RD Burman and Kalyanji Anandji aided by singers at their peak and some great poetry. What we have is mostly mediocrity and noise with only a few exceptions. Sound rules over melody and poetry.
Zakir Hussain: This the day music died RIP Khayyam sahab.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Khayyam sir, your immense contribution in the world of music will be always remembered.
Adnan Sami: I'm extremely saddened to learn of the demise of our Legendary Music Composer Khayyam Sahib. He is credited with some of the most iconic film sound tracks. Umrao Jaan, Kabhi Kabhi, Razia Sultana to name a few. God bless his soul.
Vishal Dadlani: Feels like music lost a note today. Khayyam Saab, thank you for your music and for your kindness each time we met. Wish it could have been more often, but I'm glad I was able to thank you in person for the...
Kailash Kher: Fondly known as Khayyam Saab composer of "Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein", "In Ankho Ki Masti Ke", "Dikhai Diye Yun" and many more epic songs. Thank you for leaving treasures of music behind. RIP.
Poonam Dhillon: Passing away of the legendary Khayyaam Saab who gave me the evergreen song "Noorie" which is the name he always called me by till the end. Thank you Khayaam Saab for leaving the world a more melodious place.
Shekhar Suman: RIP Khayyam Sahab. The world will miss your melodious music. You were a maestro and a gentleman. The music of 'Umrao Jaan'. Stays as one of the best forever. Alvida!
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