Ameen Sayani, Voice of Binaca Geetmala, Dies at 91 from attack

A black and white image of Ameen Sayani, the renowned voice of Binaca Geetmala, smiling. At the bottom of the image, text reads: "Ameen Sayani, Voice of Binaca Geetmala, dies at 91 from heart attack."
Ameen Sayani, beloved radio presenter, pictured here. He passed away at the age of 91 from a heart attack.

In loving memory of Ameen Sayani, the man who made radio magical, we fondly remember his enduring legacy and the enchanting spell he cast over us.

A Fond Farewell to a Radio Icon

Ameen Sayani, the cherished voice behind the iconic ‘Binaca Geetmala,’ bid farewell to this world at the age of 91, leaving behind a legacy that resonates in the hearts of millions. His passing, marked by a sudden heart attack in Mumbai, saddened the nation, evoking fond memories of his mellifluous voice and unparalleled contribution to Indian broadcasting.

From Humble Beginnings to Radio Stardom

Ameen Sayani’s journey into the realm of radio began with humble origins. Initially employed as an English-language presenter for All India Radio (AIR) in Bombay, his destiny took an unforeseen turn when he embarked on his venture with Radio Ceylon. Tasked with hosting the Hindi film song show “Geetmala,” sponsored by Binaca toothpaste, Ameen Sayani’s rich voice and charismatic persona captured the essence of Indian cinema’s golden era.

The Magic of ‘Binaca Geetmala’

“Geetmala” soon became a household name, captivating audiences with its enchanting melodies and Ameen Sayani’s signature style of addressing his listeners as ‘sisters and brothers.’ The show’s popularity soared, earning Ameen Sayani a special place in the hearts of listeners across generations. Despite the advent of video and television, Ameen Sayani’s influence endured, a testament to his unparalleled connection with his audience.

A Legacy of Versatility and Innovation

Throughout his illustrious career, Sayani showcased his versatility, hosting over 58,000 radio programs and voicing 19,000 jingles. His iconic contributions extended beyond “Geetmala,” encompassing the beloved “Bournvita Quiz Contest” and the educational series “Swanaash” on HIV/AIDS awareness.

Tributes and Reflections

In 1994, “Geetmala” bid farewell to the airwaves, but Sayani’s legacy continued to thrive. Saregama’s compilation “Ameen Sayani Presents Geetmala Ki Chhaon Mein” immortalized the show’s highlights, featuring captivating interviews with legendary artists such as Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, and Amitabh Bachchan.

Tributes from Across the Nation

Tributes poured in from all corners of the nation, reflecting the profound impact of Sayani’s work. Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded his contribution to Indian broadcasting, emphasizing his role in revolutionizing the medium. Social media platforms became inundated with heartfelt messages, as netizens reminisced about the magic of “Binaca Geetmala” and the indelible mark left by Sayani’s voice.

Honoring Ameen Sayani Enduring Spirit

As we bid farewell to a legend, let us cherish the memories woven by Sayani’s golden voice. Though he may have left this world, his spirit lives on through the timeless melodies and enduring legacy he bestowed upon us. In the words of Sayani’s himself, “Behnon aur bhaiyon, main aapka dost Ameen Sayani bol raha hoon,” may his voice continue to echo in our hearts, guiding us through the melodies of life. Ameen Sayani, forever immortalized as the voice of Indian radio, may your soul rest in peace.


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