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1999 – present

Manu Narayan


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Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Classical Saxophonist

The Love Guru, A Cinderella Story: On, Good Night Good Morning, Walkaway, The Last Airbender

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Manu Narayan - Adventures of an Indian-American actor and singer

Manu Narayan (born August 16, 1973) is an American actor, film producer, singer, songwriter, composer and saxophonist. He serves as a Trustee on the board of Carnegie Mellon University, his alma mater.


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Narayan was hailed as a "promising young star...a compelling actor and outstanding singer who can light up a stage with sheer force of personality," by UPI in 2004 when he made his Broadway debut in the Andrew Lloyd Webber, A.R. Rahman musical Bombay Dreams, originating the role of the "hero" Akaash. Narayan co-starred as Rajneesh alongside Mike Myers in the Paramount Pictures' feature film The Love Guru (2008).

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Early life

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Narayan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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He is an accomplished classical saxophonist in the western and South Indian Carnatic styles. When Narayan was a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he won the Concerto Competition and performed the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto with orchestra at Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh. Narayan studied the Carnatic saxophone in Mangalore, India with Sri Kadri Gopalnath, and played on All India Radio as the winner of the All India Radio music competition of Mangalore.


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On stage, Narayan made his Broadway debut in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/A.R. Rahman musical Bombay Dreams in 2004, originating the role he is most widely known for, the “hero” Akaash, and garnered a New York Drama League nomination. Narayan starred as Richard Roma in La Jolla Playhouse's critically acclaimed revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, receiving critical praise for his performance as well as a nomination for a 2012 San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award.

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Narayan starred as the romantic lead in Sudhish Kamath’s Good Night Good Morning, which he co-produced, and Shailja Gupta’s Walkaway. He co-starred with Lucy Hale in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song and is featured in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. He also co-starred with Canadian comic Russell Peters in Quarterlife Crisis which was first broadcast on Showtime.


In 2003, Narayan was invited to sing at a small state dinner for the first official visit of President George W. Bush to the UK. Narayan sang for and met Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Family, and President George W. Bush and Colin Powell. He also sang for then Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign, sponsored by Senator Hillary Clinton. as well as elsewhere with Cyndi Lauper, The Band’s Garth Hudson and Martha Wainwright.

As a recording artist, Narayan has collaborated on and recorded original and cover tracks for feature film soundtracks including The Love Guru, A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, Good Night Good Morning and Walkaway. He co-wrote and recorded the single Help Me to Find for the film Hiding Divya starring Madhur Jaffrey. Narayan has collaborated with Grammy winner Frank London numerous times around the world, most recently recording and performing for his Soundbrush Records’ klezmer concept album, A Night in the Old Marketplace. As the lead vocalist, Narayan performed the concert version of the album throughout Europe and North America. He is currently working on a new klezmer/Desi collaboration called SHARABI with London and master percussionist Deep Singh, whom he performed with in Bombay Dreams. SHARABI performed at the 2014 Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków, Poland

Narayan is also lead singer of the band D A R U N A M with Radovan Jovicevic, founding member of Yugoslavia's Grupa Zana. The band brings together the melodies and rhythms from three countries: America, India and Serbia. He recorded with D A R U N A M bandmate Radovan Jovicevic the single Have Me for the 2007 film And Then Came Love starring Vanessa Williams. Narayan and Jovicevic have released the 2007 EP All That's Beautiful Must Die and the title track's video featuring Janina Gavankar. Their album of Electronic Lounge/World Gypsy music with Canadian clarinetist Milan Milosevic entitled The Last Angel on Earth was released live on CBC national radio in Canada in 2010. D A R U N A M is currently collaborating on an original theatre piece with playwright Aditi Kapil. Their untitled piece was selected to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's 2014 Ground Floor Writer's Summer Residency Lab.


  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – (2001 Season 3) (TV series)
  • The Sopranos – (2004 Season 5) (TV series) Sukhjit Khan
  • Quarter Life Crisis (2006) Jonathan
  • Hiding Divya (2006) Irfana Auntie's son
  • Two Men in Shoulder Stand (2006) (short)
  • M.O.N.Y. (2007) (TV Movie) Sunil Ramesh
  • Lipstick Jungle – (2008 Pilot) (TV series)
  • Cashmere Mafia – (2008 Pilot) (TV series)
  • Mayor of N.Y. - Pilot Episode
  • As the World Turns (TV series)
  • The Love Guru (2008) Rajneesh
  • Click and Clack’s As the Wrench Turns – (2008 Season 3) (TV series)
  • Radha (2008) (short)
  • The Order (2009)
  • Three (2009)
  • Clap Clap (2009) (short)
  • Nurse Jackie – (2010) (TV series) Paramedic
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
  • The Last Airbender (2010) Fire Nation Head Prison Guard
  • Rubicon – (2010) (TV series) Bob Standard
  • Good Night Good Morning (2010) (PVR Cinemas) - Turya / songwriter / soundtrack artist
  • Walkaway (2010) (Reliance pictures / Big Cinemas) - Darius / songwriter / soundtrack artist
  • A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (2011) – Ravi / Tony Gupta
  • Unforgettable (2011 TV series) – (2011) (TV series) Sami
  • The Protector - (2011 Pilot) (TV series)
  • Deception (2013 U.S. TV series) - (2012) (TV series) Plastic Surgeon
  • The Following - (2013) (TV series) FBI Analyst Reece
  • 99 Homes - (2013) Khanna
  • Stage

  • Fame by DeSilva, Margoshes, Fernandez (1992) - Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mame by Jerry Herman (1993) Theater of the Stars, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Godspell by Stephen Schwartz (composer) (1994) The Muny, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Miss Saigon, the Second National Tour by Schoenberg and Boubil (1995-1999) - Miss Saigon Tour, North America
  • Love's Labor's Lost by William Shakespeare (1999) - Shakespeare and Company, Lenox, Massachusetts
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (2001) - Shakespeare and Company, Lenox, Massachusetts
  • Largo by David Henry Hwang (2001) - Powerhouse-New York Stage and Film, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • The Winter's Tale by Shakespeare (2002) - Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard (East Coast premiere-2002) - The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks (World premiere-2003) - The Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York City, New York
  • Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman (2003) - The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Bombay Dreams by A.R. Rahman (Broadway Original Cast-2004) - Drama League nomination, New York City, New York
  • The People Next Door by Henry Adam (American premiere-2006) - Yale Repertory Theater, New Haven, Connecticut
  • SIDD: the musical by Andrew Frank (World premiere-2006) - New World Stages, New York City, New York
  • subUrbia by Eric Bogosian (Revival-2006) - Second Stage Theater, New York City, New York
  • The Boys from Syracuse by George Abbott, Lorenz Hart, and Richard Rodgers (Revival-2006) - CenterStage, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Falsettoland with a book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by William Finn (Revival-2007) - NAATCO, New York City, New York
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (Revival-2007) - The Muny, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Cyrano by Rostand (2009) - CenterStage, Baltimore, Maryland
  • The Lisbon Traviata by Terrence McNally (Revival-2010)- The Kennedy Center, Washington DC
  • Yeast Nation by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis (NYC Premiere-2011) - New York International Fringe Festival, New York City, New York
  • The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (2011) - CenterStage, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona (musical) by Galt MacDermot and John Guare (2012) - Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington D.C.
  • Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet (Revival-2012) - La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California
  • Gettin' The Band Back Together book by Ken Davenport and The Grundelshotz, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg, and music and lyrics by Mark Allen. (2013) - George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Thumbprint - a Chamber Opera book by Susan Yankowitz, music by Kamala Shankaram. (2014) - Prototype Festival, New York City, New York
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