career spanning about 20 years, successful hits with
songs of Noor Jehan, Lata Mangeshkar and Talat Mahmood.
And how many films one would compose for? Just 14! Yes,
that is Sajjad Hussain for you!
He had the honor of being the only musician in the world
able to play classical Indian music on the mandolin,
an almost impossible task because of its limitations.
Sajjad Hussain was a musical genius. However he never
witnessed the glory or fame that he deserved because
of his unwillingness to compromise on the smallest of
details. He joined music director Pt. Hanuman Prasad
(who discovered the talent in young Geeta's voice later
in 1946) as an assistant from 1941 to 1944. In 1944
he got “Dost” as an independant music director solely
on the basis of his own talent. The songs of the film
sung by Noor Jehan became very famous. His other musical
hits were 1857 (1946), Khel (1950), Hulchal (1951) and
Sangdil (1952). His last film was Rustam Sohraab (1963).
Incidentally it was also the last film of singer actress
Suraiya as well.