Ameen Sayani, the voice of radio’s golden era, passes away at age 91

February 21, 2024
Ameen Sayani, the iconic radio personality, passed away at the age of 91 due to cardiac failure. He suffered a heart attack on Tuesday evening

Renowned radio personality Ameen Sayani, aged 91, passed away due to cardiac failure. He suffered a heart attack on Tuesday evening and was rushed to HN Reliance Hospital in Mumbai, where doctors attempted to treat him. Despite their efforts, Sayani could not be revived and was declared deceased.

Sayani had been battling high blood pressure and other age-related ailments for some time, alongside back issues that required him to use a walker.

His legacy is deeply ingrained in the history of Indian radio, primarily through his iconic program ‘Geetmala’, which left an indelible mark on the medium. Sayani’s captivating voice and engaging style endeared him to listeners across the nation, significantly contributing to the popularity of radio, particularly during the early 2000s when it experienced a resurgence post the dotcom bubble burst. His trademark greeting of “Behno aur Bhaiyo” (sisters and brothers) became instantly recognizable and widely imitated.

Throughout his career, Sayani produced an astounding 54,000 radio programs and lent his voice to over 19,000 advertisements and jingles, cementing his status as a legendary figure in the realm of Indian broadcasting.

His voice has also been imitated in the song ‘Tamma Tamma Again’ from the Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan-starrer ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’.

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