Veteran composer Khayyam admitted to ICU for lung infection


Veteran composer Khayyam, best known for his music in ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ (1976) and ‘Umrao Jaan’ (2006), has been admitted in ICU at a city hospital due to lung infection. The 92-year-old composer was taken to Sujay hospital on Sunday. “He is right now in ICU, serious but stable. Doctors are attending to him. At this point, we don’t know when he will get discharged from the hospital but we are all praying for his speedy recovery,” Ghazal singer Talat Aziz, a close family friend of Khayyam, told the media.

The musician’s other notable works include films such as ‘Trishul’ (1978), ‘Noorie’ (1979) and ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’ (1992), reports Bollywood Life. He is also a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Padma Bhushan. The composer was born in Punjab and went to Lahore to learn music from Baba Chishti. He has family members residing in Pakistan. The singer-composer also served a stint in the Army in the Second World War. Khayyam is known for his partnership with Kaifi Azmi.

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