Manu Narayan

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Manu Narayan
Manu Narayan 2013 Photo by Lia Chang (2).jpg
Manu Narayan in New York
Born (1973-08-16) August 16, 1973 (age 45)
OccupationActor, singer, songwriter, saxophonist
Years active1999–present

Manu Narayan (born August 16, 1973) is an American actor, film producer, singer, songwriter, composer and saxophonist. He serves as a Trustee on the board of Carnegie Mellon University, his alma mater.[1]

Narayan was hailed as a "promising young star...a compelling actor and outstanding singer who can light up a stage with sheer force of personality," by UPI in 2004[2] when he made his Broadway debut in the Andrew Lloyd Webber, A.R. Rahman musical Bombay Dreams, originating the role of the "hero" Akaash.[3] Narayan co-starred as Rajneesh alongside Mike Myers in the Paramount Pictures' feature film The Love Guru (2008).[4]

Early life[edit]

Narayan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He is an accomplished classical saxophonist in the western and South Indian Carnatic styles. When Narayan was a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he won the Concerto Competition and performed the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto with orchestra at Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh. Narayan studied the Carnatic saxophone in Mangalore, India with Sri Kadri Gopalnath, and played on All India Radio as the winner of the All India Radio music competition of Mangalore.



On stage, Narayan made his Broadway debut in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/A.R. Rahman musical Bombay Dreams in 2004, originating the role he is most widely known for, the "hero" Akaash, and garnered a New York Drama League nomination. Narayan starred as Richard Roma in La Jolla Playhouse's critically acclaimed revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, receiving critical praise for his performance as well as a nomination for a 2012 San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

Narayan starred as the romantic lead in Sudhish Kamath's Good Night Good Morning, which he co-produced, and Shailja Gupta's Walkaway. He co-starred with Lucy Hale in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song and is featured in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender. He also co-starred with Canadian comic Russell Peters in Quarterlife Crisis which was first broadcast on Showtime.


In 2003, Narayan was invited to sing at a small state dinner for the first official visit of President George W. Bush to the UK. Narayan sang for and met Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Family, and President George W. Bush[11] and Colin Powell. He also sang for then Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign, sponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton,[12] as well as elsewhere with Cyndi Lauper, The Band's Garth Hudson[13] and Martha Wainwright.

As a recording artist, Narayan has collaborated on and recorded original and cover tracks for feature film soundtracks including The Love Guru, A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, Good Night Good Morning and Walkaway. He co-wrote and recorded the single Help Me to Find for the film Hiding Divya starring Madhur Jaffrey. Narayan has collaborated with Grammy winner Frank London numerous times around the world, most recently recording and performing for his Soundbrush Records' klezmer concept album, A Night in the Old Marketplace. As the lead vocalist, Narayan performed the concert version of the album throughout Europe and North America. He is currently working on a new klezmer/Desi collaboration called SHARABI with London and master percussionist Deep Singh, whom he performed with in Bombay Dreams. SHARABI performed at the 2014 Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków, Poland[14]

Narayan is also lead singer of the band D A R U N A M with Radovan Jovicevic, founding member of Yugoslavia's Grupa Zana. The band brings together the melodies and rhythms from three countries: America, India and Serbia. He recorded with D A R U N A M bandmate Radovan Jovicevic the single Have Me for the 2007 film And Then Came Love starring Vanessa Williams. Narayan and Jovicevic have released the 2007 EP All That's Beautiful Must Die and the title track's video featuring Janina Gavankar. Their album of Electronic Lounge/World Gypsy music with Canadian clarinetist Milan Milosevic entitled The Last Angel on Earth was released live on CBC national radio in Canada in 2010. D A R U N A M is currently collaborating on an original theatre piece with playwright Aditi Kapil. Their untitled piece was selected to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's 2014 Ground Floor Writer's Summer Residency Lab.[15]




  1. ^ "Manu Narayan, Bajaj among Carnegie Mellon University trustees". The Economic Times. July 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "'Bombay Dreams' brightens Broadway". UPI Perspectives. May 2004.
  3. ^ Wong, Wayman (1 May 2004). "THE LEADING MEN: Bolly High". Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  4. ^ Jaymie (1 May 2008). "Manu Narayan stars in The Love Guru with Mike Myers". Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  5. ^ McNulty, Charles (September 27, 2012). "'Glengarry Glen Ross' crackles with energy". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Kragen, Pam (September 23, 2012). "'Playhouse's 'Glengarry' is sharp, bitingly funny". North County Times.
  7. ^ Herman, Ken (October 4, 2012). "This Glengarry Glen Ross a Soft Sell".
  8. ^ Lowerison, Jean (September 27, 2012). "Theater Review: 'Glengarry Glen Ross'".
  9. ^ Ordon, Jessica (September 26, 2012). "Mamet's words still ring true with fine cast of 'Glengarry Glen Ross' at the La Jolla Playhouse". La Jolla Light.
  10. ^ Coddon, David L. (September 26, 2012). "'Glengarry Glen Ross': Dirty deeds and premium leads". San Diego CityBeat.
  11. ^ They sang for Bush and the Queen!
  12. ^ Bombay Dreams: A reckoner
  13. ^ "Cyndi Lauper and Garth Hudson star in 'Largo: A Musical' at Vassar's Powerhouse". Vassar College. 2001. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  14. ^ Adamczak, Bartek (July 3, 2014). "Shabari [sic] / A-WA at Tempel Synagogue (24th Krakow Jewish Culture Festival day 6)". (Free) Jazz Alchemist. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  15. ^ Hurwitt, Robert (February 26, 2008). "Berkeley Rep fills up its next Ground Floor". Retrieved 22 July 2014.

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