35 Facts About Udit Narayan


Udit Narayan Jha was born on 1 December 1955 and is an Indian playback singer whose songs have been featured mainly in Hindi films.


Udit Narayan has sung in various other languages including Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Bengali, Odia, Bhojpuri, Nepali, Malayalam, Assamese, Bagheli and Maithili.


Udit Narayan has won four National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards with twenty nominations among many others.


Udit Narayan got to sing with Mohammed Rafi in his Hindi playback debut in Unees-Bees in 1980 and with Kishore Kumar in the 1980s.


Udit Narayan finally made his mark in the 1988 film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak starring Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla, his song "Papa Kehte Hain" was his notable performance which earned him his first Filmfare Award in the 1980s and he established himself in Bollywood Playback Singing.


Udit Narayan is the only male singer in the history of the Filmfare Awards to have won in over three decades.


Udit Narayan Jha was born on 1 December 1955 in an ethnic Maithil Brahmin family to Harekrishna Jha, a Nepalese national, and Bhuvaneshwari Jha, an Indian national.


In 2009, when Narayan was awarded India's fourth highest civilian honour Padma Shri, there were reports questioning his Indian citizenship, claiming that he was born in Nepal.


However, Udit Narayan himself branded these reports as "completely false", and stated that he was born in the Baisi village of Supaul district in Bihar at his maternal grandparents' home near the India-Nepal border.


In September 2018, Udit Narayan revealed at a ceremony held by the Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America, that he identifies as a Bihari.


Udit Narayan 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 of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.


Udit Narayan's father Harekrishna Jha was a farmer and his mother Bhuvneshwari Devi was a folk singer who encouraged his career.


Udit Narayan has been married twice, first to Ranjana Udit Narayan Jha and then to Deepa Gahatraj.


Udit Narayan began his relationship with Deepa Gahatraj while he was still married to Ranjana Narayan.


Udit Narayan is one of the most prominent singers of Bollywood throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.


Udit Narayan has been the on-screen singing voice for various Bollywood stars.


Udit Narayan began his career in 1970 as a Maithili folk singer for Radio Nepal, singing mostly popular folk songs in Maithili and Nepali.


Udit Narayan started his Bollywood career in 1980 when he was noted by music director Rajesh Roshan, who asked Udit Narayan to playback sing for the Hindi film Unees-Bees.


Udit Narayan was given the opportunity to sing with the singer Mohammed Rafi.


Udit Narayan sang for Devanand a couplet in Swami Dada.


Udit Narayan remained prolific through the 2000s, singing numbers in films such as Pukar, Dhadkan, Lagaan, Devdas and Veer-Zaara.


In 2002, Udit Narayan sang "Bairi Piya" with newcomer Shreya Ghoshal, from the film Devdas, of which Rediff.


In 2014, Udit Narayan sang a song titled "Naa Hum Jo Kah De" along with Shreya Ghoshal, for the album Women's Day Special: Spreading Melodies Everywhere.


Udit Narayan competed with his closest professional rival Kumar Sanu who won five consecutive Filmfare awards in the 1990s.


Udit Narayan's work has been praised by his contemporaries Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy and music director Ankit Tiwari.


Udit Narayan is considered one of the most prominent singers of his generation.


Udit Narayan sang this song with Sushma Shrestha, now known as Poornima in Hindi films.


Udit Narayan has performed in many stage shows in India and abroad and is the recipient of many awards.


Udit Narayan was on the panel of judges of Indian Idol 3 in 2007 with music composer Anu Malik and playback singer Alisha Chinai on Sony TV.


Udit 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.


Udit Narayan has appeared on Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs as a guest.


Udit Narayan career started in 1980 and flourished during 90's.


Udit Narayan debuted with legendary singer Mohammad Rafi and then got opportunity to share songs with Kishore Kumar, Amit Kumar, Suresh Wadkar, Mohammad Aziz and others during 80's.


Udit Narayan has won four National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards.


In 2012, Udit Narayan was the one of the jury members of the film music jury for the Global Indian Music Academy Awards 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.