Tina Sani

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Tina Sani
Birth nameTina Sani
BornDhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
GenresClassical music singing
Ghazal singing
television performer

Tina Sani is a Pakistani female singer famous for her classical and semi-classical Urdu Ghazals. [1] [2]


Early life

Tina Sani was born in Dhaka, at the time East Pakistan; the family moved to Kabul for a few years, where her father, Nasir Sahni, worked for an oil company, before moving to Karachi, where after graduating from the Karachi American School, she went on to study commercial art. She was trained in classical music by Ustad Nizamuddin Khan, son of Ustad Ramzan Khan of Delhi gharana and Ustad Chand Amrohvi. Tina also received special training from ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan. [3]


Tina Sani began working for an advertising agency in 1977. She was involved in all the creative aspects of advertising business, including listening to and evaluating the music that is an integral part of advertising. Tina also taught at the Karachi American School in the art department.

Singing career

She entered the professional world of singing in 1980, [4] when producer Ishrat Ansari introduced her on TV in a youth programme titled 'Tarang' hosted by Alamgir.

She was influenced by renowned ghazal singers from South Asia like Mehdi Hassan, Malika Pukhraj, Begum Akhtar, Mukhtar Begum and Farida Khanum but has created her own style of singing. She gained much acclaim in Pakistan and India by singing the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz including poems like Bahaar aayi and Bol ke lab azad hain terey composed by Arshad Mehmood. [2] She renders poetry of contemporary poets with complete ease and is equally at home singing works of famous poets like Zauq, Ghalib, Mir Taqi Mir and Jalaluddin Rumi. [4]

Her rendition of Iqbal's Shikwa Jawab-e-Shikwa has earned her great reviews and remains to be the lengthiest piece of poetry she has ever sung. [5]

More recently Tina Sani sang Rumi's beginning verses of the Mathnavi for Coke Studio (Pakistan) to bring verses of the 13th century mystic poet's Persian verses in Urdu language. [6]

Tina Sani was invited as a guest judge in the first Pakistan Idol TV show.

Tina Sani was part of Lahore music meet, 2016. She shared her music journey in a session named "Classical Music Appreciation". Sani also discussed the current situation and lack of classical music from Pakistani music industry. She praised role of television in supporting them to continue practising music. [7]

She has sung many songs for the Pakistani TV and film industry, such as the OST for Hum TV's soap 'Choti Si Ghalat Fehmi' and Ho Mann Jahan's 'Khush Piya Wassen'. She has also sung the OST for PTV's 'Moorat', Hum TV's Bari Aapa and ARY Zindagi's 'Bahu Begum'.

Her top five favourite songs are [8]

  1. بابل مورا – a song by K.L. Saigal
  2. کورا کاغذ تھا یہ من میرا – a song from film Aradhana by Kishore Kumar
  3. آپ جیسا کوئی میری زندگی میں آئے تو بات بن جائے – a song by Nazia Hasan from 1980 film Qurbani
  4. کھڑی نیم کے نیچے – a folk song by Pakistani folk singer Mai Bhaagi
  5. کوئی تو ہے جو نظامِ ہستی چلا رہا ہے وہی خدا ہے – a Hamd song by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, written by Muzaffar Warsi


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  1. Tribute: Tina Sani pays homage to Faiz Dawn (newspaper), Published 25 December 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2018
  2. 1 2 Beyond Borders (Tina Sani in India) Indian Express (newspaper), Published 22 August 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2018
  3. 1 2 I want youngsters to know I just followed my heart, says Tina Sani of her LSA award Dawn (newspaper), 17 April 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2018
  4. 1 2 In concert: In Tina Sani's company Dawn (newspaper), Published 9 March 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2018
  5. Tina Sani sings Shikwa by Iqbal Dawn (newspaper), Published 17 October 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2018
  6. Omran Shafiqque (31 August 2016). "Tina Sani: A voice of her own". Herald (magazine). Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  7. Burney, Moneeza (3 April 2016). "Music fraternity talks, sings at LMM-2016". images.dawn.com website. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  8. Tina Sani's top 5 favorite songs on BBC Music website Published 10 October 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2018
  9. Tina Sani's Pride of Performance Award listed on Dawn (newspaper) Retrieved 18 June 2019