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    Sonu Nigam

    Sonu Nigam

    Sonu Nigam is a famous singer, composer and music director of India who is also called “Elvis Presley of India”. He sings mainly in Hindi and Kannada languages films but also sings in many other languages such as English, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Nepali, Maithili, Odia, Marathi etc. According to him, his inspiration is legendary singer Mohammad Rafi. His singing style is also consider as Mohammad Rafi, so he is often regarded as “Modern Rafi” and was earlier called “Rafi clone”.

    Sonu Nigam Personal Life

    Sonu Nigam

    Sonu Nigam was born in Faridabad, Haryana on 30th July, 1973.His father Agam Kumar Nigam was a resident of Agra and his mother Shobha Nigam was a resident of Garhwal. In 1999, they moved to Mumbai from Faridabad.

    Sonu Nigam started his study in J.D.Tyler School and graduated from the University of Delhi.

    Sonu Nigam's two sisters are Teesha Nigam and Meenal Nigam. His wife’s name is Madhurima Nigam who belongs to a Bengali family. They married on 15th February, 2002. Their son’s name is Neevaan Nigam, born 25th July, 2007.

    Sonu Nigam has three dogs, namely Goggles, Shifu and Zen.

    Sonu Nigam Physical Appearances

    Height: 5’7’’ (170 cm)
    Eye Colour: Dark Brown
    Hair Colour: Black
    Zodiac sign: Leo
    Age: 47 years as in 2020

    Sonu Nigam Favourites

    Sonu Nigam’s favourite foods are Butter chicken, Tandoori chicken, Kofta, Paneer makhanwala and his favourite sweet is Gulab jamun.

    His favourite actors are Aamir Khan, Sharukh Khan and favourite actresses are Madhuri Dixit, Marilyn Monroe.

    Sonu Nigam’s favourite films are The Sixth Sense, Half Ticket, Amar Prem, Kunwara Baap and Sholay.

    His favourite song is K.L Saigal’s Duniya Rang Rangilee

    His favourite singers are Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Micheal Jackson, Cliff Richard, George Michael.

    Sonu Nigam likes to read books. His favourite book is Richard Carlson’s “Don’t Sweat the Small Things”.

    His favourite places of travel are Greece, New Zealand, Egypt. He enjoys mimicking his co-singers or actors.

    Sonu Nigam’s Earning

    Sonu Nigam charges 6 to 7 lakhs for each song. Till date his net earnings is approx. 55.5 crore.

    Sonu Nigam’s Work

    Sonu Nigam sang several songs in several languages but maily in Hindi and Kannada languages.He sang sad, romantic, devotional, pop, ghazal and petriotic songs.
     He released many albums in different languages and also Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic devotional songs albums.
    At the age of 3, Sonu Nigam started to sing on the stage on Mohammad Rafi’s song “Kya Hua Tera Wada”and started to accompany his father, Agam Nigam on the wedding ceremony and parties. He started his training on classical music under the legendary classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
    Sonu Nigam has performerd in many countries such as North America, Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia and many more.
    In 2007, Sonu Nigam performed a solo concert in Canada and Germany, title was “Simply Sonu”. He is the first who do so. In 2008, he also travelled India for promoting his Punjabi single “Punjabi Please”.
    Sonu Nigam’s first song was for the film Janam (1990) but the song never released. Then he started to make radio commercial.
    “O Aaasman Wale” sang by Sonu Nigam for the film “Aaja Meri Jaan” (1992) which was his first released song.
    Sonu Nigam sang several songs in several languages for several movies, like Jeet, Ramjaane, Hulchal, Aag, Khuddar, Gaddar and many many more.
    In 1995, Sonu Nigam sang the song “Accha Sila Diya” which was released from the Hindi film Bewafa Sanam, which brought great success to him. In the same year, he sang “Sandese Aate Hai” for the film Border and “Yeh Dil Deewana” for for the film Pardes which were big hits.
    He sang the title track “Kal Ho Na Ho” for the film Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and “Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin” for the film Agneepath which are also his very popular songs.
    He worked as a music director for the film “Singh Saab the Great”.  
    In 1992, Sonu Nigam released his album “Rafi Ki Yaadein”, which was his first released album. In 2007, he also released a six-disc collection of 100 songs of Mohammad Rafi; title was “Kal Aaj Aur Kaal”.
    In 1999, Sonu Nigam’s album “Deewana” was released by T-Series, which is one of the best-selling albums still today.
    Sonu Nigam released a tribute album “The Best of Our Hearts”, after the death of Michael Jackson. In this album, he tribute a song to Michael Jackson.  
    Sonu Nigam sang Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan “Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye” at the inauguration of Harvard University’s 28 th president, Dew Gilpin Faust, in 2007.
    He was twice ranked No. 1 artist on the US Billboard Unwanted Chart in September and October 2013.
    Sonu Nigam is the favourite singer of Shankar Mahadevan. Himesh Reshammiya, Ankit Tiwari, Armaan Malik, Vishal-Shekhar also considerhim the best singer in India. According to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, Sonu Nigam is the best comparable to Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi.

    Acting and Dubbing

    Sonu Nigam first acted at the age of 10, in the film Betaab (1983). He acted as a lead actor in several movies such as Jaani Dushman, Ek Anokhi Kahani, Kash Aap Hamare Hote and Love in Nepal. He also gave his voice in the Hollywood animated films namely “Aladdin” and “Rio”.

    Sonu Nigam-As a judge

    1.   Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs International (2007)

    2.   Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge grand finale (12th December, 2009)

    3.   Indian Idol seasons 1 (October 2004- March2005)

    4.   Indian Idol seasons 2 (November 2005- April 2006)

    5.   Celebrity judge on Indian Idol season 3 (17th August 2007)

    6.   Celebrity judge on Indian idol season 4 (2009)

    7.   Celebrity judge on STAR Voice of India season 1 (2007)

    8.   Celebrity judge on STAR Voice of India season 2 (2008)

    9.   Celebrity judge on Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star (12 July 2008)

    10.               Judge or mentor on Chhote Ustaad (July-October 2010)

    11.               Judge or mentor on X Factor season 1 (2011)

    Sonu Nigam as a host

    1.   Sa Re Ga Ma (1995-1999)

    2.   Kisme Kita Hai Dum (2002)

    3.   Life Ki Dum(2006) on Radiocity 91.1 FM

    Sonu Nigam Awards

    ·       1 National Award

    ·       2 Filmfare Awards

    ·       3 Filmfare Awards South

    ·       In 1999, Sonu Nigam won 3 awards for the song “Sandese Aate Hai”, film Border. Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer –Male; Sansui Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Male Singer ; Aashirwad Award for Best Male Singer.

    ·     He was awarded Screen Award for Best Male Pop Artist for the song "Kismat" that was released from his debut album Kismat.

    ·       In 2001, he was awarded for the song “Suraj Hua Maddham” from the film Kabhi Khusi Kabhi Gham. IIFA Best Male Playback Award ; Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male

    ·       In 2001, He was awarded Star Screen Award Best Playback Singer for the song “Tanhayee”, film-Dil Chahta Hai. He also won Bollywood Music Award for Best Pop Singer for the album “Yaad”.

    ·       In 2002, Sonu Nigam won many awards for the song “Saathiya” from the film Saathiya. Filmfare Best Male Playback Award ; Bollywood Music Award for Best Playback Singer ; Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer Male ; IIFA Best Playback Award.

    ·       In 2003, National Film Award for Best Playback Singer for his song “Kal Ho Na Ho”. He also awarded- Apsara Film Producer’s Guild Award for Best Playback Singer ; Bollywood Music Award for Best Male Playback Singer ; IIFA Best Male Playback Award ; Style Icon, MTV Style Award ; Filmfare Best Male Playback Award.

    ·       In 2004, MTV Immies- Best Male Singer and MTV Style Award- Best Male Playback Singer for his song “Main Hoon Na”.

    ·       In 2005, Sonu Nigam won Indian Television Award Best Singer for Miliee ;  MTV Immies- Best Pop Album for “Chanda Ki Doli” ; Swarnalaya Yesudas Awards ; Anandolok Award ; Lion Gold’s Award for the song “Main Hoon Na” ; Teacher’s Achievement Awards.

    ·       In 2006, he was awarded Bollywood Music and Fashion Award, Best Male Playback Singer for his song “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna”.

    ·       In 2007, he won Annual Central European Bollywood Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song “Main Agar Kahoon” from the film Om Shanti Om.

    ·       In 2008, Filmfare Award ; German Public Bollywood Award ; Lion Gold Award.

    ·       In 2009, Sonu Nigam was awarded Indian Telrvision Academy Award for the the title track “Dil Mill Gaye”.

    ·        In 2010, he won Global Indian Music Awardfor Best Live Performer ; GIMA for the song “All Izz Well” ; Arar Rishtey Award ; Big Star Entertainment Award.

    ·       In 2011, Gitanjali WoW Award for Live Personality – Music

    ·       In 2012, he won Royal Stag Mirch Music Award for the Male Vocalist of THE Year for his song “Abhi Mujhme Kahin” ; Filmfare Award South ; Lions Gold Award for favourite Evergreen Singer ; GIMA FOR Best Global Indian Collaboration

    ·       In 2014, he was awarded MMA South Best Male Vocalist Kannada.

    ·       In 2015, Socialathon Person of the year.

    ·       In 2016, he won Mirchi M. Award for Indian PopSong of the Year for “Aye Jahaan Aasmaan” ; Lions Gold Award.

    ·       In 2017, Sonu Nigam was awarded Haryana Gaurav Samman by Haryana Government, Government of India.



    He has been involved in various controversies at different times. In 2017, he tweeted that Azaan, played by loudspeaker, disturbed his sleep. The Muslim community was angry on him and Syed Sha Atef Ali Quaderi, vice-president of West Bengal United Minority Council announced to give 10 lakhs  as a reward who shaved Sonu Nigam’s head. Sonu Nigam saved responded by shaving  his head to claim the prize money.

    Spiriytual Guru Radhe Maa was criticized for the clothes she wore and there were some lawsuits in this regard. Sonu Nigam supported her and said “Just my 2 pence. Kaali Maa is depicted in lesser clothes than Radhe Maa. Interesting that this country wants to sue a woman for her clothes”. This coment hurt religious sentiments of the people and FIRs were filed againsted him.

    In the movie “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” (2016), Anushka Sharma utters a dialogue “Mohammad Rafi? woh gaate kam rote zyada the na? which Made  Mohammad Rafi’s fans angry. Sonu Nigam lashed out at filmmaker Karan Johar
    On 18th June, Sonu Nigam released a video on instagram, after the demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. In this video, he said that two music companies in India controlled the entire music industry. The newcomers artists faced discrimination that he had also faced in past.

    On 22 June, Sonu Nigam warned Bhushan Kumar for sabotaging his image in the industry that he had messed with the wrong person.

    Sonu Nigam is a versatile singer. He is not only a singer but also worked as an actor, host, anchor, judge of many reality music shows. He performed an act called “The Roadside Ustaad” on Juhu streets as disguised himself as a beggar. Sonu Nigam has launched his own music label named “I believe music” and the first track released under the label was “Rudhrashtakam”.

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