The rich-voiced Mr. Narendra Singh Negi, in his songs, has not only expressed the essence, pain, and thoughts of the mountain society but has also given a new direction, new thinking, and not just new heights but also new depths to Garhwali songwriting, song and uttarakhand culture and heritage.
His songs, which resonate with pride for his homeland and his soil, also express the concerns of the women here, and gradually, with unique melodies, he has brought to light the pain of the elderly generations that are slowly being marginalized.
Negi has vividly showcased the agony of migration due to economic disparities in his songs.
There is deep satire in his songs regarding the rich traditions of this place. He has woven all the unexplored aspects of life in the hills into his songs. His diction and word abundance have made his songs universally accepted.
|Folk Singer Uttarakhand||Narendra Singh Negi Bio|
|Birth||August 12, 1949|
|Place of Birth||Pauri|
|Father||Shri Umraav Singh Negi|
|Mother||Shrimati Samudra Devi|
|Wife||Shrimati Usha Negi|
|Education||Graduate (Prabhakar in Music, Graduate in Music)|
|Profession||Singer, Lyricist, Author|
Early Life of Narendra Singh Negi
Narendra Singh Negi was born on August 12, 1949, in Pauri district. After completing his education, he began his career in Pauri itself. In Pauri, folk songs such as “Bajuband” and “Jhumailo” are sung on special occasions like Bikhauti or Baisakhi festivals, and it was from there that he drew inspiration for singing. Negi says….
“I had five sisters and two brothers. Since my father was in the army, the needs of all the siblings could not be fulfilled. In difficult circumstances, I started earning, and it was during those times that songs emerged from my heart.”Narendra Singh Negi
After completing his studies, Negi learned tabla from his elder brother and wrote his first song in 1974. His first folk song broadcasted from Akashvani Lucknow in 1976. Negi started his career in music with Garhwali Geetmala, which was released in 10 different parts. The name of Negi’s first album was “Burans.”
In addition to music, Negi has also directed Garhwali films. He has written, sung, and played the role of a music composer in five Garhwali films – “GharJawai,” “Kauthige,” “Beti–Bwari,” “Bantwaru,” and “Chakrachaal.” In 1982, he released his first audio cassette, “Dhebara Harchi Geni.” Negi also writes poetry, and his published poetry collections include “Khuchkandi” and “Gaanyin Ki Ganga Syaunu Ka Samodar.” Negi has sung more than 1000 songs to date.
In Narendra Singh Negi’s songs, there is often a hidden message for society. He says that whatever messages he conveys to people, he first implements them in his own life. For example, there was a song on vegetarianism, and before recording it, Negi quit eating eggs and meat. His wife, Shrimati Usha Negi, is also a talented writer.
Her first literary work, “Bawan Vyanjan Chhattis Prakar,” was published in February 2000. A book called “Akshat” based on Negi’s personality and works was launched in his honor. Negi’s fans can be gauged by the fact that on June 29, 2017, after Negi suffered a heart attack and was admitted to a private hospital in Dehradun, people were eager to know about his health. He was the most searched personality on social media, even surpassing Prime Minister Narendra Modi in online searches that time. His fans’ prayers brought him back, and after 10 days of treatment, he was discharged from the hospital.
In the field of folk singing, Narendra Singh Negi has received numerous honors and accolades. He has been honored by institutions such as Garhwali Sabha, Chandigarh, with the “Gadhgaurav” award, and by Garhwali Bhatri Mandal, Mumbai, with the “Gadratna” award.
He has also received recognition from institutions like All India Radio, Lucknow, 8th and 18th Garhwal Rifles, Garhwali Sabha, Dehradun, Nagar Palika Parishad, Pauri, and Uttarakhand Research Institute, Lucknow, among others, for his contributions to Garhwali music and songs.
Notable Albums by Mr.Negi
- Album List
- Haldi Haath
- Hosia Umar
- Dhari Devi
- Kaithe Khosyani Holi
- Maya Ko Mundaro
- Naukhmi Narayana
- Nayu Nayu Byo Cho
- Salyaan Sayali
- Samdola Ka Dwee Din