Flashback: OP Nayyar the legend king and his unforgettable melodies

| Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 21:05
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OP Nayyar is one of the great music composers from Hindi Cinema’s golden era. Nayyar was born in Lahore, British India. He briefly commuted to his music classes by bicycle before doing so on horseback; this influenced his signature galloping style. 
Film producer, director and actor Guru Dutt enlisted him to compose and conduct music for ‘Aar Paar’ (1954), ‘Mr. & Mrs. '55’ (1955) and ‘C.I.D’. (1956). 
Nayyar's early work was primarily performed by Shamshad Begum and Geeta Dutt but he later switched to Asha Bhosle and recorded many memorable songs with her. The famous Nayyar-Asha teaming up proved beneficial to both as Nayyar was lifted to an unprecedented height in 1957- 1958 with around nine releases in both years and a string of successful scores like ‘Naya Daur’, ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’, ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’, ‘Phagun’, ‘Howrah Bridge’ and ‘Ragini’. 
Nayyar became one of the earliest music directors to command a lakh for a film. A major blow was Nayyar's split with Asha Bhosle after the pair had reached a crescendo with the Filmfare Award winning ‘Chayen 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. During his entire career, Nayyar never recorded a song with Lata Mangeshkar.
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