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Farewell, Binaca Geetmala's ‘Behno aur Bhaiyo’: Radio host Ameen Sayani passes away at 91. Learn more about his career

Ameen Sayani, the iconic announcer of the popular radio show Binaca Geetmala, passed away at 91. He began his career in English radio but found his calling in Hindi broadcasting, becoming a household name with his signature ‘Behno aur Bhaiyo’ greeting.

The voice that captivated a nation: Radio legend Ameen Sayani, remembered for his warmth, wit, and iconic Binaca Geetmala program passed away on February 21Premium
The voice that captivated a nation: Radio legend Ameen Sayani, remembered for his warmth, wit, and iconic Binaca Geetmala program passed away on February 21

Ameen Sayani, the mellifluous voice that serenaded generations with his iconic "Binaca Geetmala" radio programme, passed away peacefully on February 21 at the age of 91. 

For millions across India and beyond, the mere mention of "Binaca Geetmala" conjures a wave of nostalgia, instantly transporting them to a time when radio reigned supreme. And at the heart of this magical soundscape, weaving his enchanting spell with each word, was Ameen Sayani – the legendary announcer whose passing today left a void in the nation's cultural tapestry. Born in 1932, Sayani's journey began not with Hindi, the language he so famously mastered, but with English radio programmes in his teens.

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Sayani's journey began in a Gujarati household, far from the world of Hindi radio. However, destiny intervened, leading him to his first Hindi commercial in 1951. This chance encounter ignited a passion that would span over six decades and countless programmes. "Binaca Geetmala," launched in 1952, became his signature. More than just a music show, it was a cultural touchstone, woven with Sayani's insightful commentary, witty anecdotes, and the ever-present "Behno aur Bhaiyo" that resonated far beyond words.

His ability to seamlessly weave commentary with music, interspersed with humour and insightful anecdotes, created an immersive experience for millions tuning in every week.

Sayani's influence extended beyond mere entertainment. He championed progressive social causes, addressing topics like women's empowerment and national unity. His voice resonated with authority and warmth, making him a trusted companion in living rooms across the country. His contributions to the industry were recognised with prestigious awards like the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan.

His influence extended beyond entertainment. Sayani tackled social issues with grace, championed causes, and served as a trusted companion in countless living rooms. He navigated the transition from radio to television seamlessly, lending his voice to various programmes like "Sunday Suspense" and "Charcha Pe Charcha." He remained active well into his later years, sharing his vast knowledge and infectious enthusiasm on diverse platforms.

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Published: 21 Feb 2024, 01:43 PM IST
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