If you grew up in the 90s the voices you were most familiar with in Hindi films were Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu. Udit Narayan, playback singer, who has lent his voice for Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, and several other actors, is celebrating his birthday on Sunday, December 1. Apart from Hindi songs, Udit is also known for lending his voice in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Odia, Nepali, Bhojpuri and Bengali songs. He became popular for his song “Papa Kehte Hain” from Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla-starrer 1988 film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
Narayan has sung with legends like Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, and Asha Bhosle. He has won four National Film Awards and Five Filmfare Awards so far in his singing career.
Nepalese singer Narayan made his foray into the land of playback singing with the film Unees Bees in 1980 but his big break came when he sang for Aamir Khan in this song which became synonymous with both Aamir & Narayan.
Till date, Narayan has won National Awards for this song along with Mitwa from Lagaan and Yeh Taara Woh Taara from Swades.
Besides his passion for singing Narayan has even acted in two Nepali films including Kusume Rumal, which was a huge box office success.
Narayan’s son Aditya started his career in Bollywood at a young age when he first sang in the film Akele Hum Akele Tum and is now hosting shows on television like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa & X Factor India, along with pursuing an acting career.
Udit Narayan received the Padma Shri award in 2009 and has received the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu in Nepal which is the highest possible honor given to a civilian.