All About Adnan Sami

Adnan Sami is a Singer, Composer, Musician, Pianist & Actor based in Mumbai. His full name is Adnan Sami Khan. He has a command of Indian and Western Classical/Semi-Classical music, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Indian Classical music, Fusion & Indian Film music. He is the first person in musical history to play Indian Classical Music on the Piano in a style he pioneered & created through the Indian instrument called the Santoor. He is also popularly known as being the ‘Fastest Keyboard player in the world & the Keyboard Discovery of the Nineties’ (described by the US based ‘Keyboard’ Magazine). Born to Naureen and Arshad Sami Khan in London, UK, he is of Pakistani, Indian, Afghan ancestry who currently works and lives in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Khan was born in 1969 in London, United Kingdom to a Pakistani Pashtun father Arshad Sami Khan (originally from Herat, Afghanistan) and an Indian Kashmiri mother Naureen Sami Khan who hailed from Jammu. He was raised in an aristocrat family and educated in the United Kingdom. Adnan’s father was a distinguished diplomatic Ambassador to 14 countries and a highly accomplished bureaucrat. Adnan’s grandfather General Mehfooz Jan hailed from Herat, Afghanistan and was the governor of 4 provinces in Afghanistan, namely Herat, Kabul, Jalalabad & Balkh, under the Reign of King Amanullah Khan. Adnan’s great Grand father General Ahmed Jan was the Military Adviser to King Abdur Rahman Khan. General Ahmed Jan was the conqueror of Kafiristan & named it Nuristan. However, at the time of the famous Bacha Saqqa revolution in Afghanistan, Adnan’s grandfather General Mehfooz Jan was assassinated. The family therefore migrated to Peshawar which was a part of British India at that time. Therefore, Adnan is of Pashtun origin.
Sami attended the prestigious Rugby School in England. He went on to graduate in Journalism & Political Science from the University of London. Adnan followed his bachelor’s degree with a Law degree (L.L.B) from the famous Kings College, London. He went on to qualify as a barrister from the prestigious Lincoln’s Inn, England. However, since music was his passion, he chose to pursue it as his profession. He had played the piano since the age of five & composed his first piece of music when he was nine years old. He went on to learn more than 35 musical instruments. Sami began taking lessons in Indian Classical Music from the Santoor Maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma when visiting India during his school vacations.
Today, Adnan Sami is credited for having sold more than a Hundred Million Albums worldwide. He has some of the greatest selling independent albums of all time in the Indian Subcontinent. He has sung and composed innumerable super hit songs in Bollywood movies through out his illustrious career. The Times of India has called him the “SULTAN OF MUSIC”.


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