Classical The Best Indian Classical Artists  

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This Indian classical music artist list ranks the best Indian classical singers and musicians by votes. This list of famous Indian musicians let’s you see who Indian classical fans think are the best classical Indian musical artists. Indian classical music is a beloved and diverse genre, but one that isn't listened to much outside of India when compared to popular music. If you're interested in Indian classical music, this list is a great way to learn about the genre. This list of the top Indian classical music bands and performers in the world includes all musicians who have composed music or made recordings since the birth of Indian classical music. Indian classical musicians are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all Indian classical music singers and performers on this list got started. 

 
These are truly the greatest Indian classical music bands of all time, since the most famous Indian classical music singers names are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best Indian classical music. You can click on the Indian classical music band names to see more information about that particular notable Indian classical music groups. 
 
This list has Indian Classical musicians like A. R. Rahman and more. Vote down your least favorite artists and vote up the best ones to see your favorites rise to the top. What's in your top 10? If K. J. Yesudas or Lata Mangeshkar is in there, be sure to vote for them. All important, significant, and iconic names in Indian classical music history are here, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list also include new and upcoming Indian classical music bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of Indian classical music, as well as a great reference to learn what artists other people are listening to. 

This list answers the questions "who are the best Indian classical music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Indian classical music musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular Indian classical music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.
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Mohammed Rafi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Mohammed Rafi Qawwali, Ghazal, Indian classical music

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Bhimsen Joshi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Bhimsen Joshi Indian classical music, Thumri, Hindustani classical music

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Alla Rakha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Alla Rakha Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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+ - 124 32
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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Zakir Hussain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Zakir Hussain Jazz fusion, Hindustani classical music

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Lata Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Lata Mangeshkar Indian classical music, Classical music

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Amjad Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Amjad Ali Khan Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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+ - 119 39
Ali Akbar Khan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ali Akbar Khan Indian classical music, North Indian Classical, Film score

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+ - 106 33
Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ravi Shankar Film score, Hindustani classical music

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+ - 99 31
Hariharan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Hariharan Ghazal, Filmi

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+ - 92 33
Asha Bhosle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Asha Bhosle Pop music, Folk music, Indian classical music

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+ - 54 13
Ustad Vilayat Khan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ustad Vilayat Khan Hindustani classical music

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+ - 72 33
Shreya Ghoshal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shreya Ghoshal Ghazal, Indian classical music, Filmi

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Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan Indian classical music, Khyal

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Shubha Mudgal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shubha Mudgal Pop music, Folk music, Indian classical music

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Ali Baksh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ali Baksh Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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Kedar Pandit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Kedar Pandit Indian classical music

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Shivkumar Sharma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shivkumar Sharma Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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+ - 87 51
Anoushka Shankar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Anoushka Shankar Indian classical music

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+ - 37 14
S. Janaki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
S. Janaki Indian classical music

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Shahid Parvez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shahid Parvez Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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K. J. Yesudas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
K. J. Yesudas Indian classical music

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Abdul Karim Khan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Abdul Karim Khan Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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Girija Devi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Girija Devi Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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Mallikarjun Mansur is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Mallikarjun Mansur Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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Naushad is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Naushad Indian classical music, Filmi, Film score

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Kumar Gandharva is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists

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Baiju Bawra is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Baiju Bawra Indian classical music

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Taufiq Qureshi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Taufiq Qureshi Fusion, Indian classical music

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+ - 40 30
M. G. Sreekumar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
M. G. Sreekumar Indian classical music

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+ - 21 13
Upalappu Srinivas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Upalappu Srinivas Indian classical music, Carnatic music

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+ - 10 3
Rahul Deshpande is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Rahul Deshpande Hindustani classical music

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+ - 13 6
Sadhana Sargam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Sadhana Sargam Indian classical music

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Shujaat Khan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shujaat Khan Hindustani classical music

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Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists

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Suresh Wadkar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Suresh Wadkar Indian classical music

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Usha Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Usha Mangeshkar Indian classical music

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+ - 14 8
Mahesh Kale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Mahesh Kale Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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+ - 11 6
Monali Thakur is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Monali Thakur Indian classical music, Filmi, Hindustani classical music

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Ravindra Jain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ravindra Jain Indian classical music, Film score

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Somranjan Chakraborty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
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Aarya Ambekar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Aarya Ambekar Indian classical music

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Samta Prasad is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Samta Prasad Indian classical music

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+ - 10 6
Ustad Sultan Khan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ustad Sultan Khan Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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+ - 9 5
Kadri Gopalnath is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Kadri Gopalnath Indian classical music, Carnatic music, Jazz fusion

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+ - 8 4
Suman Kalyanpur is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Suman Kalyanpur Indian classical music

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+ - 7 3
Buddhadev Das Gupta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Buddhadev Das Gupta Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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+ - 8 5
Mahalakshmi Iyer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Mahalakshmi Iyer Indian pop, Folk music, Indian classical music

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+ - 7 4
Sabir Khan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Sabir Khan Indian classical music