Ameen Sayani

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Ameen Sayani
Ameen Sayani in 2012
Born (1932-12-21) December 21, 1932 (age 81)
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Education Scindia School
Alma mater St. Xavier's College
Occupation Announcer, Radio jockey
Years active 1952–present
Spouse(s) Rama (deceased)
Ameen Sayani

Ameen Sayani is a popular radio announcer from India. He achieved fame and popularity all across South Asia when he presented his Binaca Geetmala program of hits over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon.[1] He is one of the most imitated announcers even today. His style of addressing crowd with "Behno aur Bhaiyo" is still being treated as announcement with melodious touch.


Ameen Sayani was introduced to All-India Radio, Bombay, by his brother Hamid Sayani. Ameen participated in English programmes there for ten years.

Later, he helped popularize Radio Ceylon in India. Sayani was also a part of various movies throughout the years like Bhoot Bungla, Teen Devian, Boxer, Qatl etc. He appeared in all of these movies in the role of an announcer in some event.

From 1945 to 1960, Sayani helped his mother Kulsum Sayani in editing the journal Rahber, published fortnightly for neo-literates, started by Mahatma Gandhi. The journal was also published in the Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati scripts.

As of 2009, Sayani was still active in radio in India.[2]

Honors and Awards[edit]

He was conferred the Padma Shri award in 2009.[3] Besides this, Ameen Sayani has been felicitated with many awards:

  • Living Legend Award (2006) from Federation OF Indian Chambers OF Commerce & Industry, with India Radio Forum
  • Kaan Hall Of Fame Award (2003) from Radio Mirchi (FM Network of the Times Group)
  • Golden Abby by Advertising Club, Bombay (2000 )
  • Hall Of Fame Award (1993) from Indian Academy Of Advertising Film Art (IAAFA)
  • Person Of The Year Award (1992) Limca Book Of Records
  • Gold medal(1991) from Indian Society Of Advertisers (ISA) presented by Mr. K.R. Narayanan, then Vice-President of India.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Veteran broadcaster Ameen Sayani gets Padma Shri". Thaindian News. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ameen Sayani’s Geetmala Ki Chhaon Mein". Screen. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Vinay Kumar (26 January 2009). "Kakodkar, Madhavan Nair, Bindra, Nirmala among Padma awardees". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 

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