Pt. Ram Narayan was a renowned Indian Musician and Sarangi player who was born on 25 December 1927. He was famous as he is the person who holds the credit of popularizing the Sarangi as a solo concert instrument. He was the first Sarangi player who was well-known worldwide.
He started his training in Sarangi at an early age. Sarangi players and singers trained him. In his teenage, he worked as a music teacher and taught many students.
He then put his sincere efforts into his job at All India Radio in Lahore as an accompanist for vocalists in 1944. After the partition of India in 1947, he moved to Delhi and began working in the Indian Cinema from year 1949.
He was a chief performer at major Indian festivals as a solo concert artist in 1956 and performed at major Indian festivals. Similar to Pt. Ravi Shankar, intensely performed in the western countries with his older brother ‘Chatur Lal’ who was a tabla player through which the popularity of the Sarangi instrument increased. He recorded solo albums also. He taught Indian and foreign students as well.
He received Padma Shri in 1976, Padma Bhushan in 1991, and Padma Vibhushan in 2005 apart from many other awards.