Sonu Nigam (born 30 July 1973) is an Indian playback singer, composer, live performer, host and actor. He sings predominantly in Hindi and Kannada language films. He has also sung in English, Bengali, Manipuri, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Tulu, Assamese, Odia, Nepali, Maithili, Malayalam and various Indian languages. Nigam has also released Indian pop albums and acted in a number of films. He has been one of the highest paid Indian singers. He is often regarded as a "Modern Rafi" and is now considered as one of the most versatile singers of the Hindi film industry. He is also regarded as the "Lord of Chords".
Sonu Nigam at Zee Cine Awards, 2013
|Born||30 July 1973|
Faridabad, Haryana, India
|Genres||Pop Rock, Classical, Semi-Classical, Ghazals, Playback|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Actor, Composer, Anchor|
|Years active||1990 - present|
|Labels||Sony Music, T-Series, Tips, Saregama, Venus Records & Tapes|
Sonu Nigam was born on 30 July 1973 to Agam Kumar Nigam and Shobha Nigam, in the city of Faridabad, Haryana. His father was from Agra and his mother was from Garhwal. His sister Teesha Nigam is also a professional singer.
Nigam began his singing career at the age of four, when he joined his father Agam Kumar Nigam on stage to sing Mohammed Rafi's song "Kya Hua Tera Wada". Nigam began accompanying his father on his singing appearances at weddings and parties. He moved to Mumbai with his father to begin his Bollywood singing career at the age of 18. He was trained by Hindustani classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
He has recorded Romantic, Rock, Sad, Devotional, Ghazal and Patriotic songs. He has sung in: Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Chhattisgarhi, English, Kannada, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Tulu and Urdu till date. Nigam has released pop albums in Hindi, Kannada, Odia, Chhattisgarhi and Punjabi, as well as Hindu and Islamic devotional albums. He has released several Buddhist albums. Nigam has performed in countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. In May–June 2007, he participated in The Incredibles tour with Asha Bhosle, Kunal Ganjawala, and Kailash Kher. In September–October of the same year, he gave solo concerts titled Simply Sonu in Canada and Germany, the first Indian singer to do so. In April 2008, he toured India promoting his Punjabi single "Punjabi Please".
Nigam's first film song as a playback singer was for Janam (1990), which was never officially released. He then began making radio commercials and also acted in some of them.
His first released song was "O Aasman Wale" from the movie Aaja Meri Jaan (1993). Sonu had also sung the title track of Aaja Meri Jaan, but it was dubbed by SP Balasubramaniam. He released his first album "Rafi Ki Yaadein" in 1992. After this, he sung in some movies, including Muqabla (1993), Meherban (1993), Shabnam (1993), Aag (1994), Khuddar (1994), Hulchul (1994), Stuntman (1994), Ramjaane (1995), Gaddar (1995), etc. Sonu Nigam was supposed to playback the song "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh" from 1942: A Love Story and Sonu was the first choice of R.D. Burman for this song, but the song was eventually recorded by Kumar Sanu. He began hosting the TV show, Sa Re Ga Ma in 1995 and sang "Accha Sila Diya" for the film Bewafa Sanam and achieved great success because of it. In the same year, he sang the Anu Malik-composed song "Sandese Aate Hai" in Border and performed the Nadeem-Shravan-composed song "Yeh Dil Deewana" in Pardes in 1997, which took him out from his stereotyped image of singing. Nigam's album Deewana, with music directed by Sajid-Wajid, was released by T-Series in 1999 and is one of the most selling and celebrated albums till date.
Nigam provided playback singing for Hindi movies, including the title song for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2003 to "Abhi Mujhme Kahin" for Agneepath in 2012 and many more.. However, from the past few years, he has gone selective about his songs so that he can focus more on creative works. His upcoming project with Bickram Ghosh named "Bollywood Retro" is one such project.
He composed the title track of the film Singh Saab The Great in 2013 and has also composed music for other films including: Sooper Se Ooper and Jal, in collaboration with percussionist Bickram Ghosh in the same year.
Nigam has released albums of Mohammed Rafi's songs including Rafi Ki Yaadein, a collection early in his career, which was re-released in Rafi's memory in September 2007 as a six-disc collection of 100 songs, titled Kal Aaj Aur Kal. In 2008, soon after releasing Classically Mild, he released a single Punjabi track entitled "Punjabi Please" and Rafi Resurrected, a two-disc collection of Rafi songs with music by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He contributed to the lyrics of several songs and directed the music for his album Chanda Ki Doli.
Sonu has always been loved and respected by the Bollywood industry. Among the new generation of singers, Lata Mangeshkar loves Sonu the most. Shah Rukh Khan has been always seen heaping praises on Sonu whom he considers as an true artiste. Shankar Mahadevan considers Sonu Nigam as his favorite singer in recent times. Music director Himesh Reshammiya also believes that Sonu is the best singer in the industry. Filmmaker Shirish Kunder is full of praises for Sonu. Shekhar of Vishal-Shekhar duo considered him as the finest live performer. Even Shaan who is one of his contemporaries admiring him from a long time. Singing sensation Armaan Malik idolizes Sonu Nigam as his God and Guru draws a lot of inspiration from him.
In November 2007, at the inauguration of Harvard University's 28th president, Drew Gilpin Faust, Nigam sang Mahatma Gandhi's favorite bhajan, "Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye", with the Harvard College Sangeet.
In July 2008, he participated in a three-city tour of the United Kingdom, singing Rafi songs with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) . This followed the release of these songs by the CBSO and the Indian music company Sa Re Ga Ma on Rafi Resurrected.
He participated in a US tour with Sunidhi Chauhan in 2009 called The Explosion 2009 tour and in a UK tour titled All Izz Well in November 2010. In 2011, Nigam collaborated with Kakas Entertainment and Laxmikant-Pyarelal for a Maestros Concert performing Mohammed Rafi songs.
Nigam's first song in Kannada was in 1996 for the film Jeevanadhi. The song "Yello Yaro Hego" was composed by Saluri Koteswara Rao with lyrics by R. N. Jayagopal. Nigam has since sung over 600 Kannada songs. He is known as the Golden Singer Of Karnataka.
His songs include "Cheluve Yeke Bande", from the film Majnu, composed by Gurukiran; "Titanic Heroine Nee Nanna Cheluve", from the film Snehaloka; the title track from the film Monalisa composed by Valisha Sandeep; "Hamsave Hamsave" from the film Gatti Mela, composed by Hamsalekha, "Kannale Kannale" from the film Aham Premasmi, composed by V.Ravichandran and "Baaninda Baa Chandira, from the movie Kanti, composed by Gurukiran. The 2006 film Mungaru Male created a sensation and spawned several records, mainly in Karnataka.
The songs "Mungaru Maleye" and "Anisuthide" were composed by Mano Murthy and written by Yogaraj Bhat and Jayant Kaikini respectively. Nigam has said that he finds Kannada songs more fulfilling than the Hindi numbers. In an interview with Deccan Herald he said "Kannada songs make me feel positive". He went on to say: "I highly respect the musicians of Karnataka and many of my favourite songs are in Kannada. I consider Bangalore as my second birthplace. Even if someone requests me to sing a Kannada song while I'm performing in the West Indies, I will sing it for them".
From the same Mungaru Male combination, composer Murthy, lyricist Kaikini and Nigam got together to record the Kannada album Neene Bari Neene, produced by Ashok Kheny. Videos for the songs "Neene Bari Neene" and "Baa Nodu Gelathi" were shot on the outskirts of Bengaluru featuring Nigam and model Madhuri Bhattacharya in the lead. Nigam also composed a theme song for the Karnataka Bulldozers team in the Celebrity Cricket League and sang it with Kunal Ganjawala and Sowmya Raoh, who also penned the lyrics.
Nigam was the host of the Sa Re Ga Ma music show from 1995 until 1999 and became household name. He returned on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs International as a judge with Suresh Wadkar in October 2007. Nigam was a celebrity judge on the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge grand finale on 12 December 2009 .
Nigam hosted the TV show Kisme Kitna Hai Dum on Star Plus in 2002. He appeared as the judge on Indian Idol in seasons 1 (October 2004 – March 2005) and 2 (November 2005 – April 2006), and was a celebrity judge in seasons 3 (17 August 2007) and 4 (16 January 2009 and 6 February 2009).
He appeared as a celebrity judge on Amul STAR Voice of India in August 2007 (Season 1) and in December 2008 (Season 2), and on the grand finale of music reality show Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star on 12 July 2008.
Nigam was a judge/mentor on Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz (July – October 2010) with Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and was a judge/mentor on the first season of X Factor (India) (29 May – 2 September 2011) along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shreya Ghoshal.
On 23 August 2015, he appeared on "The Anupam Kher Show" sharing his life experiences. He has been also one of the three judges of Indian Idol 2016–17.
Nigam's acting career started as a child in films including Betaab (1983). As an adult, he acted in films such as Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani, Kash Aap Hamare Hote and Love in Nepal. He has been signed to be in Ankhon Ankhon Mein, about a blind singer. Nigam provided the voice for the lead character, in the Hindi dubbed version of Aladdin.
|2013||Sooper Se Ooper|
|2015||The Music Room|
|2013||Singh Saab The Great|
|Ustadi Ustad Se||Young Raju||1982|
|Hum Se Hai Zamana||Young Shiva||1983|
|Pyaara Dushman||Manish Khadnya||1985|
|Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani||Vivek Saxena||2002|
|Kash Aap Hamare Hote||Jai Kumar||2003|
|Love in Nepal||Abby||2004|
|Navra Maajha Navsacha||Guest appearance as himself in a song sequence||2005|
|Warning 3D||Guest appearance as himself in "Takeedein" song sequence||2013|
|Film title||Original Voice||Character||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Release||Dub Release||Notes|
Brad Kane (Singing)
(Speaking and Singing)
|Hindi||English||1992||1994||Gave both the Hindi Speaking and Singing voice to Aladdin in this film. |
Dubbed by Modi Entertainment.
His tweets against making the Azaan (Muslim call for prayer) through loudspeakers had landed him in controversy. In his tweet he stated that Azaan through loudspeakers disturbs his sleep. He later clarified that he is not against any specific religious ritual, but against the use of loudspeakers on religious buildings. He clarified that noise pollution should be stopped, irrespective of whether it is from a temple or a mosque. Later, Nigam again sparked controversy, when he posted a video of Azaan from his home which proved that he was indeed disturbed very early in the morning. Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, vice president of West Bengal United Minority Council announced a reward of ₹10 Lakh to anyone who shaved Nigam's head, to which Sonu Nigam responded by shaving his own head to claim the reward.
"Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin" (English: "Still, somewhere inside me") is a song from the movie Agneepath, sung by Sonu Nigam, with music by Ajay-Atul and lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and was picturized on Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra.Apna Bombay Talkies
"Apna Bombay Talkies" (English: Our Bombay Talkies) is a Hindi song from the 2013 Bollywood anthology film, Bombay Talkies. Composed by Amit Trivedi, the song is sung by Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Sonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamoorthy, Sadhana Sargam, Sunidhi Chauhan, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, KK, Sukhwinder Singh, Shilpa Rao, Mohit Chauhan, with lyrics penned by Swanand Kirkire.The music video of the track features actors Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukerji, Karisma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sridevi, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Imran Khan, Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor.Bewafa Sanam
Bewafa Sanam is a 1995 Hindi film directed by Gulshan Kumar. It stars Krishan Kumar (Brother of Gulshan Kumar), Shilpa Shirodkar, Aruna Irani, Shakti Kapoor and Kiran Kumar. The screenplay was written by Sachin Bhowmick, dialogue by Madan Joshi, and story by Gulshan Kumar. It was produced by Gulshan Kumar.Classically Mild
Classically Mild is a semi-classical album sung by Sonu Nigam. The album was released by Sa Re Ga Ma on 11 February 2008, this being after a 3-year gap since his previous album Chanda Ki Doli. It was officially released on the stage of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs International, a children's singing competition on Zee TV which Sonu Nigam was a judge on at that time. The album was officially launched at the hands of Sonu Nigam's father, Agam Kumar Nigam, himself a successful Indian pop singer, as had his last album Chanda Ki Doli been.
The album is Sonu Nigam's first official attempt at classical music. The music director is Deepak Pandit and the lyricist is Ajay Ihingran. While it was the former's first collaboration with Sonu Nigam, Ajay Ihingran had received the UP Governor's Award for his first album, incidentally with Sonu Nigam, the Hindu devotional album Sanskaar. Santosh Mulekar helped Deepak Pandit in the music arrangement and Pramod Chandorkar did the mixing for the album at Sonu Nigam's studio.
The album has 8 tracks, each exploring a different spectrum of emotions, including love, loneliness, praising women, patriotism as well as spiritualism.
Sonu Nigam describes the album on the cover as his "attempt to remind himself how far away (he is) from being a singer". He describes how hard he worked to achieve this level of perfection and how this was part of his efforts "to keep the student in (him) alive". He thanked all those who contributed to making the music and ended by dedicating the album to his then-newborn son Nevaan as his "Dad's gift of his honest labour" to him.
The song Soona Soona was the only one made into a video, starring Sonu Nigam himself, shown in the video in the avatar of a Greek god. There were plans for videos for some of the other songs but they never materialised. The album was a commercial and critical success although it was not played much on radio stations at the time.Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer
The Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award is given by Indian film magazine Filmfare as a part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise a male playback singer who has delivered an outstanding performance in a film song.
Although the Filmfare Awards started in 1954, awards for the best playback singer category started in 1959. From inception of the category through 1967, both the female and male singers used to compete for a single award, after which separate categories were created for female and male singers respectively.IIFA Award for Best Male Playback Singer
The IIFA Best Male Playback Award is chosen by the viewers and the winner is announced at the ceremony. Most wins in this category Sonu Nigam
Jal (transl. Water) is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language romance film set in the Rann of Kutch, India, and follows an overconfident water diviner Bakka who tries to solve the drought problems in his village, but faces unforeseen circumstances when he tries to help a female bird watcher save flamingos. The film is directed by Girish Malik and is his debut film as a director.
The film was premiered and received special mention at the "New Currents" section of the Busan International Film Festival 2013 and in the "Indian Panorama" section of the International Film Festival of India.
The film released in India on 4 April 2014. One World Films has collaborated with DAR Motion Pictures for the distribution of Jal in India. The film has received the National Film Award for Best Special Effects for the year 2013 at the 61st National Film Awards.Jal was also short-listed as an Oscars 2014 contender in the Best Picture Category and the Best Original Score Category. The film advanced in the top 114 films in the Best Original Score Category.Jeans (soundtrack)
Jeans is the soundtrack from the 1998 film of the same name, released by West Top in March 1998. The soundtrack features artists such as Hariharan, Harini and Unnikrishnan. A. R. Rahman composed the music for this movie. The original soundtrack featured lyrics by Vairamuthu in Tamil. Following the success of the soundtrack, it was dubbed to Hindi with lyrics by Javed Akhtar and was released by T-Series. The Telugu version lyrics were written by A. M. Rathnam and Sivaganesh which was released by Aditya Music. The album consists of eight songs, but the last two songs were featured in the cassettes only. Audio disks of both versions featured six songs.
The soundtrack for Jeans ns achieved record-breaking sales and the songs received nationwide acclaim and popularity.Kal Ho Naa Ho (song)
"Kal Ho Naa Ho" (lit. Tomorrow may never come) is a 2003 Hindi-language filmi song performed by Sonu Nigam for the 2003 Indian romantic drama film of the same name. The track was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, while lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar. In a pathos version, Nigam is joined by Alka Yagnik and Richa Sharma. Kal Ho Naa Ho was directed by Nikhil Advani and written by Karan Johar; the latter co-produced it with his father Yash Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions. The music video of "Kal Ho Naa Ho" features leads Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Preity Zinta; the former sings about life's unpredictability and wistfully watches the others romance.
Sonu Nigam was busy when the song was to be recorded. Instead of opting for some other singer, Karan Johar decided to wait for a month before Sonu came back and recorded the song for the movie
The song was featured in Outlook's list of Bollywood's Timeless Melodies, making it the only contemporary selection on the list. It quickly became popular upon release. The song is one of the most popular Hindi film songs all time.List of Kannada songs recorded by Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya Ghoshal (born 12 March 1984) is an Indian playback singer. She sings in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Nepali, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Punjabi and Tulu languages. Ghoshal's career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest as an adult. Her Bollywood playback singing career began with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, for which she received her first National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. Since then, she has received many other awards. Apart from playback singing, Ghoshal has appeared as a judge on several television reality shows. She performs in musical concerts around the world. She was also honored from the U.S. state of Ohio, where the governor Ted Strickland declared June 26, 2010 as "Shreya Ghoshal Day". In April 2013, she was awarded with the highest honour in London by the selected members of House of Commons of the United Kingdom. In July 2015, John Cranley, the Mayor of the City of Cincinnati also honoured her by proclaiming July 24, 2015 as "Shreya Ghoshal Day of Entertainment and Inspiration" in Cincinnati. She was also featured five times in Forbes list of the top 100 celebrities of India. In 2017, Ghoshal became the first Indian singer to have a wax statute of her in Madame Tussauds Museum, Delhi. She also debuted as producer with her first single Dhadkane Azad Hain.
After a huge success of Devdas album Ghoshal was immediately called by various regional film industries for recording songs in her voice.
Given below is the list of Kannada language songs recorded by Shreya Ghoshal :-List of songs recorded by Shreya Ghoshal
Shreya Ghoshal (born 12 March 1984) is an Indian playback singer. She sings in Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Assamese, Nepali, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Tulu languages. Ghoshal's career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest as an adult. Her Bollywood playback singing career began with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, for which she received her first National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.Mahalakshmi Iyer
Mahalakshmi Iyer is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi and Tamil songs. She has sung in many other Indian languages as well, including Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Assamese, and Kannada.Rafi Resurrected
Rafi Resurrected is a 2008 album sung by Sonu Nigam, released after his concert by the same name in London and elsewhere in Europe. This is a tribute album to the noted Indian playback singer Mohammad Rafi. The double album features 75 members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which arranged and orchestrated 18 of popular Rafi tracks in collaboration with Nigam.Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is an Indian musical reality TV show. It started airing on Zee TV in 1995 as Sa Re Ga Ma. It is the oldest running singing reality show in India.Saathiya (film)
Saathiya (Hindi: साथिया, English: Companion) is a 2002 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Mani Ratnam and Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film stars Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi in lead roles, with Shah Rukh Khan and Tabu appearing in extended special appearances. The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman and the lyrics are penned by Gulzar. It is a remake of the Tamil film Alaipayuthey whose climax was reported to be inspired by the 1998 movie Sliding Doors and which was directed by Mani Ratnam with music composed by Rahman as well. Box Office India declared the film a Hit. Additionally, the film won six Filmfare Awards.Sonu Nigam discography
Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam has recorded numerous albums and songs. Below are his mainstream Hindi releases. He has also released several devotional Hindu albums including Tere Dar Se Muradein Paeinge (1999), Sanskar (2004), Maa Ka Dil (2006), Pyari Maa (2008) and Maha Ganesha (2008). He released some Muslim devotional albums including Mohammad Ke Dar Par Chala Ja Sawali (1993, re-released 2007) and Ramzan Ki Azmat (originally sung by Mohammad Rafi and others). He sang for several Ambedkarite and Buddhist albums including Jivala Jivacha Dan, Buddha Hi Buddha hai (2010) and Siddhartha-The Lotus Blossom (2013). He covered the songs of famous Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas in an album entitled Best of Pankaj Udas. He guested on Sapna Mukherjee's album Mere Piya and sang the title song on the Kajra Nite remix album of 2006 along with Alisha Chinai- as well as featuring in the song's video alongside Diya Mirza.
^ Nepali Songs: He has recorded four nepali songs in his voice.
1.Ukali Orali Gardai from the movie Simana
2.Phool ko Dali Dali ma from the movie Simana
3.Yo Zindagi le Ke Garyo from the movie Badalpari
4.Ma Bhaye Pagal (Yo mayale herana) Pop Song.Yeh Naya Naya
Yeh Naya Naya is a compilation album by Sonu Nigam and other singers containing songs recorded in 1994. The album was initially released with the title Naya Naya Pyaar in 1997 under Plus Music label. Raju Singh was the original music director of the album and Yogesh and Rajesh Johri were the lyricists.
The album was re-released in 2010 with a changed title Yeh Naya Naya by T-Series, two years after Nigam's album, Rafi Resurrected.
The album Yeh Naya Naya consists of eight tracks rendered by Sonu Nigam and other singers, including Hema Sardesai, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhna Sargam, and Shankar Mahadevan. Naya Naya Pyaar, however, included another track called Kaise Unhe Bhool Jaye Woh Toh Humei Yaad Aye by singer Shaan. This song, also composed by Raju Singh, was originally a part of the TV serial Swabhimaan aired on Doordarshan in 1995. Original album also had a song 'yeh kya mujhe ho gaya hai' sung by Amit Kumar.