Ram Narayan is an Indian musician who was born on December 25th, 1927. He often referred to with the title Pandit. He popularized the musical instrument Sarangi as a solo concert instrument in the Hindustani classical music. Ram Narayan became the first internationally successful sarangi player. Ram Narayan was born in Udaipur and learned to play the Sarangi at an early age. He learned under sarangi players and singers. As a teenager, he worked as a music teacher and traveling musician. All India Radio, Lahore hired Ram Narayan as an accompanist for vocalists in 1944. He shifted to Delhi after the partition of India in 1947. He wished to go beyond the accompaniment and got frustrated with his supporting role.
Ram Narayan moved to Mumbai in 1949 to work in Indian cinema. Ram Narayan became a concert solo artist in 1956 and has since appeared at the major music festivals of India. After sitar player
Pandit Ravi Shankar
successfully appeared in Western countries, Ram Narayan followed his example. He recorded solo albums and began his first international tour in 1964 to America and Europe with his elder brother Chatur Lal, who was a tabla player and toured with Shankar during 1950. Ram Narayan taught Indian and foreign students and appeared frequently outside India, into the 2000s. Narayan honored with India's second-highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2005.