42 Facts About Adnan Sami


Adnan Sami Khan was born on 15 August 1971 and is an Indian singer, musician, music composer and pianist.


Adnan Sami has been awarded with Padma Shri for his remarkable contribution in music.


Adnan Sami has been credited as "the first musician to have played the santoor and Indian classical music on the piano".


Adnan Sami was raised and educated in the United Kingdom and spent his life in Canada.


Adnan Sami was born to Arshad Sami Khan, a Pakistani Air Force veteran and diplomat of Pashtun origin, and Naureen, who was originally from the Indian Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.


Adnan Sami was awarded the Padma Shri on 26 January 2020.


Adnan Sami was raised and educated in the United Kingdom.


Adnan Sami's father, Arshad Sami Khan, was a Pakistani Pashtun while his mother Naureen Khan was an Indian from Jammu.


Adnan Sami's father served as a Pakistan Air Force pilot, before becoming a senior bureaucrat and serving as Pakistan's ambassador to 14 countries.


Adnan Sami followed his bachelor's degree with a law degree from King's College London.


Adnan Sami went on to qualify as a barrister from Lincoln's Inn, England.


Adnan Sami had played the piano since the age of five and composed his first piece of music when he was nine years old.


At the age of sixteen, Adnan Sami was approached to write a song for famine-hit Ethiopia, for which he won a special award from UNICEF.


Adnan Sami is the youngest recipient of the Naushad Music Award for Excellence in Music.


Adnan Sami was invited as a member of the jury of the music festival Voice of Asia competition held annually at Almaty, Kazakhstan.


Adnan Sami released his first vocal solo album Raag Time in 1991.


Adnan Sami soon became popular, which led Hindi filmmaker Boney Kapoor to invite him to provide music for his film.


The song "Tu Sirf Mera Mehboob" from the Hindi film Ajnabee, sung by Adnan Sami, became popular and was declared a "superhit" by Screen Magazine, who called him the pop personality of the year in 2001.


Adnan Sami is the only artist in all of Asia and Europe to have endorsed Pepsi Cola and Coca-Cola together.


Adnan Sami sang the song "Chanchadi Adi Urang Nee" in the Malayalam movie Makalkku.


Adnan Sami came back in April 2007 with the album Kisi Din.


Adnan Sami was one of the guest judges on the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007.


Adnan Sami has composed film music for several other Hindi films, including Lucky: No Time for Love, Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke, Dhamaal, 1920, Chance Pe Dance, Mumbai Salsa, Khubsoorat, Sadiyaan, Shaurya and several others.


Adnan Sami has performed before heads of state and governments such as President Mitterrand of France, the President of the United Arab Emirates, the President and Prime Minister of India, the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, the President and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, the Prime Minister of Sweden and Princess Christina of Sweden.


Adnan Sami has performed for music festivals to sold-out stadiums of his solo concert tours all over the world in over forty countries.


Adnan Sami wrote a song for India during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.


The video of this song captures the nationalistic spirit of competition, depicting Adnan Sami performing with the Indian cricket team with guest appearances from Indian film stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Fardeen Khan and Kareena Kapoor.


Adnan Sami's work has associated him with prominent people from the Indian film and music industry.


In 2010, Adnan Sami received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Prime Minister of Pakistan at a ceremony by Pakistan Television.


In 2011, Adnan Sami was given the "Glory of India Award" by the India International Friendship Society.


In 2011, Adnan Sami returned as a judge on the singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs, which became popular worldwide.


Adnan Sami performed a qawwali "Bhar Do Jholi Meri" in the 2015 film Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he appeared in the movie as well.


Adnan Sami first married to actress Zeba Bakhtiar in 1993, with whom he had a son named Azaan Adnan Sami Khan.


Adnan Sami began living in India since 13 March 2001, on a visitor's visa which was extended from time to time.


On 29 January 2010 Adnan Sami married Roya Adnan Sami Khan, the daughter of a retired diplomat and army general.


Adnan Sami first met Roya in India during her visit in 2010 and proposed to her after some time.


Adnan Sami has won a number of international awards, including the Nigar Award, the Bolan Academy Award, and the Graduate Award.


Adnan Sami was given a special award by UNICEF for the song he wrote for famine-hit Ethiopia as a teenager and a United Nations Peace Medal for a song he wrote and performed for Africa.


Adnan Sami has performed for prestigious music festivals to sold-out stadiums of his solo concert tours all over the world in over forty countries.


In 2007, Adnan Sami was given a Special Award from the UK Parliament for his 'Outstanding Contribution to Sub-Continental Music'.


Later in 2013, Adnan Sami was given a Special Award by the Canadian Parliament for his 'Exceptional Services to Indian Music'.


Adnan Sami received the award from President of India on 8 November 2021.