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O. P. Nayyar – Creator of melodies

Pencil sketch by Ponnada Murty

‘FM 101.4आकाशवाणीचे हे नाशिक केंद्र आहे, रात्रीचे ठीक ९-३० वाजलेत, थोड्याच वेळात प्रसारित करीत आहोत हिंदी चित्रपट गीतांचा कार्यक्रम.’ (FM 101.4, this is Nasik station of All India Radio, we  will broadcast program of Hindi film music shortly) When I was around 6-7 years, I used to keep track of time for this announcement. Recently Nasik station of All India Radio got commissioned and it became my gateway for the Hindi film music. I and my aunt used to wait eagerly for this show. This show introduced me to the legendary music composer, O P Nayyar.

Whenever you hear this name, an image of a slim old guy wearing a light-colored shirt, glasses and a signature fedora hat appear in your mind and tunes of his classic numbers are playing in the background. I have a strong belief that O P Nayyar can’t be remembered without his fedora and his melodious tunes ever.

When I listened to the song “Maang Ke Saath Tumhara” I was in love with his music. The idea of using just the sound of horse carriage as rhythm was amazing that I still crave for this some every once in a while. Since that time, O. P. saab has been very close to my heart. We used to crave for the next O P Nayyar song that gets broadcasted by AIR Nasik. But soon the idea struck that, ‘as we have a tape recorder with inbuilt radio, why don’t we can record the songs.’ We have recorded so many of his songs in our tape recorder so that we can enjoy them when we like. If we got bored with one tape, we could easily tape new songs on that cassette.

Then after years, we entered the era of internet and YouTube. If you check my YouTube history, you will find visits I made to these oldies for musical pleasures. I liked his music cause he never used too many instruments, he created divine pleasure with a very small orchestra. O. P. Nayyar had given so many melodious moments to us as music lovers that I am forever indebted to him. I would like to share some of my favorite songs created by this legend as my tribute to him.

1 – Maang ke saath tumhara

Film: Naya Daur (1957)

2 – Jaane kaha Mera Jigar gaya ji

Film: Mr. & Mrs. ’55 (1955)

3 – Yeh hai bombay meri jaan

Film: C.I.D. (1956)

4 – Tumsa nahi dekha

Film: Tumsa nahi dekha (1957)

5 – Aaiye meherban

Film: Hawrah Bridge (1958)

6 – Deewana huwa baadal

Film: Kashmir ki kali (1964)

7 – Pukarta chala hu mnai

Film: Mere sanam (1965)

8 – Lakhon hai nigah me

Film: Phir wahi dil laya hu (1963)

9 – Babuji dhire chalna

Film: Aar paar (1954)

10 – Kajra Mohabbat Wala

Film: Kismat (1968)


I am participating in A to Z challenge with Blogchatter and this is my take on day 15 challenge. “O for O. P. Nayyar”

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8 thoughts on “O. P. Nayyar – Creator of melodies

  1. Such beautiful songs! I was introduced to such legends by my dad who loved listening to songs by O.P.Nayyar. These songs have the power to transport you to a happy place anytime.


  2. O.P. Nayyar – I would call him as a ‘rhythm king’… What a beautiful use of Dholak in most of his songs… We can easily guess his unique style which had Dholak as a signature mark… Love all his songs… ?

  3. I love all of these songs and O.P. Sahab’s combo with Mohd. Rafi was just magical. Soul deep music. Its hard to pinpoint one fav song. Each and every one of them has its own harmony. Sigh!!

    Pukarta chala hu mai <3

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  4. waah! Kya list hai… subah subah nostalgia ho gaya 🙂 I have grown up listening to these songs and like you, I taped them from radio. Fortunately, my dad had a huge collection where he had taped songs from radio too! He had whole shows by Ameen Sayani and it was very entertaining listening to his monologue as well!

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