Radio Presenter Ameen Sayani Death, Age, Wife, Net Worth & Biography

Ameen Sayani was a popular radio announcer in India who got his fame through presenting the radio show Binaca Geetmala. In his radio program, he was assigned the task of announcing hit songs over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon. His style of speaking and announcing used to set him different from other radio announcers of his time.

By now, I am sure that you all must have heard the news that Ameen Sayani has passed away at the age of 91 years. Some people on the internet are still wondering, “Who was radio announcer Ameen Sayani?”. Well, I will answer that and more here. He had a full life and a full story to tell. So today in this article we will have a look at Radio Presenter Ameen Sayani Death, Age, Wife, Net Worth & full Biography.

Basic Biography/WikiInformation
Full nameAmeen Sayani
Born / Date of birth21 December 1932
Date of Death20 February 2024
Age (at the time of Death)91 Years
Cause of DeathHeart attack
Place of DeathHN Reliance Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Profession or Career fieldRadio Announcer, Radio jockey
Famous forPresenting the Radio show, “Binaca Geetmala”
Basics for people who wonders, “who is Ameen Sayani”

Early life: Parents, Siblings

Young Ameen Sayani picture with his mother Kulsum Sayani  & brother Hamid Sayani
Young Ameen Sayani photo with his mother Kulsum Sayani & brother Hamid Sayani
Birthplace Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Father NameJan Mohamed Sayani (Physician)
Mother NameKulsum Sayani (Social Activist)
Brother NameHamid Sayani (big brother) (Radio Jockey)
Zodiac sign or Sun SignSagittarius
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra, India
AddressMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Mother tongueUrdu, Hindi
Food Habits and Choices
Hobbies and interestsCommentary, Music listening, Writing, Singing

Physical Appearance: Height, Weight & Measurements

Physical stats & moreValues
Height (approx)in centimetres – 170 cm
in feet and inches – 5’ 7”
in metres – 1.70 m
Weight (approx)in kilograms –
in pounds – 
Hair colourBlack (turned white in old age)
Eye colourBrown

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Education Background: Qualifications

SchoolScindia School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
College/UniversitySt. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Educational Qualification/DegreeGraduate

Personal life: Ameen Sayani’s Wife, Family, Marriage

Ameen Sayani with his Wife Rama Muttu
Ameen Sayani with his Wife Rama Muttu
Marital statusMarried
Spouse (Wife or Husband)Wife: Rama Muttu (deceased)
ChildrenSon: Rajil Sayani
Ameen Sayani with his son Rajil Sayani
Ameen Sayani with his son Rajil Sayani

Professional Career

Years Active1951 – 2024
  • Ameen Sayani has a memorable professional career in the Radio jockey field. Since the start of his career in 1951, he has participated in more than 54,000 radio programs and 19,000 spots/jingles in his overall career. Those are some impressive numbers, and they are recorded in the Limca Book of Records.
  • He used to start his address with the phrase “Behno aur Bhaiyo” (sisters and brothers) in his soothing voice. As time passed, he and his phrase “Bheno aur Bhaiyo” became popular. The reason was not just his well-liked voice, but it was also because he was breaking the known rules of society, as he preferred to put sisters before brothers in his popular phrase. By doing this, he wanted to send a message of women’s empowerment through his radio program. This full phrase went like this, “Namaste behno aur bhaiyon, main aapka dost Ameen Sayani bol raha hoon”.
  • It was Ameen’s elder brother Hamid Sayani who introduced Ameen to All India Radio, Bombay. Due to that development, Ameen was able to participate in AIR’s English programs for the next ten years.
  • But very soon he decided to broadcast in Hindi language, even though he was not a very good Hindi speaker. According to one of his interviews, it was Mahatma Gandhi who inspired him to start his program in the Hindi language.
Ameen Sayani's pic from a very old Interview
Ameen Sayani’s pic from an old Interview
  • All India Radio was not popular back then, it was only due to personalities like Ameen that it gained popularity with time. He also took part in many movies over the years. He would play the role of an announcer in these movies. These movies were Teen Devian, Bhoot Bungla, Boxer and Qatl.
  • From 1960 to 1962, Ameen Sayani worked in the marketing department of Tata Oil Mills Ltd. He worked there as a Brand Executive for mainly two soaps named Hamam and Jai.
  • After the death of his brother Hamid Sayani in 1975, Ameen took over one of his brother’s radio shows by the name BOURNVITA QUIZ CONTEST (English).
  • Since Ameen Sayani had already produced many audio features over LPs, CDs and cassettes, he was now working on a project under Saregama India Ltd. This project was named “GEETMALA KI CHHAON MEIN”. 40 volumes of this project were already produced and even released.
  • Not just in India, Ameen Sayani’s radio shows were even exported to countries like the USA, Canada, England, UAE, South Africa, Mauritius, New Zealand and Fiji. Comparing shows was also one of the things he used to do for foreign radio stations.
  • Even in 2014, Ameen Sayani was working in the radio business.
  • In 2016, 83-year-old Ameen Sayani was still active in his announcement work. He even recorded a promotional audio for Akshay Kumar’s upcoming movie of that time. This movie was none other than “Rustom”.

Radio Shows Produced and compared under Ameen Sayani

Show TitleDurationRadio Station
CIBACA (formerly BINACA) GEETMALA42 years (since 1952)Radio Ceylon, Vividh Bharati (AIR)
MARATHA DARBAR shows14 years
SANGEET KAY SITARON KI MEHFIL4 years (still running)Multiple radio stations

Ameen Sayani’s international radio shows

Show TitleDurationRadio Station
MINI INSERTIONS of FILMSTAR INTERVIEWS35 installmentsEthnic Network, UK (under BBC)
MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS6 episodesBBC’s World Service Radio
VEETEE KA HUNGAMA4 ½ yearsSunrise Radio, London
GEETMALA KI YAADEN4 yearsRadio Ummul Quwain, UAE
HANGAMAY2 ½ yearsradio stations in Houston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Washington, San Francisco and Boston
SANGEET PAHELI1 yearRadio Truro, Swaziland

Political or Social work

Ameen Sayani is also known for his social work and his efforts to make our society stronger and better. In his Radio announcer days, he was asked to produce a 13-episode radio series titled Swanaash by All India Radio. This series was based on HIV/AIDS cases. During the airing of this series, Sayani conducted interviews with various social workers and doctors in this field.

The goal of this series was to create awareness about the topic and to provide reliable information from field experts. The audio cassettes of this series were acquired by many NGOs for their fieldwork.

Ameen Sayani Death

Ameen Sayani’s son Rajil Sayani confirmed the news that his father has passed away due to a heart attack on 20 February 2024. This news shocked many of his well-wishers and fans.

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also sent his condolences through a tweet. The PM expressed that Ameen Sayani had a golden voice which was able to reach people across various generations. Mr. Modi also praised Ameen Sayani’s work to revolutionize Indian radio broadcasting.
  • Anurag Thakur (Union Minister for I&B and Youth Affairs & Sports) also shared his thoughts and condolences in a post after hearing this sad news.

Lifestyle: Ameen Sayani Net Worth, Status, Money

According to some online sources, Ameen Sayani’s net worth is expected to be greater than 8 Crore rupees. Although his exact net worth has not been revealed yet by any official source.

Net Worth (greater than)8 Crore rupees

House, Bike, and Car Collection

House or other propertiesA house in Mumbai

Awards, Nominations, and Honour

YearAward NameOrg.
2009Padma ShriGovernment of India
1993Hall of Fame AwardIndian Academy of Advertising Film Art (IAAFA)
1992Person of the Year AwardLimca Book of Records
1991Gold medalIndian Society of Advertisers (ISA)
2000OUTSTANDING RADIO CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY (“Binaca/Cibaca GEETMALA”)Golden Abby by Advertising Club, Bombay
2003Kaan Hall of Fame AwardRadio Mirchi (Times Group)
2006Living Legend AwardIndia Radio Forum & Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry
2007Hindi Ratna PuraskaarHindi Bhavan of New Delhi

Likes, Preferences, and Favourites

Favourite ActorAmitabh Bachchan
Favourite ActressMeena Kumari
Music and SongsAsha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar

Less-known facts about Ameen Sayani

  • Ameen Sayani’s mother was a social activist. Ameen used to help her mother with everything he could. Most of this work was related to her mother’s journal, Rehber. It was a journal for neo-literates, started under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi. It used to get published once every two weeks in Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati scripts at the same time. From 1940 to 1960, Ameen would try to help her mother in printing, editing, and publishing this journal.
  • Mahatma Gandhi was very close to Ameen Sayani’s family.
  • Ameen received over 9,000 letters after his first programme of Geetmala on Radio Ceylon. All these letters were just appreciating him and his work over the radio.
  • In his struggling days, Amitabh Bachchan himself went to Ameen for a job interview, but Ameen couldn’t meet him due to his tight schedule.
Ameen Sayani and Amitabh Bachchan together
Ameen Sayani and Amitabh Bachchan together
  • In 1952 under the order of B V Keskar (Minister for Information and Broadcasting), All India Radio banned all Hindi songs in India. This was the time when Radio Ceylon started to boom in India. Radio Ceylon was broadcast from Colombo back then. Ameen Sayani used to host his show at this same Radio Ceylon.
  • Kishore Kumar was a good friend of Ameen Sayani once. But their friendship became bitter when Kishore Kumar turned him away from the main gate. Ameen recalled an incident in his 2018 interview with Filmfare. In this interview, Ameen described that he was stopped by a producer when he was entering the gate to conduct Kishore Kumar’s interview. Ameen truly felt bad because Kishore himself invited him to conduct this interview. After this incident, Ameen stopped asking Kishore Kumar for interviews again and even decided to stop meeting him.

Social media accounts

Facebook pageAmeen J. Sayani
X (formerly Twitter) profileAmeen Sayani (@AmeenSayani)
Instagram pageameenjsayani


Who hosted Binaca Geetmala?

Ameen Sayani was the one who hosted the iconic radio program “Binaca Geetmala”.

What was the age of Ameen Sayani before he passed away?

Ameen Sayani was 91 years old at the time of his death.

Where is Ameen Sayani now?

Unfortunately, Ameen Sayani passed away on 20 February 2024 due to a heart attack.

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Vikas Duhan
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