Sajjad Hussain was born on 15 June in the year 1917 in Sitamau- a town in Mandsaur district, Madhya Pradesh, India. Sajid Hussain was a film score composer in India. He learned sitar from his father during his childhood. His father name was “Mohammed Amir Khan.” During his teenage, he learned flute, veena, violin, and piano. He was a well-established mandolin player who could play classical music on the instrument. –Sajjad Hussain decided to work as a film score composer in the year 1937. With his elder brother named “Nisar Hussain,” he came to Bombay. He did his first job for a salary of Rs. 30 per month.
Later on, he moved to Wadia Movietone and worked there for a salary of Rs. 60 per month. After that, he worked with Rafiq Ghaznavi and Meer Saheb as an assistant music composer. He also worked with Shaukat Hussain Rizvi as a contract player. Later on, during 1940’s, his friend introduced him to a well-known music composer named Ali Baksh who is a father of popular actress
Meena Kumari. Ali Baksh got impressed by Sajjad’s skills of playing mandolin and hired him for the post of assistant. After that, he became the assistant of well-known music director named Hanuman Prasad. During that time, he composed two songs. One for the film named Gaali which was released in the year 1944 and the other for the film named Ab Aaja Dil Na Lage. His debut film name was Dost as an independent director, released in the year 1944. The songs of the film were sung by
Noor Jehan. These are “Alam Par Alam Aur Sitam Par Sitam,” “Koi Prem Ka Deke Sandesa,” and “Badnaam Mohabbat Kaun Kare.” These three songs were a big hit.
Sajjad has worked with many eminent personalities like “
Asha Bhosle,” “
Lata Mangeshkar,” and “Suraiyya.” His best and the most popular score was in the film named “Rustom Sohrab” which was released in the year 1963. Sajjad was also a favorite composer of Lata Mangeshkar. ajjad had many controversies because of his nature. He was outspoken, short tempered, and moody.
The biggest achievement of his career was when he composed music for the Sri Lankan Film named “Daiwa Yogaya” which was released in the year 1959. During his last years, Sajjad Hussain lived with his one daughter and five sons at Mahim in Natalwala Building. His five sons’ names are Yusuf, Mustafa, Noor Mohammad, Abdul Karim, and Nasir Ahmmad. They all became musicians. Sajjad Hussain died on 21st of July in the year 1995 in a state of unconsciousness.
Pankaj Udhas and Khayyam were the popular film stars who attended his funeral.