Narendra Chanchal was born to a religious Punjabi family in Namak Mandi, Amritsar. Hence since childhood he grew up in the religious atmosphere which inspired him to start singing bhajans and aartis. He took music lessons from Sri Prem Tikha, Amritsar. He tried to sing for Bollywood Movies but lost his voice, after regaining his voice back after a couple of years Chanchal sang his first Bollywood song Beshak mandir masjid todo for Bobby. Chanchal won the 1973 Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for this song as well as a "Bobby Award". Later in life, he was awarded the "Raj Kapoor Memorial Award." He was also made an honorary citizen of the US state of Georgia.