Indian music composer Naushad Ali dies

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Friday, May 5, 2006 Acclaimed Hindi music composer Naushad Ali passed away due to old age in Mumbai this morning at the age of 86. Family sources say that he had been in ill health in the recent past.

Naushad Ali, popularly known as Naushad, was born in 1919. He came to Mumbai ( then known as Bombay ) to pursue his career as music composer in 1935. He got his first break in the film Prem Nagar in 1940, and established himself through his work in Sharda. Naushad had composed music for popular Hindi films such as Mughal-e-Azam, Mother India, Baiju Bawra and Pakeezah. He also has the credit of introducing famous singers Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi to Hindi film music. He was awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Contribution to Hindi Cinema in 1981. His last contribution was to the 2005 film Taj Mahal - An Eternal Love Story.

He was also passionate about Angling as his hobby.