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Sonu Nigam

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Sonu Nigam was born on July 30, 1973 to Agam Kumar and Shobha Nigam in Faridabad town of Haryana. He has two sisters, Meenal and Nikita. 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". From then on, Nigam accompanied 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 did his schooling from J. D. Tytler School in Delhi and pursued his graduation from Delhi University. He moved to Mumbai in 1990 aspiring to be a playback singer.

 

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Career

Sonu got his first break for playback singing in a movie Janam in 1990 but unfortunately the movie wasn’t released. He put a lot of faith in the contract from T-series but was upset when his songs were rejected in favor of S. P. Balasubramaniam. Impressed by his talent, T-series owner, Gulshan Kumar offered him a singing contract for his upcoming project ‘Bewafa Sanam’. The song ‘Achha Sila Diya Tune’ became a huge hit and people started sitting up and take notice of this talented singer.

He struggled during his initial days in Mumbai as he was not getting many playback opportunities. He did some radio commercials. His main source of income was from stage shows as a Mohammed Rafi voice double. He also did some forgettable playback work in films like ‘Aaja Meri Jaan’ (1992), ‘Shabnam’ (1993), ‘Aag’ (1994), ‘Khuddar’ (1994), ‘Hulchul’ (1994), ‘Stuntman’ (1994) and ‘Ram Jaane’ (1995).

His career took off when he sang back to back hits like ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ in the 1997 film ‘Border’ for which he won the Zee Cine Award. He shuffled among various musical genres and styles with songs like ‘YehDil’ in ‘Pardes’ (1999) at one end and the title track of the 2004 film ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ at the other. With time he became the most experimental singer in Bollywood playback industry, taking up unique projects with all the top composers including A.R. Rahman in ‘Sathiyaa’. Collaborations with modern composers like the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio, for the song ‘Tanhayee’ in the super successful ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, exhibited his amazing range and versatility. He captured the audience’s hearts with his mellow romantic renditions of songs like ‘Suraj Hua Madhyam’ from the movie ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’, or soulful ‘Dheere Jalna’ from the movie ‘Paheli’, both of which won him Zee Cine Awards for Best Playback Singer Male.

At one point around 2010-2011, every second Bollywood movie song was sung by Sonu Nigam. He has worked with legends of Indian music like Lata Mangeshkar and Khayyam. He has great respect for contemporary singers like Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal and Kailsh Kher.

Apart from Hindi, he has had huge success in Kannada movie industry as well. Till date he has sung over 600 songs in the Kannada language. Songs like ‘Cheluve Yeke Bande’ from ‘Majnu’, the title track from the film ‘Monalisa’ and ‘Kannale Kannale’ composed by V. Ravichandran from the film ‘Aham Premasmi’, created much sensation and won him several awards.

Personal Life

Sonu Nigam married Madhurima Banerjee on February 15, 2002. The couple has a son, Neevan, born on July 27, 2007.

 

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Awards and honors

2017- Haryana Gaurav Samman by Haryana Government, Government of India

2016- Lions Gold Award for Favorite Evergreen Singer jal best

2015- Oscar 2015 nomination list "Jal" Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh for their rustic compositions for the drama film

2015- Socialathon Person of the Year

2014- MMASouth Best Male Vocalist Kannada

2013- MTV Video and Music Award 2013 for Best Male Vocalist for Abhi Mujhme Kahin

2013- Lions Gold Award for the song Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath

2013- Zee Cinema Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath

2013- Big Star Entertainment Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath

2013- Royal Stag Mirchi Music Award for Best Male Vocalist for the song Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath

2012- Lions Gold Award for Favorite Evergreen Singer

2012- GIMA for Best Global Indian Collaboration – This Is It ft Jermaine Jackson

2011- GIMA(Global Indian Music Award)for MTV Youth Icon.

2011- Gitanjali WoW Award for Live Personality(Music).

2010- GIMA(Global Indian Music Award) for Best Live Performer Male.

2010- GIMA(Global Indian Music Award) for Most Popular Song – All Izz Well.

2010- Amar Rishtey Award for Zee Icoon – TVS Sa Re Ga Ma.

2010- Big Star Entertainment Award for Singer of the Decade.

2009- Indian Television Academy Award, Best Male Singer for Dil Mill Gaye title track.

2009- Filmfare Award, Kannada, Best Male Playback Singer for Yenagali, Mussanje Maathu

2008- GPBA (German Public Bollywood Award), Best Singer (Male) for Main Agar Kahoon, Om Shanti Om.

2008- Filmfare Award, Kannada, Best Male Playback Singer for Ninnindale, Milana.

2008- Indian Television Academy Award, Best Male Singer for Amber Dhara title track.best male play back singer for "Border"

2008- Lions Gold Award for the song 'In lamhon ke Daaman me' from the film 'Jodha Akbar'.

2007- Annual Central European Bollywood Awards, Best Male Playback Singer for Mein Agar Kahoon, Om Shanti Om.

2006- Bollywood Music and Fashion Awards, Best Male Playback Singer for Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Title Track.

2005- Indian Television Award Best Singer for Miliee Title Track.

2005- MTV Immies – Best Pop Album, for his self-composed album titled "Chanda Ki Doli".

2005- Swaralaya Yesudas Award, for his outstanding performance in Music.

2005- Anadolok Award for "Chanda Ki Doli" album.

2005- Lion Gold's Award for the song Main Hoon Na from the film "Main Hoon Na".

2005- Star Screen Award Best Male Playback, for the song "Dheere Jalna", from the film "Paheli".

2005- Teachers' Achievement Award

2005- Style Icon, MTV Style Awards.

2004- MTV Immies – Best Male Singer, for the song "Main Hoon Na", from the film "Main Hoon Na".

2004- National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho.

2003- Apsara Film Producers' Guild Award for Best Male Playback Singer for "Kal Ho Na Ho" from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho.

2003- Bollywood Music Award for Best Male Playback Singer for "Kal Ho Na Ho" from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho.

2003- IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho.

2003- Style Icon, MTV Style Awards.

2003- Filmfare Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho".

2002- Filmfare Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Saathiya", from the film Saathiya.

2002- Bollywood Music Award fpr Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Saathiya" from the film "Saathiya".

2002- MTV Immies – Best Male Singer, for the song "Saathiya" from the film "Saathiya".

2002- Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the song "Saathiya", from the film "Saathiya".

2002- IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Saathiya", from the film "Saathiya".

2001- Star Screen Award Best Male Playback, for the song "Tanhayee", from the film "Dil Chahta Hai".

2001- Bollywood Music Award for Best Pop Singer for the album "Yaad".

2001- IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Suraj Hua Maddham", from the film "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham".

2001- Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the song "Suraj Hua Maddham", from the film "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham".

1998- Star Screen Award for Best Male Pop Artist.

1997- Sansui Viewers' Choice Award for Best Male Singer for the song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the film "Border".

1997- Aashirwad Award for Best Male Singer for the song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the film "Border".

1997- Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the film "Border".

2003- National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer: Kal Ho Na Ho for "Kal Ho Naa Ho"

2004- MTV Style Awards  Best Male Playback Singer – Bandhan

2010- Global Indian Music Award for Best Live Performer (Male)

2012-2013 Filmfare Awards South – Best Playback Singer Male for the song "Chendutiya Pakkadali" from the movie Drama

 

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