Naresh Iyer (born 3 January 1981) is a playback singer from Chennai, India. Naresh Iyer has rendered film songs in several Indian languages and has several chart hits to his credit. His rendition of "Roobaroo" from the movie Rang De Basanti composed by A. R. Rahman topped the music charts for many weeks in 2006 and won him the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. He also won the Filmfare award in the R.D. Burman Musical Talent category. He is one of the few playback singers to have won both a Filmfare Award and a National Award in his professional debut singing year.
Naresh Iyer was born to a Tamil Brahmin family of Shankar Iyer and Radha on 3 January 1981 and brought up in Matunga, Mumbai. He also has a younger sibling Nisha Iyer who is also an upcoming Artist (Painting).He attended SIES College of Commerce and Economics where he received a degree in commerce. After graduation he intended to become a Chartered Accountant, but decided to study Carnatic music and Hindustani classical music instead.
Naresh was spotted by composer A. R. Rahman in a reality talent show, Channel V's Super Singer. Though he did not win the show, Naresh was later contacted by A. R. Rahman and made his debut with the song "Mayilirage" from Anbe Aaruyire. He has also sung for other composers in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam.
Naresh is also the vocalist of a Mumbai based fusion band called Dhvani.
He also won the R.D. Burman Award as the best male upcoming singer.
The same year he also won the National Award for Best Playback Singer(Male) for his rendition of "Rubaroo" from the movie "Rang De Basanti".
He has a sibling named Nisha Iyer. Both of them have learned Carnatic music.
2005 - Hub Award for Best Playback Singer for the song "Mayilarage" from Anbe Aaruyire,
2006 - National Film Award for Best Male Playback singer for the song "Roobaroo" from Rang De Basanti,
2006 - Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut (R. D. Burman Award),
2006 - Kannadasan Award for Best Male Debut,
2008 - Hub Award for Best Playback Singer for the song "Mundhinam Parthenae" from Vaaranam Aayiram,
2008 - Nominated for Best Male Playback singer for the song "Mundhinam Parthenae" from Vaaranam Aayiramin 2nd Vijay Awards,
2009 - Filmfare Award (South) for Best Playback Singer for the song "Mundhinam Parthenae" from Vaaranam Aayiram,
2010 - Nominated for Best Male Playback singer (song - Oru Vetkam varudhe from Pasanga)in 57th South Filmfare awards,
2010 - South Scope Award for Best Male Playback singer for the song - Oru Vetkam varudhe from Pasanga,
2011 - Uninor Mirchi Music Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song NENU NEVANTU from Telugu film ORANGE