Ameen Sayani, the grand old man of Indian radio, passed away at 91


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Sad day for the Indian music industry. The iconic radio presenter of the popular show “Binaca Geet Mala” Ameen Sayani bid farewell to this world on 20th February. The veteran presenter was 91 years old at the time of his death. Sayani’s son Rajil Sayani, confirmed the news revealing he breathed his last at HN Reliance Hospital, Mumbai. He was suffering from age-related complications; the radio presenter has a special place in the heart of the radio listeners. Let’s check out some more details about his cause of death.

Ameen Sayani suffered a heart attack 

As per his son Rajil, the veteran presenter suffered a heart attack and was rushed to HN Reliance Hospital. Despite doctors ‘ incredible efforts to save him Sayani died at the age of 91. Rajil shared, “The doctors at the hospital attended him but couldn’t save him and he was declared dead.”

Needless to say, this day will be a dark day in the history of the radio industry.

About Ameen Sayani

Sayani was born in 1932 into an eminent family where literature and language were paramount. From a young age he accompanied his mother Kulsum Sayani, in editing a fortnightly journal called “Rahber,” initiated by Mahatma Gandhi which was simultaneously published in Hindi, Urdu and Gujarat. Moreover, his brother Hamid Sayani was also a famous English broadcaster.

In 1951 Ameen started his career with Radio Ceylon in 1951. Soon he mesmarized audience of pre-independent India with his enchanting voice saying, “Namaskar bhaiyon aur behno, main aapka dost Ameen Sayani bol raha hoon.* 

When All India Radio banned the transmission of any Bollywood numbers, Ameen graced the radio industry with his presentation and show which later on came to be a huge success.

His 30-minute programme on Radio Ceylon named Binaca Geetmala, ran for nearly countless decades from 1952 to 1994 making him a radio icon. The show also moved stations and later started podcasting on All India Radio’s Vividh Bharti. 

Notably, Sayani made a record for hosting and comparing over 54,000 radio programs. On top of that, for his contributions to approximately 19,000 jingles as a voiceover artist he also earned a Limca Book of Records. 

Previously in an interview with Indian Express he recalled this golden period, saying, “I wanted each listener to feel that I was talking to them and it immediately struck a chord. It, surprisingly, even revolutionised radio presentation. I didn’t expect it to become a phenomenon in the coming years. They were such fantastic times. It was my romance with Radio Ceylon.”

We wish he will rest in peace.

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