Hindi film industry lost one of its most charismatic and enigmatic composers when Shri O P Nayyar breathed his last on the night intervening between January 27th and 28th. If Asha Bhosale could come out of the shadows of her elder sibling, the credit entirely should go to Nayyarsaab. It was he alone who detected the sensuous quality in Asha's voice and the rest as they say, is history. Nayyarsaab's music had the earthly quality of the soil of Punjab, yet at the same time he could infuse a soft romantic quality to his music too. He could compose heavy tragic music also, as is evidenced by "Chain se humko kabhi...." or "Chal akela, chal akela.....".
My personal favourites include:-
1. Udein jab jab zulfein teri- Nya Daur (1957)
2. Mera naam chin chin chu -Howrah bridge (1958)
3. Jaaeye aap kahaan jaaenge- Mere sanam (1965)
4. Pukarta chalaa hoon main - Mere sanam
5.Chal akela - Sambandh(1974)
6. Chain se humko kabhi aapne - Praan jaye par vachan na jaaye (1974)
7. Yeh chaand sa roshan chehra - Kashmir ki kali (1964)
8. Kajra mohabbatwala - Kismet (1968)
9.Ae dil hai mushkil jeena yahaan - Mr & Mrs 55 (1959)
10. Laakhon hain nigaah main - Phir wohi dil laaya hoon (1967)
It was rather shocking to learn that in the twilight of his life he had to be cared for by a poor family in Thane, Maharashtra. It is understood that his wife and son had filed a suit against him. We all stand humbled before the genius of Nayyarsaab and pray to the Almighty that his oul may rest in peace. Adieu Nayyarsaab!