Udit Narayan

Udit Narayan (born 1 December 1955)[1] is an Indian-born-Nepalese playback singer whose songs have been featured mainly in Bollywood movies of Hindi language. He has also sung in various other languages including Nepali, Maithili and Bhojpuri.[5] He has won National Film Awards thrice [6][4] (of which 4 as a singer, for 2 songs in 2001, 1 each in 2002 and 2004 along with 1 as a producer in 2005) and 5 Filmfare Awards with 20 nominations among many others. He had to struggle a lot even after his debut in 1980 in Bollywood playback. He got to sing with legends Mohammed Rafi in his Bollywood Playback debut in movie Unees-Bees in 1980 and also with Kishore Kumar in the 1980s. He finally made his mark in 1988 movie 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. He is the only male singer in the history of the Filmfare Awards to have won in over three decades (the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s).

After the success of the movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988 which turned out to be All Time Blockbuster movie in Bollywood with more than 8 million sales of the sound track became one of the highest selling albums in the 1980s. The soundtrack was a breakthrough for the careers of Anand-Milind,[7] as well as T-Series, one of India's leading record labels.[8] after which he was one of the favourites of music directors. His originality of voice was appreciated by all of the music lovers across the globe. Since his childhood he had idols as Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar whom he'd listen on his radio. In the 1990s he sung for a thousands of songs including Hindi and Nepali languages. Recognising his contribution, his majesty King of Nepal Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev awarded him with the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu in 2001 after which for his contribution to Indian cinema and music, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009,[9] and in 2016 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, an honour that has been awarded to only a handful of singers, in recognition of his achievements in various film industries across India,[10] and Chitragupta Cineyatra Samman 2015 for his contribution to Bhojpuri Cinema.[11] As many as 21 of his tracks feature in BBC's "Top 40 Bollywood Soundtracks of all time".[12]

Udit Narayan
Celebs at the screening of the A.R. Rahman's documentary 03
Udit Narayan

1 December 1955 (age 63)[1]
Baisi, Supaul district, Bihar, India
NationalityIndian, Nepalese
OccupationPlayback singer
Years active1970s-present
  • Ranjana Narayan Jha (m. 1984)
  • Deepa Narayan Jha (m. 1985)
ChildrenAditya Narayan (son)[3]
Musical career

Early life

Udit Narayan was born in 1955 to Nepali father Harekrishna Jha and Indian mother Bhuvaneshwari Jha.[13] In 2009, when Udit Narayan was awarded India's 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 of Bihar at his maternal grandparents' home.[14] When his acceptance of the Padma Shri led to his criticism in Nepal, he told the Nepalese daily Kantipur that he was "from Nepal but his mother's home was in Bihar."[15] In a 2017 interview with the Indian magazine Outlook, he clarified that he was born in Baisi, and clarified that his father Harekrishna was a native of Bhardaha, Saptari District, Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal.[13] In September 2018, Udit Narayan revealed at a ceremony held by the Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America, that he identifies as a Bihari.[16]

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, Kathmandu, Nepal. His father Harekrishna Jha was a farmer and his mother Bhuvneshwari Devi was a folk singer who encouraged his career.[17][2][18]

Personal life

In 2006, Ranjana Narayan claimed to be the Narayan's first wife, but Narayan consistently denied it. Later, he accepted her as his wife and promised to provide for her maintenance.[19][20] Narayan has been married twice, first to Ranjana Narayan Jha and then to Deepa Narayan Jha. He began his relationship with Deepa Narayan while he was still married to Ranjana Narayan. Narayan and Deepa were married in 1985. With Deepa Narayan, he has one son, Aditya Narayan, who is also a playback singer.[3][19][21][22]

Narayan's work has been praised by his contemporaries Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy and music director Ankit Tiwari.[23][24][25] Mid Day included him in the list of notable 90s playback singers.[26] Narayan is considered one of the most prominent singers of his generation.[27]

Music career

He was one of the most prominent singers of Bollywood throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. He has been the on-screen singing voice for various Bollywood stars. He has sung for Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn. Most of his duets are with Alka Yagnik. He began his career in 1970 as a Maithili folk singer (staff artist) for Radio Nepal, singing mostly popular folk songs in Maithili and Nepali.[28] Gradually, he started singing modern Nepali songs. After eight years, Narayan moved to Bombay on a musical scholarship for Nepalese from the Indian Embassy in Nepal to study classical music at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.

Bollywood Playback Singers
Udit Narayan with Bollywood playback singers

Narayan started his Bollywood career in 1980 when he was noted by music director Rajesh Roshan, who asked Narayan to playback sing for the Hindi film Unees-Bees. Narayan was given the opportunity to sing with the singer Mohammed Rafi. He sang for Devanand a couplet in Swami Dada.His first duet was in the film Sannata. Soon after, Narayan sang for a number of other movies, including Bade Dil Wala in 1983, where he sang a duet with senior singer Lata Mangeshkar, composed by senior music director R. D. Burman. In the same year, Narayan sang with Kishore Kumar in the film Kehdo Pyar Hai. Another singer he sang with was Suresh Wadkar with music composed by Bappi Lahiri. A significant milestone in his career occurred in 1988 when Anand-Milind gave him the opportunity to sing all the songs for the successful Bollywood movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, with Alka Yagnik, which earned him a Filmfare Award.[29] In an interview with The Times of India, Narayan said: "The song I've sung, "Manzilein", is the best song of my career after "Pehla Nasha", which gave me superstardom!".[30] Narayan remained prolific through the 2000s, singing popular numbers in films such as Pukar, Dhadkan, Lagaan, Devdas and Veer-Zaara

In 2002, Narayan sang "Bairi Piya" with newcomer Shreya Ghoshal, from the film Devdas, of which Rediff mentioned: "Narayan successfully captures the eternal romanticism of Devdas".[31] In 2014, Narayan sang a song titled "Naa Hum Jo Kah De" along with Shreya Ghoshal, for the album Women's Day Special: Spreading Melodies Everywhere. The song was composed by Ram Shankar and penned by A. K. Mishra.[32]

Although he was leading playback singer in the 1990s but had to compete with his closest professional rival Kumar Sanu as he won back to back 5 Filmfares in the 1990s.[33]

Other work

Narayan's friend Jiyand Nawab Deedag suggested he change his work from old to modern in order to be selected as a playback singer, but this didn't work and, considering old films in 1973, Narayan sang a song for a Nepali film called Sindoor. This was a comedy song for the famous Nepali comedians GopalRaj Mainali (Chankhe) and Basundhara Bhushal (Nakkali). Narayan sang this song with Sushma Shrestha, now known as Poornima in Hindi films. Narayan has also acted in two Nepali films – Kusume Rumal and Pirati in 1985. In 2004, he released his first non-movie Nepalese album, Upahaar, in which he sang duets with his wife Deepa Jha. Narayan has many solo albums as well, such as Bhajan Sangam, Bhajan Vatika, I Love You, Dil Deewana, Yeh Dosti, Love is Life, Jaanam,Jhumka de Jhumka, Sona No Ghadulo, Dhuli Ganga and Ma Tarini.[34]

Narayan has performed in many stage shows in India and abroad and is the recipient of many awards. These include Screen Videocon Award, MTV Best Video Award and Pride of India Gold Award. In 2010, Narayan with Madhushree sang for the English independent film When Harry Tries to Marry.

Narayan also sang the title song for the TV show Yeh Duniyan Gazab Ki, with Kumar Sanu.[35] In 2015 he was involved in a mega series campaign Melancholy, where 421 Nepali artists had sung a 33 minutes 49 second long environmental song, in which 365 artists set a Guinness World Record on 19 May 2016 at Radio Nepal Studio, Singhadurbar, Kathamandu. It is written, composed and directed by environmentalist Nipesh DHAKA.[36]

Reality shows

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.

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 (family of singers). He shared judging duties with fellow playback singer Kumar Sanu and Jatin Pandit of the music duo Jatin-Lalit.[37]

Narayan has appeared on Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star[38] and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs as a guest.[39]

As an actor

Udit Narayan Jha acted in and sang all the songs in a 1985 Nepali movie called Kusume Rumal which is one of the All Time Classics in Nepali movie industry starring himself with Bhuwan K.C. and Tripti Nadakar in lead roles, which spent 25 weeks on the box office top ten list and became the highest-grossing Nepalese movie of all time until overtaken in 2001 by another Tulsi Ghimire film, Darpan Chaya.[40]

Awards and nominations

Narayan has won four National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards.[11]

Jury member of awards

In 2012, Narayan was the one of the jury members of the film music jury for the Global Indian Music Academy Awards.[41] 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.[42][43][44]

Civil honours

Udit Narayan with APJ Abdul Kalam
Udit Narayan receiving award for the Best Male Playback Singer Award from former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Shri Udit Narayan Jha, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016
Udit Narayan Jha receiving Padma Bhushan from Indian government
  • Prabal Gorkha Dakshina Bahu, Fourth Class of Prestigious Order of Gorkha Dakshina Bahu (Order of Gorkha Right Arm), one of the highest civil honours in Nepal, by the King of Nepal Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, 2001[45]
  • Padma Bhushan: third highest civil honour from Indian Government, 2016[46]
  • Madhya Pradesh government's National Lata Mangeshkar Award, 2015[47]
  • National Bravery Award from Maharashtra at Raj Bhavan 2016[48]
  • Padma Shri: fourth highest civil honour from Indian Government, 2009[49]
  • Honoured at Swabhimani Mumbaikar Awards, 2016[50]
  • Special Jury Salute Award from Radio Mirchi Award, 2016[51]
  • Receiving the Kishore Kumar Memorial Award for Music from S. Krishna Kumar[52]
  • Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards, 2015[53]
  • Dr Ambedkar awards in Mumbai, 2015[54]
  • Awarded for his exceptional performance Bhojpuri industry, 2015[55]
  • Received BIFA awards, 2015[56]
  • 1st, Chitragupta Cineyatra Film Award, 2015[57]
  • Bhojpuri award, 2014[58]
  • Maharashtra Ratna Awards from Government of Maharashtra 2011[59]
  • First Mohammed Rafi award, 2010[60]
  • 2nd Medscape India National Awards[61]
  • Chitragupta Cineyatra Samman for Bhojpuri Cinema, 2015
  • Received Samrat Vikramaditya Sangeet Alankaran Samman, 2006[62]

Outstanding honours and awards

  • Big Entertainment Award 2017 Udit Narayan won the 92.7FM Suhana Safar Legend Award[63]
  • Mirchi Music Awards 2016 Jury Special Salute[64]

International Honours & Awards

  • International Brandlaureate Personality Award from Malaysia, 2011[65]

Lifetime achievement awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Kalashri Award, 2010[66]
  • Sahara Awadh Samman Awardee, 2006[67]
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Suryadatta National Awards, 2016[68]


Work with other singers

Udit Narayan carier started in 1980 and flourished during 90's. During the huge span of playback singing, other than the duet songs with notable female playback singers, Udit Narayan was fortunate to collaborate with playback singers from all generations. 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. Most of his male duets are with Kumar Sanu & Abhijeet. Some of the selected and notable songs are as follows

Song Movie(s) Co-Singers/ (Other Version)
"Mil Gaya" Unees-Bees (1980) Mohammed Rafi & Usha Mangeshkar
"Jeevan Ke Din" Bade Dil Wala (1983) Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar (Other Version)
"O Bindiya Tum Humse Keh Do Pyar Hai" Kehdo Pyar Hai (1983) Kishore Kumar and Suresh Wadkar
"Log Jahan Par Rehte Hain" Pyaar Ka Mandir (1988) Mohammad Aziz, Suresh Wadkar and Kavita Krishnamurthy
"Oye Oye" Tridev (1989) Amit Kumar & Mohammad Aziz
"Dil Le Gayi Teri Bindiya" Vishwatma (1992) Amit Kumar, Sapna Mukherjee and Mohammad Aziz
"Ilu Ilu" Saudagar (1991 film) Manhar Udhas, Sukhwinder Singh and Kavita Krishnamurthy
"Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyar Hum" Hum (1991) Sudesh Bhosle and Mohammad Aziz
"Saat Samundar Paar (Part-II)" Vishwatma (1992) Sadhana Sargam and Jolly Mukherjee
"Deewana Dil Deewana" Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994) Amit Kumar
"Yeh Bandhan Toh" Karan Arjun (1995) Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik
"Main Khiladi Tu Anari" Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Anu Malik
"Ram Jaane" Ram Jaane (1995) Sonu Nigam & Alka Yagnik
"Neend Churai Meri" Ishq Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Alka Yagnik
"Mr. Lova Lova" (Ankhiyaan Tu Mila Le) Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Sudesh Bhosle, Kavita Krishnamurthy & Poornima
"Hum Saath Saath Hain" Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal, Hariharan, Kavita Krishnamurthy & Alka Yagnik
"Mhare Hiwda" Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) Hariharan, Anuradha Paudwal, Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy & Alka Yagnik
"Mela Dilon Ka(Part II)" Mela (2000 film) Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Hema Sardesai, Mansoor/(Part I) Roop Kumar Rathod, Shankar Mahadevan, Jaspinder Narula, Nitin Mukesh & Anmol
"Sunoji Dulhan" Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) Roop Kumar Rathod, Sonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy & Pratima Rao
"Dil Ne Yeh Kaha Hai Dil Se" Dhadkan (2000) Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu
Very Good Very Bad Trimurti (1995 film) Vinod Rathod
Diwano Ki Mastano Ki Dancer (1991 film) S. P. Balasubramaniam & Kavita Krishnamurthy
"Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya" (Part 1) Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya (1997) Asha Bhosle & Amit Kumar : Kumar Sanu(Part II)
"Dillagi Dillagi" Dillagi (1999) Abhijeet, Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Jaspinder Narula & Mahalaxmi Iyer
"Ghanan Ghanan" Lagaan (2001) Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik, Shankar Mahadevan & Shaan
Mitwa Lagaan (2001) Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik & Srinivas
"Aisa Des Hai Mera" Veer-Zaara (2004) Lata Mangeshkar & Gurdas Maan
"Yun Hi Chala Chal" Swades (2004) Kailash Kher and Hariharan
"Koi Jaane Koi Na Jaane" Aur Pyar Ho Gaya (1997) Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Anuradha Paudwal
"Main Kahin Bhi Rahoon" LOC Kargil (2003) Hariharan, Roop Kumar Rathod, Sonu Nigam & Sukhwinder Singh
"Deewangi Deewangi" Om Shanti Om (2007) Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, & Sunidhi Chauhan
"Radha" Student of the Year (2012) Shreya Ghoshal & Vishal Dadlani
"Apna Bombay Talkies" Bombay Talkies (film) (2013) Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Abhijeet, Sadhana Sargam, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, KK, Shreya Ghoshal, Sukhwinder Singh, Shilpa Rao, Mohit Chauhan & Sonu Nigam

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Aditya Narayan Jha (born 6 August 1987) credited as Aditya Narayan is an Indian playback singer, television host and Bollywood actor.

Bairi Piya

"Bairi Piya" (Hindi: बैरी पिया) is a song from the 2002 Blockbuster Bollywood film, Devdas. The song is composed by Ismail Darbar and sung by Shreya Ghoshal along with Udit Narayan. The lyrics were penned by Nusrat Badr. The song features Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan in the video. Shreya Ghoshal received many accolades for her honey-soaked rendition of the song.

Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer

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IIFA Award for Best Male Playback Singer

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Kumar Sanu

Kedarnath Bhattacharya (born 23 September 1957), better known as Kumar Sanu, is a leading Indian playback singer and music director of Bengali background, popular for rendering his voice in Bollywood movies of the 1990s and early 2000s. He was awarded the Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award for five consecutive years. In 2009, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his achievements. Sanu notably holds the Guinness World Record for most songs recorded by a singer in 24 hours with 28.

Kusume Rumal

Kusume Rumal (Nepali: कुसुमे रुमाल, translation: Silk Handkerchief) is a 1985 Nepali romantic film directed by Tulsi Ghimire. It was produced by Sumitra Paudel under the banner of Sayapatri Films. This was the first film in which singer Udit Narayan acted. In 2009, the son of the producer of this Kusume Rumal directed Kusume Rumal 2, which was the story of the second generation of the original cast. Both Tripti Nadakar and Neer Shah acted in minor roles as an ode to the original film.

List of Bhojpuri songs recorded by Shreya Ghoshal

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Here is the list of songs recorded by Shreya Ghoshal in the Bhojpuri language :-

List of Telugu songs recorded by Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal (born 12 March 1984) is an Indian playback singer. She sings in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Nepali, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Urdu and Tulu languages. Ghoshal's career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest as an adult. Her Bollywood playback singing career began with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, for which she received her first National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. Since then, she has received many other awards. Apart from playback singing, Ghoshal has appeared as a judge on several television reality shows. She performs in musical concerts around the world. She was also honored from the U.S. state of Ohio, where the governor Ted Strickland declared June 26, 2010 as "Shreya Ghoshal Day". In April 2013, she was awarded with the highest honour in London by the selected members of House of Commons of the United Kingdom. In July 2015, John Cranley, the Mayor of the City of Cincinnati also honoured her by proclaiming July 24, 2015 as "Shreya Ghoshal Day of Entertainment and Inspiration" in Cincinnati. She was also featured five times in Forbes list of the top 100 celebrities of India. In 2017, Ghoshal became the first Indian singer to have a wax statute of her in Madame Tussauds Museum, Delhi. She also debuted as producer with her first single Dhadkane Azad Hain.After a success of Devdas album Ghoshal was immediately called by various regional film industries for recording songs in her voice.

Her musical journey in Telugu cinema began in the same year, 2002, when Ilaiyaraaja recorded her for the movie Ninu Choodaka Nenundalenu. She has received nine Filmfare Awards South for Best Female Playback Singer and holds the record of maximum wins in the category with maximum nominations (39) in the awards. In Telugu cinema, she has received a Filmfare Awards South, an IIFA Utsavam, a Mirchi Music Awards South, a South Indian International Movie Awards and many awards in the category of Best Female Playback Singer Telugu.Given below is the list of Ghoshal's songs in Telugu language:-

List of songs recorded by Kavita Krishnamurthy

This is a list of known Hindi songs performed by Kavita Krishnamurthy from 1980 til date. She had also sung in several other different languages which are not included here.

List of songs recorded by Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal (born 12 March 1984) is an Indian playback singer. She sings in Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Assamese, Nepali, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Tulu languages. Ghoshal's career began when she won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest as an adult. Her Bollywood playback singing career began with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, for which she received her first National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer along with Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent.

List of songs recorded by Udit Narayan

This is an alphabetical list of Hindi songs performed by Udit Narayan from

1980 to date. Over 1200 songs are listed here. He has also sung in several other different languages which is not included here.

Mahalakshmi Iyer

Mahalakshmi Iyer is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi and Tamil songs. She has sung in many other Indian languages as well, including Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Assamese, and Kannada.

Mere Sapno Ki Rani (film)

Mere Sapno Ki Rani(English: Queen of my dreams) is a 1997 Indian Hindi film directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and produced by Allu Aravind and C. Ashwini Dutt. It stars Urmila Matondkar, Sanjay Kapoor and Madhoo in lead roles. The film was a remake of Telugu film Pelli Sandadi.

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (English: From Doom till Doom), also known by the initialism QSQT, is a 1988 Indian Hindi-language musical romance film, directed by Mansoor Khan, written and produced by his father Nasir Hussain, and starring his cousin Aamir Khan along with Juhi Chawla in the lead roles. The film was released on 29 April 1988 to critical acclaim, and was a major commercial success, and was a blockbuster turning Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla into hugely popular stars. The plot was a modern-day take on classic tragic romance stories such as Layla and Majnun, Heer Ranjha, and Romeo and Juliet. QSQT, which "reinvented the romantic musical genre" in Bollywood, was a milestone in the history of Hindi cinema, setting the template for Bollywood musical romance films that defined Hindi cinema in the 1990s.The soundtrack of the film, composed by Anand-Milind, with lyrics written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, was equally successful, becoming one of the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums of the 1980s with more than 8 million soundtrack albums sold, and with "Papa Kehte Hain" (sung by Udit Narayan and picturised on Aamir Khan) being the most popular hit song from the album. The soundtrack was a breakthrough for the careers of Anand-Milind, as well as T-Series, one of India's leading record labels. Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the "Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films". It won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, and eight Filmfare Awards from eleven nominations including Best Film, Best Director for Mansoor Khan, Best Male Debut for Aamir Khan, and Best Female Debut for Juhi Chawla.

Raja (1995 film)

Raja is a 1995 Indian Hindi romantic film, starring Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Mukesh Khanna and Dalip Tahil. The film was Sanjay Kapoor's second film after his debut Prem, with Tabu in Bollywood. Prem was a flop, but this film was superhit at box office. Its success was attributed to Madhuri Dixit because of her ardent fans. It was the fourth highest grosser of the year at the box office Madhuri Dixit received a Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination, and won the Star Screen Award Best Actress for the year.

Tere Naam

Tere Naam (English: In your name) is a 2003 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Satish Kaushik. Written by Bala and Jainendra Jain, the film stars Salman Khan and Bhumika Chawla in her Hindi film debut. The film is a remake of Bala's own Tamil film Sethu (1999).The film was based on a real-life incident of a friend of Bala's, who had fallen in love, lost his mind and ended up at a mental asylum.Tere Naam was released on 15 August 2003. Khan was praised for his portrayal of Radhe Mohan and the role is widely considered to be his finest performance till date. Tere Naam was nominated for a total of 24 Awards, winning 7 of them, including 8 Filmfare Award nominations. In 2011 Kaushik announced a sequel to Tere Naam, thus he is currently working on the script.

Udit Narayan (politician)

Udit Narayan (1960 – 21 June 2017) was a Fijian politician of Indian descent. He represented the Lautoka Rural Indian Communal Constituency, one of 19 reserved for Indo-Fijians, which he held for the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) in the parliamentary elections of 2001 with more than 71 percent of the vote.

In 2003, Narayan was offered the portfolio of Ministry for Employment Opportunities, together with 13 other FLP parliamentarians who were offered cabinet positions by the Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase but the FLP refused to accept this offer.In the subsequent election held on 6–13 May 2006, he retained his seat with over 77 percent. Following this victory, he was appointed Minister for Primary and Preventive Health Services, one of nine FLP Ministers in the multi-party Cabinet that was formed. Narayan, together with three other FLP cabinet members, voted against the 2007 budget and was asked to resign by the then Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase.Narayan was a Fiji Sugar Corporation traffic supervisor.He died on 21 June, 2017 at the Lautoka Hospital after a short illness.

Udit Narayan Singh

Maharaja Udit Narayan Singh (1770 – 4 April 1835), of the Royal House of Benares, was the Kashi Naresh from (12 September 1795 – 4 April 1835). He was the eldest surviving son of Mahipat Narayan Singh.

He had a great contribution in the culture of Varanasi. He started the tradition of staging the Ramlila at Ramnagar, Varanasi in around 1830.He died in 1835, was succeeded by his nephew Ishwari Prasad Narayan Singh, GCSI, Kaiser-i-Hind (1822 – 13 June 1889).

Padma Bhushan award recipients (2010–2019)

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