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New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) From the sensual 'Aaiye meherban' number from the film 'Howrah Bridge' (1958) to romantic ones like 'Ude jab jab zulfein teri' ('Naya Daur', 1957) and 'Yeh chand sa roshan chehra' ('Kashmir Ki Kali', 1964), O.P. Nayyar, whose 81st birth anniversary falls Wednesday, has bestowed on Bollywood some of the best known and reminisced songs.

Nayyar, who was born Jan 16, 1926, in Lahore, made a mark in the world of Hindi film music with his unique style during his career that spanned nearly six decades.

In those days, nearly every successful composer like S.D. Burman, Naushad, Jaidev and Madan Mohan was classically trained. However, Nayyar, who passed away Jan 28, 2007, had no formal training in classical music.

'Nayyar sahab was a genius who churned out soul stirring 'original' music every time. His music was distinct and eternal. Even if you listen to his songs today, they touch your heart,' noted singer Suchitra Krishnamurthy told us.

It was in 1949 that Nayyar, known to friends as 'O.P.', moved to Mumbai to try his luck in Bollywood. He got his first break in the film 'Kaneez' in 1949.

It was in Guru Dutt's 'Aar Paar' (1954) that he first tasted success, which was followed by the runaway musical hit 'C.I.D.' in 1956.

His other works include the Shammi Kapoor starrer 'Tumsa Nahin Dekha' (1957) and Madhubala starrer 'Howrah Bridge'.

Nayyar continued to notch up more success with his lilting, peppy numbers and unforgettable numbers in the years that followed.

During his career he worked extensively with Asha Bhonsle, Geeta Dutt and Mohammad Rafi, but never with melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.

Asha was his 'singing sensation' until the last days. In fact, the Nayyar-Asha duo scaled unprecedented heights and gave a string of hits like in 'Naya Daur', for which he bagged the Filmfare award in 1957, 'Kismet', 'Kashmir Ki Kali', 'Tumsa Nahin Dekha', 'Phagun', etc.

The composer introduced the musical instrument sarangi to the Indian film industry.

He used mostly Punjabi rhythm in his evergreen tunes, 'Kahin pe nigahen kahin pe nishana', 'Yeh desh hai veer jawanon ka', and 'Leke pehla pehla pyar'.

'He is a legend in the true sense. He doled out some of the most monumental songs,' said composer-singer Shibani Kashyap.

'Nayyar-ji's music is simple but heart touching, a treat for any music lover,' she added.

His dignity and poise, apart from his signature hat, made him a striking picture of elegance and charm.

The maestro faded from the Bollywood scene in the 1970s, but made a surprise comeback in the 1990s with 'Nishchaiy' and 'Zid'.

During his retirement, Nayyar estranged himself from his family and lived with his friend at Thane. He kept in touch with only a few of his friends. However, he frequently appeared on music talent hunt reality shows.

He died of cardiac arrest on Jan 28 last year.

'Nayyar's compositions exude exuberance, sensuality, and liveliness, and will continue to inspire generations,' said a fan.

'Almost all of us have grown up listening to Nayyar-ji's compositions. The kind of simplicity and originality his music has, proves a source of inspiration for many,' said singer Remo Fernandes.

Chemistry of OPN & Qamar Jalalabadi Sahab.

Tere Dil Ka Makaan
Sanyiiyaan Badaa Aalishaan
Bolo-Bolo Meri Jaan Hai Kiraayaa Kitnaa

Film : Do Ustaad (1959)
Singer : Rafi & Asha
Music : O.P.Nayyar
Lyrics : Qamar Jalalabadi
Bit Rate : 96 kbps
Duration : 03:28 min
Something ironic about OP ji (and I am a great fan of him !). He is remembered for something he never did (Compose a song for the melody queen Lata ji) rather than what he did (composed excellent music for years together).

May his soul rest in peace !
A True master of Melody and foot tapping music, OP nayyar found a wonderful combination with Rafi and Asha. No one can believe that he had no grounding in classical music.
Fortunately, OPN did music to a telugu film " Neerajanam" which means Tribute in highest form, which had ten songs. The film released in 1984. Though a big failure on screen, the music has went on to become a rage. Even now, the songs are heard in some nook and corner of Andhra pradesh, a true tribute to the Maestro, whose art transcended Language barrier !! May His Soul rest in peace.
"Thodasa dil lagake dekh"

Movie: Musafirkhana 1955
Singer: Mohammad Rafi & Samshad Begum
Music: O P Nayyar
Bitrate: 160
Duration: 3.25

Who can forget the lilting, romantic numbers unforgettable renderings, which had a distinct feel, recognisable in the choice of accompaniments, the piano, sax, acoustics and then the soulful strain of melody..

*Pukarta chala hoon main.. galli galli bahaar ki..bas ek shaakh zulf ki..bas ikk nigaah pyar ki

*Chain se humko kabhi aapne jeene na diya (electrifying combination of asha Bhosle and O.P)

*balma khuli hawwayein.. mehki hooyi fizaayein, dil chhahta hai mera, behekna iddhar uddhar

*Woh huns ke mile humse..hum pyar samajh baithe

*Aap yunhi agar humse milte rahe.. dekhiye ek din pyaar ho jaayega (makes you want to fall in
love all over again)

*Sawan ki ghata chhayi, yeh dekh ke dil jhooma.. lee pyar ne angdayi , deewaana hua badal. (Rafis attitude..unbeatable)

*Aap ke hassen aaj naya noor hai..mera dil machal gaya..toh mera kya qasoor hai

*Ishaaraon ishaaron mein dil lene wale bataa yeh hunar tune seeha kahaan se

*humdum mere maan bhi jaao kehna mere pyaar ka..

The list is endless..I can go on and on.. singing and typing..
Oh my god

Film : Hongkong (1962)
Singer Mohd.Rafi & Asha Bhonsle
Music : O P Nayyar
Lyrics : Qamar Jalalabadi
Bitrate : 128 KBPS
Duration : 03.21 min

OP Nayyar ruled all over the movie Jaali Note, with Mohd Rafi and Asha Bhosle delivering his tunes.

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Other OP Nayyar hits:

Ghareeb Jaan Ke - Choo Mantar - Mohammed Rafi
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From: Ek Musafir Ek Hasina
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