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Legendary Indian radio broadcaster Ameen Sayani passes away

12:52 AM Feb 22, 2024 IST | GK NEWS SERVICE
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New Delhi, Feb 21: Renowned Indian radio broadcaster Ameen Sayani, whose golden voice graced the airwaves of Radio Ceylon's Binaca Geetmala for decades, has passed away at the age of 91. Sayani, whose distinctive greeting "Namaste behno aur bhaiyo, main aapka dost Ameen Sayani bol raha hoon" became iconic, suffered a heart attack on February 20 evening. He was rushed to a hospital in south Mumbai where he succumbed to his ailment.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed profound sadness over Sayani's demise, acknowledging his pivotal role in transforming Indian broadcasting and fostering a deep connection with his audience. In a statement, Modi remarked on Sayani's charm and warmth, which endeared him to listeners across generations.

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In the "X" post, the Prime Minister said;

“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.”

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Sayani's career spanned over four decades, during which he presented over 50,000 shows and voiced countless radio programs. Born into a multilingual family in Mumbai on December 21, 1932, Sayani's journey in broadcasting began when he joined All India Radio, Bombay, introduced by his brother Hamid Sayani. He later gained widespread fame with his Binaca Geetmala program on Radio Ceylon, captivating audiences with his engaging style and playlist of hits. Despite facing challenges such as the ban on Hindi songs from AIR in 1952, Sayani's influence continued to grow, particularly through Radio Ceylon's popular broadcasts in multiple languages. His innovative approach, including his unique greeting "Behno aur Bhaiyo," set him apart and earned him a place in the hearts of millions.

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Apart from his radio career, Sayani contributed to various movies and worked alongside his mother, Kulsum Sayani, in editing and publishing the fortnightly journal RAHBER, promoting literacy in a simple language.

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