Khayyam Saab: The Impeccable Creator
Conferred with the Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and countless other honours, Khayyam Saab is truly a torchbearer of the golden era of Indian film music, writes Sharad Dutt.
After the unprecedented response to the television serial, 'The Melody Makers', we planned our next episode on Mohammad Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, fondly addressed as Khayyam Saab. Although I have been an ardent fan of his music, I never had the opportunity to meet him in person. I sought the help of a friend, writer-director Sagar Sarhadi, who had worked with the maestro, in the film Bazaar. Soon after Sarhadi introduced me to Khayyam Saab we shot the episode in two days. What I encountered was the old world charm of a very animated personality, with photogenic memory, who vividly recalled his journey from his native place to Bollywood.