Sonu Nigam is an Indian playback singer, composer and actor. He is one of the most talented and versatile singer in the industry. He had sung more than hundreds of song in films and albums. His songs have been featured mainly in Hindi, Odia, Kannada, Punjabi and Marathi movies. He has also worked in movies like Jaani Dushman, Love in Nepal and Kash Aap Hamare Hote. He was seen in T-series music video “Aa Bhi Jaa Tu Kahin Se” with actress Amyra Dastur. Sonu Nigam has recorded a song for fictional TV show “Nagarjun – Ek Yoddha”. The song has been composed by Jeet Gannguli and written by his wife Chandrani Gannguli.
Real Name : Sonu Nigam
Nickname : Sonu and Elvis Presley of India
Profession : Singer and Music Director
Date of Birth : 30 July 1973
Age (as in 2017) : 44 years
Birth Place : Faridabad, Haryana, India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign : Leo
Nationality : Indian
Hometown : Delhi, India
School : J.D.Tyler School, Delhi
College : University of Delhi, New Delhi
Educational Qualifications : Graduate
Religion : Hindu
Father : Agam Kumar Nigam (Singer)
Mother : Shobha Nigam
Brothers : N/A
Sisters : Meenal and Neekita (Younger)
Physical Stats & More
Height : 5’ 7”
Weight : 71 kg
Eye Colour : Black
Hair Colour : Black
Debut Film : Janum (1990)
Debut Album : Rafi Ki Yaadein Vol 10-20 (1993)
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital Status : Married
Affairs/Girlfriends : Not Known
Wife : Madhurima Nigam
Son : Nevaan
Daughter : N/A
Salary : 5-7 Lacs/song (INR)
Net Worth : $8 million
In Indian Idol 7
Some lesser known facts about Sonu Nigam
- Sonu’s first super-hit song was “Accha Sila Diya” from the film Bewafa Sanam in 1995.
- Due to his similar singing style to Mohammed Rafi, he was earlier called as “Rafi clone.“
- He made his acting debut in 2004 with the film “Love in Nepal.”
- He was initially trained by classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
- He firmly believes in fitness and is also trained in Taekwondo fighting.
- He enjoys doing mimicry of fellow singers and Bollywood actors, which is often seen in various events.
- When he was 3 years old, he did his first stage performance by singing the popular song “Kya Hua Tera Vaada.“
- He sung songs in various languages like Hindi, English, Oriya, Tamil, Assamese, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, Telugu and Nepali.
- He did Hindi voice-overs for Hollywood animated films “Aladdin” and “Rio.”
- He hosted singing reality shows like “Sa Re Ga Ma” (1995-1999), “Kisme Kitna Hai Dum” in 2002 and “Life Ki Dhun” Radioshow in 2006.
- His first album “Kismat” and later “Deewana” was a mega hit.
- He has been awarded with a National Award and 2 Filmfare Awards.
- He also co-judged Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs International with Suresh Wadkar in 2007.
- In 1991, he shifted to Mumbai from Faridabad, where he initally started off by singing cover versions to Mohammed Rafi’s songs.
- He co-judged ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs International’ with Suresh Wadkar in 2007.
- In 2016, Sonu Nigam disguised as a beggar on the streets of Juhu and performed an act, called ‘The Roadside Ustaad.’
National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer: Kal Ho Na Ho for “Kal Ho Naa Ho”
IIFA Award for Best Male Playback
Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer
MTV Style Awards for Best Male Playback Singer
2010 – Global Indian Music Award for Best Live Performer
2012-2013 Filmfare Awards South – Best Playback Singer Male for the song “Chendutiya Pakkadali” from the movie Drama.
2004, 2003 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer
2009, 2008 Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Kannada
2009, 2008, 2007 ITA Award for Best Singer
2017 Haryana Gaurav Samman by Haryana Government, Government of India
1995 Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
2011 X Factor
2004 Indian Idol
Shradhanjali to Mohd Rafi
Chanda Ki Doli
Yeh Naya Naya
Neene Bari Neene
Sapne Ki Baat
1982 Ustaadi Ustaad Se
1983 Hum Se Hai Zamana Shiva
1995 Pyaara Dushman
2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani
2003 Kash Aap Hamare Hote
2004 Love in Nepal
2005 Navra Maajha Navsacha (Guest appearance as himself in a song sequence)
2020 Happy Anniversary
2015 Ishq junoon Passion of Love
2015 Bachelors Not Allowed
2015 Ishq Junoon
2015 Happy Anniversary
2013 Singh Saab The Great
2013 Sooper Se Ooper