Udit Narayan

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Udit Narayan
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Udit at Rampur Ke Lakshman Music Launch
Born Udit Narayan
(1955-12-01) 1 December 1955 (age 61)[1]
Bhardaha, Saptari District, Nepal
Occupation Playback singer
Years active 1980–present
  • Ranjana Narayan Jha (m. 1984)[2]
  • Deepa Narayan Jha (m. 1985)
Children Aditya Narayan (Son)[3]
Awards See below
Musical career
Instruments Vocals

Udit Narayan Jha credited as Udit Narayan (born on 1 December 1955)[1] is an established playback singer who works in Bollywood and whose songs have been featured mainly in Hindi language, Nepali and Bollywood movies. Besides Nepali and Hindi, he has sung in 36 languages. He has won three National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards. He is the only male singer in the history of the Filmfare Awards to have won over three decades (winning in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s). Udit Narayan was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 [4] and, in 2016, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, an honour that has so far been awarded to only a handful of singers, in recognition of his achievements in various film industries across India.[5] He was also awarded the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu by the late King of Nepal Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev in 2001 and Chitragupta Cineyatra Samman 2015 for Bhojpuri Cinema.[6] As many as 21 of his tracks feature in BBC's "Top 40 Bollywood Soundtracks of all time".[7] He has sung 25,000 songs in over 36 languages.[8][9][10][11]

Early life[edit]

Narayan's birthplace is in Saptari in his maternal home while he paternally belongs to Bhardaha, Saptari District, Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal.[12] He studied at Jageshwar High School, Kunauli, Supaul, Bihar, India, where he finished his SSC (Class XII) and later obtained his intermediate degree from Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus, Kathmandu. His father Harekrishna Jha was a farmer and his mother Bhuvneshwari Devi was a folk singer. Her mother encouraged him to pursue music as a career.[13][2][14]

Personal life and popularity[edit]

In 2006, Ranjana Narayan, claimined to be the Narayan's first wife but Narayan consistently denied. Later, Narayan accepted her as his wife and promised to provide for her maintenance.[15][16] Narayan has been married twice, first to Ranjana Narayan Jha and then to Deepa Narayan Jha. Narayan began his relationship with Deepa Narayan while he was still married to Ranjana Narayan. Narayan and Deepa got married in 1985. With Deepa Narayan, he has one son Aditya Narayan who is also a playback singer.[3][15][17][18]

Narayan work has been praised by his contemporaries Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy and music director Ankit Tiwari.[19][20][21] Mid Day included him in the list of notable 90's playback singers.[22]

Music career[edit]

He was one of the most prominent ustad of Bollywood singers throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. He has been the on-screen singing voice for various Bollywood stars. He has also sung with Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand. Most of his duets are with Alka Yagnik. He began his career in 1970 as a Maithili folk singer (staff artist) for Radio Nepal, singing mostly popular folk songs in Maithili and Nepali.[23] Gradually, he started singing Nepali Modern songs. After eight years, Narayan moved to Bombay on a musical scholarship for Nepalese from the Indian Embassy in Nepal to study classical music at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.

Narayan started his Bollywood career in 1980 when he was noted by music director Rajesh Roshan and asked Narayan to playback sing for the Hindi film Unees-Bees. Narayan was given the opportunity to sing with the veteran singer Mohammed Rafi. Soon after, Narayan sang for a number of other movies, including Bade Dil Wala in 1983, where he sang a duet with senior singer Lata Mangeshkar composed by senior music director R D Burman. In the same year, Narayan sang with Kishore Kumar in the film Kehdo Pyar Hai another singer was Suresh Wadkar and music composed by Bappi Lahiri. A significant milestone in his career occurred in 1988 when Anand-Milind gave him the opportunity to sing all the songs for the successful Bollywood movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak with Alka Yagnik which earned him a Filmfare Award.[24] In interview with The Times of India, Narayan said, “The song I’ve sung, Manzilein, is the best song of my career after Pehla Nasha which gave me superstardom!”.[25] Narayan were not seen after 2000, made a comeback in the 2008, with the song ‘Deewangi deewangi' from the film Om Shanti Om.[11]

In 2002, Narayan sang 'Bairi Piya' with new comer Shreya Ghoshal from the film Devdas which Rediff mentioned, "Narayan successfully captures the eternal romanticism of Devdas".[26] In 2014, Narayan sang a song titled "Naa Hum Jo Kah De" along with Shreya Ghoshal, for the album Women's Day Special: Spreading Melodies Everywhere. The song was composed by Ram Shankar and penned by A. K. Mishra.[27]

Other work[edit]

He has a friend ,named Jiyand Nawab Deedag in Pakistan suggested him to bring some changes in his work from old to modern in order to get to be selected in film as a playback singer due to become a modern singer but somehow it does'nt worked and considering old films in 1973, Narayan sang a song for a Nepali film called "Sindoor." The song was a comedy song for the famous Nepali comedians GopalRaj Mainali (Chankhe) and Basundhara Bhushal (Nakkali). Narayan sang this song with Sushma Shrestha – now known as Poornima in Hindi films. In addition to singing in Nepali movies, Narayan has also acted in two Nepali films – Kusume Rumal and Pirati in 1985. In 2004, he released his first non-movie Nepalese album, Upahaar, in which he sang duets with his wife Deepa Jha. Narayan has may solo albums as well, such as Bhajan Sangam, Bhajan Vatika, I Love You, Dil Deewana, Yeh Dosti, Love is Life, Jaanam,Jhumka de Jhumka, Sona No Ghadulo, Dhuli Ganga, and Ma Tarini.[citation needed]

Narayan has performed in many stage shows in India and abroad and is the recipient of a large number of awards. These awards include Screen Videocon Award, MTV Best Video Award and Pride of India Gold Award. In 2009, Narayan was awarded the Padma Shri. In 2010, Udit Narayan with Madhushree sang for the English independent film When Harry Tries to Marry.

Narayan had also sung the title song for TV show Yeh Duniyan Gazab Ki, with singer Kumar Sanu.[citation needed]

Reality shows[edit]

Narayan was in the panel of judges of Indian Idol 3 with music composer Anu Malik and female playback singer Alisha Chinai on Sony TV.[citation needed]

Narayan was in the panel of judges on Sony TV for Waar Parriwar, a reality show based on the bringing together of a singing gharana (family of singers). He shared judging duties with fellow playback singer Kumar Sanu and Jatin Pandit of the famous music duo Jatin-Lalit.[citation needed]

Udit Narayan has appeared in Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star[citation needed] and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs as a guest.[28]

As an actor[edit]

Narayan acted in and sang all the songs in a 1985 Nepali movie called Kusume Rumal, which spent 25 weeks in the box office top ten list and became the highest-grossing Nepalese movie of all time until overtaken in 2001 by another Tulsi Ghimire film, Darpan Chaya.[citation needed]

Jury member of awards[edit]

In 2012, Narayan was the one of the jury mumber of film music jury in Global Indian Music Academy Awards.[29] In 2015, Narayan was one of the jury member in Mirchi Music Awards and same year he was the judge of Jagran Film Festival.[30][31][32]

Civil honours[edit]

  • Padma Bhushan: Third Highest Civil Honour from Indian Government 2016[33]
  • National Bravery Award from Maharashtra at Raj Bhavan 2016[34]
  • Padma Shri: Fourth Highest Civil Honour from Indian Government 2009[35]
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Suryadatta National Awards 2016[36]
  • Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, Fourth Class of Prestigious Order of Gorkha Dakshina Bahu (Order of Gorkha Right Arm), one of the Highest Civil Honour in Nepal, by the late King of Nepal Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev in 2001[citation needed]
  • Honoured at Swabhimani Mumbaikar Awards 2016[37]
  • Special Jury Salute Award from Radio Mirchi Award 2016.[38]
  • Receiving the Kishore Kumar Memorial Award for Music from Mr. S. Krishna Kumar.[39]
  • Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards 2015[40]
  • Dr Ambedkar awards in Mumbai 2015[41]
  • Awarded for his exceptional performance Bhojpuri industry 2015[42]
  • Received BIFA awards 2015[43]
  • 1st,Chitragupta Cineyatra Film Award 2015[44]
  • Received bhojpuri award 2014[45]
  • Maharashtra Ratna Awards from Government of Maharashtra 2011[46]
  • International Brandlaureate Personality Award from Malaysia 2011[47]
  • First Mohammed Rafi award 2010[48]
  • 2nd Medscape India National Awards[49]
  • Chitragupta Cineyatra Samman for Bhojpuri Cinema 2015
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Kalashri Award in 2010[50]
  • Sahara Awadh Samman Awardees for 2006[51]
  • Received ‘Samrat Vikramaditya Sangeet Alankaran Samman 2006[52]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Narayan has won three National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards.[6]


See also[edit]


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  37. ^ "Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Preity Zinta honoured at Swabhimani Mumbaikar Awards". 4 June 2016. 
  38. ^ "8th Mirchi Music Awards: Complete list of winners". The Times of India. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  39. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.priyadarshniacademy.com/4-ann-global-awards/photo-gallery/4-global-awards1.html
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  49. ^ http://photogallery.indiatimcom/awards/awards-and-honours/2nd-medscape-india-national-awards/articleshow/19674792.cms
  50. ^ "Laila O Laila". 13 July 2010 – via The Hindu. 
  51. ^ Awadh Samman
  52. ^ "Udit Narayan to be feted on March 28". Hindustan Times. 

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