Sonu Nigam Age, Net Worth, Height, Wife, Biography

Sonu Nigam is a famous singer from India. He became well-known by singing songs for movies in Bollywood and other local films. Sonu has a nice voice and can sing in many different styles. He’s sung more than 2000 songs in about 10 different languages. At one point, he was the highest-paid male singer in Bollywood. But in 2006, he decided to sing less for movies so he could focus on his music and concerts. Let’s talk about his life in detail.

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Sonu Nigam Biography
Full NameSonu Nigam
ProfessionSinger, Music Director
Famous AsSinger
Nick NameSonu
Date of Birth30 July 1973 (Monday)
Age50 Years Old
NationalityIndian
BirthplaceFaridabad, Haryana, India
HometownDelhi, India
CountryIndia
Mother TongueHindi
Zodiac SignLeo
ReligionHinduism
HobbiesGymming, Reading
Food HabitsNon-vegetarian
Educational QualificationGraduate
School NameJ.D. Tyler School, Delhi
College/UniversityUniversity of Delhi, New Delhi
DebutSinging: Bewafa Sanam (1995, Bollywood)
Album: Rafi Ki Yaadein Vol 10-20 (1993)
Music Direction: Sooper Se Ooper (2013)
Film Actor: Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002)

Early Life

Sonu was born on July 30, 1973, in Faridabad, Haryana. His parents are Agam Kumar and Shobha Nigam. He has two sisters, Meenal and Nikita. Sonu went to J. D. Tytler School in Delhi for his schooling and then studied at Delhi University for his graduation. He moved to Mumbai in 1990 to become a playback singer.

Sonu Nigam got married to Madhurima Banerjee on February 15, 2002. Their son, Neevan, was born on July 27, 2007. Sonu looked up to Mohammad Rafi and often sang like him when he performed on stage, which made people call him the new Rafi. He finished school at J. D. Tytler School in Delhi and got his degree from Delhi University.

Career

Playback Singing 

Sonu Nigam started singing for movies in 1990 but faced setbacks early on. However, T-series recognized his talent and gave him a chance to sing for ‘Bewafa Sanam’, where his song Achha Sila Diya Tune became a hit. Despite initial struggles, Sonu’s career took off with songs like ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ from ‘Border’ (1997).

He became known for his versatility, singing romantic tracks like ‘Suraj Hua Madhyam’ and energetic ones like Kal Ho Na Ho‘. Around 2010-2011, he was a prominent voice in Bollywood. Sonu also found success in Kannada films, singing over 600 songs including hits like ‘Cheluve Yeke Bande’ and ‘Kannale Kannale’.

Sonu Nigam collaborated with legends like Lata Mangeshkar and contemporary artists such as Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal. His talent and range have earned him numerous awards and a respected place in the Indian music industry.

Music Albums 

In 1992, he put out an album called ‘Rafi Ki Yaadein’. It had Mohammed Rafi’s popular songs covered by him. Then, in 2007, he brought out another collection of Rafi songs called ‘Kal Aaj aur Kal’. It had more than 100 songs spread across six discs. Also, in 2008, he released ‘Rafi Resurrected’, a two-disc collection of Rafi songs.

Over the years, he released many albums with his songs. One of his albums, ‘Deewana’, came out in 1999 under the T-series label and was a big hit. He also released ‘Jaan’ in 2000 and Chanda Ki Doli in 2005.

Two other albums that got attention were ‘Classically Mild’ in 2008 and ‘The Music Room’ in 2014. He made ‘The Music Room’ with percussionist Bickram Ghosh.

Composer 

Sonu Nigam is kind of new as a music maker. He’s made music for many popular Bollywood movies like ‘Singh Saab the Great’ (2013), ‘Jal’ (2014), ‘Happy Anniversary’ (2016), and ‘Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho’ (2016).

Collaborations 

Sonu’s talent has made him work with many famous musicians from around the world. After Michael Jackson, a famous singer, passed away, Sonu sang a song for him on an album called ‘The Beat of Our Hearts’. This album also had singers like Judith Hill, Mike Thompson, and Quincy Patrick. He also sang at the special event when Harvard University got its 28th President. 

In 2008, he went on a tour in the United Kingdom with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). They sang songs originally sung by Mohammed Rafi, which later became an album called Rafi Resurrected. In 2011, Sonu worked with Britney Spears on a remix of one of her songs.

Acting 

Sonu has a lovely singing voice and he looks really good too. He acted in movies like ‘Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani’ (2002), ‘Kash Aap Hamare Hote’ (2003), and ‘Love in Nepal’ (2004). These movies didn’t do well in cinemas, so Sonu didn’t continue acting after that.

Television and Radio 

At the start of his career, Sonu became famous by hosting a singing competition called ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ in 1995. After that, he was a judge on many TV shows like Indian Idol (seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7), Amul STAR Voice of India (seasons 1 and 2), Chhote Ustaad, and X –X-Factor India. He also appeared on a radio show called ‘Life Ki Dhun’ on Radio City 91 FM.

Work in Kannada

In 1886, he sang his first song “Yello Yaro Hego” in Kannada for the movie “Jeevanadhi”. Sonu Nigam sang more than 600 Kannada songs.

Sonu Nigam sang songs like “Cheluve Yeke Bande”, “Titanic Heroine Nee Nanna Cheluve”, the title track from “Monalisa”, “Hamsave Hamsave”, “Kannale Kannale” & “Baaninda Baa Chandira”. The movie “Mungaru Male” became very popular and broke many records, especially in Karnataka, in 2006. Nigam found Kannada songs more satisfying compared to Hindi ones. Kannada songs filled him with positivity.

He considers Bangalore as his second home. Videos for the songs “Neene Bari Neene” and “Baa Nodu Gelathi” were filmed in Bangalore, featuring Nigam and model Madhuri Bhattacharya.

Sonu Nigam composed the theme song for the Karnataka Bulldozers team in the Celebrity Cricket League. He sang it with Kunal Ganjawala & Sowmys and also contributed to the lyrics.

As a Host and Celebrity Judge

Sonu Nigam was a big part of the Sa Re Ga Ma music show from 1995 to 1999, and everyone knew him. He came back to Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs International in October 2007 as a judge with Suresh Wadkar. He also judged the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge grand finale on 12 December 2009.

In 2002, Sonu hosted a TV show called Kisme Kitna Hai Dum on Star Plus. He was a judge on Indian Idol for seasons 1 (October 2004 – March 2005) and 2 (November 2005 – April 2006). He was also a celebrity judge in seasons 3 (17 August 2007) and 4 (16 January 2009 and 6 February 2009).

He was a celebrity judge on STAR Voice of India in August 2007 (Season 1) and in December 2008 (Season 2). He also judged the grand finale of the music reality show Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star on 12 July 2008.

Sonu was a judge/mentor on Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz (July – October 2010) with Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He was also a judge/mentor on the first season of X Factor (India) (29 May – 2 September 2011) with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shreya Ghoshal.

On 23 August 2015, he appeared on “The Anupam Kher Show” sharing his life experiences. He was also one of the three judges of Indian Idol 2016–17.

Sonu has also hosted the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14th Mirchi Music Awards. In 2021, Sonu Nigam was one of the judges in the Bengali music reality show Super Singer Season 3 on Star Jalsha, along with Kumar Sanu and Kaushiki Chakraborty.

YearShow Name
1995-1999Sa Re Ga Ma music show
October 2007Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs International
12 December 2009Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge grand finale
2002Kisme Kitna Hai Dum
October 2004 – March 2005Indian Idol (Season 1)
November 2005 – April 2006Indian Idol (Season 2)
17 August 2007Indian Idol (Season 3)
16 January 2009Indian Idol (Season 4)
6 February 2009Indian Idol (Season 4)
August 2007STAR Voice of India (Season 1)
December 2008STAR Voice of India (Season 2)
12 July 2008Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star grand finale
July – October 2010Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz
29 May – 2 September 2011X-Factor (India) (Season 1)
23 August 2015“The Anupam Kher Show”
2016-17Indian Idol
3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, and 14thMirchi Music Awards
2021Super Singer Season 3 on Star Jalsha

Singing Style and Influence

Sonu Nigam is a very famous singer in Bollywood. Many people think he’s one of the best playback singers there. He’s like a role model for new singers. People often compare his voice to Mohammad Rafi’s because they sound similar. Lata Mangeshkar, another famous singer, said Sonu Nigam is her favorite among today’s singers. She likes that he takes music seriously, knows classical music, and sings confidently. Other singers like Armaan Malik and Ankit Tiwari look up to him too. Shreya Ghoshal, another popular singer, also loves Sonu Nigam’s singing. Palash Sen from Euphoria says Sonu Nigam is the most talented singer in Bollywood. Even S.P. Balasubrahmanyam praised Sonu Nigam’s singing.

Filmography 

YearTitleRole
1982Ustad Ustad Seyoung Rajesh
1982KalanchoeSonu
1983BetaabSunny
2002Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi KahaniVivek Saxena
2003Kash Aap Hamare HoteJai Kumar
2004Love in NepalAbby
2005Navra Maza NavsachaGuest appearance in a song
2013WarningGuest appearance in the song Takeedein
2016RaakhGuest appearance in song Bas Itna Hai Kahena
2019SpotlessVarun
2019SP CHAUHANHimself

Family

Father NameAgam Kumar Nigam (Singer)
Mother NameShobha Nigam
Brother NameNone
Sister NameMeenal and Neekita (Younger)

Physical Appearance

Sonu Nigam is 170 centimeters tall, which is equal to 1.70 meters or 5 feet and 7 inches. He weighs around 65 kilograms, which is about 143.3 lbs. His eyes are a deep, dark brown, giving him a mysterious look. His hair is shiny black, making him stand out. All these features together make Sonu Nigam look unique and interesting.

Sonu Nigam Height
Height (Approx.)in centimeters – 170 cm
in meters – 1.70 m
in feet inches – 5’ 7”
Weight (Approx.)in kilograms – 65 Kg
in pounds – 143.3 Lbs
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorBlack

Relationship Status

Marital StatusMarried
SpouseMadhurima Nigam
ChildrenSon– Nevaan

Net Worth & Salary

Sonu Nigam has a ton of money, about ₹403 crores in Indian Rupees, which is roughly $51 million. Each year, he earns over ₹2 crore. He owns lots of fancy cars and bikes like the Range Rover Vogue, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, DC Avanti, Audi A4, and Kia Carnival MPV. Sonu Nigam earns most of his money by singing, making music, and promoting brands. He’s very talented in various aspects of the entertainment industry.

Sonu Nigam Net Worth
Net Worth in USD (Approx.)$51 Million
Net Worth in Indian Rupees (Approx.)₹403 Crore
Salary (Approx.)₹2 Crore +
Car & Bike CollectionRange Rover Vogue, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, DC Avanti, Audi A4, Kia Carnival MPV
Income SourceSinging, Music Composing, Brand Endorsement

Social Media Handles

Instagram @sonunigamofficial
Facebook @SonuNigamSpace
YouTube @sonunigam

Favorite Things

MusiciansMohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Micheal Jackson, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Michael Bolton, Cliff Richards, Mariah Carey
Song“Duniya Rang Rangeeli Wah Wah” by K.L. Saigal
BookDon’t Sweat the Small Things by Richard Carlson
FilmsBollywood: Amar Prem, Kunwara Baap, Half Ticket, Sholay
Hollywood: The Sixth Sense
FoodsPaneer makhanwala, paneer kofta, gulab jamun, butter chicken and tandoori chicken
ActorsShah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan
ActressMadhuri Dixit, Marlyn Monroe
DestinationGreece, Egypt, New Zealand

Sonu Nigam Songs Lyrics

Awards

YearAwards
2013Mirchi Music Award for Male Vocalist of The Year
2013Best Playback Singer at the BIG Star Entertainment Awards.
2013Zee Cinema Award for Best Male Playback Singer
201314th IIFA Awards Best Male Playback Singer
2014Mirchi Music Awards South – Best Male Vocalist Kannada
2015Bharat Ratna Ambedkar Award
2016Global Indian Music Academy Awards (GIMA) Best Pop Song: “Saiyaan Bina” by Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh
20179th Mirchi Music Awards Indie Pop Song of the Year “Aye Jahaan Aasmaan” sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal
2018Doctorate from Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of music
2018Iconic Achievers Awards
2019Iconic Performing Arts Award of the 21st Century
2020The government of Maharashtra bestows the Bharat Ratna Dr. B R Ambedkar Award.
2021Mirchi Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Decade for the song Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin (Agneepath)
2021Champions of Change (award)
2022“Bheeni Si” from Mera Fauji Calling won the Mirchi Music Award for “Raag-Inspired Song of the Year”.
2022Padma Shri

Quotes By Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam has had a very interesting life, full of different experiences and strong determination. When we listen to what Sonu Nigam, the famous singer, says:

“I was a topper till class tenth and wanted to initially be a scientist.”  

In the world of education, Sonu Nigam did well. He had big dreams like the vast universe. But life took him on surprising journeys, with some paths familiar and others new.

“I am concentrating on my fitness levels so that I don’t look old.”

As Sonu Nigam walks ahead, he aims to stay healthy, not just physically but mentally too. He believes in keeping fit and lively in all parts of life.

“For me, learning is a continuous process and an all-inclusive one – reading a book, learning a musical instrument, or learning the martial art called taekwondo. Teach myself something new – that’s my prayer.”  

In life’s big song, Sonu Nigam finds peace by learning new things. He loves books, music, and martial arts. Each thing he learns shows how much he loves finding out new stuff.

“I was born in Faridabad and I spent a major part of my growing up years in Delhi before shifting to Mumbai. Delhi-NCR is still very special to me.”  

Controversy 

Sonu Nigam’s new song “Sun Zara,” put out by T-Series on December 2, caused some trouble because Pakistani singer Omer Nadeem said it sounds just like his song “Aye Khuda,” which came out in 2009.

15 Facts About Sonu Nigam

  1. Sonu Nigam, known as the “Elvis Presley of India,” received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award.
  2. At age 3, he performed on the song “Kya Hua Tera Vaada.”
  3. He started acting at 10, playing young Shatrughan Sinha in the film ‘Taqdeer’ (1983).
  4. Sonu imitated co-singers well and did the act ‘Roadside Ustaad’ in Juhu disguised as a beggar.
  5. He’s a popular playback singer, initially trained by Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
  6. His first hit was “Accha Sila Diya” from ‘Bewafa Sanam’ (1995).
  7. In the ’90s, albums like “Kismat” and “Deewana” were huge hits.
  8. Sonu Nigam made his lead actor debut in ‘Love in Nepal‘ (2004).
  9. A fitness enthusiast trained in Taekwondo, Sonu fears cockroaches.
  10. He enjoys mimicking singers and actors at events.
  11. Sonu Nigam sang in various languages and did Hindi voice-overs for Hollywood films.
  12. Sonu hosted singing reality shows and won a National Award for “Kal Ho Naa Ho” (2003).
  13. In 2016, he did ‘The Roadside Ustaad’ act on Juhu streets.
  14. Sonu Nigam posted on Instagram in 2020, accusing two music companies of dominating the Indian music industry.
  15. In 2019, he was hospitalized for a seafood-induced skin allergy.

FAQs

What is Sonu Nigam’s Religion?

Sonu Nigam believes in Hinduism. 

Why is Sonu Nigam Richer?

Sonu Nigam makes most of his money from singing songs, doing shows, selling music albums, and promoting products.

Who is Sonu Nigam’s Son?

Nevaan Nigam is Sonu Nigam’s Son.

Who is Sonu Nigam’s Wife?

Madhurima Nigam is Sonu Nigam’s Wife. 

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