Sonu Nigam (30 July 1973) is an Indian playback singer whose songs have been featured mainly in Hindi and Kannada. He has also
sung in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Odia, Tulu Nepali and various Indian languages. He has also released Indian pop albums and acted in a
number of movies. He has been one of the highest paid Indian singers. His singing style is considered similar to the legendary Mohd.
Rafi whom he also considers his motivation. He has become to instant limelight through the Kannada film Mungaru Male (2006),
which set several records in Indian cinema.
Nigam was born on 30 July 1973 in a Kayastha family to Agam Kumar Nigam and Shobha Nigam in the city of Faridabad, Haryana.
Nigam began his singing career at the age of four, when he joined his father Agam Kumar Nigam on stage to sing Mohammed Rafi’s
song “Kya hua tera wada”.From then on, Nigam accompanied his father on his singing appearances at weddings and parties. He
moved to Mumbai with his father to begin his Bollywood singing career at the age of 18.He was trained by Hindustani classical singer
Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
Nigam married Madhurima, who is from a Bengali family, on 15 February 2002. He says that he is spiritual rather than religious.
He has recorded Romantic, Rock, Sad, and Patriotic songs in: Hindi, Kannada, Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu,
English, Maithili , Bhojpuri, Urdu, Nepali, Chhattisgarhi, Malayalam, Tulu and Marathi. Nigam has released pop albums in Hindi,
Kannada, Odia, Chhattisgarhi and Punjabi, as well as Hindu and Islamic devotional albums. He has released several Buddhist albums.
Nigam has performed in countries In North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. In May and June 2007, he
participated in The Incredibles tour with Asha Bhosle, Kunal Ganjawala, and Kailash Kher. In September and October of the same
year, he gave a solo concerts titled Simply Sonu in Canada and Germany, the first Indian singer to do so. In April 2008, he toured India
promoting his Punjabi single “Punjabi Please”.
Nigam’s first movie song as a playback singer was for Janam (1990), which was never officially released. He then began making radio
commercials and also acted in some of them.
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