Dhaka-born Tina Sani is a living legend of Pakistan’s music industry. For around three decades, she has brought to life some of the most beautiful ghazals with her awe-inspiring voice and hair-raising performances. Sani was been classically trained by Ustad Nizamuddin Khan, son of Ustad Ramzan Khan of Dehli Gharana and Ustad Chand Amrohvi. The iconic Mehdi Hasan was also one of her tutors.
Sani began her singing career in the early 1980s in a youth program on television hosted by none other than the great Alamgir, one of the pioneers of Urdu pop music. She rose to fame from her rendition of poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s ghazals like ‘Bahaar Aaayi’ and ‘Bol Ke Lab Azad’. One of her most memorable anthems was of Allama Iqbal’s ‘Jawab-e-Shikwa’, and her renditions extend to the godfathers of the Indian subcontinent Zauq, Mirza Ghalib and Mir Taqi Mir.
Some of Sani’s more popular songs crossed-over into the filmi-pop genre like ‘Koi Baat Karo’ which is still loved by her many fans even today. Her songs have been used in various television dramas like ‘Moorat’. One of her more recent appearances was on Coke Studio in which she performed the opening verses of Rumi’s ‘Mathnavi’. She also performed a beautiful duet with Arieb Azhar titled ‘Mori Araj Suno’.
Sani draws various inspirations from some of the best-known musicians from Pakistan including Malika Pukhraj and Farida Khanum. She also has worked with great composers like Arshad Mehmood with whom she produced ‘Bol’, ‘Bahar Aayi’ and ‘Akhan Cham Cham Wasiyan’.
Sani’s innumerable contributions to the arts have earned her the President’s Pride of Performance Award. She is an institution in Pakistan and will always be regarded as one of the greatest performers this country has ever produced!