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Renowned Indian lyricist O.P. Nayyar dies of heart attack

Renowned Indian lyricist O.P. Nayyar dies of heart attack

Bollywood music composer O.P. Nayyar, the creator of some of the industry's most memorable tunes, has died after a heart attack, a family friend said Monday. He was 81.
He complained of feeling uneasy a few minutes before he collapsed from cardiac arrest Sunday, said Rani Nakhwa.
Nayyar was a legend in the Hindi movie industry and had written lyrics that are remembered by several generations of Indian movie lovers.
His memorable songs include "Zara haule haule chalo more sajna" or "Walk a little slower, my love," "Mera naam Chin Chin Chu" or "My name is Chin Chin Chu" and "Yeh hain Bombay meri jaan" or "This is Bombay, my love."
Nayyar's songs were a mixture of peppy beats fused with folk tunes. He composed songs for more than 50 movies as far back as the 1950s, where he was first recognized for songs in "Naya Daur," or "New Era," "CID," an acronym for India's domestic detective agency and "Mr. and Mrs. 55."
Monday, Indian newspapers and television stations were filled with tributes to Nayyar.
"His work was different. One could always identify an O.P. song," singer Lata Mangeshkar told the Hindustan Times newspaper. "He left his distinct mark on his songs."
"His contribution to music is immense," well-known lyricist Gulzar was quoted saying in the same newspaper. "He introduced new beats to music."
His fans, colleagues from the Indian movie industry and Indian politicians paid their last respects to Nayyar before he was cremated Sunday. He is survived by his wife and estranged son.


Updated : 2021-04-19 03:04 GMT+08:00