Khayyam laid to rest with full state honours, tributes continue to pour in

Legendary music director-composer Khayyam was laid to rest with full state honours Tuesday afternoon. Mohammed Zahur ‘Khayyam’ Hashmi, passed away at a hospital in Mumbai on Monday. He was famed for his compositions in films like ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ and ‘Umrao Jaan’.

The veteran breathed his last at 9:30 pm at the intensive care unit of Sujay Hospital in Juhu where he was in critical condition after being admitted with age-related illness a few days ago, informed Pritam Sharma, spokesperson for Khayyamji’s Trust.

Tributes started to pour in as soon as news of the musician’s demise came in. Calling his demise “saddening”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to extend his heartfelt condolences and express grief over the music icon’s death.

“Mahan sangeetkar Aur bahut nek dil insan Khayyam sahab aaj humare bich nahi rahe,” Lata Mangeshkar tweeted.

Deeply saddened by the demise of Khayyam, music composer Salim Merchant took to his Twitter and wrote, “The Legend Khayyam saab passed away this eve at 9.28 pm. What a huge loss to the Music & Film world. I was by his side all day today with @TalatAziz2 bhai & Bina Aziz. May Allah bless his Soul. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.”