Popular singer Sonu Nigam, who has rendered his soulful voice to Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Assamese, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi and Telugu music, turned 40 years on Monday.
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The versatile singer started performing at the tender age of four years, while accompanying his father, Agam Kumar Nigam, for a stage show.
He started his Bollywood career at the age of 19.
In 1995, Sonu became popular as a television presenter by hosting one of the major singing reality shows on Indian television, ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’.
He tasted success in the film industry with the song ‘Sandese Aate Hai’ from the film BORDER (1997).
The year 1999 proved to be a turning point in his career, as his album ‘Deewana’ was released and became a huge hit topping the charts. In the same year, he sung ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ from the movie PARDES, which strengthened his foothold in Bollywood and marked his unique style of singing.
The singer has won several honours including two Filmfare awards, three IIFAA awards and one National award for the title track of ‘KAL HO NAA HO.’
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Influenced by the legendary pop singer Michael Jackson, Sonu released a tribute song ‘The Beat of Our Hearts’ in memory of the late singer Michael Jackson.
His other international projects include collaboration with American pop singer Britney Spears. He had also recorded a song with British singer-songwriter, rapper Jay Sean.
Sonu has judged many popular reality shows on television, like ‘Amul Star Voice of India’, ‘Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz’, ‘X Factor (India)’, ‘Indian Idol’.
The singer has also acted in few films including ‘JAANI DUSHMAN: EK ANOKHI KAHANI’, KASH AAP HAMARE HOTE, LOVE IN NEPAL and others.
Sonu recently garnered huge appreciations with the song ‘Abhi Mujhme Kahin’ – from the film AGNEEPATH.
Sonu has been actively involved in various philanthropic causes for Dignity Foundation, various cancer organisations, leprosy organisations, blindness organisations, women’s welfare organisations, Kargil war affected families, and earthquake affected families.
The singer married Madhurima on 2002 and has a son named Nevaan.
Recently the singer is making waves in Marathi music industry, with his latest song ‘Matching Navra’ from the film.