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Pradeep
post Oct 25 2003, 06:34 PM
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No image-managed guise, conceit, pretence or airs. Just a whole lot of talent and a musical repertoire carefully shaped over the years - that's Udit Narayan, the humblest yet the most gifted singer in the Hindi music industry today.

Like all success stories go, Udit Narayan has a past of sheer toil and hard work preceding him. Born in a small Nepal-India border town to a farmer father and singer mother, he triggered different hopes and expectations in his parents. While his father willed him to study and choose a steady vocation, his mother believed that singing was what he was cut out for.

Udit's own aspirations were obviously music-inclined, and soon after passing out of school, he joined the Kathmandu radio station as a folk singer and sang in the Mythali language as well as in Nepalese. But all along, the urge to belong out there in tinsel town was strong.

After about 10 years as a singer with Kathmandu radio, in 1978, he received a scholarship in music from the Indian embassy. And that's what triggered his real journey of perseverance and toil. He moved to Bombay and trained in classical music at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for close to eight years.

And all along, he approached music directors in the hope of finding the right prospects. His first break came when music director Rajesh Roshan offered him a small assignment in the film Unnees Bees, where he was to sing with the legendary Mohammed Rafi, his childhood icon. Udit also sang for R D Burman in the film Bade Dilwala, but the the assignments being rather small, his work went unnoticed.

Remains the question of his first-big-break. It came when the now established, then struggling Anand-Milind recommended Udit Narayan's name to filmmaker Mansoor Khan who was on the look out for a fresh voice to suit debutant Aamir Khan in the film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Udit seemed like the ideal choice and was signed up. The film went on to become a blockbuster and with it the Udit Narayan had arrived. And like they say, there has been no looking back.

He continues to record for the most sought after of music directors and with his original and versatile voice delivers a remarkable hit eight out of ten times. With scores of hits, awards and a very rewarding career behind him, Udit can now sit back and watch the progress of his budding singer-son, Aditya Narayan.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Mission Kashmir, due to hit screens later this month features two mellow duets, Chupke se sun and Socho ke jheelon ka, in the voices of Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. A rollicking Udit is back in 2001 with such hits as Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Kasoor and One 2 Ka 4. With strings of chartbusters up his sleeve, it remains to be seen whether the singer weaves his magic this time round as well.

kuch bhi nahin hai tera mol, boli na badi bol, khilona tu maati ka...
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post Oct 25 2003, 11:48 PM
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I've heard of Sonu Nigam and other less successful singers (for example Vipin Sachdev) do covers of Mohammad Rafi.
But did Udit Narayan release any cover albums?
If yes, does any one have a copy/samples available for online listening/download.



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post Oct 26 2003, 12:39 AM
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In 90s I have heard his cover albums ... tributes and shradhanjalis to Rafi Sahab. All T-Series releases. Never picked any though. Currently I feel only Udit has a smile in his voice. Sonu is however more versatile than Udit. But all of them lack the effort that one needs to breath life into any song.

Udit Narayan recalls the first time he sang with Mohammed Rafi
Rafi sahab mera chehera dekh rahe the

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post Oct 26 2003, 01:18 AM
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QUOTE (Pradeep @ Oct 26 2003, 12:39 AM)
...Currently I feel only Udit has a smile in his voice. Sonu is however more versatile than Udit. But all of them lack the effort that one needs to breath life into any song.

Udit Narayan recalls the first time he sang with Mohammed Rafi
Rafi sahab mera chehera dekh rahe the


Wonderful. I agree with you Pradeep about Udit having a smile in his voice.
Regarding the current breed of singer's inability to breath life into a song, I would say we probably have a bias in judging their songs.
As Rafians/fans of oldie-film-music, we tend to judge today's songs based on standards of that time. But I guess thats all understandable, for after all, you'll only compare something good of today with some other good thing of yesteryear.

Talking about the smile in Udit's voice, from a few-months old soundtrack of movie 'Saaya', we can see traces of this smile easily in the song "O Saathiya".

Thank you for the Udit Narayan audio piece.



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