Radio Legend Ameen Sayani passes away aged 91

Veteran radio announcer Ameen Sayani has tragically passed away at the age of 91. He was famous for his radio music show ‘Binaca Geetmala’.

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"We will always remember you for your golden voice."

The legendary Indian radio presenter Ameen Sayani sadly died of a heart attack on February 20, 2024. He was 91 years old.

His son Rajil Sayani confirmed his father had died at HN Reliance Hospital in Mumbai.

He said: “The doctors at the hospital attended him but couldn’t save him and he was declared dead.”

Ameen Sayadi began his career in the early 1950s when his brother introduced him to Radio Ceylon.

His introduction phrase was:

“Namaskar behno aur bhaiyon, main aapka dost Ameen Sayani bol raha hoon!” (Hello sisters and brothers, this is your friend Ameen Sayani!).

This proved popular with listeners who tuned in regularly to listen to Sayani’s iconic ‘Binaca Geetmala‘ show.

‘Binaca Geetmala’ entertained fans with many classic numbers by eminent singers including Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar.

The show was first broadcast in 1952 and continued for a staggering 42 years.

Since 1952, Sayani participated in 54,000 radio programmes and 19,000 jingles.

He also performed in several films including Mehmood’s Bhoot Bungla (1965) and Dev Anand’s Teen Devian (1965).

Since the news of his death emerged, tributes poured in for Ameen Sayani.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on X:

“Shri Ameen Sayani Ji’s golden voice on the airwaves had a charm and warmth that endeared him to people across generations.

“Through his work, he played an important role in revolutionising Indian broadcasting and nurtured a very special bond with his listeners.

“Saddened by his passing away.

“Condolences to his family, admirers and all radio lovers.

“May his soul rest in peace.”

Film star Ajay Devgn also paid tribute to the presenter. He said:

“‘Binaca Geetmala’ was such a huge part of my childhood growing up.

“I still remember waking up to the sweet melodies of my favourite Bollywood songs.

“Rest in peace #AmeenSayani.

“We will always remember you for your golden voice.”

A fan also posted on social media, condoling the loss of Ameen Sayani.

Reflecting on the resonance of his voice, they said:

“We bid farewell to a true legend of the airwaves. #AmeenSayani, the iconic radio broadcaster who revolutionised the art of radio presntation.

“His voice, synonymous with the Golden Era of radio, and the timeless #Geetmala, will forever echo in our hearts.”

In a previous interview, Sayani admitted his regret at denying Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan an audition.

Before making his film debut with Saat Hindustani (1969), Amitabh wished to try his luck at radio.

Recalling the incident, Sayani expressed that turning the superstar down led to good for both of them:

“One day, a young man named Amitabh Bachchan walked in without an appointment for a voice audition.

“I had not a second to spare for this thin man.”

“He waited and left and came back a few more times.

“But I could not see him and kept telling him through my receptionist to make an appointment and come.

“Today, though I regret denying him an audition, I realise that what happened was for the best for both of us.

“I would have been on the streets and he would have got so much work on radio that Indian cinema would have lost its biggest star.”

Undoubtedly a source of melodies for many, Ameen Sayani also produced international shows for the BBC and Sunrise Radio.



Manav is a creative writing graduate and a die-hard optimist. His passions include reading, writing and helping others. His motto is: “Never hang on to your sorrows. Always be positive."

Image courtesy of India Today.






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