Today is Rhythm King O.P. Nayyar's Birth Anniversary! Let us celebrate this great event!!Please watch my contribution in the following YOU TUBE Postings.Long live the Memory of the Magnificent Composer!!Dr. Nag RaoChicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
DR NAG RAO Presents O.P. NAYYAR'S Rare Interview Part-3
Dr. Nag Rao Presents O.P. NAYYAR'S RARE INTERVIEW Part-2
Dr Nag Rao Presents O.P. NAYYAR IN A RARE INTERVIEW ON ZTV: "Making of a Legend."
Dr. Nag Rao Presents O.P. Nayyar Live in Concert: "Chain Se Ham Ko Kabhi.."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5sFDGS9K48
Opee started the tradition of assigning to comedians full three-minute long songs, some of which proved even more popular than the songs sung by the heroes themselves. These supporting actors also received excellent reviews. Thus, comedian Om Prakash sang Opee's composition, Churi Bane Kanta Bane Oo My Son in Jaali Note. Comedian Johnny Walker sang Opee's popular song, Aye Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan in C.I.D., and Main Bambaika Baaboo, Naam Meraa Anjaanaa in Naya Daur. There was later a movie titled Johnny Walker where Johnny Walker himself was the hero. Along with some other numbers in the last movie, Asha Bhosle/Gita Dutt's, Thandi Thandi Hawaa in it is memorable .
- Aar Paar
- Naya Daur
- Tumsa Nahin Dekha
- Kashmir Ki Kali
- Mere Sanam
- Ek Musafir Ek Hasina.
- Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon
- Sawan Ki Ghata
- Howrah Bridge
- Baap Re Baap
- Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jayae
- Baharen Phir Bhi Aayaegi
- Ek Bar Muskurado
- Sone ki Chidiya
- Kahin Din Kahin Rat
- Yeh Raat Phir na Aayegi
- Mr. & Mrs. '55
Opee owned a Cadillac in the 1950s and with the possible exception of V. Shantaram the well known Director, none in Bollywood owned one before.
He once told Mahendra Kapoor that he would not hire him for a song, because he "only made songs for his (Kapoor's) guru i.e. Mohammed Rafi". However, when Opee and Rafi had a fallout, it was Kapoor who got to sing a number of songs for Opee.
Opee is sometimes criticized for repeating his own tunes in different films, and some new compositions did have a ring of familiarity to them.
Mumtaz, the yesteryear heroine, was forthright when she said that Opee was a brilliant maestro and that she knew for long that many others had tried repeatedly to copy his style. To Mumtaz that indeed was the real tribute to Bollywood's famous rebel. Imitation was really the praise due. But Opee's wizardry was his own.
Did he listen to his own music in his twilight years? Never, Opee declared, adding he did not have a collection of his own music! "Once I have made them, I am finished with them"! A rare sentiment indeed!
Despite not being a trained classical musician, Opee had a great ear for music. Witness the classical based "Dekho bijli dole..." and "Tu hai mera prem devta..."
It is also widely acknowledged that when a well-known Opee tune is being played many just impulsively listened in. Even his critics admit his tunes had an arresting, declarative quality.
In the last few years he was often fond of invoking the name of Lord Krishna.
It has been reported he turned a homeopath helping the needy with his medicines free of cost.