O P Nayyar


Popular As: O P Nayyar
Birth: 16th January 1926
Death: 28th January 2008
1st Film: Aasman
Last Film: Zid
Work Span: 1951 - 1993 

On January 16 1926, the Nayyar household in Lahore got a new member in family. Madan Gopal Nayyar and Laxmi Naiyyar were blessed with a bonny boy. They named him Omkar Prasad Nayyar. He was different from his siblings of four brothers and one sister. While others in the house hold were in awe of their father,a strict disciplinarian and reticient man, Omkar behaved more like a child of nature. He was neither studious nor the one who would follow the commands and advice of others. He felt alienated from his folks at home, as nobody would identify with, or, acknowledge the artiste in him. He turned rebellious and he grew up to be indifferent to social norms.

Omkar was very fond of singing. By the age of 11 he began performing on the All India Radio children's programmes at Lahore. At the age of 12 he got a chance to sing in the chorus of a song composed by music director Pandit Govind Ram. The film was Dulha Bhatti and was made in Punjabi, the song : 'Rab Di Janaab Vicho Aeho Dil..'. Omkar also acted in the film. At the age of 15 he began composing songs for All India Radio. His family shifted from Lahore to Amritsar after partition.

In 1949, Nayyar came to Bombay and met the producer-director Krishan Kewal who was making Kaneez. Thus his career started with scoring the background music for Kaneez. In 1951 in Delhi, a close friend recommended Nayyar to Pancholi who was making Nagina starring Nutan and Nasir Khan. He got his first break as a composer in Aasmaan. Followed were the films like 'Chham Chhama Chham' and Guru Dutt's Baaz. Santoshi had dropped Naushad to assign Nayyar while Guru Dutt too opted for Nayyar. But his films flopped badly so he was ready to pack his bags and leave for Amritsar. But his next film with Guru Dutt, Aar Paar, was a jubilee hit and that made Nayyar more confident. Guru Dutt, as expected, again called him for his Mr. & Mrs. 55. Nayyar worked very hard for the music of Mr. & Mrs. 55 and as a result of which the film became very successful. Songs like 'Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Ji..', 'Thandi Hawa Kaali Ghata Aa Hi Gai..' and 'Udhar Tum Haseen Ho Idhar Dil Jawan Hai..' became so popular that Nayyar got many films in his hands.

Nayyar was so involved with Asha Bhosle that he neglected other great singers like Geeta Dutt and Lata Mangeshkar. Together they created magic. In about 70 films, they scaled new heights in music. He molded Asha's voice and gave her style and respectability. The Nayyar-Asha team lifted to an unprecedented high 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 Raagini. 

Guru Dutt and Nayyar reunited for Baharen Phir Bhi Aayegi (1966), but Asha was singing instead of Geeta in a Guru Dutt film. Nayyar's luck had begun to run out when it came to the box-office. Despite composing some truly timeless melodies like 'Dil Ki Aawaz Bhi Sun ..' for Joy Mukherji's Humsaaya (1968), the film didn't do well. In the late 1960s, Nayyar fell out with his favourite Mohammad Rafi but managed to conjure memorable songs even with Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor and Kishore Kumar

Besides music, Nayyar is a great beleiver in Astrology. A very proficient horoscope reader, his study and experience in the subject has made him a very accurate astologer. He's also acquired the knowledge of Homeopathy. He imparts this skill to several people, less fotunate, and, it remains his great service to mankind. Nayyar got Filmfare Award for best music director for the film Naya Daur, in 1958. He got Andhra Pradesh state government award for best music director of the year for his only Telugu film Neerajanam. 

 He died on 28 January 2007, survived by his wife, three daughters and a son. There were trendsetters before O. P. Naiyyar, there have been pathfinders after him. But O. P. Naiyyar's niche, in our music, remains his own. O. P. Naiyyar's imitators are legion. But there is one, and only one, O. P. Naiyyar: The Original.

Extracts taken from - The Legendary, O P Naiyyar by Vishwas Nerurkar


1Aasman 1952  37 Mr. Qartoon M.A. 1959  
2Baaz 1953 38 Basant 1960
3Chham Chhama Chham 1953 39 Jaali Note 1960
4Aar Paar 1954 40 Kalpana 1960
5Mehbooba 1954 41 Mitti Me Sona 1960
6Baap Re Baap 1955 42 Ek Musafir Ek Hasina 1962
7Mangu 1955 43 Hongkong 1962
8Miss Coca Cola 1955 44 Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon 1963
9Mr. & Mrs. 55 1955 45 Kashmir Ki Kali 1964
10Musafir Khana 1955 46 Mere Sanam 1965
11Bhagam Bhaag 1956 47 Akalmand 1966
12C I D 1956 48 Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi 1966
13Chhoo Mantar 1956 49 Do Dilon Ki Daastan 1966
14Hum Sab Chor Hain 1956 50 Love And Murder 1966
15Mr. Lambu 1956 51 Mohabbat Zindagi Hai 1966
16Naya Andaaz 1956 52 Sawan Ki Ghata 1966
17Sabse Bada Rupaiya 1956 53 Ye Raat Phir Na Aayegi 1966
18Shrimati 420 1956 54 C I D 909 1967
19Bade Sarkar 1957 55 Naseehat 1967
20Dhake Ki Malmal 1957 56 Dil Aur Mohabbat 1968
21Duniya Rang Rangili 1957 57 Hamsaya 1968
22Jhonny Walker 1957 58 Kahin Din Kahin Raat 1968
23Mai Baap 1957 59 Qismat 1968
24Naya Daur 1957 60 Shrimaan Ji 1968
25Qaidi 1957 61 Sambandh 1969
26Tumsa Nahin Dekha 1957 62 The Killers 1969
27Ustaad 1957 63 Aisa Bhi Hota Hai 1971
2812 O' Clock 1958 64 Ek Baar Muskura Do 1972
29Farishta 1958 65 Taxi Driver 1973
30Howrah Bridge 1958 66 Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye 1974
31Kabhi Andhera Kabhi Ujala 1958 67 Khoon Ka Badla Khoon 1978
32Phaagun 1958 68 Heera Moti 1979
33Mujrim 1958 69 Bin Maa ke Bachche 1979
34Raagini 1958 70 Nishchay 1992
35Sone Ki Chidiya 195871Zid1994
36Do Ustaad 1959 72- -

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