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Ameen Sayani
Sayani in 2012
Born(1932-12-21)21 December 1932
Died20 February 2024(2024-02-20) (aged 91)
EducationScindia School
Alma materSt. Xavier's College
Occupation(s)Announcer, Radio jockey
Years active1951–2024
SpouseRama (deceased)
ParentKulsum Sayani (mother)
RelativesRahimtulla M. Sayani (grandfather)
WebsiteAmeen Sayani

Ameen Sayani (21 December 1932 – 20 February 2024) was an Indian radio announcer. He achieved fame and popularity across the Indian subcontinent when he presented his Binaca Geetmala program of hits over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon.[1] He was one of the most imitated announcers. His style of addressing the audience with "Behno aur Bhaiyo " (meaning "sisters and brothers") as against the traditional "Bhaiyo aur Behno" is still treated as an announcement with a melodious touch. He had produced, compered (or provided voice-overs for) over 54,000 radio programmes and 19,000 spots/jingles since 1951.

Early life

Ameen Sayani was born on 21 December 1932 into a Gujarati Muslim Sunni Khoja family in Bombay (now Mumbai). His parents were Kulsoom and Jan Mohammad Sayani. His mother was a freedom fighter and was close to Mahatma Gandhi, which is why Sayani called himself a Gandhian. He was the grandson of Rahimtulla M. Sayani who had served as the President of the Indian National Congress.


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 popularise All India Radio in India. Sayani was also a part of various movies throughout the years like Bhoot Bungla, Teen Devian, Boxer, and Qatl. He appeared in all of these movies in the role of an announcer in some event.

Sayani assisted his mother, Kulsum Sayani, in editing, publishing and printing a fortnightly journal for neo-literates, under the instructions of Mahatma Gandhi. The fortnightly, RAHBER (1940 to 1960), was simultaneously published in the Devnagri (Hindi), Urdu and Gujarati scripts – but all in the simple "Hindustani" language promoted by Gandhi.

It was this grounding in simple communication that helped him in his long career of commercial broadcasting, and culminated in his being awarded the "Hindi Ratna Puraskaar" by the prestigious Hindi Bhavan of New Delhi in 2007.

One little known fact about him is that he worked in the marketing Department of Tata Oil Mills Ltd. during 1960–62 as Brand Executive – mainly looking after their toilet soaps: Hamam and Jai.

Between All India Radio (from 1951), AIR's Commercial Service (from 1970) and various foreign stations (from 1976), Sayani produced, compered (or spoke for) over 54,000 radio programmes and 19,000 spots/jingles. (The fact is recorded in the Limca Book of Records.)

Radio shows produced and compered

Some of the better known radio shows produced (mainly for consumer product clients):

Sayani also produced a 13-episode radio series in the form of plays based on actual HIV/AIDS cases – including interviews with eminent doctors and social workers. (The series – entitled Swanaash – was commissioned by All India Radio, and its audio cassettes have been acquired by many NGOs for their fieldwork.)

Audio communication on compact discs (and earlier on LPs and cassettes)

After producing several audio features on cassettes, LPs and CDs, Sayani was producing (for Saregama India Ltd) an unusual retrospective of his flagship radio show Geetmala on CDs. The series is called "GEETMALA KI CHHAON MEIN", of which 40 volumes (in packs of five CDs each) have already been produced and released. The volumes have been well appreciated in India and abroad.[citation needed]

Sayani pioneered the export of Indian radio shows and commercials from 1976 onwards. He exported to the USA, Canada, England, the UAE, Eswatini, Mauritius, South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand. In addition, he compered several shows directly for radio stations abroad.

International radio shows

Stage Compering

Sayani compered over 2,000 stage functions of all sorts in India, including musical variety shows, beauty contests, fashion shows, award functions, film silver jubilee functions, the International Film Festival closing session (in Delhi), concerts, seminars, workshops, and trade presentations. He also compered stage shows abroad – in the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, the UAE, the Netherlands and the West Indies.

In Bollywood

Song "Tamma Tamma Again" in movie Badrinath Ki Dulhania was remix of 90's popular Bollywood song Tamma Tamma featuring a Voiceover by Ameen Sayani.[2]

As of 2014, Sayani was still active in radio in India.[3][needs update]

Personal life

Sayani married a Kashmiri Pandit, Rama Mattu.[4]


He died of a heart attack on 20 February 2024 at the age of 91.[5][6]

Honours and awards

In 2009, he was presented with the Padma Shri award.[7] Apart from this, Ameen Sayani was a laureate of numerous awards such as:

See also


  1. ^ "Veteran broadcaster Ameen Sayani gets Padma Shri". Thaindian News. 26 January 2009. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Badrinath Ki Dulhania: Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt film gets a retro punch with Ameen Sayani's deep voice. Watch video". 8 March 2017.
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  4. ^ "hi:अमीन सयानी जन्मदिन विशेषः तब और अब के रेडियो में ज़मीन-आसमान का फर्क". Archived from the original on 21 December 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Ameen Sayani, Iconic Radio Presenter And Voice Of 'Geetmala', Passes Away At 91". 21 February 2024. Archived from the original on 21 February 2024. Retrieved 21 February 2024.
  6. ^ "Ameen Sayani, Iconic Radio Presenter And Voice Of 'Geetmala', Passes Away At 91". 21 February 2024. Archived from the original on 21 February 2024. Retrieved 21 February 2024.
  7. ^ Vinay Kumar (26 January 2009). "Kakodkar, Madhavan Nair, Bindra, Nirmala among Padma awardees". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009.