Ameen Sayani Biography

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A brief about Ameen Sayani

“Namaste behno aur bhaiyo main aapka dost Ameen Sayani bol raha hun” the magic created by India’s one of the most famous RJs in an outstanding voice style will no longer be heard by the radio lovers.

In the era of fast changing technology Ameen Sayani was still able to hold the radio audience with his charm and stupendulous style even at such an old age. Sayani gained popularity across the entire nation when he presented his binaca geetmala program over the air waves of Radio Ceylon. He had produced, had spoken for over 54000 radio programs and 19000 spots/jingles since 1951. 

Born on 21st December 1932 in Mumbai to his parents Kulsum Sayani and Jan Mohamed Sayani, Ameen won countless hearts with his work. Sayani studied in New Era School Mumbai. Later shifted to Gwalior and studied in scindia school and was an Alma mater of St. Xavier’s College. Ameen had a brother Hamid Sayani and was married to Rama who passed away way before Ameen himself. 


The credit of introducing Ameen Sayani to All India Radio, Bombay goes to his brother Hamid Sayani where Amin participated in English programs for about 10 years. Ameen had a great contribution in popularizing All India Radio throughout the nation.

Under the instructions of Mahatma Gandhi Ameen is also said to have assisted his mother in editing, publishing and printing a fortnightly journal ‘Rahber’ which was later published in Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati and was promoted by Mahatma Gandhi himself.

Interesting facts

India’s most loved RJ Ameen Sayani has also been part of certain movies like Bhoot Bangla, teen deviyan, boxer and Qatil in which she appeared in the role of an announcer in some events.

Sayani had also worked in the marketing department of Tata oil mills Ltd during 1960- 1962 as brand executive mainly looking after the toilet soaps hamam and Jai.

Ameen Sayani is also said to have rejected Amitabh Bachchan and hence shattered Big B’s dream of becoming RJ.

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Famous Indian radio shows by Ameen Sayani

  • CIBACA or Binaca geetmala
  • S.Kumars ka filmi muqaddama and filmi mulaqat 
  • Sardion ke saathi
  • Bournvita quiz contest
  • Shalimar superlac Jodi
  • Maratha Darbar
  • Sitaron ki pasand
  • Chamakte sitare
  • Mahakti baaten
  • Sangeet ke sitaron ki mahfil.

Successful international radio shows

  • Mini insertions of film star interviews
  • Music for the millions
  • Veetee ka hungama
  • Geetmala ki yaden
  • Yah bhi changa woh bhi khoob
  • Hungamay
  • Sangeet Paheli


The popularity and irreplaceable space in peoples heart is no less than an achievement for Ameen sayani’s wonderful journey as a RJ. Yet the list of certain honors and awards received by Sayani are as follows

  • He was presented with the Padmashree award in 2009.
  • Living legend award in 2006
  • Kaan hall of Fame award in 2003
  • Golden Abby by advertising club Bombay in 2000
  • Hall of Fame award in 1993
  • Person of the year award in 1992 by Limca Book of records
  • Gold medal award from Indian society of advertisers in 1991.


This significant personality diet on 20 February 2004 and the cause was a heart attack. The news was confirmed by Rajil Sayani, Ameen’s son. He took his last breath in HN Reliance hospital Mumbai. Ameen Sayani lived a golden era and left behind a legacy that will remain evergreen. His contributions to All India Radio and international recognition for the same is admirable. Whenever people will talk about radio and think of RJs, the name Ameen Sayani will always be remembered by the people in the context. 

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