Harsh Narayan: India’s Youngest Sarangi Maestro

With over 17 years of experience in the world of Hindustani Classical Music, Harsh Narayan is a leading sarangi player, teacher and performer based in Mumbai, India.

Harsh Narayan’s life is much beyond than just being steeped in Indian classical music since brith. His is the son of sarod maestro Brij Narayan and his aunt is the sarangi virtuoso Aruna Narayan Kalle. And to add more to his rarified birth, his grandfather is none other than the legendary sarangi maestro and Padma Vibhushan Pandit Ram Narayan, credited by experts worldwide for carrying the sarangi to the forefront of Indian Classical Music as a solo instrument of the top order.

The musical saga of Harsh Narayan’s started at the mere age of 16, having his first major performance at The Nehru Centre (Mumbai, 2002) on the occasion of his grandfather’s 75th birthday celebration. The recording of this concert (Virgin Records, 2003) is visual treat since it was the first time that three generations of sarangi players performed together on stage: Pandit Ram Narayan, Daughter Aruna Narayan Kalle, and grandson Harsh Narayan, with Aneesh Pradhan frolicking the Tabla.

Yet another outstanding performance released on DVD is named “Doordarshan” (The National Television of India, 2013) which is an accumulation of many unforgettable performances of Pandit Ram Narayan. In one of these, Harsh Narayan joins his grandfather in an extraordinarily virtuosic sarangi duet of Raga Bhopal Todi.

In the year 2003, Harsh Narayan gave his first ever international performance in United Kingdom at Purcell Room and in 2006 he had the honorable prospect to perform along with his grandfather at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi for Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (President of India)

During the previous decade, while evolving his musical career in intensity, Harsh had two important milestones- Completed MBA from K.C. College of Management Studies in Mumbai (2007) and exchanged marital vows (2012).

Over the years, his concert schedule has grown substantially, both in India and abroad where he has escorted Pandit Ram Narayan in his concerts in UK, Spain, Portugal and Germany. In 2010, they performed together to an enthusiastic comeback in Pune at The 57th Sawai Gandharva Festival, one of the best classical music festivals in India.

In 2015, Harsh performed solo at the Theatre of Le Forum in Blanc Mesnil, Paris in which he gave his eloquent expert teaching of “…all things sarangi”, endowing a lecture and sarangi demonstration before the concert. He capped off the year 2015 with a privileged and electrifying performance at the prominent Tansen Music Festival in Gwalior.

In 2016, one of the best music labels in India “Times Music” released Harsh’s first solo album named ‘Scintillating Sarangi’ featuring the ragas Puriya Dhanashree and Patdee which is presented for sale in leading music stores in India and online at iTunes and Amazon globally.

Harsh continues to build out and widen his musical career as a trainer and performer in India and abroad. Recently, he has completed a tour in US where he performed to honor-bound audiences at venues including Temple University in Philadelphia, MIT in Cambridge, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California in Santa Cruz.

Moreover, he has also played for the background score of the movie ‘Queen of Katwe’ – a 2016 American biographical sports drama film directed by Mira Nair and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and ESPN Films. The movie was screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival where it won the People’s Choice Award Second Runner Up.

Stimulated with an inimitable musical background and a priceless classical training, Harsh Narayan is highly qualified to increase upon the colossal body of work of his grandfather while also launching himself among the new generation of Hindustani Classical Artists and torch bearers of Sarangi

 

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