Adnan Sami Khan was born in London on August 15, 1971. The ‘Sultan of Music’, as he has been called, is a singer, composer, pianist and occasional actor, who has also been a television reality show judge. He plays Indian classical music – and almost every other kind of music – on the piano and uses western sounds in his compositions for Indian films. A multi-platinum recording artiste, Sami plays 35 different instruments and is often described as the fastest keyboard player in the world.
He composed his first film song for Sargam, a Pakistani production in which he acted as lead. In this one Asha Bhosle sang playback – the association between the two musicians continued to create a compilation of love songs that was Kabhi To Nazar Milao. His growing popularity made Bollywood discover him and soon he was singing for more films than he could keep track of. But health issues forced Sami to take a break in 2006 and he bounced back in 2007 slimmer and raring to go. In 2015 he became officially Indian, and often proudly claims his new citizenship.
To celebrate Adnan Sami’s 47th birthday, we present 7 songs we like most from his vast repertoire…
- Chain mujhe ab aye na
- Lift kara de
- Tera chehra jab nazar aye
- Kabhi to nazar milao
- Kabhi nahin
- Aye udi udi udi (Saathiya)
- Bhar do jholi meri (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)