The funeral of National Award-winning music director Mohammed Zahur Hashmi, known as Khayyam was performed at Four Bungalow Kabrastan on Tuesday - August 20 - evening with full state honours. Khayyam's mortal remains were kept at his Juhu home to enable people to pay their last respects to the legendary composer who passed away aged 92 late on Monday.
In picture: Khayyam's singer wife Jagjit Kaur mourning the death of her husband.
Khayyamji was admitted to Sujay Hospital in suburban Juhu a few days ago owing to breathing issues and other age-related illnesses. He died at around 9.30 pm on August 19.
In picture: Popular ghazal singer Talat Aziz pays last respects to Khayyam Sahab. Earlier in the day, he also detailed his relationship with the late composer and said, "I had a very special relationship with him. He considered me like his son and I also reciprocated with love for him."
The funeral procession of Khayyam Sahab started from his home in Dakshina Park Society, Juhu, at around 4 p.m., and wend its way to the Four Bungalows Kabrastan. The last rites were performed at 4.30 p.m. and he was accorded full state honours, including a gun salute.
While recalling the late composer's legacy, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit told PTI, "An era of music has ended in our country. Khayyam's sir's work is immortal and no one will erase him from their memories."
He detailed the time he along with other visited Khayyam in the hospital and said, "We noticed the freshness on his face and it felt as he would right away hum some new composition. It's hard to believe that he is no more."
Khayyamji, began his career in music from the city of Ludhiana at the tender age of 17. He got his first big break in blockbuster 'Umrao Jaan' through which he made his permanent place in Bollywood industry.
Khayyamji was honoured with Padma Bhushan in the year 2011 and was bestowed the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007.
Khayyamji is known for his classics Kabhie Kabhie from the 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.
Talat Aziz, Sonu Nigam, producer Ramesh Taurani, Ashoke Pandit were among the celebrities who attended the last rites of Khayyam Sahab.
Khayyam Sahab's forte were ghazals, thumris, dadras and other genres of Hindustani classical music. In picture: Producer Ramesh Taurani clicked at the funeral of Khayyam Sahab.
In an era when orchestra pop reigned, Khayyam was what many in Bollywood referred to as an artiste of refined expertise. In picture: Veteran singer Nitin Mukesh too attended the last rites of Khayyam Sahab.
In picture: Nitin Mukesh came in to pay his respects to Khayyam Sahab.
In picture: Veteran music composer Anandji Virji Shah, of the Kalyanji–Anandji duo, clicked at the funeral of Khayyam Sahab.
Lata Mangeshkar said it all when she wrote on mourned on Twitter to describe music maestro Khayyamji's demise as the "end of an era".
In picture: Sanjay Khan and Talat Aziz
Legendary music composer Mohammed Zahur 'Khayyam' Hashmi who breathed his last on Monday (August 19) was laid to rest with full state honours on Tuesday. People from the film fraternity were part of his funeral to bid him adieu, which took place in 4 Bungalow Kabrastan, Mumbai. (All photos/Yogen Shah)
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