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Sonu Nigam

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  Sonu was born to Mr Agam Kumar Nigam and Mrs Shobha Nigam on July 30, 1973 in Faridabad, Haryana, India. He attended the J.D. Tytler School. He has two sisters, Meenal and Neekita. Sonu is very close to his parents. Sonu got married to Madhurima on 15 February 2002 and their son, Nevaan was born five years later on July 25, 2007. He recently changed the spelling of his last name from 'Nigam' to 'Niigaam' in accordance with numerology. Sonu Nigam began his singing career at the age of three, when he joined his father on stage to sing Mohammad Rafi's "Kya Hua Tera Wada". From then on, he accompanied his father on his singing assignments at weddings and parties. In his teenage years, he participated in several music competitions successfully. At the age of 18 he moved to Mumbai with his father where he took singing lessons and began his Bollywood singing career.His initial years in Mumbai proved to be a struggle, and he started by singing covers of Mohammad Rafi songs, mainly for the "Rafi Ki Yaadein" album series. These albums contributed to his label for some time as a "Rafi clone." His first movie song as a playback singer was in the movie, "Janum" (1990), which was never officially released. He got a break as a playback singer in the movie, "Aaja Meri Jaan". He then sang the song, "Accha Sila Diya", for the album, "Bewafa Sanam" in 1995, which gave him the recognition as an established playback singer. That same year he started hosting the talent show "Sa Re Ga Ma," which soon became one of the most popular shows on Indian television. Singing offers started coming in slowly after that. In 1997 Sonu Nigam rose to fame with the song, "Sandese Aate Hain", in the movie Border. Since then he has sung hundreds of songs and has become a major force in the Indian music industry. He has provided playback singing for a large number of Hindi movies and won many awards. He is recognised for his versatile voice as well as excellent emotion range. Sonu has sung with clear pronunciations, in many languages besides Hindi, including Bengali, Oriya, Kannada, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi. Sonu has also released a number of pop albums, both in Hindi and in Punjabi. The very recent addition to this list is "Classically Mild. He has also several released of albums of Mohammad Rafi's songs, as well as devotional albums. Of recent releases, In September 2007, he released a 6-disc collection of Mohammad Rafi's 100 best songs in the latter's memory. The collection is titled "Kal, Aaj, Aur Kal". Soon after releasing "Classically Mild", he released a single Punjabi track called "Punjabi Please" and a devotional album. Over the years. Sonu has given concert performances in many countries, including United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Russia, Afghanistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bangkok, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, West Indies, Mauritius, Nigeria and South Africa. In 2007 he gave a solo concert titled, "Simply Sonu", in Canada and Germany, (becoming the first Indian singer to perform in the latter country). In November 2007, he sang at the inauguration of Harvard University's 28th president, Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust. In July 2008, he participated in a three-city tour of the United Kingdom, singing numerous famous Mohammad Rafi songs with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. This followed the release of these songs by the CBSO and the Indian music company Sa Re Ga Ma in a historic album entitled "Rafi Resurrected". He has hinted at taking this Rafi Ressurected tour to the USA, Europe and India. Besides "Sa Re Ga Ma," Sonu Nigam has also hosted the TV show Kisme Kitna Hai Dum and has been a judge on several talent shows including Indian Idol and Amul Star Voice of India. In 2006, Sonu also hosted his own radio show called 'Life Ki Dhun With Sonu Niigaam' on Radiocity 91 FM, where he had the opportunity of interviewing several music industry greats, including the legendary Lata Mangeshkar.Sonu's acting career started as a child artist in a number of films including 1983s Betaab. As an adult, Sonu has acted in a few more films namely Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani; Kash Aap Hamare Hote and Love in Nepal. However these films did not do so well at the box office.His future projects include an English album called "Spirit Unfolding". He may be acting in a new film called Ankhon Hi Ankhon Mein, about a blind singer, along with playback singing for a number of upcoming films, including Striker, Yaariyan, Run Mein Fun and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi among others. Sonu has done various charity work all over India as well as abroad for Dignity Foundation, Cancer organizations, Leprosy organizations, Blindness organizations, Womens welfare organizations, Kargil war affected families, Earthquake affected families. He also sponsors a child from the organization “Crayon”.

Awards

Memorable hits

Song   Film   Year  
Accha Sila Diya Bewafa Sanam 1994
Yeh Dil Deewana Pardes 1997
Sandese Aate Hain Border 1997
Satrangi Re Dil Se 1998
You Are My Sonia Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham 2001
Saathiya Saathiya 2002
Kal Ho Naa Ho Kal Ho Na Ho 2003
Ghum Shuda Chalte Chalte 2003
Main Hoon Na Main Hoon Naa 2004
Tumse Milke Dil Ka Main Hoon Naa 2004
Do Pal Ki Veer Zaara 2004
Sun Zara Lucky: No Time for Love 2005
Piyu Bole Parineeta 2005
Just Chill Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya 2005
Falak Dekhoon Garam Masala 2005
Ada Garam Masala 2005
Dheere Jalna Paheli 2005
Mere Haath Mein Fanaa 2006
Dil Vich Lagya Re Chup Chup Ke 2006
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna 2006
Pyaar Ki Ek Kahani Krrish 2006
Koi Tumsa Nahin Krrish 2006
Pal Pal Har Pal Lage Raho Munna Bhai 2006
Humko Maloom Hai Jaan-E-Mann 2006
Ajnabi Shehar Jaan-E-Mann 2006
Sau Dard Hain Jaan-E-Mann 2006
Behka Diya Humein Umrao Jaan 2006
Aaj Ki Raat Don 2006
Salaam-E-Ishq Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love 2007
Tenu Leke Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love 2007
Main Agar Kahoon Om Shanti Om 2007
In lamhon ke daaman Jodhaa Akbar 2008

 

Album title   Language   Year  
Rafi Ki Yaadein Vol 10-20 Hindi 1993-1995
Shradhanjali to Mohd Rafi Hindi 1995
Sapnay Ki Baat Hindi 1997
Kismat Hindi 1998
Mausam Hindi 1999
Pariyon Se Hindi 1999
Deewana Hindi 1999
Jaan Hindi 2000
Yaad Hindi 2001
Kurie Mili Hai Kamal Punjabi 2003
Chanda Ki Doli Hindi 2005
Colours of Love Punjabi/Hindi 2007
Pyar Punjabi 2007
Classically Mild Hindi 2008
Kal Aaj Aur Kal Hindi 2008
Punjabi Please Hindi 2008
Rafi Resurrected Hindi 2008

Filmography

Film Title   Character   Year  
Masti ke lutere Child Artist 1982
Ustaadi Ustaad Ke Child artist 1982
Betaab Young Sunny 1983
Hum se hai zamana Child artist 1983
Taqdeer Child artist 1983
Jaani Dushman Vivek Saxena 2002
Kaash..Aap Hamare Hote Jai Kumar 2003
Love In Nepal Abby 2004
Navra Maajha Navsacha (Marathi) Himself 2005

 

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