Adnan Sami

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Adnan Sami
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Background information
Birth nameAdnan Sami Khan
Born (1971-08-15) 15 August 1971 (age 50) [1]
London, England [2] [3] [lower-alpha 1]
OriginEngland [3]
Classical, jazz, pop rock, fusion
  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Music Composer
  • Concert Pianist
  • Television presenter
  • Actor
Piano, keyboard, guitar, accordion, saxophone, violin, drums, bongos, congas, bass guitar, electric guitar, tabla, dholak, harmonium, harpsichord, santoor, sitar, sarod, percussion
Years active1986–present

Adnan Sami Khan (born 15 August 1971) is an Indian singer, musician, music composer, and pianist. [4] [5] He performs Indian and Western music, including for Hindi movies. His most notable instrument is the piano. He has been credited as "the first musician to have played the santoor & Indian classical music on the piano". [6] A review in the US-based Keyboard magazine described him as the fastest keyboard player in the world [7] and called him the keyboard discovery of the nineties. [8]


He was raised and educated in the United Kingdom and spent his life in Canada. [2] He was born to Arshad Sami Khan, a Pakistani Air Force veteran and diplomat of Pashtun origin, and Naureen, who was originally from the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. [7] [9] The Times of India has called him the "Sultan of Music". [9] [10] [11] [12] In 2016 he became an Indian citizen. [13] [14] He was awarded the Padma Shri on 26 January 2020. [15]

Early life and education

Sami was born in London, England on 15 August 1971. [16] [3] [1] [2] [lower-alpha 1] He was raised and educated in the United Kingdom. His father, Arshad Sami Khan, was a Pakistani Pashtun [6] [17] while his mother Naureen Khan was an Indian from Jammu. [6] [2] Adnan's father served as a Pakistan Air Force pilot, before becoming a senior bureaucrat and serving as Pakistan's ambassador to 14 countries. [18] [19] His paternal great-great-grandfather, General Ahmed Jan, was from Afghanistan and a military advisor to king Abdur Rahman Khan. [19] His paternal great-grandfather Agha Mehfooz Jan was the governor of four Afghan provinces under King Amanullah Khan's reign and was also the King's first cousin, while his paternal grandfather Abdul Sami Khan served as the Deputy Inspector General of Police. Agha Mehfooz Jan was assassinated by Habibullah Kalakani and therefore Sami's father's family migrated to Peshawar, then in British India. [20]

Sami attended Rugby School in Rugby, West Midlands, UK. [21] Adnan followed his bachelor's degree with a law degree (LLB) from King's College London. [22] He went on to qualify as a barrister from Lincoln's Inn, England. [1]

He had played the piano since the age of five and composed his first piece of music when he was nine years old. Sami began taking lessons in Indian classical music from the santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma when visiting India during his school vacations. Indian singer Asha Bhosle saw him at age ten at an R. D. Burman concert in London, and encouraged him to take up music as a career. He is an accomplished concert pianist, music composer and singer with a command of Indian and Western classical/semi-classical music, jazz, rock and pop music. As a teenager, Adnan, when performing on the piano on a TV program in Stockholm, was described by the US-based Keyboard magazine as the fastest man on keyboard in the world [7] and the keyboard discovery of the nineties. [8] Sami went on to learn Indian classical music from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, the Santoor maestro in India. At the age of sixteen, Sami was approached to write a song for famine-hit Ethiopia, for which he won a special award from UNICEF. [5]

In his career of 32 years, Sami has won many international awards including the Nigar Award, Bolan Academy Award and Graduate Award. Adnan is the youngest recipient of the Naushad Music Award for Excellence in Music. Previous recipients of this award include Lata Mangeshkar and Music Maestro Khayam. Sami was invited as a member of the jury of the music festival Voice of Asia competition held annually at Almaty, Kazakhstan.


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Adnan Sami at the release party for his album Kisi Din

His first single, "Run for His Life", was released in 1986. It was in English, and recorded for UNICEF. It went to No. 1 in the music charts in the Middle East. [23] This was followed by three more No. 1s: "Talk to Me", "Hot Summer Day" and "You're My Best Kept Secret". [24]

His first formal album, The One & Only (1989), was a classical album on the piano accompanied by tabla maestro Zakir Hussain. He released his first vocal solo album Raag Time in 1991. [25] The song from his album Teri Yaad was the title track of his first album, which became a huge hit in Pakistan.

In 1994, he composed music for a film for the first time. [26] The 1995 Pakistani film Sargam , in which he was the lead actor and Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle did the playback Sargam, was a box office success. [27] It was also the first time that an Indian playback singer was featured in an album in Pakistan. To date Sargam is the only film Sami has acted in, and the score is the best-selling album of all time in Pakistan. [28]

In 2000, Asha Bhosle collaborated with Sami on a collection of love songs named Kabhi to Nazar Milao [29] in India. The music was also composed by Adnan. The album became an instant success and topped the Indipop charts [30] for most of 2001 and 2002. [31] According to Business Week magazine, the album sold 4 million copies in India alone. [32]

Two songs from the album Kabhi To Nazar Milao, whose music video featured model Aditi Gowitrikar, [33] and Lift Karaa De, whose music video starred the popular Indian actor Govinda became popular at that time. The videos were shot by Anil Mehta, who had shot popular Hindi films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Lagaan . [34] Because of the album's success, Magnasound and Sami released an album named Always Yours which was a remix version of numbers from that album. [35]

He soon became popular, which led Hindi filmmaker Boney Kapoor to invite him to provide music for his film. [36] This was the beginning for him to compose and sing for Hindi films and for the top Hindi film producers of the time like Yash Chopra and Subhash Ghai. Due to the popularity of his music videos and live performances, he started getting acting offers at the same time. [37]

The song "Tu Sirf Mera Mehboob" from the Hindi film Ajnabee , sung by Adnan, became popular [38] and was declared a "superhit" by Screen Magazine , who called him the pop personality of the year in 2001. [31]

In 2002, Pepsi Foods made Sami its brand ambassador in India, a contract which involved hosting a series of live music concerts across cities as well as featuring in ads for Pepsi products. [39] [40] He is the only artist in all of Asia and Europe to have endorsed Pepsi Cola and Coca-Cola together. [41] [42]

According to the Pakistani newspaper Dawn , no Pakistani artist has ever managed to gain as much popularity in India as Sami has. [43] According to an article in The Times of India , Sami is the "most successful face in non-film music in India". [44]

His second studio album, Tera Chehra, was released in October 2002 to critical acclaim. [45] The music videos for this album were shot by Binod Pradhan, who had shot the popular 2002 Hindi film Devdas . The album features Bollywood stars Rani Mukerji in the title track and Amitabh Bachchan in the track "Kabhi Nahi", who also sang the duet with Sami. [34] [46] Actress Mahima Chaudhry was also seen in another song. [47] The title track was written by well-known Hindi movie lyricist Sameer. [46] According to Screen Magazine , it was the only successful pop album of the year. [48] Sami's Tera Chehra broke sales records by becoming India's best-selling album of 2002 (including film soundtracks), continuing its No. 1 position in 2003, and by becoming the best-selling Indian album of all time (including film soundtracks) in the U.S. and Canada. The album stayed in the No. 1 position in all the music charts of India from the time of its release in September 2002 for over a year, beating his debut album's No. 1 record.

Saathiya (2002) brought him the opportunity to work with A. R. Rahman in the form of "Aye Udi Udi". According to Screen Magazine , the song was "the highlight of the album". [49] called him the "Reigning King of Indipop" in early 2003 based on the sales of his albums in the previous two years. [47]

His most successful albums have been Kabhi To Nazar Milao (with Asha Bhosle) and Tera Chehra, [50] and his music videos usually have had Bollywood stars in them, including Namrata Shirodkar ("Bheegi Bheegi Raat"), Mahima Chaudhry, Raveena Tandon, Rani Mukerji ("Tera Chehra"), Govinda, Fardeen Khan, Amisha Patel ("O Meri Jaan"), Bhumika Chawla ("Maahiya"), Dia Mirza ("Pal Do Pal") and Amitabh Bachchan (Kabhi Nahi). [50]

Since 2003, he has sung for a few Tamil movies like Boys , Aaytha Ezhuthu composed by A. R. Rahman. The songs, "Boom Boom" from Boys [51] and "Nenjamellam Kadhal" from Aayitha Ezhuthu , were hits.[ citation needed ] He also sang for the Tamil and Telugu versions besides the Hindi version of songs from the movie Yuva (2004), whose music was also composed by A. R. Rahman. Besides Rahman, he has also worked with composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, and sang the Tamil songs "Oh Intha Kadhal" from Satham Podathey and "OruKal" from Siva Manasula Sakthi .[ citation needed ] He sang the song "Chanchadi Adi Urang Nee" in the Malayalam movie Makalkku.[ citation needed ] He has also sung for a Kannada film. His first Kannada song was "Don't Worry Madabeda" for the film Super Star starring Upendra. He has also worked with music composers Devi Sri Prasad and M. M. Keeravani and sang songs in Telugu films Varsham , Chatrapathi, Shankar Dada MBBS and 100% Love .[ citation needed ]

In 2005, he suffered from lymphoedema and developed an abscess in the knee, which interrupted his career. [52] [53]

In 2006, he took a sabbatical and reportedly lost 130 kg. [54] He came back in April 2007 with the album Kisi Din.[ citation needed ] In 2007, he sang the soundtrack "Dil Kya Kare" from the Hindi film Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love and "Noor-e-Khuda" from My Name Is Khan . He was also one of the guest judges on the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007.[ citation needed ]

He has composed film music for several other Hindi films, including Lucky: No Time for Love , Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke, Dhamaal , 1920 , Chance Pe Dance , Mumbai Salsa , Khubsoorat, Sadiyaan , Shaurya and several others. [55]

As a classical concert pianist, Sami has given solo performances before royalty such as the King of Sweden and King Hussein of Jordan. [56] [57] He has performed before heads of state and governments such as President Mitterrand of France, the President of the United Arab Emirates, the President and Prime Minister of India, the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, the President and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, the Prime Minister of Sweden and Princess Christina of Sweden. Adnan has performed for music festivals to sold-out stadiums of his solo concert tours all over the world in over forty countries.

Sami wrote a song for India during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. The video of this song captures the nationalistic spirit of competition, depicting Adnan performing with the Indian cricket team with guest appearances from Indian film stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Fardeen Khan and Kareena Kapoor. [58] [59]

His work has associated him with prominent people from the Indian film and music industry.

On 15 December 2002, BBC World Service celebrated 70 years of broadcasting by organizing a worldwide live concert with artists representing different parts of the world who performed before a global audience via satellite. Sami was chosen to represent India. [60]

In the summer of 2003, Sami became the only musical artist from the entire Asian region to have sold out Wembley Stadium in London for two nights in a row; this was recorded in the Limca Book of World Records [61] [62] (Asia's equivalent to the West's Guinness Book of World Records ). He did this again in 2005, 2008, and 2012.

In 2010, Sami received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Prime Minister of Pakistan at a ceremony by Pakistan Television. [63] [64]

In 2011, Sami was given the "Glory of India Award" by the India International Friendship Society. This was the 350th anniversary of the completion of the Taj Mahal, and Sami gave a solo concert performance in front of the Taj Mahal on the final night of the celebrations. [65] After this performance, the Indian media dubbed him the "Sultan of Music". [66]

He hosted the Indian version of the American music game show Don't Forget the Lyrics! called Bol Baby Bol on the Star TV network in 2008. [67] [68] Prior to that in 2005, he was the sole jury for the singing competition program on Channel [V] called Super Singer. In 2011, Adnan returned as a judge on the singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs , which became popular worldwide. [69]

He performed a qawwali "Bhar Do Jholi Meri" in the 2015 film Bajrangi Bhaijaan , he appeared in the movie as well. [70]

Personal life

Sami first married to actress Zeba Bakhtiar in 1993, with whom he had a son named Azaan Sami Khan. They divorced after three years.

Sami began living in India since 13 March 2001, on a visitor's visa which was extended from time to time. [71]

In 2001, Sami married Dubai-based Arab Sabah Galadari. This was his second marriage and Sabah's second marriage as well; she had a son from her previous marriage. This relationship also ended in divorce, a year-and-a-half later.

In June 2006, he weighed 230 kilograms (506 lb); he claimed his doctor had given him just six months to live. By diet and exercise, he lost 167 kilograms (368 lb) in 16 months. [72] [73] [74] [75]

In 2008, his wife Sabah returned to Mumbai, remarried him and began living with him, but the marriage only lasted one year, after which Sabah filed for divorce again. [76] [77]

In 2009, his father died of pancreatic cancer, which he described as the "biggest blow" of his life, saying that he had been extremely close to his father. [78] [79]

On 29 January 2010 Sami married Roya Sami Khan, the daughter of a retired diplomat and army general. [17] [80] He first met Roya in India during her visit in 2010 and proposed to her after some time. [81] On 10 May 2017, he became a father to a daughter, Medina Sami Khan. [82]

On 26 May 2015, he submitted a request for Indian citizenship to the Ministry of Home Affairs, when his Pakistani passport expired, he had lived an adequate number of years in India that made him eligible for Indian citizenship hence he naturalised as an Indian citizen. [71] In late December 2015, the Indian Home Ministry approved his request for legal status as a citizen of India, [83] effective as of 1 January 2016. [71]


As an actor

As a playback singer

1995 Sargam Aae Khuda, Aae Khuda, Jis Nay Ki Justuju
Suhani Rutt Ayi, Mann Jhoomay Hamid Ali Khan, Hadiqa Kiyani
Pall Do Pall Kay Hayn Andheray
Bheega Hua Mousam Pyara
Chamki Kiran, Khilay Purwa Hamid Ali Khan
Kab Sey Khili Ho (Classic music vs Pop music) Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak, Hadiqa
Kya Hay, Yeh Uljhan Kya Hay...? Hadiqa Kiyani
Zara Dholki Bajao Gorio Asha Bhosle
Pyar Bina Jeena Nahin Jeena Hadiqa Kiyani
Barse Badal, Dil Mein Halchal Hadiqa Kiyani
2001 Ajnabee Tu Sirf Mera Mehboob Sunidhi Chauhan
Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar Kuch Pyar Bhi Kar
Deewaanapan Nach Nach Nach Falguni Pathak, Sukhwinder Singh
2002JunoonAankhon Ne Kiya Ishara – (Duet) Kavita Subramaniam
Aankhon Ne Kiya Ishara – (Male)
Super Star (Kannada)Bittaku BittakuShweta Malviya
Ab Ke Baras Mujhe Rab Se Pyaar Anuradha Sriram
Awara Paagal Deewana Ya Habibi Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan
Chor Machaaye Shor Ishqan Ishqan – Karsan Sargathiya
Shakti: The Power Dil Ne Pukara Alka Yagnik, Ravindre Sathe, Prakash
Hum Tum Mile
Pyaasa Tere Pyaar Ka Chhaya Sunidhi Chauhan
Annarth Bewafa Bar MeinPinky, Preeti Jhangiani
Kehtaa Hai Dil Baar Baar Indian Se Aaia
Karz: The Burden of TruthAashiqui Ban Ke Kavita Subramaniam
Saathiya Aye Udi Udi Udi
2003 Love at Times Square Aaja Aaja
Raat Hai Jawan
Calcutta Mail Kahan Pe Meri Jaan Pamela Jain
Chori Chori Ruthe Yaar Nu Sabri Brothers
Koi... Mil Gaya Jadoo Jadoo Alka Yagnik
Boys Boom Boom Sadhana Sargam
Joggers' Park Ishq Hota Nahin Sabke LiyeZameer Kazmi
Janasheen Nashe Nashe Mein Yaar Sunidhi Chauhan
Sssshhh... Dheere Dheere Hua Alka Yagnik
2004 Plan Kaise Kaise Sunidhi Chauhan
Tum – A Dangerous Obsession Kyun Mera Dil Tujhko Chaahe
Muskaan Yaad Aayee
Yuva Baadal Alka Yagnik
Aaytha Ezhuthu (Tamil)Nenjam Ellam Sujatha Mohan
Chot Aaj Isko, Kal Tere KoPani Re Pani Sunidhi Chauhan
Shankar Dada MBBS (Telugu)Ye JillaKalpana
Naach Ishq Da Tadka Sonu Kakkar
Aitraaz Gela Gela Gela Sunidhi Chauhan
Sullan (Tamil)Kilu Kiluppana Premji Amaran, Pop Shalini
Varsham (Telugu)Nizam Pori Suneeta Rao
2005 Sehar Palken Jhukaao Na Alka Yagnik
Page 3 Mere Wajood
Jurm Nazrein Teri Nazrein
Lucky: No Time for Love Shayad Yahi To Pyar Hai Lata Mangeshkar
Sun Zara
Waqt: The Race Against Time Apne Jahanke Sonu Nigam
Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai Bahon Mein Nahin Rehna Asha Bhosle
Garam Masala Kiss Me Baby
Mahanandi (Telugu)Katthilaanti AmmayiKamalakar, Sujatha Mohan
Makalkku (Malayalam)Chanjadiyaadi
2006RehguzarAllah Hu
Taxi No. 9211 Meter Down
Meter Down (Rock N Roll Mix)Guru Sharma (Remix)
Kachchi Sadak Khwaja Mere Khwaja
Khosla Ka Ghosla Sayane Hai Janaab
Ab Kya Karenge Bhaiya
Jaan-E-Mann Udh Jaana ? Kunal Ganjawala, Sunidhi Chauhan
Udh Jaana ? – Club Mix Kunal Ganjawala, Sunidhi Chauhan
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Dil Kya Kare
Soundarya (Kannada)Sneha Preethi
Yogi (Telugu)Gana Gana GanaSudha
Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule (Telugu)Cheli Chamaku Anushka Manchanda, Swetha
Life in a... Metro Baatein Kuch Ankahein Si
Shankar Dada Zindabad (Telugu)Bhoogolamantha Gopika Poornima
Darling Saathiya Tulsi Kumar
Saathiya (Remix) Tulsi Kumar
Dhamaal Chal Na Che Shor MachleinShaan
Dekho Dekho Dil Ye BoleShaan
Miss India Martee Mujhpe Amit Kumar
Satham Podathey (Tamil)O Indha Kaadhal Yuvan Shankar Raja
No Smoking Jab Bhi Ciggaret (Jazz)
Taare Zameen Par Mera JahanAuriel Cordo, Ananya Wadkar
Return of Hanuman Blackhole
2008 Shaurya Dheere Dheere Sunidhi Chauhan
Dheemaku (Kannada)Suryaane
Superstar Don't I Love Or Do I Love U Sunidhi Chauhan
U Me Aur Hum Jee Le Shreya Ghoshal
Phatte Sunidhi Chauhan
Dil Dhakda Hai Shreya Ghoshal
Mumbai SalsaChoti Si Iltija
Tahaan Jee Lo
Khushboo Kyon Hai Mujhe Lagta
Tum Jo Mile Humko
Kyon Hai Mujhe Lagta – (Remix)
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Awaara Dil
Kidnap Haan Ji
Gumnaam – The Mystery Ishq Ne Kitna Shreya Ghoshal
2009 Jayeebhava (Telugu)ZindhagiAndriya
Siva Manasula Sakthi (Tamil)Oru Kal
2010 Dulha Mil Gaya Akela Dil, Akela Dil (Remix) Anushka Manchanda
My Name Is Khan Noor E Khuda Tu Kaha Chhupa Hai Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan
Click Click Click Click ClickShamir Tandon
Sadiyaan Taron Bhari Hai Ye Raat Sajaan Sunidhi Chauhan
Ek Second... Jo Zindagi Badal De? Hota Hai Har Faisala Ek Second Mein
Hota Hai Har Faisala Ek Second Mein – (Remix)
Chikku Bukku (Tamil)Vizhi Oru Paadhi Sujatha Mohan
2011 100% Love (Telugu)Infatuation
Poley Poley Urey Mon (Assamese)Bor Bor Manuhor
Oosaravelli (Telugu)Nenante
2012 Ishq (Telugu)Oh Priya Priya Nithya Menen
Julai (Telugu)Oh Madhu
Devudu Chesina Manushulu (Telugu)Nuvvantey Chala
Dhenikaina Ready (Telugu)Ninnu Choodakunda
Rush O Re KhudaJaved Basheer
2013 3G Bulbulliya
Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde (Telugu)Neeve Neeve
Hridayanath (Marathi)Aika Re Aika Re
2014 Veeram (Tamil)Thangame ThangamePriyadharshini
Oka Laila Kosam (Telugu)O Cheli Nuvve Naa Cheli
Kill Dil (Hindi)Sweeta
2015 Temper (Telugu)Choolenge Aasma Ramya Behara
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Hindi)Bhar Do Jholi MeriSolo
2016 Krishnashtami "Love Is True"Solo
2017 Luckunnodu "What Da F"Praveen Lakkaraju
2019 90ML (Telugu)"Natho Nuvvunte Chalu"Solo

As a music director and composer


1986Live in Karachi1. "Durga" Zakir Hussain
2. "Folk Tune" Zakir Hussain
3. "Jazz Piece" Zakir Hussain
4. "Bageshri" Zakir Hussain
1989Ecstasy 1. "Raag Bairagi" Zakir Hussain
2. "Folk Tune from N.W.F.P" Zakir Hussain
3. "Dhun in Mishr Khamaj" Zakir Hussain
4. "Dhun in Pillu" Zakir Hussain
1991Raag Time1. "Wahin Kahin Paao Gi"
2. Teri Yaad Aati Hay
3. "Raag Time"
4. "Kahan Bas Gay Ho"
5. "I Can Never"
6. "Feel Your Soul"
7. "Burning for You"
1992Behta Darya1. "Durga"
1995Sargam1. "Aae Khuda, aae Khuda"
2. "Suhani rutt ayi" Hamid Ali Khan, Hadiqa Kiyani
3. "Pall do pall kay"
4. "Bheega hua mousam"
5. "Chamki kiran"Hamid Ali Khan
6. "Kab sey khili ho" Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak, Hadiqa Kiyani
7. "Kya hay, yeh uljhan"Hadiqa Kiyani
8. "Zara Dholki bajao" Asha Bhosle
9. "Pyar bina jeena nahin"Hadiqa Kiyani
10. "Barse Badal"Hadiqa Kiyani
11. "Woh mujhay yaad"Hadiqa Kiyani
1997Badaltey Mausam1. "Badaltay Mausam"
2. "Kabhi to Nazar Milao" Asha Bhosle
3. "Bahoon Kay Gheray"
4. "Pehli Wari"
5. "Hum Phir Milengay"
6. "Dil to Mera"
7. "Koi Rehta Hai"
8. "Aao Na"
9. "Nakhra Us Ka"
2000Always Yours1. "Bheega Mausam"
2."Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein"
3. "Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein (Unplugged)"
4. "Lift Karadey" Govinda
5. "Mehndi Masala"Asha Bhosle
6. "Pyar Bina"Asha Bhosle
2002Tera Chehra1. "Kabhi Nahin" Amitabh Bachchan
2. "Meri Yaad"
3. "Nain Se Nain" Raveena Tandon
4. "Roothey Hue"Ft. Aarti Chhabria
5. "Sanson Mein"
6. "Tera Chehra" Rani Mukherjee
7. "Teri Baahon Mein"Namrata Shirodkar
8. "Tera Bina" Mahima Chaudhry
2003Kabhi To Nazar Milao1. "Kabhi To Nazar Milao" Asha Bhosle
2. "Pyar Hai" Asha Bhosle
3. "Dholki" Asha Bhosle
2004Teri Kasam1. "Kasam" Amisha Patel
2. "Mahiya" Bhoomika Chawla
3. "Kabhi Aisa Lage"Shonali Nagrani
4. "Pal Do Pal" Dia Mirza
5. "Chand Nikla"
6. "Tauba!"
7. "Poocho..."
8. "Best Friend!"
2007Kisi Din1.Asalaam Walekum
3.Baarish (Unplugged)
4."Dekho Jaaneman"
6."Kisi Din"
7."Kisi Din (Remix)"
8."Koi Rehta Hai"
10."Teri Yaad"
11."Teri Yaad (Remix)"
12."Best Friend"
2009Ek Ladki Deewani Si1. "Chalo"
2. "Dekha Tujhe" Tulsi Kumar
3. "Ek Ladki"
4. "Laila"
5. "Let's Go Mumbai City" Jermaine Jackson
6. "Let's Go Mumbai City (Remix)"
7. "Mehfooz"
8. "Sharmili"
9. "Tu Salaamat Rahe"
2013Press Play1. "Ali Ali"
2. "Roya"
3. "Mere Baap"
4. "Kudi Tight"
5. "Mein Tere Saath Hun"
6. "Karun Na Yaad"
7. "Baba"
8. "Dua De"
9. "Ali Ali (Remix)"
10. "Roya (Remix)"
11. "The Azaan (Call To Prayer)"

Badaltay Mausam (1997) was re-released in India as Kabhi To Nazar Milao (2000).

Awards and accolades

Sami has won a number of international awards, including the Nigar Award, [84] the Bolan Academy Award, [84] and the Graduate Award. [46] He was given a special award by UNICEF for the song he wrote for famine-hit Ethiopia as a teenager and a United Nations Peace Medal for a song he wrote and performed for Africa. [46]

A review of his piano solo performance on British TV Channel 4 in Keyboard magazine called him the "Keyboard Discovery of the 90s". [8] [46]

In 2001, he was awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year by MTV. [47] [85]

Swedish and British radio and television have often referred to him as the fastest keyboard player in the world. [86] [87] Adnan has performed for prestigious music festivals to sold-out stadiums of his solo concert tours all over the world in over forty countries. In summer 2003, he became the only Asian artist to have sold out Wembley Stadium, London, for two consecutive nights, which won him a place in the Limca Book of Records. [61] [62]

As a classical concert pianist, Sami has given performances before the King of Sweden and King Hussein of Jordan. [8] [88]

In 2007, Sami was given a Special Award from the U.K. Parliament (House of Commons) for his 'Outstanding Contribution to Sub-Continental Music'.

In 2008, he was presented the "Naushad Music Award" by Andhra Pradesh Department of Culture, in Hyderabad. [89] [90]

In 2008 he also won "Best International Act" at the UK Asian Music Awards. [91]

In 2013, he was given the BrandLaureate International Brand Personality award by the President of The BrandLaureate, Dr KK Johan, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [92]

Later in 2013, Sami was given a Special Award by the Canadian Parliament for his 'Exceptional Services to Indian Music'.

In April 2017, Sami became the first South Asian to have performed at London's Wembley Stadium 8 times; tickets were sold out on all 8 occasions. [93] The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, attended the concert. [94]

On 25 January 2020, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in the field of Arts, by Government of India. [15]


  1. 1 2 Though a PTI news report lists his birthplace as Lahore in Pakistan. [13]

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Asha Bhosle Indian singer

Asha Bhosle is an Indian playback singer and entrepreneur. She is best known for her playback singing in Hindi cinema, although she has a wider repertoire. Bhosle's career started in 1943 and has spanned over seven decades. She has done playback singing for over a thousand movies. In addition, she has recorded several private albums and participated in numerous solo concerts in India and abroad. In 2006, Asha Bhosle stated that she had sung over 12,000 songs, a figure repeated by several other sources. In 2011, she was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history. The Government of India honoured her with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008. Bhosle is the sister of playback singer Lata Mangeshkar and belongs to the prominent Mangeshkar family.

Sabri Brothers

The Sabri Brothers were a musical band from Pakistan who were performers of Sufi qawwali music and were closely connected to the Chishti Order. They are considered one of the greatest Sufi qawwali singers of all times. The Sabri Brothers were led by Ghulam Farid Sabri and his brother Maqbool Ahmed Sabri. They are often referred to as Shahenshah-e-Qawwali and are also known as the roving ambassadors of Pakistan. The band was initially founded by Maqbool at the age of 11 years which was later known as Bacha Qawwal Party. His elder brother Ghulam joined after insistence from their father. He became the leader of the group and the band soon became known as the Sabri Brothers. They were the first-ever qawwali artists to perform qawwali in United States and other Western countries; they were also the first-ever Asian artists to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1975. The Sabri Brothers have given a number of soulful qawwali performances globally, and their stature in the sub-continent is colossal.

<i>Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...</i> 2001 film directed by Karan Johar

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...(transl.Sometimes there is joy, sometimes there is sorrow...), also known as simply K3G, is a 2001 Indian Hindi-language drama film written and directed by Karan Johar and produced by Yash Johar. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor, with special appearance by Rani Mukerji. The score was composed by Babloo Chakravarty. The film's songs were composed by Jatin–Lalit, Sandesh Shandilya and Aadesh Shrivastava, with lyrics by Sameer and Anil Pandey. The film tells the story of an Indian family, which faces troubles and misunderstandings over their adopted son's marriage to a girl belonging to a lower socio-economic group than them.

Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Indian music director and composer

Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, better known mononymously as Khayyam, was an Indian music director and background score composer whose career spanned four decades.

<i>Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna</i> 2006 film directed by Karan Johar

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, also abbreviated as KANK, is a 2006 Indian Hindi-language musical romantic drama film written and directed by Karan Johar and produced by his mother Hiroo Yash Johar, in her debut, under the Dharma Productions banner. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Kirron Kher. Set and mostly taking place in New York City, the film explores themes of adultery. The title was promoted with the tag-line "A Love... That Broke All Relationships".

<i>Lucky: No Time for Love</i> 2005 film by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru

Lucky: No Time For Love is a 2005 Indian Hindi-language romance film depicting the story of two lovers in war-torn Russia written and directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru. The film stars Mithun Chakraborty, Salman Khan and Sneha Ullal.

<i>Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa</i> 1994 Indian film

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is a 1994 Hindi-language Indian coming-of-age romantic comedy film directed by Kundan Shah, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, Deepak Tijori and Naseeruddin Shah. This is one of the rare mainstream Hindi movies in which the hero plays the role of a loser. It is widely considered to be one of Shah Rukh Khan's best performances, and he has said that it is his favourite film. Produced on a budget of ₹14 million, the film grossed 55 million, equivalent to 838 million (US$12 million) adjusted for inflation. At the 39th Filmfare Awards, it won the Critics Award for Best Film and the Critics Award for Best Actor for Shah Rukh Khan, who also won the Best Actor award for Baazigar at the same ceremony.

Pankaj Udhas Indian singer (b. 1951)

Pankaj Udhas is an Indian ghazal and playback singer. He started his career with a release of a ghazal album titled Aahat in 1980 and subsequently recorded many hits like Mukarar in 1981, Tarrannum in 1982, Mehfil in 1983, Pankaj Udhas Live at Royal Albert Hall in 1984, Nayaab in 1985 and Aafreen in 1986. After his success as a ghazal singer, he was invited to appear and sing for a film by Mahesh Bhatt, Naam. Udhas rose to further fame for singing in the 1986 film Naam, in which his song "Chitthi Aayee Hai" became an instant hit. He did playback singing for many Hindi films after that. Albums and live concerts around the globe brought him fame as a singer. In 2006, Pankaj Udhas was awarded Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.

Shaan (singer) Indian playback singer

Shantanu Mukherjee, known as Shaan, is an Indian playback singer, actor and television presenter active in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu language films and a television host. He hosted the shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs, Star Voice of India and STAR Voice of India 2. In Music Ka Maha Muqabla, his team, Shaan's Strikers, finished as the runners up to Shankar Mahadevan's team. He appeared as a judge in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs 2014–2015 and The Voice India Kids 2016. In 2015 and 2016, Shaan was the winning coach in each of the first two seasons of The Voice. In 2016, in The Voice India Kids, he was the coach of the runner-up contestant.

Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Indian musical trio

Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy is an Indian musical trio consisting of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. They have composed music for over 50 soundtracks across five languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and English. Amongst the most critically acclaimed Indian musicians, the trio have won numerous awards, including National Film Award (India), Filmfare Awards, and IIFA Awards. They are often referred to as the "Amar Akbar Anthony" of the Hindi film music industry.

Jatin–Lalit Musical artist

Jatin–Lalit are an Indian film music director duo consisting of Jatin Pandit and his brother Lalit Pandit. They have written the widely popular scores for films such as Yaara Dildara, Khiladi, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Khamoshi: The Musical, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Fareb, Yes Boss, Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Sarfarosh, Ghulam, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Khoobsurat, Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Hum Tum, Chalte Chalte and Fanaa.

Ali Zafar Pakistani singer and film actor

Ali Zafar is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, model, actor, producer and screenwriter. Zafar started out on Pakistani television before becoming a popular musician. He later also established a career in Bollywood and his success led many Pakistani actors to venture into Hindi films. He has received five Lux Style Awards and a Filmfare Award nomination.

Shweta Pandit Indian singer and actress

Shweta Pandit is an Indian singer and actress in Bollywood. She is the grand-niece of Indian classical vocalist and Padma Vibhushan awardee, Pandit Jasraj. She has also recorded popular songs for various Telugu and Tamil film songs and many other Indian languages.

Shafqat Amanat Ali Pakistani singer

Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, is a Pakistani classical singer, songwriter and composer belonging to the Patiala Gharana lineage. He was the lead vocalist of the Pakistani rock band Fuzön until 2006 and is a prominent playback singer in the Indian film industry. Ali was awarded the highest national literary award of Pakistan, the Presidential Pride of Performance on 23 March 2008 for his contributions to the arts. In July 2020, Ali was included on the New York Press News Agency's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Asia/UK/EU.

Sonu Nigam Indian singer

Sonu Nigam is an Indian singer, music director and actor. He sings predominantly in Hindi and Kannada language films but has also sung in Odia,Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Nepali, Malayalam, Tulu and other Indian languages. Nigam has also released a number of non film albums and acted in some Hindi films. He is known as the “Modern Rafi” after his idol Mohammad Rafi. He is also regarded as "The Lord Of Chords". Sonu is one of the best live performer not only in India but all around the world. He has recorded more than 4000 songs till date.

Atif Aslam Pakistani singer, song-writer, composer and actor

Muhammad Atif Aslam is a Pakistani playback singer, song-writer, composer and an actor. Best known for his hit songs in the Pakistani and Indian film industries.He has recorded numerous chart-topping songs in both Pakistan and India and is known for his vocal belting technique.

Raja Kaasheff Musical artist

Raja Kaasheff or Raja Kashif is a United Kingdom-based Asian singer/music director equally known in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Urdu/Hindi-speaking diaspora around the world. He learned music under the guidance of music director Ravi and the Sham-Churasi, Gharana. Ravi's films include Do Badan, Chaudhavin Ka Chand, Hamraaz, Gumrah, and Nikah.

Sameer Anjaan Indian lyricist

Shitala Pandey better known as Sameer Anjaan, is an Indian lyricist, writing songs predominantly in Hindi language films. He is a Guinness World Record holder for writing the most songs. He was awarded this honor on 17 February 2016.

Rekha Bhardwaj Indian singer

Rekha Bhardwaj is an Indian singer and live performer. She has received two Filmfare and one National Awards. In addition to Hindi, she has also sung in Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi and Malayalam languages.

"Mitwa" (transl. Friend) is a popular Hindi song from the 2006 Hindi film Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna directed by Karan Johar, starring Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta. The song is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, while the lyrics are penned by Javed Akhtar. It was sung by noted Pakistani vocalist, Shafqat Amanat Ali along with Caralisa Monteiro who also penned the phrase "love will find a way" in the song.


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