Sonu Nigam (Singer)

SONU NIGAM born on 30 July 1973 in Faridabad, Haryana, India.

He is an Indian playback singer whose songs have been featured in numerous Hindi and Kannada movies, as well as films in Tamil, Assamese, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi and Telugu language. He has also released numerous Indi-pop albums and acted in a few Hindi feature films. He had changed the spelling of his last name from ‘Nigam’ to ‘Niigaam’ in accordance with numerology, but could not get desired results; he returned to the old spelling ‘Nigam’.T-Series promoter Gulshan Kumar played a key role in identifying Nigam’s talent by giving him a chance to reach a larger audience. These albums contributed to T-Series for some years

Nigam’s first movie song as a playback singer was Janam (1990), which was never officially released. He also got a break in radio commercials until he appeared on the popular TV show Sa Re Ga Ma, after which there was no turning back.He was trained by classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.

Nigam started hosting Sa Re Ga Ma in 1995 with the first episode airing on 1 May 1995. The television singing talent competition soon became one of the most popular shows on Indian television. Soon after, he sang “Accha Sila Diya” on the album Bewafa Sanam (1995), which was very successful.Singing offers started pouring in thereafter, albeit slowly at first. He rose to fame with the Anu Malik-composed song “Sandese Aate Hain,” in Border in 1997. Sonu’s Album “Deewana” with T series released in 1999, identified his talent of singing romantic songs and remains one of the most successful album ever..

Over the years, Nigam has become a major force in the Indian music industry. His son is Neevan Nigam.He has provided playback singing for a large number of Hindi movies and won many awards. His rendition of the title song of the film Kal Ho Naa Ho has been highly popular. He is recognized for his singing of romantic, rock, sad, and patriotic songs. Nigam has sung songs in many languages besides Hindi, including Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, English, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Nepali, Chhattisgarhi, Malayalam and Marathi.
His Kannada album Neene Bari Neene released in 2009.

Nigam is working on an English album called Spirit Unfolding.He is working on a project called Time Travel, wherein his voice will be aligned with recordings of other singers in Hindi songs.

National Awards:

2004 – Won – National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer – “Kal Ho Naa Ho” – Kal Ho Naa Ho

2001 – Won – Best Male Playback Singer – “Suraj Hua Maddham” – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…

2002 – Won – Best Male Playback Singer – “Saathiya” – Saathiya.

Annual Central European Bollywood Awards:

2007 – Won – Best Male Playback Singer – “Main Agar Kahoon” – Om Shanti Om
2008 – Won – Best Male Playback Singer – “Inn Lamhon Ke Daaman Me” – Jodhaa Akbar
2009 – Won – Best Male Playback Singer – “Shukran Allah” – Kurbaan

Lions Gold Awards:

2005 – Won – Best Male Playback Singer – “Main Hoon Na” – Main Hoon Na

2008 – Won – Best Male Playback Singer – “Inn Lamhon Ke Daaman Me” – Jodhaa Akbar

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