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Naushad, the 'Mughal-e-Azam' of Hindi film music is no more

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Mumbai, May 5 (UNI) Dadasaheb Phalke awardee and legendary music composer Naushad, known for his lilting melodies including the evergreen song 'Jab pyar kiya to darna kya' from 'Mughal-e-Azam', died here today, marking the end of a golden era of music in the Hindi cinema.

A poet in his own right, 86-year-old Naushad was among the first to introduce classical music to Hindi movie audience. His enthusiasm could be marvelled at as he continued experimenting with his music throughout his six-decade career.

Of 66 films for which he rendered 36 films were jubilee hits and the music was a phenomenal success. His prominent compositions were in movies like 'Baiju Bawra', 'Mother India', 'Mughal-e-Azam', 'Pakeezah', 'Ratan', 'Anmol Ghadi', 'Dillagi, 'Dard', 'Shahjehan', 'Babul', 'Aan' and 'Ram aur Shyam'.

'Jab Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya' and 'Mohe Panghat pe nandlal chhed gayo re' ('Mughal-e-Azam'), 'Nain Lad jayi hain' ('Ganga Jamuna'), 'Inhi Logon ne' ('Pakeezah'), 'Tu Ganga Ke Mauj' and 'O Duniya Ke Rakhwale'' ('Baiju Bawra') and 'Mere Mehboob tujhe meri mohabbat ki kasam' ('Mere Mehboob') were some of his golden melodies.

Naushad was the only living legend to have worked with music maestro K L Saigal in his last film 'Shahjehan', in which the song 'Jab dil hi toot gaya' touched Saigal so much that he wished that it be played at his death.

Besides introducing talents like song writer Majrooh Sultanpuri, singers Mahendra Kapoor, late actress Suraiya and Uma Devi (Tun Tun), he played a major role in giving a big push to the careers of melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and late Mohammed Rafi.

Naushad lived a semi-retired life after his last mega hit 'Pakeezah' though he occasionally scored music for one or two films.

He often lamented that music in films had not remained the same and had lost its soul. He was involved in private trusts which worked to keep the legacy of K L Saigal and Bimal Roy alive in the minds of movie-goers, besides his Naushad Academy of Hindustani Sangeet in Mumbai.

Lately, he was confined to a wheel chair and was last seen during the music release of 'Taj Mahal-An eternal love story' by AKbar Khan, for which he had scored the music.

As soon as his body was brought home from Nanavati hospital, several film personalities dropped in to pay their last respects.

Actors Dilip Kumar and Dharmendra, lyricist and director Gulzar and music composer Uttam Singh were prominent among those who visited Naushad' residence to pay tributes.

Dilip Kumar, who was overwhelmed with grief, could not hold back his tears at the loss of his dear friend.

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