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Radio Icon Ameen Sayani Passes Away At 91: End Of An Era

His distinctive voice and presentation style became a cultural touchstone, especially during the era when All India Radio restricted the transmission of Bollywood numbers. Sayani's work not only entertained but also promoted simple Hindustani, resonating with people across the country.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Feb 21, 2024 12:36 IST
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Radio Icon Ameen Sayani Passes Away At 91: End Of An Era

Ameen Sayani, the celebrated radio presenter renowned for his iconic show ‘Binaca Geet Mala,’ succumbed to a heart attack on Tuesday night at the age of 91. His son, Rajil Sayani, confirmed the sad news, stating that despite medical efforts at HN Reliance Hospital in Mumbai, Ameen Sayani could not be saved.

Funeral Arrangements for Thursday

Ameen Sayani’s funeral has been scheduled for Thursday, allowing time for relatives to arrive in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Radio Icon Ameen Sayani – Early Beginnings

Born into a family with a literary background, Ameen Sayani began his illustrious radio journey in 1952 with Radio Ceylon. His unique introduction, “Namaskar bhaiyon aur behno, main aapka dost Ameen Sayani bol raha hoon,” became iconic.

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Binaca Geet Mala Phenomenon

Sayani’s fame skyrocketed with ‘Binaca Geet Mala,’ starting as a 30-minute program in 1952. It evolved into a sensation, lasting for half a decade, and underwent name changes, including Binaca Geet Mala, Hit Parade, and Cibaca Geet Mala.

Radio Icon Ameen Sayani – Promoting Simple Hindustani

His distinctive voice and presentation style became a cultural touchstone, especially during the era when All India Radio restricted the transmission of Bollywood numbers. Sayani’s work not only entertained but also promoted simple Hindustani, resonating with people across the country.

Revolutionizing Radio Presentation

Reflecting on his approach, Ameen Sayani shared in an interview with Indian Express that he aimed to make each listener feel a personal connection. His presentation style unexpectedly revolutionized radio, becoming a phenomenon in the years to come.

Radio Icon Ameen Sayani – Legacy

Ameen Sayani’s passing marks the end of an era in Indian broadcasting. His legacy includes shaping the landscape of Indian radio, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of listeners who cherished his voice and iconic contributions.

First published on: Feb 21, 2024 10:48 AM IST

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