Tina Sani

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Tina Sani (singer)
Birth name Tina Sani
Born Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
Origin Pakistani
Genres Classical music singing
Ghazal singing
Occupation(s) Singer, Television performer

Tina Sani is a Pakistani female singer renowned for her classical and semi-classical Urdu Ghazals.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Tina Sani was born in Dhaka, at the time East Pakistan; the family moved to Kabul for a few years, where her father, Nasir Sani, worked for an oil company, before moving to Karachi, where after graduating from the Karachi American School, she went on to study commercial art. She was trained in classical music by Ustad Nizamuddin Khan, son of Ustad Ramzan Khan of Dehli Gharana and Ustad Chand Amrohvi. Tina also received special training from ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan .


Tina Sani began working for an advertising agency in 1977. She was involved in all the creative aspects of advertising business, including listening to and evaluating the music that is an integral part of advertising. Tina also taught at the Karachi American School in the art department.

Singing career[edit]

She entered the professional world of singing in 1980, when producer Ishrat Ansari introduced her on TV in a youth programme titled 'Tarang' hosted by Alamgir.

She was influenced by renowned ghazal singers from South Asia like Mehdi Hasan, Malika Pukhraj, Begum Akhtar, Mukhtar Begum and Farida Khanum but has created her own style of singing. She gained much acclaim in Pakistan and India by singing the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz including poems like 'Bahaar aayi' and 'Bol ke lab azad hain terey' composed by Arshad Mehmood. She renders poetry of contemporary poets with complete ease and is equally at home singing works of Zauq, Ghalib and Mir Taqi Mir; the immortals of Urdu poetry.

Her rendition of Iqbal's Shikwa Jawab-e-Shikwa has earned her great reviews and remains to be the lengthiest piece of poetry she has ever sung.[3]

More recently Tina Sani sang Rumi's beginning verses of the Mathnavi for Coke Studio (Pakistan) to bring verses of the 13th century mystic poet's Persian verses in Urdu language.

Tina Sani was invited as a guest judge in the first Pakistan Idol TV show.

Tina Sani was part of Lahore music meet, 2016. She shared her music journey in a session named "Classical Music Appreciation". Sani also discussed the current situation and lack of classical music from Pakistani music industry. She praised role of television in supporting them to continue practising music.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Tina Sani is married and has a son, Nasir Siddiqui (dreevar) (b. 1996).[5] Her family roots are deep in the Pakistani art community. Her niece Rehaam and Nadia Hussain are leading models of Pakistani fashion industry.

Her top five favourite songs are [6]

  1. بابل مورا – a song by K.L. Saigal
  2. کورا کاغذ تھا یہ من میرا – a song from film Aradhana by Kishore Kumar
  3. آپ جیسا کوئی میری زندگی میں آئے تو بات بن جائے- a song by Nazia Hasan from 1980 film Qurbani
  4. کھڑی نیم کے نیچے – a folk song by Pakistani folk singer Mai Bhaagi
  5. کوئی تو ہے جو نظامِ ہستی چلا رہا ہے وہی خدا ہے – a Hamd song by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan,written by Muzaffar Warsi



  1. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/683127/tribute-tina-sani-pays-homage-to-faiz, Dawn, Karachi newspaper article, Retrieved 8 January 2016
  2. ^ http://www.indianexpress.com/news/beyond-borders/505356/, Indian Express newspaper article on Tina Sani, Retrieved 8 January 2016
  3. ^ http://www.dawn.com/news/572921/iqbal-s-shikwa-revisited, Tina Sani sings Shikwa by Iqbal, published 17 October 2010, Retrieved 8 January 2016
  4. ^ Burney, Moneeza (3 April 2016). "Music fraternity talks, sings at LMM-2016". images.dawn.com. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  5. ^ http://www.dawn.com/weekly/review/archive/080508/review2.htm
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/entertainment/2014/10/141008_tina_sani_songs_tim?ocid=socialflow_twitter, Tina Sani's top 5 favorite songs, published 10 October 2014, Retrieved 8 January 2016

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