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Veteran Bollywood composer dies
Naushad believed his best was yet to come
One of Bollywood's best known music composers, Naushad Ali, has died at the age of 86.

The veteran composer died after suffering from a heart attack in the western Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay), where he had been in hospital.

Naushad composed scores for some of Bollywood's biggest hits.

One of his classics, Mughal-e-Azam, recently became the first Bollywood film to be officially released in Pakistan in decades.

His son Iqbal Naushad told the BBC that his father had been admitted to hospital some time ago because of heart trouble.

With his death... the phase of Indian classical music that existed in our films has ended
Lata Mangeshkar
Bollywood diva

He said the funeral would be held some time during the day.

Bollywood diva Lata Mangeshkar who has sung a lot of his compositions told the BBC News website that she was very saddened by his death.

"I went to him in 1948 for work and have known him since then," she said.

"With his death, a generation of music composers has ended. The phase of Indian classical music that existed in our films has ended."

In a recent interview with the BBC's Hindi website, Naushad had said he believed he was yet to compose his best music.

"My best tune is yet to come. Let me get better and then I'll show you what I can produce," he said.

Veteran composer

Naushad began his career in the 1930s and composed the scores for some of the biggest hits of the 1950s and 1960s.

Apart from Mughal-e-Azam (1960), he composed the music for Andaz (1949), Baiju Bawra (1952), Mother India (1957) and Pakeezah - the Pure One (1971).

He was awarded one of India's highest civilian awards, the Padma Bhushan, in 1992.

In 1982 he also received the Dadasaheb Phalke award - named after the father of Indian cinema - for his "lifetime contribution to Indian cinema".

Here are a selection of your tributes:

Yesterday the song 'Suhani raat dhal chookee' was once again on the air and I was thinking this is truly one of the immortal compositions, conceived and delivered by three immortals (Shakil, Naushad, and Rafi). Well, their bodies are now all gone but their names and that heart and soul penetrating renditions will remain for ever and ever. Goodbye good man.
Vijay Luthra, Trinidad

I am only 32 but I grew up listening old Hindi movie songs where Mr Nousad Ali was predominant. His work was different from others because you could find the soul of classical india in his music... it was not too far away or detached from his contemporary world, however the lilt towards the classic always built it up to higher than your expectations and leave you with an all satisfying feeling. Nobody lives forever but we are lucky that we can enjoy his creation over and over.
Kinsuk Roy, St Albans, Herts

My dad being his great fan named me after him. It is true, that with him a generation of Indian music and legacy has passed away. The one that sticks with me is his "Mera mehboob" tune. May you rest in Peace and a better place. Amen.
Naushad Akhtar, London,Uk

I have known his music for a few years only, yet his compositions are evergreen. Pakeezah is certainly his best. My condolences to India and Indians over the loss of a legend.
Hadi Zaheer, Jaghoori, Afghanistan

It's a great lost to Bollywood music industry but he will always be remembered for this great music. He may have died but his music will always be alive with in us. May good bless him.
Shad Khan, London, UK

I am living outside India for the last appx 30 years. One of the main enjoyment over these years has been and will be to listen songs of Naushad Ji. Even in this age of electronic sound and music, his composition is unbeatable. Still through the night and into early morning I listen to his music from late
Madan Jeet Singh Bange, Hamilton and New Zealand

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