Ameen Sayani, iconic voice behind Geetmala on All India Radio, passes away at 91

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Renowned radio personality Ameen Sayani, widely recognized as the iconic voice behind ‘Geetmala’ on All India Radio, breathed his last at the age of 91. His son, Rajil Sayani, confirmed the sad news, revealing that Ameen Sayani succumbed to a heart attack. Despite being rushed to HN Reliance Hospital in Mumbai, he could not be saved. The funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

Born on December 21, 1932, in Mumbai, Ameen Sayani made an indelible mark in the history of Indian broadcasting. His illustrious journey began as an English-language broadcaster, and post-independence, he seamlessly transitioned into Hindi, captivating audiences with his resonant voice and charismatic style.

Ameen Sayani’s most celebrated contribution was the iconic radio show ‘Binaca Geetmala,’ which became a national sensation. The program not only introduced millions to the joy of radio listening but also played a significant role in popularizing Hindi film music.

Known for his endearing salutation, “Behno aur Bhaiyo” (sisters and brothers), Sayani’s connection with his listeners was unparalleled. 

Over a career spanning six decades, he produced and presented more than 54,000 radio programs, leaving an indomitable legacy. In addition, he lent his distinctive voice to 19,000 advertisements and jingles.

Beyond his influential role in radio, Ameen Sayani made cameo appearances in various films, often portraying an announcer. 

His impact on the broadcasting landscape and his ability to resonate with audiences across generations have left an enduring legacy in the world of Indian media.