Mohammed Zahur Khayyam

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Mohammed Zahur "Khayyam" Hashmi, better known as Khayyam, is an Indian music composer whose career spanned four decades (1953–1990). PTI, The Times of India, 7 July 2006. Mohammed Wajihuddin, Indian Express, 26 May 2002.

He has won three Filmfare Awards for Best Music in 1977 for Kabhi Kabhie and 1982 for Umrao Jaan, and a lifetime achievement award in 2010 . He was awarded the 2007 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Creative Music, by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Theatre. Sangeet Natak Akademi Official Award listings.

Early life

Khayyam was born as Sa’aadat Hussain in undivided Punjab in Rahon, a village in Nawanshahr District. As a boy Khayyam ran away to Delhi to learn music but was forced to return to complete his education. Khayyam then went to Lahore to learn music from the famous Baba Chishti.

He was never interested in his studies and was always fascinated by the music of Hindi cinema. He was inclined to the music when he was very young. He often escaped to the city for watching movies. Khaiyyam soon ran away to his uncle's house in Delhi, in the hope of becoming an actor. Khaiyyam's uncle enrolled him in a school, but when he saw his passion for films, he allowed him to learn music. In those days it was actually a step...
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