Sonu Nigam was submerged in the life of music show business at just three years old when he sang a popular Mohammed Rafi song onstage with his father. After winning a number of local and national singing competitions throughout his youth, he moved to Mumbai from his home city of Faridabad to pursue a career as a Bollywood singer at the age of 19. He went on to showcase his various talents as an actor, television persona, producer, dancer, and, of course, as a singer. He has been featured as a playback singer on several of the most successful Bollywood films from the past two decades, such as Saathiya and Kal Ho Naa Ho. He has also hosted a variety of popular TV game shows and music competitions, starting with Sa Re Ga Ma in 1995 and moving on to serve as a judge for Indian Idol and X Factor: India. Nigam has released over two dozen albums and collaborated on a seemingly endless number of other projects.
Nigam’s ambition and creative drive are nothing short of inspiring, but it is his foundation in a deeper well of activism and philanthropy that makes him a true difference-maker. Nigam has performed concerts to support HIV/AIDS awareness, cancer treatment research, women’s welfare issues, and curable blindness organizations. He is also an active supporter of the Dignity Foundation, a group that specializes in offering support and opportunities for people over the age of 50 in India. In 2011, Nigam stepped up as a leader of a peace rally to promote a ceasefire between India and Pakistan with the goal of ending violence in the war-torn Kashmir region.
Nigam may exude the confidence and other-worldliness of a superstar, but at his core is a person with a deep commitment for helping people and molding a more just and peaceful world.