Ramesh Narayan

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Pandit Ramesh Narayan
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Background information
Born (1959-11-03) 3 November 1959 (age 59)
OriginKuthuparamba, Kannur, Kerala, India
GenresIndian classical music, Hindustani classical music
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, singer
Years active1972–present
Associated actsPandit Jasraj, Ronu Majumdar, Vinayak Torvi, Anand Badamikar, Yella Venkateswara Rao
WebsiteOfficial website

Pandit Ramesh Narayan (born 3 November 1959) is an Indian classical vocalist, composer and music producer. He belongs to the Mewati gharana of Hindustani classical music. He began his initial training in Carnatic music and later mastered the classical Hindustani style from Pandit Jasraj.

Early life[edit]

Ramesh Narayan was born in Kuthuparamba, Kannur, Kerala in a family of Carnatic musicians. He had his early lessons in music from his parents. The musical ambience in Ramesh Narayan's family during his early childhood left a lasting impression on him and he, as a child, yearned to learn more and continued his training in Carnatic music up to the age of twenty years.

It was while he was a student of Government Music College, Chitoor, that he was drawn to Hindustani music. Nevertheless, his desire to learn Hindustani music would not have had this kind of fulfillment, but, for the profound interest and initiative taken by his Pune-based elder brother Sri. Ramdas to introduce Ramesh Narayan to the city of Pune.


Moving to Pune, he learnt Sitar under the tutelage of Shri. Satchidananda Phadke, a renowned disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Becoming a Sitarist in no time, Ramesh Narayan found himself captivated by Hindustani vocal. He joined the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and took his "Visharad". He felt entranced by the style of Pandit Jasraj and resolved to hone his talent and technique under the Mewati Gharana Maestro. Pandit Jasraj gave him rigorous training for more than seven years in the subtler aspects of music. Ramesh Narayan accompanied Pandit Jasraj during several of his concerts.

One of his feats is a 30-hour concert he gave in dedication of his father, the late Narayana Bhagavathar, and to Pandit Motiram, an exponent of the Mewati gharana.

He has composed and rendered music for feature films and television serials like "Gharshom", "Elayum Mullum", "Magrib", "Megh Malhar", "Makalkku", "Anyar" and "Sheelabati".

Personal life[edit]

Ramesh Narayan is accompanied at many of his concerts by his wife Hema. She is an exponent in Carnatic music who is also trained under Pandit Jasraj for some time. Ramesh Narayan has two daughters, Madhuvanthi and Madhushree who also follow their father's way. Ramesh Narayan established the Pandit Mothiram Narayan Sangeeth Vidyalay in 1996, at Thiruvananthapuram to foster learning and appreciation of Hindustani Classical Music. Inaugurated by Pandit.Jasraj, the institution today imparts training to music students. The school is said to have the privilege of being the only school in India associated with Mewati Gharana.


  • Nandagopalam
  • Rudra
  • Mridumalhar
  • Ayyappa Sahasra Namam
  • Shivoham
  • Swati Manasam
  • Radheshyaam
  • Mridugeetham pole


Year Film Title Notes
2019 Kolaambi Music and Background Score
2014 Ennu Ninte Moideen Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director
Otta Mantharam
Central Theater
2013 Miss Lekha Tharoor Kaanunnathu
2011 Oduthalam Tamil Movie
Veettilekkulla Vazhi
Adaminte Makan Abu
2010 Avan
2009 Kadhaparayum Theruvonam
2008 Rathri mazha Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director
2007 Paradesi
2006 Saira
2005 Makalkku
2004 Kottaram Vaidyan
2003 Saphalam
2001 Jeevan Masai
2000 Thottam
1999 Garshom
1993 Magrib

Awards and achievements[edit]

National Film Awards
  • 2017 - Best Music Direction - Sword of liberty
Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award 2012
Kerala State Film Awards:

Kerala state Television awards

  • 2000 - Best Music Director -
  • 2004 - Best Music Director - 'RAGARDHAM'
  • 2006 - Best Music Director -
  • 2012 - Best Music Director - Choodu

Kerala Film Critics Awards

  • 2002 - Best Music Director - "Megha Malhar"
  • 2006 - Best Music Director - Rathri Mazha

Kerala Critics TV Awards

  • 2002 - Best Music Director - "Devaranjini"
  • 2003 - Best Music Director -

"Madrid International Award"

  • 2010 - Best Music Director -Veettilekulla vazhi

Madrid International film festival Spain

  • "Goldenchakra" award for best music director - Paradesi

"Imagine India 2011 International Award"

  • 2010 - Best Music Director -Veettilekulla vazhi

Prem Nazir Foundation TV Awards

  • 2010 - Best Music Director -

Film Audience Award

  • 2005 - Best Music Director - 'Sheelabati' and 'Makallkku'

Mathrubhumi Medimix Film Award

  • 2002 - Best Music Director - "Megha Malhar"
  • Limca Book of Records 2014 for continuous vocal recital for 36 hours and has completed 24-hour raga cycle in accordance to the 'samay siddhant', at the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune - is 2013.
  • Title ‘Nadha Kala Nipuna-2013’ by Ravindran School of Music, Chennai
  • Title of 'Sangeet Mahayogi' by Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma Foundation, trivandrum - 2012
  • "Acharya Varishtata" from Pandit Jasraj Institute Newyork-2011.
  • "Taan Samrat Award"from Bhavalaya Muscat-2011
  • "Pt. Bhimsen Joshi Puraskar" from Bharathiya Vidyalaya India-2011
  • "Leadership Award"from cultural Education Center, New Jersey, United States- 2009
  • "Sangeet Samraat" Award from Shikshayatan Cultural Center, Newyork - 2008
  • "Sangeetha Puraskar" received by the Arts and Cultural Movement Of India - July 2008
  • Sree Chakra Puraskar 2006.
  • Virtuoso Award 2005.
  • Nominated for V. Santharam Award, Mumbai.
  • John Abraham Award 2001.
  • Soma Award for the year 2000.
  • Centre for Media Studies Buddha Award for the year 1998.
  • Akashavani Annual Award for the year 1997.


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