Ameen Sayani, man behind radio’s golden era, passes away at 91

It is a sad moment for the entertainment industry as the iconic radio presenter Ameen Sayani has passed away at the age of 91. The news of his demise were confirmed by his son Rajil Sayani, revealing that he passed away last night at a hospital.

“He was at the hospital and passed away last night, we will be issuing a statement on the last rites very soon,” said Rajil.

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Ameen Sayani, born on December 21, 1932, in Mumbai, hailed from multilingual family. He began his career as an English broadcaster but he transitioned to Hindi after independence.

Sayani rose to immense fame with creation of ‘Geetmala’,  which turned out to be a groundbreaking show that aired in December 1952. The program featured chart-topping hits and became a cultural phenomenon in South Asia. The success of the show led to the broadcast longevity, running from 1952 to 1994. It was followed by its revivals in 2000-2001 and 2001-2003 with slight changes in its name.