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OP Nayyar passes away

March 2007
OP Nayyar passes away

Hindi film music suffered an irreparable loss when legendary composer OP Nayyar passed away in Thane, a suburb of Mumbai, at the age of 81. He had been ailing for over two decades. Nayyar hit the charts with Guru Dutt's Aar Paar, after which there was no looking back. Racy rhythms�a fusion of folksy and western riffs�were the hallmark of the maverick music director's scintillating compositions. Who can forget those gems from films like Kashmir ki Kali, Mere Sanam, Ek Musafir Ek Hasina and Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, to name just a few. Nayyar and Asha Bhonsle had a long and deep association and together they sent listeners into ecstasy. In the words of Mahesh Bhatt: "The distinct sensuality that was injected into Asha Bhonsle's singing was Nayyar's contribution." But the 1970s saw RD Burman's rise and Nayyar went into oblivion. His music, of course, lives on.

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