, Bihar, India
Udit Narayan Jha, popularly known as Udit Narayan is a playback singer in commercial Hindi, Nepali, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Assamese, Angika and Bangla language cinema. Narayan has sung in 26 different languages and has won three National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards.
He has worked with legendary as well as foremost musicians in the Indian Filmm Industry, including Rahul Dev Burman, A. R. Rahman, Anand-Milind, Jagjit Singh, Anu Malik, Jatin Lalit, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, Bappi Lahiri, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nadeem-Shravan, Rajesh Roshan, Shankar Mahadevan, Himesh Reshammiya, Pritam Chakraborty, Vishal-Shekhar, and with directors like Yash Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ashutosh Gowariker and Karan Johar. Some of those films include 'Lagaan', 'Darr', 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai', 'Dil To Pagal Hai', 'Mohabbatein', 'Devdas', 'Kal Ho Naa Ho', 'Swades', and 'Veer Zaara'. Narayan has been hailed as the screen voice of Shahrukh Khan. He has also sung hit songs for actors Aamir Khan, Sunny Deol, Akshay Kumar and young Shahid Kapoor. He credits his own success in part to being able to sing for the top actors.
Udit Narayan began his career in Nepal, singing for Kathmandu Radio Station, as a staff artiste for Maithili and Nepali folk songs. After eight years, the Indian Embassy offered him the chance to study classical music at a prestigious school in Bombay, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan on a scholarship. He moved to Bombay in 1978. He got his first break in 1980, when noted music director (composer) Rajesh Roshan asked him to sing for the Hindi film, `Unees Bees`, and he was given the opportunity to sing with Mohammed Rafi. He later provided playback, along with Baby Preeti in the 1983 hit, 'Bade Dil Wala' for the song, 'Jeevan Ke Din'.
He hit the big times only 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.
Udit continued singing for Nepalese movies, and has also acted in the Nepali flicks, 'Kusume Rumal' and 'Pirati'. 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. At the Hits FM Awards in 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'.
Udit has two wives. He married his first wife Ranjana on December 7, 1984 at the Arraha- Nirmali village. His second wife Deepa Narayan, whom he married in 1985, is a 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.