Udit Narayan



Udit Narayan Jha, popularly known as Udit Narayan is a leading playback singer in commercial Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya and Nepali language cinema. Narayan has sung more than 15,000 songs in more than 30 different languages in more than 500 Hindi films. He is also a recipient of the Padma Shri award, one of India’s highest civilian honours, which he received in 2009.

Udit Narayan was born in Bhardah, in Saptari district in the Terai plains of Nepal in 1955. He is an original native of Bihar. He received training from Pandit Dinkar Kaikini. He began his career by singing in Nepali, Maithili, and Bhojpuri . He was initially denied a job at Radio Nepal. He sang folk songs for Radio Nepal throughout the early 1970s. In 1978, he moved to Mumbai on a music scholarship. In Mumbai, he was trained in Indian classical music for six years at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

He got his first break in 1980, when noted music director (composer) Rajesh Roshan asked him to do a song for the Hindi film Unees Bees, in which he got an opportunity to sing with his inspiration, Mohammed Rafi. However, the actual success story of his career began in 1988 with the successful Bollywood movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, earning him a Filmfare Award. The film also brought actor Aamir Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and playback singer Alka Yagnik to stardom. After the success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, he became one of the leading playback singers in the Indian film industry.

At the same time, he became a well-known celebrity in Nepal and sang in many popular Nepalese movies. He even acted in some Nepalese movies like Kusume Rumal and Pirati, but did not achieve much success. He has worked in Nepalese films as well, in particular for composer Shambhujeet Baskota. During his early singing career, he performed songs composed by Shiva Shankar, Natikaji and Gopal Yonzan. In 2004, he released his first private Nepalese album Upahaar, in which he also sang duets with his wife Deepa Jha.

He has worked with musicians like Rahul Dev Burman, Jagjit Singh, Anu Malik, Jatin Lalit, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, Bappi Lahiri, Vishal Bhardwaj, A. R. Rahman, Nadeem-Shravan, Rajesh Roshan, Shankar Mahadevan, Himesh Reshammiya, Pritam Chakraborty, Vishal-Shekhar, and leading directors like Yash Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and Karan Johar. These include Darr, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Devdas, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Swades, and Veer Zaara.

At the Hits FM Awards 2004 he won awards in two major categories for the album, Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Some of Narayan’s other private albums are Bhajan Sangam, Bhajan Vatika, I love You, Dil Deewana, Yeh Dosti, Love is Life, Jhumka de Jhumka, Sona No Ghadulo, Dhuli Ganga, and Ma Tarini. He was in the panel of judges on Sony TV for Waar Pariwaar, 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.

Narayan has performed in many stage shows in India and abroad and is the recipient of a large number of awards. These include Screen Videocon Award, MTV Best Video Award and Pride of India Gold Award.

Personal life
Narayan is a resident of Mumbai. He is married and has one son. His wife Deepa Narayan (from Darjeeling) whom he married in 1985 is an accomplished Nepalese singer, and the two recorded an album together titled Dil Deewana.

His son Aditya Narayan started his career singing for child artists in Hindi movies in the 1990s. More recently, he has been the host of Indian television singing competition Sa Re Ga Ma Pa for the last 2 seasons.

On 20 April 2006 Ranjana Jha, a resident of the Supaul district in Bihar, created a controversy by claiming to be Udit Narayan’s first wife. While Narayan initially rejected her claims, after she presented photographs and documents to prove her claim he finally agreed to recognize her as his wife and reached a settlement with her.

Awards and Nominations
Padma Shri

  • 2009: Padma Shri, India’s 4th highest civilian honour.

Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Won):

  • 1988: “Papa Kehte Hai” – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
  • 1995: “Mehndi Lagake Rakhna” – Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
  • 1996: “Pardesi Pardesi” – Raja Hindustani
  • 1999: “Chand Chupa Badal Mein” – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  • 2001: “Mitwaa” – Lagaan

Filmfare Best Male Playback Award (Nominated):

  • 1988: “Ae mere Humzafar” – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
  • 1991: “Koon Dada bod
  • 1992: “Pahla Nasha” – Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
  • 1993: “Phoolon Sa Chehra Tera” – Anari
  • 1993: “Jado teri nazar” – Darr
  • 1994: “Tu Cheez Badi Hai” – Mohra
  • 1995: “Raja ko rani se” – Akele Hum Akele Tum
  • 1996: “Ho Nahin Sakta” – Diljale
  • 1996: “Ghar Se Nikalte Hi” – Papa Kehte Hain
  • 1997: “Dil To Pagal Hai” – Dil To Pagal Hai
  • 1997: “Bholi si sorat” – Dil To Pagal Hai
  • 1998: “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
  • 2000: “Dil Ne Yeh Kaha” – Dhadkan
  • 2001: “Udhja Kaale Kawwa” – Gadar
  • 2003: “Tere Naam” – Tere Naam
  • 2003: “Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala” – Koi Mil Gaya
  • 2004: “Main Yahaan Hoon” – Veer Zaara
  • 2004: “Yeh Tara Woh Tara” – Swades

National Film Awards
National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer:

  • 2002: “Mitwa” – Lagaan
  • 2003: “Chhote Chhote Sapne” – Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai
  • 2005: “Ye Taara Wo Taara” – Swades

Star Screen Awards
Star Screen Award Best Male Playback:

  • 1996: “Aye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein” – Raja Hindustani
  • 2002: “Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki” – Devdas

Zee Cine Awards
Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male:

  • 2000: “Chand Chupa Badal Mein” – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

IIFA Awards
IIFA Best Male Playback Award:

  • 2000: “Chand Chupa Badal Mein” – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Bollywood Movie Awards

  • 1998: “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai




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