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Legendary music composer Khayyam passes away

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Mumbai: National award winning Bollywood music composer Mohammed Zahir Hashmi, 92, who was known only as Khayyam in his musical journey, passed away late on Monday night in a private hospital here following a brief illness, an aide said. He died after suffering from a lung ailment.

Khayyam was known for his music in Bollywood classics like “Kabhie Kabhie”, “Trishul”, “Razia Sultan”, “Noorie” and “Umrao Jaan”. He also composed music for Meena Kumari’s album, “I Write, I recite” featuring her singing her own poetic compositions.

Adorned with the National Award, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award and a Padma Bhushan, Khayyam was admitted to the Sujoy Hospital in Juhu last week for a lung infection, said his spokesperson Pritam Sharma.
Having a keen ear for music, he started his musical career from Ludhiana at the age of 17.

He was honoured with the National Award, and a Filmfare Award, besides several other honours for his melodious music in “Umrao Jaan”, starring Rekha, Naseeruddin Shah and Farooq Sheikh.

Khayyam’s non-film songs are equally loved by his fans, especially “Paon padun tore shyam”, “Brij mein laut chalo” and “Ghazab kiya tere waade pe aitbaar kiya”.

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Ranbir Kapoor turns 38: Sisters Riddhima, Kareena wish ‘Best Bro’

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Ranbir Kapoor is not on social media, but his fans and family members have flooded almost all digital platforms with the best wishes for the actor on his 38th birthday on Monday.

Ranbir’s sister Riddhima Kapoor Sahni posted a collage of her pictures with him on Instagram, and wrote: “Happiest bday AWESOMENESS! Love you so much#babybrother #38andfab,” she wrote on Instagram.

Today also marks the birthday of Ranbir’s aunt Rima Jain. Wishing both of them, Ranbir’s first cousin, actress actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, posted on Instagram: “Great minds, great people born on the same day…wah. Happy Birthday Best Aunt and Best Bro,” Kareena captioned the post.

Cousin Kareena also shared an unseen picture of the two from their childhood days.

Singer Armaan Malik, too, wished Ranbir.

“Happy birthday to one of my absolute favourites #RanbirKapoor! You’re a talent beyond compare keep shining brother,” he tweeted.

Ranbir will share screen in Ayan Mukerji’s “Brahmastra”, also featuring Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan. He also has Karan Malhotra’s “Shamshera” coming up, with Vaani Kapoor.

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