O P Nayyar, veteran music composer expired on 28th January
Veteran singer Omkar Prasad Nayyar who has composed for several bollywood songs in the 70’s and 80’s expired on 28th January due to a heart attack. Nayyar was 81 years old and had no previous ailments before his sudden heart attack. O P Nayyar was born in 1926 in Lahore and got his first break as a composer in 1949 in the film Kaneez. Nayyar was estranged from his family and hence was living with some of his relatives. According to his relatives “Nayyar was in perfectly good health prior to his heart attack, however on the fateful day he merely went to the toilet and suddenly collapsed. He was dead before they could summon any medical help.”
O P Nayyar did not have any classical background but was known for his captivating and peppy music. His first famous film album was Guru Dutt’s Aar Paar in 1954 and thereafter he worked extensively with Dutt in several films like CID and Mr. and Mrs. 55. Some of Nayyar’s famous numbers were ‘Babuji Dheere Chalna’, ‘Pukarta Chala Hoon Mein’, ‘Kahin Pe Nigahein Kahin Pe Nishana’ etc. Nayyar was very popular during his hey days and was well known in bollywood for his beautiful and vivacious compositions. Many in the film industry expressed sorrow over the sad and sudden demise of Nayyar as he was well respected even in present times for his work and contribution to the film industry.
He gave some of his most memorable tunes in the 1970’s and was last seen directing music for Deepa Mehta’s film ‘Bollywood Hollywood’. Veteran composer O P Nayyar has worked with several singers like Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi and also with actress Geeta Dutt; however he was also known to have never worked with singer Lata Mangeshkar. Some of his bollywood compositions were heard in films like Naya Daur, Tumsa Nahi Dekha, Kashmir Ki Kali etc. Although Nayyar was not actively involved in composing music, he was still active and was seen at various musical functions. He can best be described in director Mahesh Bhatt’s words as “an audacious man who was a king in his time.”