Profession: Voice-over artist
Age: 66 Years
Hometown: Delhi, India
Some lesser known facts about Shammi Narang
- Shammi Narang is a former Indian news anchor. He is an acclaimed voice-over artist and Delhi-based entrepreneur. He is known for being part of the Hindi division of Voice of America and was associated as a news anchor for Doordarshan during the 1970s – 80s. He is famous for being the voice of Delhi Metro.
- Shammi Narang belongs to a Sikh family, and his father and grandfather, who were of Lahanda origin, served in the Indian Armed Forces. His father inspired him to pursue stunt riding as a hobby during his college days, and later, worked as a stunt rider for escorts for some time.
- Apart from being a voice-over artist, Shammi Narang is also a semi-trained singer who often sings with his wife Dolly Narang as she is a trained classical music singer. Dolly Narang hails from Chandigarh and is a student of renowned Indian musician Jaydev. She often sings ghazals at many live events and occasions. Shammi Narang likes to play Jazz Drums and Harmonium in his spare time.
- During his college days, Flanger, a technical director of the United States Information Service (Delhi), noticed Shammi Narang’s voice in the auditorium of the IIT, Delhi campus, when Shammi was checking the clarity of the mic on stage at an event . He offered to assist Shammi Narang in the sound test as Flanger liked Shammi’s voice. Later, Flanger sent Shammi to a Hindi scholar, Shastri, who trained Shammi to be part of the Voice of America’s Hindi division. Once, in a media interaction, Shammi Narang said that Shastri asked him to read a page, which was in Hindi language and impressed by his voice, Flanger gave him two hundred rupees for the same. Shammi remembered,
Shastri ji asked me ‘I know Hindi’? I had left Hindi in 8th standard. But, I insisted that I know. He gave me a page to read. I did Without knowing what it was all about. Within 15 minutes, Flanger gave me Rs 200 as ‘payment’. I was surprised! It was a huge amount in those days. My one month mess charge was Rs.95.
- After completing his post-graduation degree, he started working as a Marketing Professional at Larsen & Toubro and served the organization for some time.
- Shammi Narang loved adventure activities during his college days, and this desire made him join escorts as a stunt rider. He was very much inspired by Rishi Kapoor’s character from the movie Bobby and often did stunts. He had an accident in the late 1980s, which broke his nose.
- In 1982, he auditioned for Doordarshan, where he competed with over 10,000 candidates. According to Shammi Narang, he appeared in a T-shirt and torn jeans in Doordarshan’s audition. A former Indian news anchor on Doordarshan, Devki Nandan Pandey praised her performance in the auditions. He then worked with Doordarshan for twenty years and developed a style for himself from his baritone. In those days Doordarshan was the only channel which broadcast news with few scenes and was limited to vocal portrayals only. With the passage of time, he became the face of reading Doordarshan news due to his correct pronunciation and pronunciation. At that time it was believed that news readers were powerful enough to influence the government for themselves.
- According to Shammi Narang, a shocking incident happened to him in Doordarshan studio during his audition. In a conversation with the media, he said that
When I came back, an old gentleman asked me with a wonderful voice, ‘So you found it? Good pad’. I said thanks and moved on. An employee approached me and asked, ‘Who do you think you are? You know who this gentleman was?’ I pleaded ignorance and he said to my shock, ‘It was Devaki Nandan Pandey’!
- Once, in an interview with a media house, Shammi Narang said that in a news show, he read some news about his new pension scheme for ex-servicemen, and two days after the news aired on Doordarshan, an elderly The Havildar paid a visit to his house and began requesting him to update his pension scheme.
- According to Shammi Narang, the news readers of the 1970s – 80s were convicted for reading lies in favor of the government, but he dismissed all the allegations and said in a media interaction that the news readers only tried to hide the truth. Read no more lies.
- With the passage of time, cable and satellite television started entering India and Doordarshan could not stand the competition. Doordarshan refused to broadcast news, programs and programs live, which was the main reason for its defeat. The news anchors and crew in Doordarshan were middle-aged as compared to the younger recruits in competing channels. Talking about the condition of Doordarshan in the present era, Shammi Narang said in a media interview that “in the present era, he would have been a misfit.” Shammi Narang said,
It has been ‘frivolous’ and it has been added that ‘young journalists who are out of college, now in trend, would be good at interviewing film stars, but would not be a suitable choice in front of Dr. Karan Singh or Manmohan Singh’ .
- After working in Doordarshan for twenty years, Shammi Narang started working as a voice-over artist. He also worked as a theater artist with renowned theater personalities like Sheela Bhatia.
- Since 1997, Shammi Narang has been working as an anchor for the Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Award ceremonies.
- In 1998, Shammi Narang established a recording studio which is considered to be Delhi’s first digital studio named Pin Drop. This studio is very popular among many Indian voice-over artists and musicians.
- Shammi Narang works as a visiting faculty at the film school of MADarts and late comedian and actor Jaspal Bhatti and as a voice-over artist in the two-minute award-winning film ‘Ninhi Chidiya’.
- According to Shammi Narang, he keeps himself away from Page 3 culture. In an interview to a media reporter, he talked about Page 3 culture. he said,
Call it my innate complex—I don’t like the culture of Page 3. It has more artificiality and less heat.”
- Shammi Narang lent his voice to the official audio guide of heritage monuments of several Indian states like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Mysore. In 2013, he was involved in the Guinness Record-breaking Tea Party, which was held in Indore.
- In 2008, Shammi Narang was a part of the television show, B Positive, in which he traveled from Delhi to Haridwar along with three of his companions. The show was aired on Pragya TV, a spiritual lifestyle channel.
- During the general assembly elections in 2009, Jai Ha! The campaign of Bharatiya Janata Party was sung by Shammi Narang.
- Once in a conversation with the media, Shammi Narang talked about the potential required in the voice-over industry. he said,
Voice is the biggest asset of communication’ and it can get very good pay even at the beginner level.”
- He has appeared in some famous Hindi films such as Lakhmandal by Govind Nihalani and Utsav by Ashok Vazirani. Shammi Narang also produces corporate films. In 2011, that film. appeared in jessica lal murder case as Justice Jain
- Shammi Narang lent his voice to all Hindi in-train and in-station voice messages and announcements for Delhi Metro, Rapid Metro Gurgaon, Mumbai Metro, Bangalore Metro, Jaipur Metro and Hyderabad Metro Rail. In these announcements, he guides passengers with his humble ‘Please Mind the Gap’ about dos and don’ts. Announcements going on day and night inside Delhi Metro.
- Shammi Narang is best known for composing music for several television commercials such as Na Jaane Kya Rishta for Tata Tea.
- In 2016, on Hindi Diwas, Shammi Narang expressed his views on Hindi language and said that young generation of India should not be pressured to learn Hindi. he said,
The difficult and rare words which are not used in our daily life should be replaced with simple, simple words.
- In 2021, Shammi Narang made a special appearance in an episode “History of TV News” 75th #Independence Day Special TVNewsense Episode 143″ by Newslaundry of channel TVNewsense.
- According to Shammi Narang, he likes to eat Banjara Kebab, Galouti Kebab, Jimikan and Anjeer Kebab from “Kab-e-Azam”. In a media interview, he listed out all the dishes that he liked to eat. He said that he likes to cook Chinese food. he said,
My whole family was in the army. We used to party there and I would often try my hand at cooking Chinese food. But my favorite has always been the ‘eggs-parathas’ sold outside the Vikram Hotel in Delhi. My father could cook mutton. My mother used to serve us brinjal bharta and phulka with desi ghee kernels – very nice. ,