Sonu Nigam

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Name Sonu Niigaam
Birth name Sonu Nigam
Date of Birth 30th July 1973
Birth Place Faridabad, Haryana
Sign Leo
Native Karnataka
Profession Singer, Actor, Program Host, Anchor
Nationality Indian
Languages known Hindi, English, Punjabi
Family Father – Agam Kumar Nigam (Singer)
Mother – Shobha Nigam
Sisters – Meenal, Neekita
Wife – Madhurima Mishra
Son – Nevaan
Education School : J.D.Tyler School,Delhi

College : Delhi University (Distance Education)

Marriage date 15th February 2002
Debut Hindi movie song – “Accha Sila Diya Tune”in Bewafa Sanam (1996)
Hindi Pop Album – Sapnon Ki Baat
Favorites Singer:
Hollywood – Whitney Houston, George Michael, Michael Bolton, Cliff Richards, Mariah Carey
Bollywood – Mohd Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar Movies:
Hollywood – Half-ticket, The Sixth Sense
Bollywood – Amar Prem, Kunwara Baap, Sholay

TV show :
Hollywood – Star Trek
Bollywood – Movers and Shakers

Actor: Sanjeev Kumar, Dilip Kumar
Actress: Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Marilyn Monroe
Song – “Duniya Rang Rangeeli Wah Wah” by K.L Saigal;Eskool ke tem pe, a Jharkhandi song
Cuisine – Indian and Chinese
Food – Butter chicken and tandoori chicken
Clothing styles – Jeans, casual shirts, informal Indian Jodhpuris
Holiday spot – Fiji Islands, Greenland
Book – ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Things..’ by Richard Carlson
Magazine – The Economist

Discovered by Gulshan Kumar of T-Series.
Places would like to visit Greece, Egypt and New Zealand
Hairdresser Aleem
Hobbies * Reading books on general knowledge, philosophy, current affairs, poems, quotations, humor and biographies.

* Working out in the gym thrice a week.

* Playing table tennis and badminton whenever he finds time.

* Playing keyboards and composing songs.

* Face reading.

* Watching movies

* To sit cozily in his bed with his two sisters around and chatting with them.

Idol Amitabh Bachan
Inspiration Michael Jackson
Greatly influenced by Fauji Karamveer, the cult Haryanvi pop singer
His views Anu Malik :
“He’s very good. I feel he has an in-built orchestra, he can play so many instruments and knows his work. He should be given his due. I enjoy working with him because he’s not heavy duty, there this nice, jovial atmosphere around him which makes working fun.”

Music :
“…a neccessity for me.”

Happiest moment When a singer sang ‘Accha sila diya’ on stage in front of him.
Moments Memorable: When he sang in front of the Lata Mangeshkar in a function.
Embarassing: When he skipped a line or two while singing in front of her.
First performance on the stage At the age of three and a half he joined his father on stage to sing Late Mohammed Rafi’s popular song “Kya Hua Tera Vaada” from the film Hum Kisise Kam Nahin.
Private Pop albums Hindi :
* Mausam
* Sapnay Ki Baat
* Kismat, Deewana
* Jaan
* Yaad
* Chanda ki Doli
* Colours of Love
* Classically Mild

Punjabi :
* Pyar

Recorded songs in * Punjabi
* Bengali
* Gujarati
* Oriya
* Sindhi
* Telugu
* Kannada
* Tamil
Changed his voice for the songs * sandhese aate hai….
* yeh dil dewana…
* what is mobile no…..
* tera rang balle ….
* anhkiyon se gooli…
* urmila.. urmila ……
* dil dhapaak ….
Concert performances * United States
* Canada
* UK
* France
* Australia
* Pakistan
* Afghanistan
* UAE
* Trinidad
* Tobago
* Mauritius
* South Africa
As Host * SaReGaMa on Zee TV
* Kisme Kitna Hai Dum on Zee TV
* Life Ki Dhun in Radiocity 91 FM
Judge * Indian Idol on Sony TV (for season 1 & 2)
* Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee TV ‘L’il Champs International’
Celebrity Judge * Indian Idol on Sony TV (for season 3)
* Amul Star Voice of India
Anchor The Red Ribbon Show on Star Plus (as a curtain raiser for the programme on AIDS awareness)
His greatest benefactor (according to him) Gulshan Kumar and ‘Sa re ga ma pa’ programme in Zee TV
Solo concerts “Simply Sonu”, in Canada & Germany (2007)
Facts * He was brought up in Delhi and a school topper.

* Both his parents and his sister Neekita are good singers.

* His father has released two highly popular albums, “Bewafaai” and “Phir Bewafaai”.

* He is a very spiritual and devout person.

* Moved from Delhi to Mumbai to seriously pursue his singing career, at the age of 19.

* He has also learnt music from Ustad Mohammad Tahir in Delhi.

* Scared of cockroaches.

* If he didn’t become a singer he would have become a scientist.

* He released a 6-disc collection of Mohammad Rafi’s 100 best songs in his memory, titled “Kal, Aaj, Aur Kal”.

* He is the first Indian singer to perform in Germany.

* In the inauguration of Harvard University’s 28th president, Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust (Nov ‘07), with the Harvard College, he sang the late Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite bhajan, “Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye”.

Awards * Annual Central European Bollywood Awards, Best Male Playback Singer for Om Shanti Om (2007)

* Bollywood Music and Fashion Awards, Best Male Playback Singer for Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006)

* Swaralaya Yesudas Award, for his outstanding performance in Music (2005).

* MTV Immies – Best Pop Album, for his album, Chanda Ki Doli (2005).

* Star Screen Award Best Male Playback, for the film Paheli (2005).

* Indian Television Award Best Singer for Miliee (2005).

* Anadolok Award for “Chanda Ki Doli” album (2005).

* Lion Gold’s Award for the film Main Hoon Na (2005).

* Teachers’ Achievement Award (2005)

* Style Icon, MTV Style Awards (2005).

* MTV Immies – Best Male Singer, for the Main Hoon Na (2004).

* National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer, for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho (2004).

* IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho (2004).

* Bollywood Music Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho (2004).

* Apsara Film Producers’ Guild Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho (2004).

* Filmfare Best Male Playback Award, for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho” (2003).

* Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the film Saathiya (2003).

* IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the film Saathiya (2003).

* MTV Immies – Best Male Singer, for the film Saathiya (2003).

* Bollywood Music Award fpr Best Male Playback Singer for the film Saathiya (2003).

* Style Icon, MTV Style Awards (2003).

* Filmfare Best Male Playback Award, for the film Saathiya (2002).

* Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male, for the film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2002).

* IIFA Best Male Playback Award, for the film “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham” (2002).

* Bollywood Music Award for Best Pop Singer for the album “Yaad” (2002).

* Star Screen Award Best Male Playback, for the film “Dil Chahta Hai” (2001).

* Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer, for the film “Border” (1998)

* Star Screen Award for Best Male Pop Artist (1998).

* Aashirwad Award for Best Male Singer for the film “Border” (1997).

* Sansui Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Male Singer for film “Border” (1997).

Motto in Life “Do not fear death. Also do good to others while you’re still alive.”
Ambition “…is to do the kind of work Mother Teresa is doing.”
Dream to have A peaceful and prosperous India.
Dream date Marlyn Monroe
Philosophy of life “Just Live and let Live!”
Strongholds in his life * His optimistic attitude towards life
* His unshakeable faith
Quotes “Your tomorrow has no right to complain about your today, as long as your today gives you a bliss, unknown and incomprehensible to both your yesterday, and tomorrow!”
Email address [email protected], [email protected]
Official website http://www.sonuniigaam.in/

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