Veteran music composer Khayyam passes away

Veteran composer Khayyam, best known for his music in classic films such as 'Umrao Jaan' and 'Kabhi Kabhie', passed away after a prolonged illnesses at a hospital in Mumbai on Monday.

He was 92.

Mohammed Zahur Hashmi, popularly known as Khayyam, was admitted to Sujay Hospital in suburban Juhu a few days ago owing to breathing issues and other age-related illnesses.

"He died at Sujay Hospital at around 9:30 pm," a family friend told.

Calling his work as something which will be remembered forever, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "India will remain grateful to Khayyam Sahab for giving us some of the most memorable compositions, which will be remembered forever."

"He will also be remembered for his humanitarian gestures to support upcoming artists. His demise is extremely saddening," he said.

Lata Mangeshkar also took to Twitter and wrote that Khayyam's demise is the end of an era in music.

"Great musician and a man with a kind heart, Khayyam sahab isn't with us anymore. I am so saddened to hear this, I can't put it in words. With Khayyam sahab, an era of music has ended. I offer my humble tribute to him," she wrote.