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.
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.
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.
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