Ram Narayan

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First internationally successful sarangi player who popularised the bowed instrument as a solo concert instrument in Hindustani classical music.
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SME 3, SME 4 Ram Narayan - Ram Narayan - Plays Sarangi - Asavari / Des album art Ram Narayan Ram Narayan - Plays Sarangi - Asavari / Des(10", Mono) Solomon's Mines, Solomon's Mines SME 3, SME 4 India 1955 Sell This Version
74-6074, 6074 Ram Narayan - The Drums Of India album art Chatur Lal , Accompanied By M. Ramnarayan* Chatur Lal , Accompanied By M. Ramnarayan* - The Drums Of India(LP, Album, Mono, Club, Gat) The Record Society, The Record Society 74-6074, 6074 Australia 1962 Sell This Version
EALP 1312 Ram Narayan - Beat And Bow album art Ram Narain*, Late Pandit Chaturlal* Ram Narain*, Late Pandit Chaturlal* - Beat And Bow His Master's Voice EALP 1312 India 1967 Sell This Version
ST-5156 Ram Narayan - Pandit Ram Narain - Sarangi album art Pandit Ramnarain* Pandit Ram Narain - Sarangi (Album) His Master's Voice ST-5156 US 1968 Sell This Version
H-72030 Ram Narayan - Sarangi / The Voice Of A Hundred Colors album art Ram Narayan, Mahapurush Misra, Shirish Gor Ram Narayan, Mahapurush Misra, Shirish Gor - Sarangi / The Voice Of A Hundred Colors (Album) Nonesuch H-72030 US 1969 Sell This Version
EASD 1340 Ram Narayan - Sarangi Solo album art Pandit Ramnarain* Sarangi Solo(LP, Album) His Master's Voice EASD 1340 India 1969 Sell This Version
EASD1361 Ram Narayan - Sarangi Recital album art Ram Narayan Sarangi Recital (Album) His Master's Voice EASD1361 India 1970 Sell This Version
OCR 69 Ram Narayan - Inde Du Nord album art Pandit Ram Narayan* Inde Du Nord (Album) Ocora OCR 69 France 1971 Sell This Version
AMLP 816 Ram Narayan - Raga Puria Kalyan album art Pandit Ram Narayan* Raga Puria Kalyan (Album) Amigo AMLP 816 Sweden 1975 Sell This Version
H-72062 Ram Narayan - Master Of The Sārangī  (Classical Music Of India) album art Ram Narayan, Suresh Talwalkar Ram Narayan, Suresh Talwalkar - Master Of The Sārangī (Classical Music Of India) (Album) Nonesuch H-72062 US 1975 Sell This Version
LD 5014 Ram Narayan - Inde Du Nord - Ragas Du Matin Et Du Soir album art Ram Narayan / Pandit Chatur Lal* / Deben Bhattacharya Ram Narayan / Pandit Chatur Lal* / Deben Bhattacharya - Inde Du Nord - Ragas Du Matin Et Du Soir (Album) BAM LD 5014 France 1976 Sell This Version
2611 S 78 Ram Narayan - Raga Saraswati / Raga Mishra Bhairavi / Jogia album art Ram Narayan, Suresh Tawalkar Ram Narayan, Suresh Tawalkar - Raga Saraswati / Raga Mishra Bhairavi / Jogia(LP, Album) Stil, Stil Discothèque 2611 S 78 France 1979 Sell This Version
2392 967 Ram Narayan - The Sarangi Maestro album art Pandit Ramnarayan* The Sarangi Maestro (Album) Polydor, Music India 2392 967 India 1981 Sell This Version
558624/25, 558.624 / 558.625 Ram Narayan - Ram Narayan En Concert album art Ram Narayan Ram Narayan En Concert (Album) Ocora, Ocora 558624/25, 558.624 / 558.625 France 1984 Sell This Version
1804 S 82 Ram Narayan - Stil's Sunday Solo album art Ram Narayan Stil's Sunday Solo(LP, Album) Stil 1804 S 82 France 1984 Sell This Version
NI 5119 Ram Narayan - Rāg Bhūpāl Torī / Rāg Patdīp album art Ram Narayan, Suresh Talwalkar Ram Narayan, Suresh Talwalkar - Rāg Bhūpāl Torī / Rāg Patdīp (Album) Nimbus Records NI 5119 UK 1988 Sell This Version
ORI/AAMS CD 118, CD-118 Ram Narayan - Sonorous Strings Of Sarangi album art Pandit Ram Narayan* Sonorous Strings Of Sarangi (Album) Oriental Records, Oriental Records, Ancient & Modern Sound, Ancient & Modern Sound ORI/AAMS CD 118, CD-118 US 1988 Sell This Version
NI 5183 Ram Narayan - Rāg Lalit album art Ram Narayan, Suresh Talwalkar Ram Narayan, Suresh Talwalkar - Rāg Lalit (Album) Nimbus Records NI 5183 UK 1989 Sell This Version
NI 5245 Ram Narayan - Rāg Shankara, Rāg Mala In Jogia album art Ram Narayan, Anindo Chatterjee Ram Narayan, Anindo Chatterjee - Rāg Shankara, Rāg Mala In Jogia (Album) Nimbus Records NI 5245 UK 1990 Sell This Version
A91009, A-91009 Ram Narayan - Maestro's Choice - Series One - Sarangi  album art Ram Narayan Maestro's Choice - Series One - Sarangi (Album) Music Today A91009, A-91009 India 1991 Sell This Version
VCDSP 326 Ram Narayan - Sarangee Wadan album art Ram Narayan Sarangee Wadan (Album) Venus (12) VCDSP 326 India 1994 Sell This Version
SM 1601-2 Ram Narayan - Masters Of Raga album art Ram Narayan Masters Of Raga(CD, Album) Spectrum (12) SM 1601-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
CDNF 268 Ram Narayan - Immortal Essence / Sarangi album art Ram Narayan Immortal Essence / Sarangi(CD, Album) PolyGram India Ltd. CDNF 268 India 1997 Sell This Version
ZZTI0211101 Ram Narayan - Râga Jaunpuri & Râga Kafi Malhar album art Ram Narayan Râga Jaunpuri & Râga Kafi Malhar (Album) Zig Zag Territoires ZZTI0211101 France 2002 Sell This Version
NI 5636 Ram Narayan - Sarangi album art Ram Narayan Sarangi (Album) Nimbus Records NI 5636 UK 2002 Sell This Version

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July 21, 2019
Ram Narayan was born in 1927 in Amber village in Rajasthan, near the lake-based city Udaipur which has been the residence of powerful Rajputs rulers of the historic kingdom of Mewar. Since the region has always been famous for bowed-strings instruments such as the esraj and ravanahatha, it is quite natural that Narayan, a member of a respected musical dynasty, has chosen the sarangi violin.

From the age of 15, Narayan was employed as a vocalist at the local All India Radio in Lahore where his talent as a sarangi performer was revealed by prominent classical singer Abdul Wahid Khan who helped Narayan to dive deeply into the art of Hindustani raga.

Performing on the radio with many outstanding musicians, including Omkarnath Thakur and Ravi Shankar, Narayan had the great opportunity to develop his performing skills by adapting various musical trends for the sarangi and gradually coming to the conclusion that his instrument could shift into a solo role.

Here is how maestro described the aspirations of his early period:
"After a certain period, I realized that my role as an accompanying musician was restricted and limited and if I have to grow as a musician it was essential for me to explore new possibilities. I felt that the sarangi definitely deserved solo concert status."

After studying the Western bowing technique of violin and cello, Narayan developed essentially new bow movements for the sarangi as well as thoroughly reworked the design of his instrument for a more intricate performance.

Narayan’s immense popularity in the West was however offset by a curiously sceptical attitude with which his serious successes in solo performances with the sarangi were met in India.

Narayan recalled that he was most warmly received in England, France, Germany and especially in Austria where he was invited four times to the Vienna Music Festival at Mozart's Hall. In the West, he made friends with such famous bow masters as cello virtuoso Pablo Casals and violin genius Yehudi Menuhin for whom Narayan even wrote a piece.

His obvious success in the West eventually led to long-deserved recognition of his innovative ideas in homeland India where he gained many admirers among fans of classical music and received strings of honors from the government, including the highest civilian award---the Padma Bhushan.

Narayan’s worries about the scant popularity of both the sarangi and classical music as a whole have found expression in his teachings where he provides the students with unique performing techniques.

Maestro pointed out the great necessity of including Indian classical music in the education system:
"Unless classical music is made compulsory in schools and colleges, the next generation will not take to it."

He is also concerned about the evolution of his beloved instrument in the future:
"It is sad that a beautiful instrument like this one is being considered an endangered species."​

Despite the abundance of government awards which found him in the last decades, Ram Narayan considers the hearty words by the violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin to be the best compliment to his work:
“The sarangi remains not only the authentic and original Indian bowed instrument but the one which most poignantly in the hands of Ram Narayan most revealingly expresses the very soul of Indian feelings and thought. I cannot separate the sarangi from Ram Narayan, so thoroughly fused are they not only in my memory but in the thought of this sublime dedication of the great musician to an instrument which is no longer archaic because of the matchless way he has made it speak.”

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