Whose soothing voice rules many hearts: Sonu Nigam



Anagha Telang


Gifted with a beautiful voice, versatile skills, and is considered as one of the beautiful gems in the Bollywood, Sonu Nigam is a highly popular singer in India. 

Born on 30 July,1973. His parents were Agam Kumar and Shobha Kumar in Faridabad, Haryana. He did his schooling from J.D. Tylter and college from Delhi University. In the year 1990 he moved to Mumbai to become a playback singer. 

Musical Journey
Music was in sonu's blood as his father use to perform in stage shows. His formal music education began when he started his training under Ustad Maha Kanjar Naveed in Delhi. He also took part in many regional and national level music programmes and won most of them. When he was 18 the thought of becoming a Bollywood singer hit his mind and then he along with his father moved to Mumbai. 
He continued his musical training while he was hunting for opportunities under the legendary classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.

Career
Sonu got his first break in the year 1990 when he got a chance to sing for the movie 'Janam', but the sad part was that the movie didn't release. T-series owner Gulshan Kumar was very much impressed by Sonu's talent and offered him a music contract. The song 'Achaa Sila Diya' became very popular and people started recognising this immensely talented singer. In the initial days of his career Sonu didn't had much work to do and therefore he sang some jingles for advertisements. 
Sonu's career took a flight in the year 1997 with the fim 'Border' when he sang 'Sandeshe Aate Hai' and this made him the winner of awards and gained a huge popularity. He worked with great composers like A.R. Rehman, Shankar-Ehsan-Loy, Jatin-Lalit and others. At one point around 2010-2011, every second Bollywood movie song was sung by Sonu Nigam. He has worked with legends of Indian music like Lata Mangeshkar and Khayyam. He has great respect for contemporary singers like Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal and Kailsh Kher. 
Sonu also got success in Kannada industry also and has sung around 600 songs in the language. 
on 15 February,2002 he married Madhurima Banerjee and they both have a son Neevan who was born on July 27,2007. 

Host and judge

At the beginning of his career Sonu hosted the singing competition show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ in 1995 which made him a household name. Since then he has appeared in many reality television shows as a judge. He has appeared in Indian Idol (seasons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7), Amul STAR Voice of India (seasons 1 and 2), Chhote Ustaad and X –Factor India.
Sonu Nigam also appeared on a radio show on Radio City 91 FM, known as ‘Life Ki Dhun’. 

Awards & Honors
Sonu Nigam is the winner of several awards including 1 National Award, 2 Filmfare Awards in Hindi & 3 Filmfare Awards in South.

  • 2017 Haryana Gaurav Samman by Haryana Government, Government of India
  • 2016 Mirchi Music Awards for Indie Pop Song of the Year for "Aye Jahaan Aasmaan"
  • 2016 Lions Gold Award for Favorite Evergreen Singer jal best
  • 2015 Oscar 2015 nomination list "Jal" Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh for their rustic compositions for the drama f ilm
  • 2015 Socialathon Person of the Year
  • 2014 MMASouth Best Male Vocalist Kannada
  • 2013 MTV Video and Music Award 2013 for Best Male Vocalist for Abhi Mujhme Kahin
  • 2014 MMASouth Best Male Vocalist Kannada
  • 2013 Zee Cinema Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath
  • 2013 Big Star Entertainment Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Abhi Mujhme Kahin from the film Agneepath
  • 2012 Royal Stag Mirchi Music Award for Male Vocalist of The Year for the song "Abhi Mujhme Kahin" from the film Agneepath
  • 2012–2013 Filmfare Awards South – Best Playback Singer Male for the song "Chendutiya Pakkadali" from the movie Drama.
  • 2012 Lions Gold Award for Favorite Evergreen Singer
  • 2012 GIMA for Best Global Indian Collaboration – This Is It ft Jermaine Jackson *2011 GIMA(Global Indian Music Award)for MTV Youth Icon.
  • 2011 Gitanjali WoW Award for Live Personality(Music).
  • 2010 – Global Indian Music Award for Best Live Performer (Male)
  • 2010 GIMA(Global Indian Music Award) for Best Live Performer Male.
  • 2010 GIMA(Global Indian Music Award) for Most Popular Song – All Izz Well.
  • 2010 Amar Rishtey Award for Zee Icoon– TVS Sa Re Ga Ma.
  • 2010 Big Star Entertainment Award for Singer of the Decade.
  • 2009 Indian Television Academy Award, Best Male Singer for Dil Mill Gaye title track.
  • 2009 Filmfare Award, Kannada, Best Male Playback Singer for Yenagali, Mussanje Maathu
  • 2008 GPBA (German Public Bollywood Award), Best Singer (Male) for Main Agar Kahoon, Om Shanti Om.
  • 2008 Filmfare Award, Kannada, Best Male Playback Singer for Ninnindale, Milana.
  • 2008 Indian Television Academy Award, Best Male Singer for Amber Dhara title track
  • 2008 Lions Gold Award for the song 'In lamhon ke Daaman me' from the film 'Jodha Akbar'.
  • 2007 Annual Central European Bollywood Awards, Best Male Playback Singer for Mein Agar Kahoon, Om Shanti Om.
  • 2006 Bollywood Music and Fashion Awards, Best Male Playback Singer for Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Title Track.
  • 2005 Indian Television Award Best Singer for Miliee Title Track.
  • 2005 MTV Immies – Best Pop Album, for his self-composed album titled "Chanda Ki Doli".
  • 2005 Swaralaya Yesudas Award, for his outstanding performance in Music.
  • 2005 Anadolok Award for "Chanda Ki Doli" album.
  • 2005 Lion Gold's Award for the song Main Hoon Na from the film "Main Hoon Na".
  • 2005 Star Screen Award Best Male Playback, for the song "Dheere Jalna", from the film "Paheli".
  • 2005 Teachers' Achievement Award
  • 2005 Style Icon, MTV Style Awards.
  • 2004 MTV Style Awards– Best Male Playback Singer – Bandhan[57]
  • 2004 MTV Immies – Best Male Singer, for the song "Main Hoon Na", from the film "Main Hoon Na".
  • 2004 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho.
  • 2003 National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer: Kal Ho Na Ho for "Kal Ho Naa Ho"
  • 2003 Apsara Film Producers' Guild Award for Best Male Playback Singer for "Kal Ho Na Ho" from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho.
  • 2003 Bollywood Music Award for Best Male Playback Singer for "Kal Ho Na Ho" from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho. *2003 IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Na Ho
  • 2003 Style Icon, MTV Style Awards.
  • 2003 Filmfare Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Kal Ho Naa Ho", from the film Kal Ho Naa Ho".
  • 2002 Filmfare Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Saathiya", from the f ilm Saathiya.
  • 2002 Bollywood Music Award fpr Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Saathiya" from the film "Saathiya".
  • 2002 MTV Immies – Best Male Singer, for the song "Saathiya" from the film "Saathiya".
  • 2002 Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the song "Saathiya", from the film "Saathiya".
  • 2002 IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Saathiya", from the film "Saathiya".
  • 2001 Star Screen Award Best Male Playback, for the song "Tanhayee", from the film "Dil Chahta Hai". *2001 Bollywood Music Award for Best Pop Singer for the album "Yaad".
  • 2001 IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the song "Suraj Hua Maddham", from the f ilm "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham".
  • 2001 Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the song "Suraj Hua Maddham", from the film "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham".
  • 1998 Star Screen Award for Best Male Pop Artist.
  • 1997 Sansui Viewers' Choice Award for Best Male Singer for the song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the film "Border".
  • 1997 Aashirwad Award for Best Male Singer for the song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the film "Border".
  • 1997 Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the song "Sandese Aate Hai", from the film "Border".

Controversies

Once Sonu Tweeted that 'Azaan' through loudspeakers disturb his sleep. He later clarified that he is not agianst any religion or any religion, he was simply against the use of loudspeakers as they create noise pollution and should be banned. 
Sonu also deleted his Twitter account on 24May, 2017 citing a ,ack of respect for freedom of speech. 

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