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List of notable or famous composers from India, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in India and even some popular composers who immigrated to India. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from India is included when available.

List people range from A. R. Rahman to Vishal Bharadwaj.

This historic composers from India list can help answer the questions "Who are some Indian composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from India?" These prominent composers of India may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Indian composers.

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A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 51 Allah-Rakha Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist. Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, Rahman's ...more

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Aashish Khan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 78 Aashish Khan Debsharma is an eminent Indian classical musician, known for his virtuosity on the Sarod. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006 in the 'Best World Music' category for his ...more

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Aadesh Shrivastava is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 51 Aadesh Shrivastava is an Indian composer and singer. He was born in a Hindu Kayastha family in Jabalpur. Over the course of his career, he has composed music for over 100 Hindi films. His wife ...more

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Adnan Sami is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 44 Adnan Sami is a singer, musician, pianist, actor and composer with a command of Indian and Western Classical/Semi-Classical music, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Indian Classical music, Fusion & Indian ...more

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Ahmed and Mohammed Hussain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 67 Ahmed Hussain and Mohammed Hussain are ghazal singers from Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan state in India. Ahmed and Mohammed Hussain are two brothers who sing classical ghazals. Born in Rajastan ...more

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Ali Akbar Khan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 87 (1922-2009) Ali Akbar Khan, often referred to as Khansahib or by the title Ustad, was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Khan was ...more

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Allauddin Khan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 110 (1862-1972) Allauddin Khan was a Bengali shorodi and multi-instrumentalist, composer and one of the most renowned music teachers of the 20th century in Indian classical music. In 1935, he toured Europe, ...more

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Alphons Joseph is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 44 Alphons Joseph is a music director and playback singer in the Malayalam film industry who got a break as a film music composer after composing for the film Vellithira. Alphons is also noted for ...more

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Anjjan Meet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from India
Anjjan Meet Anjjan Meet is a film music composer.

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Anoop Rubens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from India
Anup Rubens is an Indian music director known particularly for his work in Tollywood. He hails from Hyderabad. He composes songs for Telugu film industry. He gained initial fame through Ishq, ...more

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Anupam Roy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 36 Anupam Roy is a Bengali lyricist, composer, singer from Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He is best known for his song Amake amar moto thakte dao, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 2010 film ...more

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Babbu Maan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 43 Babbu Maan is a singer-songwriter, actor, producer, composer and film director.

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Baburaj is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 57 (1921-1978) Mohammad Sabir Baburaj, also known as M. S. Baburaj, was a Malayalam music composer. He is often credited for the renaissance of Malayalam film music. Baburaj has rendered music to many ...more

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Balabhaskar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 39 Balabhaskar is an Indian violinist, composer and record producer. He is best known for promoting fusion music in South India. Hailing from a musically affluent family, he was introduced to the ...more

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Bhupen Hazarika is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 85 (1926-2011) Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam. His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, are marked by humanity and ...more

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Chakri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 43 Chakradhar "Chakri" Gilla was an Indian music composer and singer in Tollywood films. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu for Satyam.

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Deepak Dev is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 44 Deepak Dev is a film music contributor.

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Ehsaan Noorani is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 54 Ehsaan Noorani is the Ehsaan of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio which consist of Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and himself. He is a famous music composer and a guitarist. He was the guitarist for ...more

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G. Ramanathan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from India
Gobalsamy Ramanatha Iyer or G. Ramanatha Iyer was a music composer for Tamil movies. He is also known as 'Isai Methai' or 'Sangeetha Chakravarthy' and considered to be one of the influential ...more

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G. V. Prakash Kumar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 30 G. V. Prakash Kumar is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer. He has mainly scored music for Tamil films. His first film was S Pictures' Veyil and he became popular in Tamil ...more

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Ghulam Ahmed Chishti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 89 (1905-1994) Ghulam Ahmed Chishti was an Indian/Pakistani music composer, attributed as being one of the founders of Pakistani film music. He is also sometimes referred to as Baba Chishti. Working with filmi ...more

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Ghulam Mohammed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 65 (1903-1968) Ghulam Mohammad is an actor.

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Guru Arjan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 43 (1563-1606) Guru Arjan was the first martyr of Sikh faith and the fifth of the eleven Sikh Gurus, who compiled writings to create the eleventh, the living Guru, Guru Granth Sahib. He was born in Goindval, ...more

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Hafiz Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from India
Hafiz Ali Khan Died at 84 (1888-1972) Haafiz Ali Khan was an Indian sarod player. He was a tall figure in twentieth-century sarod music. A fifth-generation descendant of the famous Bangash Gharana of sarod players, Haafiz Ali was ...more

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Hariprasad Chaurasia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 79 Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an Indian classical flautist. He plays in the North Indian tradition.

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Harmeet Meet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Composers from India
Harmeet Meet Harmeet Meet is a film score composer.

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Harris Jayaraj is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 43 Harris Jayaraj is an Indian film composer from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has written scores and soundtracks for Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.

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Hidayat Khan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 43 Hidayat Khan is the son of Ustad Vilayat Khan.

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Himesh Reshammiya is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 44 Himesh Reshammiya is an Indian music director, singer, film actor, television producer, lyricist, film producer, film writer and distributor.

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Hridayanath Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Composers from India
Hridayanath Mangeshkar age 80 Hridaynath Mangeshkar is a composer/singer from India known for his eclectic compositions and a well-respected body of work. He is the younger brother of Indian music icons Lata Mangeshkar and ...more

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Ismail Darbar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 53 Ismail Darbar is an Indian composer and violinist, a popular name in Indian Film Industry: Bollywood.

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Jagjit Singh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 70 (1941-2011) Jagjit Singh, born Jagmohan Singh, was a prominent Indian Ghazal singer, songwriter and musician. Known as the "Ghazal King", he gained acclaim together with his wife, another renowned ...more

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Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 42 (1929-1971) Jaikishan Dayabhai Pankal was a film score composer. Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal was a part of an Indian music composer duo in the Hindi film industry, working together from 1949–1971, known as ...more

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Jassi Sidhu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 39 Jassi Sidhu is a Bhangra singer and the former lead singer of British Indian bhangra band B21. He split from the group, declaring that they would "never, ever reconcile" and that ...more

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Jeet Ganguly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Composers from India
Jeet Gannguli, popularly known as Jeet, is a music composer and singer of Bengali and Hindi movies. He is a good friend and follower of Premson. Born in a distinguished family with a rich ...more

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Joginder Shelly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 60 (1949-2009) Joginder was an Indian actor, director, producer, writer, singer, songwriter and distributor. Two Hindi films produced–directed–written–acted–distributed by him were "Super Hits" – ...more

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K. Bhagyaraj is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 65 K. Bhagyaraj is a Tamil film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. He has also written and directed Telugu, Hindi films and TV serials. He won a Filmfare Best Actor Award for Mundhanai ...more

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K. J. Yesudas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 78 Kattassery Joseph Yesudas is an Indian playback singer. Yesudas sings Indian classical, devotional and cinematic songs . He has recorded more than 40,000 songs in many languages including ...more

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Kanu Roy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Composers from India
Kanu Roy was an Indian film actor, and music composer in Hindi and Bengali films. He was the brother of noted Bollywood playback singer Geeta Dutt. He gave music for most of Basu Bhattacharya’s ...more

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Kaushal Inamdar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 46 Kaushal S. Inamdar is an Indian singer and music composer in Marathi and Hindi movies. His work in music spans from composing music for films, television, drama to events, concerts in Hindi and ...more

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Khemchand Prakash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 43 (1907-1950) Khemchand Prakash was a music composer in Hindi film industry. He had few peers in 1940s, the best decade for Indian film music which started with Saigal very active on the scene and ended with ...more

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Kothainayaki Ammal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 59 (1901-1960) Vaithamanithi Mudumbai Kothainayaki Ammal was a Tamil writer, novelist and journalist who is remembered as the first woman to occupy the editorial board of a Tamil magazine. She wrote 115 books ...more

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Krishnakumar Kunnath is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 49 Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK or Kay Kay, is an Indian playback singer. He is a prominent singer in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films. Born in Delhi to Malayali ...more

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L. Athira Krishna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Composers from India
Aathira Krishna – Hailed as the New Queen of Indian Classical Violin and Violin Princess, AATHIRA is an Internationally acclaimed Prodigy Violinist of the present generation from India. Hailing ...more

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L. Shankar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 67 Lakshminarayana Shankar, also known as L. Shankar and Shenkar, is an Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer. He has worked extensively in both traditional music from India, and in ...more

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L. Subramaniam is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 70 Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam is an acclaimed Indian violinist, composer and conductor, trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition and Western classical music, and renowned for his ...more

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Lalgudi Jayaraman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Composers from India
Died at 83 (1930-2013) Lalgudi Gopala Iyer Jayaraman was an Indian Carnatic violinist, vocalist and composer. His awards included the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for his score to the film Sringaram: ...more

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Lucky Ali is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 57 Lucky Ali, born Maqsood Mahmood Ali, is an Indian singer songwriter, composer and actor. Lucky is best known for his soulful but strikingly simple ballad-style singing and melodious voice.

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M. G. Sreekumar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Composers from India
age 60 M. G. Sreekumar is a two-time National Award-winning Indian playback singer and music director who works in Malayalam cinema. With a career of over 25 years, he is one of the prominent male ...more

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Manmeet Meet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Composers from India
Manmeet Meet Manmeet Meet is a film score composer.