OP Nayyar: The Hit Parade Composer
Omkar Prasad Nayyar was not only one of the greatest music composers in the Bollywood industry, but with a wide range of hobbies including Astrology and Homeopathy, he amazed people with his predictions and cured many incurable diseases, writes Sharad Dutt.
It is so very rare that a renowned classical singer would acknowledge a film composer. It did happen when India's ace vocalist Ustad Amir Khan patted and complimented one such composer for his compositions set in Raga Pilu. The composer humbly accepted the gesture and replied politely, "Khan Saab, I don't know anything about Raag Pilu. In fact, I don't know the ABC of music." He further requested the venerable Ustad, "If you have, indeed, liked my music, please record a song for my next film." The composer was OP Nayyar and film was Phagun. Khan Saab conceded to record for Nayyar's number, 'Jogia mere ghar aaye,' for film Ragini.