Thursday, 28 January 2021

O P Nayyar- The Creator of Timeless Classics


OP Nayyar was among the Top 5 Composers of the Golden Era. Some of the great musical films were Aar Paar(1954), Mr & Mrs 55(1955) ,  CID(1956), Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957), Howrah Bridge (1958), Jaali Note (1960), Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962), Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963), Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), Mere Sanam (1965), Baharen Phir Bhi Aayegi (1966), Kismat (1968) and Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye (1973)

His songs had a unique freshness, a rare robust beat, a flowing style similar to what you feel when you dip your hand in a running stream, blending Punjabi folk music with a rare Western-style orchestration, never heard before or since. His variety of rhythm patterns baffles the film industry, even today.

 He was not only a great Composer but also singer-songwriter, music producer, and musician. He wrote, "Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawaanonkaa" (featuring Dilip Kumar and Ajit) for Naya Daur (1957). 
 He won the 1958 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director(for Naya Daur). Nayyar worked extensively with singers Geeta DuttAsha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi later Mahendra Kapoor gave us many memorable songs.

O. P. Nayyar (16 January 1926 – 28 January 2007  ) started his career as a movie music composer by composing the background score for the movies, Kaneez (1949) and made debut as an independent composer from Aasmaan (1952). He became famous with the music of Aar Paar released in 1954 and CID released in 1956. All the songs of CID were super hit especially "Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar" and "Aye Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan"

In the late 1960s, Nayyar fell out with his favourite Mohammad Rafi but managed to conjure memorable songs even with Mukesh (Chal akela), Mahendra Kapoor (Lakhon hai yahan dilwale) and Kishore Kumar (Tu auron ki kyon ho gayee).

A major blow was Nayyar's split with Asha Bhosle after the pair had reached a crescendo with the Filmfare Award  winning Chein se humko kabhie in Pran Jaaye Par Vachan Na Jaaye (1974). Nayyar tried recreating the magic with new singers but musical trends had bypassed him by then He worked till the 1990s but his music was not appealing to the young generation.
On the later stage of his life, he was living with his friend. He left his family members even asked none of his family to be present on his funeral. He died on 28 January 2007.

Song of Aar Paar 1954

Song of Mr & Mrs 55  1955

Song of CID 1956

Song from Naya Daur 1957

Song of Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957)

Song from Howrah Bridge (1958)

Song from Phagun (1958)

Song of Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963)

Song from Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)

Song of Mere Sanam (1965)

Song of Baharen Phir Bhi Ayengi (1966)

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