Renowned Radio Presenter Ameen Sayani Dies T the Age of 91

Ameen Sayani passed away at the age of 91 after experiencing a heart attack. Ameen Sayani’s name holds significant importance in the realm of radio broadcasting in India, remaining synonymous with the medium for generations of listeners.

Ameen Sayani, the legendary radio presenter known for his iconic show “Binaca Geet Mala,” passed away on Tuesday due to a heart attack at the age of 91. His son, Rajil Sayani, confirmed the news of his father’s passing to Indianexpress.com, stating that Ameen Sayani suffered a heart attack on Tuesday night. He was immediately taken to HN Reliance Hospital in Mumbai, where he ultimately succumbed to the attack. Rajil mentioned, “The doctors at the hospital attended to him but couldn’t save him, and he was declared dead.”

Born in 1932, Ameen Sayani hailed from a family where literature and language held immense importance. He was actively involved in assisting his mother, Kulsum Sayani, in editing a fortnightly journal named “Rahber,” which was initiated by Mahatma Gandhi. The journal was published simultaneously in Hindi, Urdu, and Gujarati. Additionally, Ameen Sayani’s brother was the renowned English broadcaster, Hamid Sayani. Ameen Sayani commenced his career with Radio Ceylon in 1951, marking the beginning of his illustrious journey in broadcasting.

“Namaskar bhaiyon aur behno, main aapka dost Ameen Sayani bol raha hoon,” resonated the voice emanating from radio sets, resembling large wooden boxes, captivating the audience in the recently independent India. Ameen Sayani’s departure from the serious demeanor of radio presenters to a more accessible and informative style of language endeared him to listeners. His presentation and show gained immense popularity when All India Radio imposed a ban on broadcasting Bollywood numbers. It also served as a platform for the promotion of simple Hindustani, creating a connection with people across the nation.

His program, initially a 30-minute slot on Radio Ceylon, known as Binaca Geetmala, quickly became a sensation in the 1950s. Despite undergoing several name changes — from Binaca Geetmala to Hit Parade and Cibaca Geetmala — the essence of the show remained unchanged. It aired from 1952 to 1994 and experienced a revival in the early 2000s. It transitioned across stations and eventually found a home on All India Radio’s Vividh Bharti.

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