National award winning music composer Mohammed Zahir Hashmi, better known as Khayyam, passed away on Monday night in a Mumbai hospital following a brief illness.

He was 92.

Khayyam was admitted to the Sujoy Hospital in Juhu last week for a lung infection, said his spokesperson Pritam Sharma.

Khyayam had a prolific career that spanned over four decades which saw the likes of music from Kabhie Kabhie, Trishul, and Umrao Jaan getting composed and applauded.

He also composed music for Meena Kumari’s album, “I Write, I Recite” featuring her singing her own poetic compositions.

Khayyam learnt music at an early age under the mentorship of Baba Chishti, a famous Punjabi music director. After a short stint in the army during the Second World War, Khayyam went to Bombay to fulfill his dream, debuting as Sharmaji of the Sharmaji-Varmaji composer duo with Heer Ranjha in 1948.

He was honoured with the National Award, and a Filmfare Award, besides several other accolades for his compositions and contributions to the field of Hindi film music. In 2011, he was also awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.

Khayyam’s non-film songs are equally loved by his fans, especially “Paaon padun tore shyam”, “Brij mein laut chalo” and “Ghazab kiya tere vaade pe aitbaar kiya”.

Prominent personalities from India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to President Ram Nath Kovind and veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar celebrated the legend’s spirit and paid tributes to him.

He is survived by his singer wife Jagjit Kaur.