Brij Narayan

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Brij Narayan
Born (1952-04-25) 25 April 1952 (age 65)
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Origin Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Genres Hindustani classical music
Instruments sarod
Years active 1967–present
Associated acts Chatur Lal, Ram Narayan
Website Brij Narayan

Brij Narayan (Hindi: बृज नारायण; IAST: Bṛj Nārāyaṇ) (born 25 April 1952) is an Indian classical musician who plays the string instrument sarod. Narayan was born in the Indian state Rajasthan and began to study sarod from a young age under his father Ram Narayan and other teachers. He won the All India Radio instrumentalist competition in 1967 and accompanied his father on a tour to Afghanistan in 1969. Narayan graduated from the University of Mumbai in 1972 and has since worked on movies and toured Africa, Europe, and America.

Early life[edit]

A many-stringed musical instrument, with eight red pegs at one end holding strings, and a long fingerboard that as it widens has further pegs along one edge, holding more strings. The fingerboard ends at a round, covered gourd, with the strings attached at the edge.
A sarod

Narayan was born on 25 April 1952 in Udaipur, Rajasthan as the oldest son of sarangi player Ram Narayan.[1] He was taught music from an early age and began playing the sarod at the age of seven.[2] Narayan knows how to play sarangi, but chose to specialize in playing the sarod, stating he believed his background would give him an advantage over other sarod players and that he liked its "combination of melody and percussion".[3][4] Narayan studied for a short time under his uncle, tabla player Chatur Lal, and sarod player Ali Akbar Khan in Delhi, but returned to study under his father following Lal's death in 1965.[2] In 1967, Narayan received the President's gold medal as top instrumentalist in the All India Radio competition.[1][5] In the late 1960s, he was the subject of a movie, participated in a 1969 cultural delegation tour of Afghanistan with his father, and became a scholar of the Bharat Sangeet Sabha.[1]


Narayan graduated from the University of Mumbai in 1972 and became a full-time musician; he performed at the Munich Olympics the same year.[1][2] In the 1970s and 1980s, he toured Africa, Europe, and America, and he recorded several albums, including a collaboration with Zakir Hussain.[1][2] Narayan played in the 1978 movie Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki and composed music for the 1988 movie The Bengali Night by Nicolas Klotz, which starred Hugh Grant.[1][4][6] He received the Dagar Gharana Award from the Mewar Foundation in 1996 and toured France again in 1999.[1] Narayan performed for the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth, to interest young Indians in Indian classical music, and played on the 2002 album Music Detected by Deep Forest.[7][8] Narayan was awarded a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani instrumental music – sarod for the year 2015.[9] Neil Sorrell has described Narayan as one of the best sarod players of the present time in Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.[10]

Family and personal life[edit]

Narayan is married, lives in Mumbai, and has children.[11] His son Harsh Narayan was born in the mid-1980s and plays sarangi since 1997; both Brij and his son have performed with Ram Narayan.[3] Narayan works for the Pt Ram Narayan Foundation in Mumbai, which offers scholarships to sarangi students.[4]


  • Raga Lalit, Raga Bairagi Bhairav (1999)
  • Raga Bhatiyar and Raga Shankara (2002)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Magic in his fingers". Screen. 14 November 2003. Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Harris, Craig. "Brij Narayan – Biography". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Suryanarayan, Renuka (7 September 2002). "Sarangi at its best". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 19 August 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Tandon, Aditi (25 March 2006). "Preserving traditional melodies". The Tribune. Archived from the original on 9 September 2006. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "An evening to remember". The Indian Express. 3 March 2008. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Bengali Night: plot synopsis". Allmovie. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Music.Detected_ – Credits". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Musical concerts in Mangalore from today". The Hindu. 1 April 2005. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Declaration of Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the Year 2015" (PDF) (Press release). New Delhi: Sangeet Natak Akademi. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Neuhoff, Hans (2006). "Narayan, Ram". In Finscher, Ludwig. Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik (in German). 12 (2nd ed.). Bärenreiter. p. 912. ISBN 3-7618-1122-5. 
  11. ^ Qureshi, Regula Burckhardt (2007). Master musicians of India: hereditary sarangi players speak. Routledge. p. 110. ISBN 0-415-97202-7. 

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