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Udit Narayan Jha, credited as Udit Narayan (born 1 December 1955),[1] is a playback singer[6] of Nepalese descent whose songs have been featured mainly in Nepali and Bollywood movies.[7][better source needed] 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 in over three decades (the 80s, 90s, and 2000s). Udit Narayan was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009,[8] and in 2016 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, an honour that has been awarded to only a handful of singers, in recognition of his achievements in various film industries across India.[9] He was awarded the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu by the King of Nepal Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev in 2001 and Chitragupta Cineyatra Samman 2015 for Bhojpuri Cinema.[10] he sung more than 25000 songs in 36 different languages (Almost all Language in India). As many as 21 of his tracks feature in BBC's "Top 40 Bollywood Soundtracks of all time".[11]

Udit Narayan
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Udit Narayan at Rampur Ke Lakshman music launch
Born Udit Narayan Jha
(1955-12-01) 1 December 1955 (age 62)[1]
Baisi, Bihar, India[2][3]
Occupation Playback singer
Years active 1980–present
  • Ranjana Narayan Jha (m. 1984)[4]
  • Deepa Narayan Jha (m. 1985)
Children Aditya Narayan (son)[5]
Awards See below
Musical career
Instruments Vocals


Early lifeEdit

Narayan was born in his maternal home at Baisi in the Supaul district of Bihar, India[12][2] while his paternal home is in Bhardaha, Saptari District, Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal.[13] He studied at Jageshwar High School, Kunauli, Supaul, Bihar, India, where he finished his SSC and later obtained his intermediate degree from Ratna Rajya Lakshmi Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal. His father Harekrishna Jha was a farmer and his mother Bhuvneshwari Devi was a folk singer. His mother encouraged him to pursue music as a career.[14][4][15]

Personal life and popularityEdit

In 2006, Ranjana Narayan claimed to be the Narayan's first wife, but Narayan consistently denied it. Later, he accepted her as his wife and promised to provide for her maintenance.[16][17] Narayan has been married twice, first to Ranjana Narayan Jha and then to Deepa Narayan Jha. He began his relationship with Deepa Narayan while he was still married to Ranjana Narayan. Narayan and Deepa were married in 1985. With Deepa Narayan, he has one son, Aditya Narayan, who is also a playback singer.[5][16][18][19]

Narayan's work has been praised by his contemporaries Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy and music director Ankit Tiwari.[20][21][22] Mid Day included him in the list of notable 90s playback singers.[23] Narayan is considered one of the most prominent singers of his generation.[24]

Music careerEdit

He was one of the most prominent ustads (teachers) 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.[25] Gradually, he started singing modern Nepali 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, who asked Narayan to playback sing for the Hindi film Unees-Bees. Narayan was given the opportunity to sing with the legendary singer Mohammed Rafi. He sang for Devanand a couplet in Swami Dada.His first duet was in the film Sannata. 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 he sang with was Suresh Wadkar with 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.[26] In an 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!".[27] Narayan remained prolific through the 2000s, singing popular numbers in films such as Pukar, Dhadkan, Lagaan, Devdas and Veer Zaara.

In 2002, Narayan sang "Bairi Piya" with newcomer Shreya Ghoshal, from the film Devdas, of which Rediff mentioned: "Narayan successfully captures the eternal romanticism of Devdas".[28] 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.[29]

Other workEdit

Narayan's friend Jiyand Nawab Deedag suggested he change his work from old to modern in order to be selected as a playback singer, but this didn't work and, considering old films in 1973, Narayan sang a song for a Nepali film called Sindoor. This 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. 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 many 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 many awards. These include Screen Videocon Award, MTV Best Video Award and Pride of India Gold Award.

In 2010, Narayan with Madhushree sang for the English independent film When Harry Tries to Marry.

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

In 2015 he involve a mega series campaign Melancholy where 421 Nepali artists had sung 33 minutes 49 seconds an environmental song in which 365 artists set an Guinness World Record on 19th may 2016 at Radio Nepal Studio, Singhadurbar, Kathamandu is written, music composed and directed by environmentalist Nipesh DHAKA.[30]

Reality showsEdit

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

Narayan was on 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 music duo Jatin-Lalit.[citation needed]

Narayan has appeared on Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star[citation needed] and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs as a guest.[31]

As an actorEdit

Narayan acted in and sang all the songs in a 1985 Nepali movie called Kusume Rumal, which spent 25 weeks on 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 awardsEdit

In 2012, Narayan was the one of the jury members of the film music jury for the Global Indian Music Academy Awards.[32] In 2015, he was one of the jury members in Mirchi Music Awards, and the same year he was the judge of the Jagran Film Festival.[33][34][35]

Civil honoursEdit

  • Padma Bhushan: third highest civil honour from Indian Government, 2016[36]
  • Madhya Pradesh government's National Lata Mangeshkar Award, 2015[37]
  • National Bravery Award from Maharashtra at Raj Bhavan 2016[38]
  • Padma Shri: fourth highest civil honour from Indian Government, 2009[39]
  • Honoured at Swabhimani Mumbaikar Awards, 2016[40]
  • Special Jury Salute Award from Radio Mirchi Award, 2016[41]
  • Receiving the Kishore Kumar Memorial Award for Music from S. Krishna Kumar[42]
  • Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards, 2015[43]
  • Dr Ambedkar awards in Mumbai, 2015[44]
  • Awarded for his exceptional performance Bhojpuri industry, 2015[45]
  • Received BIFA awards, 2015[46]
  • 1st, Chitragupta Cineyatra Film Award, 2015[47]
  • Bhojpuri award, 2014[48]
  • Maharashtra Ratna Awards from Government of Maharashtra 2011[49]
  • First Mohammed Rafi award, 2010[50]
  • 2nd Medscape India National Awards[51]
  • Chitragupta Cineyatra Samman for Bhojpuri Cinema, 2015
  • Received Samrat Vikramaditya Sangeet Alankaran Samman, 2006[52]

Outstanding Honours & AwardEdit

  • Big Entertainment Award 2017 Udit Narayan won the 92.7FM Suhana Safar Legend Award[53]
  • Mirchi Music Awards 2016 Jury Special Salute[54]

International Honours & AwardEdit

Lifetime Achievement AwardEdit

  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Kalashri Award, 2010[56]
  • Sahara Awadh Samman Awardee, 2006[57]
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Suryadatta National Awards, 2016[58]

Awards and nominationsEdit


See alsoEdit


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