Nigam in 2013
|Born||Faridabad, Haryana, India|
|Genres||Pop Rock Singing, Classical Singing, Semi-Classical Singing, Ghazals Singing, Playback Singing|
|Labels||Sony Music, T-Series, Tips, Saregama, Venus Records & Tapes|
Sonu Nigam is an Indian singer whose songs have been featured mainly in Kannada, Hindi, Punjabi and Marathi. He has released Indian pop albums and acted in a few movies. 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.
His initial years in Mumbai proved to be a struggle, which he began by singing covers of Mohammed Rafi songs, mainly for a number of "Rafi Ki Yaadein" albums released by T-Series. T-Series promoter Gulshan Kumar gave him a chance to reach a larger audience. In these years Nigam's singing style was regarded by some to be a "Rafi clone". Nigam's first movie song as a playback singer was for Janam (1990), which was never officially released. He then began making radio commercials and also acted in some of them.
Nigam started hosting the popular TV show, Sa Re Ga Ma, in 1995. Soon after, he sang "Accha Sila Diya" for the film Bewafa Sanam (1995). He sang the Anu Malik-composed song "Sandese Aate Hai" in Border (1997). He performed the Nadeem-Shravan-composed song "Yeh Dil Deewana" in Pardes in the same year. Nigam's album Deewana, with music directed by Sajid-Wajid, was released by T-Series in 1999.
Nigam provided playback singing for Hindi movies and won many awards, notably for the title song of the film Kal Ho Naa Ho and "Abhi Mujhme Kahin" (Agneepath-2013). He recorded romantic, rock, sad and patriotic songs in Hindi, Kannada, Assamese, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, English, Maithili , Bhojpuri, Urdu, Nepali, Chhattisgarhi, Malayalam, Tulu and Marathi.
Nigam composed the title track of the film Singh Saab The Great as a solo composer. He has also composed the music of films including Sooper Se Ooper and Jal in collaboration with percussionist Bickram Ghosh.
Filmography as composer
|2015||Bachelors Not Allowed|
|2013||Singh Saab The Great|
|2013||Sooper Se Ooper|
Pop albums and concerts
Nigam has released pop albums in Hindi, Oriya, Chhattisgarhi, Punjabi and Kannada. He has released Hindu and Islamic devotional albums. Also, he sung several Buddhist albums, as well as albums of Mohammed Rafi's songs. These are from the Rafi Ki Yaadein collection from his early years, which were re-released in September 2007 as a six-disc collection of 100 songs, titled Kal Aaj Aur Kal, in Rafi's memory. In 2008, soon after releasing Classically Mild, he released a single Punjabi track called "Punjabi Please" and Rafi Resurrected, a two-disc collection of Rafi songs with music by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He contributed to the lyrics of several songs and directed the music for his album Chanda Ki Doli.
Nigam has performed in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Russia, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Caribbean|West Indies, Suriname, Mauritius, Nigeria and South Africa. In May and June 2007, he participated in a "The Incredibles" with Asha Bhosle, Kunal Ganjawala and Kailash Kher. In September and October of the same year, he gave solo concerts titled "Simply Sonu" in Canada and Germany, becoming the first Indian singer to perform in the latter country. In April 2008, he toured India promoting his Punjabi single "Punjabi Please".
In November 2007, at the inauguration of Harvard University's 28th president, Drew Gilpin Faust, Nigam sang Mahatma Gandhi's favorite bhajan, "Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye", with the Harvard College Sangeet. In July 2008, he participated in a three-city tour of the United Kingdom, singing the Rafi songs with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) . This followed the release of these songs by the CBSO and the Indian music company Sa Re Ga Ma on Rafi Resurrected.
Among several other concerts, he participated in a US tour with Sunidhi Chauhan in 2009 called "The Explosion 2009" tour and in a UK tour titled "All Izz Well" in November 2010.
Nigam was reported to be working on an English album called Spirit Unfolding. and on a project called Time Travel, where his voice will be aligned with recordings of other singers in Hindi songs.
In 2014 Nigam released an online only track, "Trini Ladki".
Sonu Nigam's first song in Kannada was in 1996 for the film Jeevanadhi starring Vishnuvardhan. The song's music was composed by Koti with lyrics by R N Jayagopal. Nigam has sung over 700 Kannada songs and has received several awards for them. He became a sensation in the southern industry of Kannada and is called the "The Golden Singer Of Karnataka".
His songs include "Cheluve Yeke Bande" from the film Majnu composed by Gurukiran; "Usire Usire" from Huccha composed by Rajesh Ramnath,"Titanic Heroine nee nanna cheluve" from the film Snehaloka; the title track from the film Monalisa composed by Valisha Sandeep; "Hamsave Hamsave" from the film Gatti mela composed by Hamsalekha, "Kannale Kannale" from the film Aham Premasmi composed by V.Ravichandran and "Baaninda Baa Chandira from the movie Kanti composed by Gurukiran. The 2006 film Mungaru Male created a sensation and several records, mainly in Karnataka. The songs not only set records of highest sales and downloads, the film also set a national record on 29 December 2007 of having completed an entire year at the PVR Cinemas Bengaluru, the first time an Indian language film to do so.
The songs Mungaru Maleye and Anisuthide were composed by Mano Murthy and written by Yogaraj Bhat and Jayanth Kaikini respectively. Nigam became a sensation in the South and is called the Golden Singer of Karnataka. Nigam says that he finds Kannada songs more fulfilling than the Hindi numbers. Sonu Nigam, in a recent interview to the Deccan Herald news paper has said ‘Kannada songs make me feel positive’. He said, "I highly respect the musicians of Karnataka and many of my favorite songs are in Kannada. I consider Bangalore as my second birthplace. Even if someone requests me to sing a Kannada song while I’m performing in the West Indies, I will sing it for them".
With the same Mungaru Male combination, music director Mano Murthy, lyricist Jayant Kaikini and Nigam got together for a Kannada album Neene Bari Neene produced by Ashok Kheny. The songs Neene Bari Neene and Baa Nodu Gelathi were shot on the outskirts of Bengaluru featuring Nigam and model Madhuri Bhattacharya in the lead. Sonu Nigam also composed a theme song for the Karnataka Bulldozer's team in the Celebrity Cricket League. The song was sung by Sonu Nigam, Kunal Ganjawala and Sowmya Raoh, who also penned the lyrics.
Nigam was the host of Sa Re Ga Ma from the start of the show till 1999. He returned on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs International as a judge with Suresh Wadkar in October 2007. Nigam was a celebrity judge on the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge grand finale on 12 December 2009 which marked the 1000th episode.
He hosted the TV show Kisme Kitna Hai Dum on Star Plus in 2002.
Nigam appeared as the judge for Indian Idol in seasons 1 (October 2004 – March 2005) and 2 (November 2005 – April 2006). He was a celebrity judge in seasons 3 (17 August 2007) and 4 (16 January 2009 and 6 February 2009).
He appeared as a celebrity judge on Amul STAR Voice of India in August 2007 (Season 1) and in December 2008 (Season 2) and on the grand finale of music reality show Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star on 12 July 2008.
He also appeared on "The Anupam Kher Show" on 23rd August 2015, where he shared his life experiences.
Nigam's acting career started as a child in films including Betaab (1983). As an adult, he acted in films such as Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani, Kash Aap Hamare Hote, as the male lead opposite Juhi Babbar, and Love in Nepal. All of the films didn't do well at the box office, although his acting was much better appreciated in his last venture. He has not returned to acting since Love in Nepal, but was recently said to be involved in Ankhon Ankhon Mein, about a blind singer.
Nigam voices certain roles in Hindi for foreign films, especially Hollywood films.
|Film title||Original Voice||Character||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Release||Dub Release||Notes|
|Disney's Aladdin||Scott Weinger
Brad Caleb Kane (Singing)
|Aladdin||Hindi||English||1992||1994||Gave both the speaking and singing voice to Aladdin in this film. Dubbed by Modi Entertainment.|
|Film title||Original Japanese Voice||Character||Dub Language||Original Release||Dub Release||Notes|
|The Mystical Laws||Hindi||2012||2013|
- 2003: National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer: Kal Ho Na Ho for "Kal Ho Naa Ho"
- MTV Style Awards 2004 - 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.
- 2003-Filmfare Awards-Best Playback Singer Male for the song `Saathiya` from the movie Saathiya.
- 2004-Filmfare Awards-Best Playback Singer Male for the song `Kal Ho Naa Ho` from the movie Kal Ho Naa Ho.
Nigam has acted in various films.
|ishq junoon - Passion of Love||composer||2015|
|Pyaara Dushman||manish khadnya||1995|
|Kaamchor||Sonu (Rakesh Roshan's nephew)||1982|
|Ustaadi Ustaad Se||Raju (Young Mithun Chakraborty)||1982|
|Betaab||Sunny (Young Sunny Deol)||1983|
|Hum Se Hai Zamana||Shiva (Young Mithun Chakraborty)||1983|
|Taqdeer||Shiva (Young Shatrughan Sinha)|
|Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani||Vivek Saxena||2002|
|Kash Aap Hamare Hote||Jai Kumar||2003|
|Love in Nepal||Abby||2004|
|Navra Maajha Navsacha||Guest appearance as himself in a song sequence||2005|
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