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Tina Sani

Tina Sani
Birth name Tina Sani
Born Dhaka, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
Origin Pakistani
Genres Classical music
Ghazal
Occupation(s) Singer

Tina Sani is a Pakistani female singer renowned 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 Sani, 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 Dehli Gharana and Ustad Chand Amrohvi. Tina also received special training from ghazal maestro Mehdi Hasan .

Career

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, 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 the sub-continent like Mehdi Hasan, 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' composed by Arshad Mehmood. She renders poetry of contemporary poets with complete ease and is equally at home singing works of Zauq, Ghalib and Mir Taqi Mir; the immortals of Urdu poetry.

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.

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.

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

Personal life

Tina Sani is married and has a son, Nasir Siddiqui (b. 1996).[3] Her family roots are deep in the Pakistani art community. Her neice Rehaam and Nadia Hussain are leading models of Pakistani fashion industry.[4]

Her top five favourite songs are [5]

  1. بابل مورا
  2. کورا کاغذ تھا یہ من میرا
  3. آپ جیسا کوئی میری زندگی میں آئے تو بات بن جائے
  4. کھڑی نیم کے نیچے
  5. کوئی تو ہے جو نظامِ ہستی چلا رہا ہے وہی خدا ہے

Awards

  • The Pride of Performance Award - Government of Pakistan
  • Performance Recognition Award (2011) by President of India during centinal celebrations of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

References

  1. ^ http://news.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/culture/16-tina-sani-sings-shikwa-hs-20
  2. ^ http://www.indianexpress.com/news/beyond-borders/505356/
  3. ^ http://www.dawn.com/weekly/review/archive/080508/review2.htm
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/entertainment/2014/10/141008_tina_sani_songs_tim?ocid=socialflow_twitter
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/entertainment/2014/10/141008_tina_sani_songs_tim?ocid=socialflow_twitter

External links

  • Mag4you profile
  • Beyondborders: Shubha Mudgal and Tina Sani
  • Interview
  • Coke Studio recording
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