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We wish a happy 54th birthday to Hindustani vocalist Ramesh Naryan (03/11/1959)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 3, 2013

Ramesh Narayan (born 3 November 1959) is a Hindustani vocalist from Keralain south India, and is also an acclaimed film music director.He has given concerts in several parts of his country and abroad. Ramesh Narayan began his initial training in Carnatic music but later mastered the classical Hindustani style under the renowned Pandit Jasraj of Mewati gharana. (Source:

Pt. Ramesh Narayan (photo credt:

Pt. Ramesh Narayan (photo credt:

Pandit Ramesh Narayan has the unique distinctions of being one of the few vocalists from Kerala who has already carved a niche for himself in Hindustani music. Years of untiring, hard labour and abundant inborn talent have helped him scale the formidable heights of this art. Born on 3rd November, 1959, Shri Ramesh Narayan hails from a family of Carnatic musicians settled at Kuthuparambu near Kannur, North Kerala. He had his early lessons in music from his parents, learning Carnatic music up to the age of 20. While he was a student at the Music College, Chittoor, he was deeply drawn to Hindustani music and decided to dedicate himself to mastering it. Moving to Pune, he learnt Sitar under the tutelage of Shri. Satchidananda Phadke, a renowned disciple of the Sitar Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. Becoming a competent Sitarist in no time, Shri. Ramesh Narayan found himself captivated by Hindustani vocal. He joined the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and earned his “Visharad” with high distinction. He felt entranced by the passionately evocative style of Parampoojya Guruji, Padma Vibhushan, Sangeeth Martand, Pandit Jasraj ji and resolved to hone his talent and technique under the Mewati Gharana Maestro. Pandit Jasraj trained him rigorously in the subtler aspects of music in the traditional Gurukula style. Shri Ramesh Narayan has accompanied Guruji at several concerts.

A family of musicians…

Today Shri Ramesh Narayan is accompanied at many of his concerts by his wife and disciple, Hema. She is an exponent in Carnatic music who is also fortunate to have trained under Parampoojya Guruji Pandit Jasrajji, for sometime. Shri Ramesh Narayan is also blessed with two talented daughters, Madhuvanti and Madhushree, also following in their father’s footsteps.

A mellifluous career….

Shri Ramesh Narayan has enthralled audiences in several parts of India and abroad. Blessed with vigorous and expressive voice, his renditions are noted for their memorable felicity, depth of imagination and power to touch the listeners’ heart. Be it a weighty Khayal or a moving Bhajan, his renditions take the connoisseurs and masses alike, to ecstatic heights.

Perhaps one of the most celebrated achievements is the 30-hour concert he had performed, dedicated to his father and his guru, the late Narayan Bhagavathar and to Pandit Mothiram, the exponent of Mewati Gharana.

On this memorable occasion, the press venerated him thus: “Popular Malayalee Musician, Shri Ramesh Narayan, who has devoted himself to Hindustani Music, has fulfilled his greatest ambition of singing continuously for 30 hours, and created a world record. He started his historic concert on October 8th, 1994 with ‘Anandeswar Ardhanaree Nateswar’ in the Raag Bhairav….The 30 hour marathon concert went on smoothly and without a break. At the end of it, Shri Ramesh Narayan wept like a child in ecstasy of his achievement, and the crowd showered him with flowers and bouquets in appreciation of the one who dared to scale new heights.”

Gifted music composer and director, Shri Ramesh Narayan has composed, rendered and directed music for several feature films and Television.

Awards & Honours…

  • “Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy Award” 2012 for Indian Classical Music.
  • “Acharya Varishtata” Award given to Pandit Rameshnarayan from Pandit Jasraj Institute Newyork- New Jersey on 10th july 2011. By Pandit Jasraj.
  • “Madrid International Award”for Best Music Director for the film Veettilekullavazhi
  • “Imagine India 2011 International Award”for Best Music Director for the film Veettilekullavazhi.
  • “Taan Samrat Award”from Bhavalaya Muscat 2011
  • “Leadership Award”from cultural Education Center ,New Jersey,United States-August 2009
  • “Sangeet Samraat” Award from Shikshayatan Cultural Center, Newyork – September 2008
  • “Sangeetha Puraskar” received by the Arts and Cultural Movment Of India – July 2008
  • Received “Goldenchakra” International Award from madrid film festival Spain as the best music director for the film Paradesi – July 2008
  • Kerala State Television Awards -2006
  • Kerala Film Critics for Best Music Director 2006
  • Sree Chakra Puraskar 2006.
  • Prem Nazir Foundation TV Awards for Best Music Director 2006
  • Kerala State Film Awards, 2006 – Best Music Director for the film ‘Rathri Mazha’
  • Virtuoso Award 2005 Chennai.
  • Kerala State Film Awards 2005 Best Background Music scorer for the film ‘Saira’.
  • Film Audience Award, 2005 Best Music Director for his work on films ‘Sheelabati’ and ‘Makallkku’.
  • Kerala State TV Award 2004 ‘The Best Music Director Award’ for ‘RAGARDHAM’ programme conducted by Doordarshan kendra”.
  • Virtuoso Award, Chennai 2005.
  • Film Critics & Television Award for the year 2003.
  • Nominated for the Raj Kamal Academy of Cinematic Excellence (Race National Award) known as V. Santharam Award,Mumbai.
  • 25th Film Critics Award for Best Music Director for the film- “Megha Malhar” for the year 2002.
  • Film Critics Award for Television award 2002 for the Television serial “Devaranjini”
  • Mathrubhumi Medimix Film Award for the year 2001.
  • John Abraham Award 2001.
  • Soma Award for the year 2000.
  • Kerala State Television Award for the year 2000.
  • Honoured with the title- “Nada Chinthamani” in the year 1998 for his meritorious service to the cause of music.
  • Centre for Media Studies Buddha Award for the year 1998.
  • Akashavani Annual Award for the year 1997.
  • Nominated to the programme committee of the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur.
  • Director and Founder of Pandit Motiram Narayan Sangeeth Vidyalay, Kerala, the only Vidyalay in South Asia under Mewati Gharana.
  • A staff artiste of All India Radio, Kannur. Composed music for a number of films like “Gharshom”, “Elayum Mullum”, “Magrib”, “Megh Malhar”, “Makalkku”, “Anyar”, “Sheelabati” directed by well-known directors.
  • Sang and directed songs for national integration, produced by Jnanpith Laureate, Shri. M.T. Vasudevan Nair for Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad.
  • Entered into the Guiness Book of world records on October 8, 1994 for singing continous 30 hour concert at the Soorya Dance & Music Festival 1994, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Honoured by Parampoojya Guruji, Pandit Jasraj ji, at the Pandit Motiram Maniram Musical Festival, Hyderabad, November, 1994.
(Source: 03/2013 – Ramesh Narayan’s official website)

Raga Megh…

recoding session for the movie “Oduthalam”


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