Vani’s Musings

Homage to O P Nayyar

Posted on: January 29, 2007

28th January 2007 was a black day for Hindi Film Music Industry. It has lost one of its geniuses, Music Director O P Nayyar.

O P Nayyar redefined melody in the film music industry. His songs were full of life and were soothing to the soul. They generated a sense of well being whenever I heard them.

He was a great man, and like most great men, was prone to eccentricities. It is said that he used to like or hate a person very passionately. He used to charge astronomical sums of money to work with a particular producer or poet. He also has the distinction of never working with another great of his time, Lata Mangeshkar. He has been candid about his working and personal relationship with his pet artist, Asha Bhosle.

He had a wide range of tunes, his Punjabi background was evident in a few songs, there was a mischief to a few tunes, some were classical based, some were full of love, and yet others, seductive.

The trio of O P Nayyar, Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi perhaps gave few of the best songs Hindi Cinema has ever had.

A few personal favorites are:

– Woh Haseen Dard De do from Humsaaya
– Baabuji Dheere Chalna from Aar Paar
– Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein from Kashmir Ki Kali
– Aao Huzoor Tumko from Kismet
– Banda Parwar from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya huun
– Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra from Kashmir Ki Kali
– Chhupnewale Samne Aa from Tumsa Nahin Dekha
– Jaane Kahan Mera from Mr. & Mrs. 55
– Kahin Pe Nigahen from C.I.D.
– Kisi Na Kisi Se from Kashmir Ki Kali
– Yeh Lo Main Haari Piya. From Aar Paar

And the list goes on.

We have lost a gem in O P Nayyar. We will miss the old man with his stylish black hat and glasses, who gave us some of the best tunes we have heard. His songs are timeless. Many will come and go, but these will remain immortal.

Rest in peace, Nayyar Saab.


12 Responses to "Homage to O P Nayyar"

Rest in Peace, Amen

Nayyar was famous for the use of Punjabi rhythms in his music. Though he did not have a classical background, Nayyar, during his heydays, overtook many of his contemporaries like S D Burman and Madan Mohan in popularity. And his songs continue to be heard on the country’s airwaves even today, garnering new fans with their unique sound, especially the rhythms that mimicked the clippety-clop of horses.

Perhaps he was the only music director whose name appeared on billboards along with the lead actors and director!

Nayyar can be credited with advancing the careers of many great playback singers in Bollywood like Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi, but he never worked with Lata Mangeshkar, saying her voice never matched his tunes.

Today RB spoke about OPN, it was good hearing about him… specially I liked the confidence that he had built about him! Stylish – obviously yes.
Guess, he was honoured with life time achivement award sometime last year by one of these regular jury.

Let the soul rest in peace.

And Vani, as a tribute we should persist your M bhava to have a melodious whistling session… 🙂 Good fun it would be.

Some of my OP Nayyar favorites:
1. Jaiye Aap Kahan Jayenge (Asha)
2. Ye chand Sa Roshan Chehera (Md.Rafi)
3. Kajra Mohabbat Wala (Asha & Shamshad Begum)
4. Bahut Shukriya Badi Meharbani (Md. Rafi & Asha)
5. Dil Ki Aawaz Bhi Sun (Md.Rafi)
6. Maang Ke Saath Tumhara (Md. Rafi & Asha)
7. Babuji Dheere Chalna (Geeta Dutt)
8. Pukarta Chala Hoon Main (Md. Rafi)
9. Aao Huzur Tumko (Asha)
10. Mera naam Chin Chin Choo (Geeta Dutt)

may the soul of great music dyon of hindi film industry rest in peace.
vani and RK
thanks for bringing back memories of old songs of hindi cinema
a great tribute to a old man by all of us

A rich tribute Vani..Good going… N all the songs that both u n Bellur have quoted are on my list too 😉 Though the most favourite among them, is Pukaartaa Chalaa Hoon Main 🙂

Interesting Diya, Pukaaratha chala hoon mein is also my favorite.

Kahin pe nigahein kahin pe ishara, Ankohn hi ankohn mein ishaara, Leke pehla pehla pyaaar, mein pyaar ka raahi hoon, yeh hai reshmi zulfon ka andhera,thandi hawa khali ghata,uden jab jab zulfen teri are few of my favorites additional to the lists 🙂

Cool Usha 🙂 The additional songs are on my list too…The sensuosness of Yeh Hain Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera is simply stunning in it’s simplicity… 🙂

Y’day in ‘ede tumbi haaDuvenu’ nalli – OP Nayyar bagge mention maadidru – and played few of his songs as tribute to him – was nice watching/listening to them


here i am mentioning some of the songs which are not often heard but they are at once snappy and catchy……

bahon ko jara kehera de aasha-manna kabhie andhera kabhie ujala

bol pardesiya ye tune kya kiya aasha mangu

man more ga jhoom ke aasha mangu

jara si baat ka huzoor ne aasha musafirkhana

o madam nancy you are my fancy rafi-aasha basant

jadugar sanwariya aasha dhake ki malmal

apna to zamane mein bus itna fasana hai kishore naya andaaz

listen to these songs then only you would know what a great composer he was.

Yes, Nayyar was a great music director. He has given some amazing songs with two of my favorite female singers – Asha and Geeta. My favorites:
1) Pukaarta Chala Hoon Main (Great song while driving, of course on an empty road!)
2) Aao Huzoor Tumko (Asha at her best!)
3) Babuji Dheere Chalna
4) Tu Hai Mera Prem Devtaa (Comparatively not so popular song, but a great classical song by Rafi-Manna Dey)

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