Har Ghadi Badal Rahi Hai Roop Zindagi
Chaao Hai Kahiin, Kahiin Hai Dhoop Zindagi
Har Pal Yahaan, Jee Bhar Jiyo
Jo Hai Sama , Kal Ho Na Ho
‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ will always remain to be one of the most unforgettable melodies from the current era. The lyrics, composition and the rendition made it an exceptional masterpiece that never tends to get old with time. One of the best tracks by Sonu Nigam, the song would have remained incomplete without his marvelling vocal contributing to its brilliance.
Sonu Nigam has been one of the sensational singers of India since decades. Often he has been tagged for following the Mohammad Rafi school of music. Initially, during the start of his career, his voice was associated with late Mohammad Rafi but with time, he discovered his own style of singing and gifted a mellifluous voice to the nation which still rule the hearts of millions.
Sonu Nigam was born on 30th of July 1973 in Mumbai. His parents Agam Kumar Nigam and Shobha Nigam were also singers. His father was from Faridabad who shifted to Mumbai to to start off his singing career. He met his mother in the city and they got married. Sonu Nigam was born after two years of their marriage in Mumbai but soon the Nigam family again shifted to Delhi.
Sonu Nigam watched his parents performing at live functions from a very tender age. His parents’ music inspired him to try his hands at music too. He was a bright student since the very beginning and always topped until his 10th. As he started winning competitions after his 10th, he decided to try his hands in singing.
After completing his 12th, he decided to travel back to Mumbai. As an inquisitive child, Sonu always wanted to be a scientist or an IFS or IAS officer before inventing out his real field of interest.
He was given the first break of in Mumbai by composer Usha Khanna. Before that, he sang numerous jingles for advertisement campaigns at Delhi. His first playback song was ‘Aate Aate Teri Yaad Aa Gayi’ from ‘Jaan Ki Baazi’ composed by Usha Khanna. He also sang for a television serial directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
He sang for Amar Utpal’s ‘Aaja Meri Jaan’. Gulshan Kumar on hearing his voice decided to give him a solo number and thereby he landed up singing the track ‘O Aasmaan Waale Zameen Par Utarke Dekh’ from ‘Aaja Meri Jaan’. In 1995, he gave out the major hit track ‘Acha Sila Diya Tune Mere Pyar Ka’ from Gulshan Kumar’s ‘Bewafa Sanam’.
Till 1997, he didn’t get much work to do. His breakthrough song ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ from ‘Border’ was offered to him by Anu Malik in 1997. As the song went on to become a major hit, Sonu Nigam started proving his versatility with ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ composed by Nadeem Shravan from Subhash Ghai’s ‘Pardes’.
A. R. Rahman and Sonu Nigam together give our some outstanding numbers that are memorable and evergreen forever. He first worked with Rahman in the song ‘Shabba Shabba Haye Rabba Hone Laga’ for the film ‘Daud’. He continued to give extraordinary numbers under Rahman like ‘Satrangi Re’ from ‘Dil Se’, ‘Ishq Bina Kya Jeena’ from ‘Taal’, and ‘Saathiya Saathiya’ from ‘Saathiya’.
His classical brilliance is evident from songs like ‘Bawri Piya Ki’ from ‘Baabul’, ‘Do Pal Ruka Khawabon Ka Karvaan’ with Lata Mangeshkar is one of his best emotional tracks, ‘Jaane Nahi Denge Tujhe’ from ’3 Idiots’ can actually bring tears to your eyes, ‘Suraj Hua Maddham’ from ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ is probably his most sensuous track,’Main Agar Kahoon’ from ‘Om Shanti Om’ depicts romance at its best whereas ‘Adaa Aye Haye Adaa’ from ‘Garam Masala’ or ‘Jeene Ke Hai Chaar Din’ from ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ are some of his best playful tracks.
He hosted the singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma in 1995. Later he went on to judge Sa Re Ga Ma Li’l Champs International in 2007. His albums ‘Chanda Ki Doli’ and ‘Classically Mild’ became hugely popular.
‘Chanda Ki Doli Mein, Pariyo Ki Jholi Mein Shehzaadi Aayi’ went on to top the chartbusters in 2005. During his struggling years, he also rendered for an album which was a tribute to Mohammad Rafi titled as ‘Rafi Ki Yaadein’.
In 2004, he won the National Award For Best Male Playback Singer for ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’. He received a Filmfare Award for the same. ‘Saathiya’ earned him another Filmfare Award in 2002.
Sonu Nigam married in the year of 2002 and his son, Nevaan was born in 2007. His son playbacked for the first time in 2011 in a re-arranged version of ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’. The child version of Nevaan was equally a hit track as the original one.
Abhi Mujh Mein Kahiin
Baaki Thodi Si Hai Zindagi
Jagi Dhadkan Nayi
Jaana Zinda Hun Main To Abhi
Sonu Nigam continues to sing and is now one of the most loved singers of Bollywood. His song ‘Abhi Mujhe Mein Kahiin’ from ‘Agneepath’ is one masterpiece track that stupefies a listener and one can’t help but only press the rewind button again and again.
Be it playful, classical, emotional, pop or romance, Sonu Nigam is the one singer who can emote them all flawlessly through his astounding and mellifluous voice.