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Legendary Radio presenter Ameen Sayani passed away

Mumbai:21/2/24:Ameen Sayani, legendary radio presenter passed away in Mumbai at the age of 91 after suffering a heart attack.

Sayani achieved fame and popularity all across the Indian Subcontinent when he presented his Binaca Geetmala program of hits over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon.

Sayani’s style of addressing the listeners with ‘Behno aur Bhaiyo’ (sisters and brothers) instead of the traditional ‘Bhaiyo aur Bahno,’ is regarded as an iconic style. Since 1951, he has produced, and spoken for more than 54,000 radio programs and 19,000 spots/jingles. He was presented with the Padma Shri award in 2009.

Who was Ameen Sayani?

Ameen Sayani, was born on December 21, 1932, in Mumbai. Born into a family deeply rooted in literature—his mother published a newsletter named Rehbar and his brother was the renowned English broadcaster Hamid Sayani—Ameen Sayani embarked on his Radio Ceylon journey in 1952. He was initially an English broadcaster but later transitioned to Hindi post-independence. He gained immense popularity with the creation of ‘Geetmala,’ a groundbreaking show that first aired in December 1952. The program, which featured chart-topping hits, became a cultural phenomenon in South Asia.
Ameen Sayani Hosted the Iconic Cibaca Geetmala
Binaca Geetmala, initially a 30-minute program, skyrocketed in 1952 and persisted for decades, undergoing name changes such as Binaca Geetmala, Hit Parade, and Cibaca Geetmala. Sayani’s ‘Geetmala’ was not only a musical extravaganza but also showcased his deep understanding of the evolving musical landscape. The show’s success solidified his status as a radio maestro. It ran from 1952 to 1994, with subsequent revivals in 2000-200.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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