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Famous Composers from India

Updated June 14, 2019 12.8k views98 items

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.

Use this list of renowned Indian composers to discover some new composers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    BirthplaceChennai, India

    Allahrakka Rahman pronunciation ; born A. S. Dileep Kumar) known professionally as A. R. Rahman, is an Indian music director, singer and music producer. His works are noted for integrating Indian...  more
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    BirthplaceMaihar, India

    Aashish Khan Debsharma (born 5 December 1939) is an Indian classical musician, a player of the sarod. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006 in the 'Best World Music' category for his album...  more
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    BirthplaceJabalpur, India

    Aadesh Shrivastava (4 September 1964 – 5 September 2015) was a music composer and singer of Indian music. Over the course of his career, he had composed music for over 100 Hindi films. Just a day...  more
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    Age: 48

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Adnan Sami Khan (born 15 August 1971) is an Indian singer, musician, music composer, pianist and actor. He performs Indian and western music, specially for Hindi movies. His most notable instrument...  more
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    BirthplaceRajasthan, India

    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 Rajasthan as...  more
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    Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)

    BirthplaceComilla, Bangladesh

    Ali Akbar Khan (14 April 1922 – 18 June 2009) was an Indian Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Trained as a classical musician and...  more
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    Dec. at 110 (1862-1972)

    BirthplaceBrahmanbaria District, Bangladesh

    Allauddin Khan, also known as Baba Allauddin Khan (1862 – 6 September 1972) was a Bengali Indian sarod player and multi-instrumentalist, composer and one of the most notable music teachers of the...  more
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    BirthplaceThrissur, India

    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 a film music composer....
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    Anup Rubens is an Indian film, music composer, known for his works in Telugu cinema. His works include (Kannada Seetharam Kalyana 2018)Gowtam SSC (2005), Prema Kavali (2011), Ishq (2012), Sukumarudu...  more
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    Age: 39

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Anupam Roy (Bengali: অনুপম রায়; born 29 March 1982) is an Indian singer-songwriter from Kolkata, West Bengal. He is best known for his song Amake Amar Moto Thakte Dao (আমাকে আমার মতো থাকতে দাও) ,...  more
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    Age: 46

    BirthplaceKhant, Punjab

    Babbu Maan is a singer-songwriter, actor, producer, composer and film director....  more
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    Dec. at 57 (1921-1978)

    BirthplaceKozhikode, India

    Mohammad Sabir Baburaj (Malayalam: എം.എസ്‌. ബാബുരാജ്), also known as M. S. Baburaj, was a Malayalam music composer. He is often credited for the renaissance of Malayalam film music. Baburaj has...  more
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    Balabhaskar Chandran (10 July 1978 – 2 October 2018) was an Indian musician, violinist, composer and record producer. He is best known for promoting fusion music in South India. Hailing from a...  more
  • 15
    Dec. at 85 (1926-2011)

    BirthplaceSadiya, India

    Bhupen Hazarika (Assamese: [bʱupɛn ɦazɔɹika]) (8 September 1926 – 5 November 2011) was an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam, widely known as...  more
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    Age: 47

    BirthplaceMahabubabad, India

    Chakradhar "Chakri" Gilla (15 June 1974 – 15 December 2014) was an Indian music composer and singer in Tollywood films. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Telugu for Satyam...  more
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    Age: 47

    BirthplaceKochi, India

    Deepak Devraj Komath, better known as Deepak Dev (Malayalam: ദീപക് ദേവ്), is an Indian music composer, best known for his compositions in Malayalam cinema, with films such as Chronic Bachelor,...  more
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    Ehsaan Noorani is an Indian composer and guitarist , Ehsaan is the part of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio which consist of Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and himself. He is a famous music composer and...  more
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    Gobalsamy Ramanathan was an Indian music composer for Tamil movies. He is also known as Isai Methai (Genius of Music) or Sangeetha Chakravarthy (Emperor of Music) and is considered to be one of the...  more
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    BirthplaceChennai, India

    G. V. Prakash Kumar is an Indian actor, a composer of film scores and soundtracks, and a producer and singer. He has predominantly scored music for Tamil films. His first film was S Pictures' Veyyil...  more
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    Dec. at 89 (1905-1994)

    BirthplaceJalandhar, India

    Ghulam Ahmed Chishti (Urdu: غُلام احمد چِشتی ‎), (often abbreviated to G.A. Chishti)(Urdu: جی اے چِشتی ‎), (17 August 1905 – 25 December 1994) was a Pakistani music composer, attributed as being...  more
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    Dec. at 65 (1903-1968)

    BirthplaceBikaner, India

    Ghulam Mohammed was an Indian film score composer, who is most remembered for his work in Hindi musical-hit films like, Mirza Ghalib (1954), Shama (1961) and Pakeezah (1972). He received National...  more
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    Dec. at 43 (1563-1606)

    BirthplaceGoindval, India

    Guru Arjan (Punjabi: ਗੁਰੂ ਅਰਜਨ [gʊɾuː əɾd͡ʒənᵊ]) 15 April 1563 – 30 May 1606) was the first of the two Gurus martyred in the Sikh faith and the fifth of the ten total Sikh Gurus. He compiled the...  more
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    Hafiz Ali Khan (1888–1972) was an Indian sarod player. A fifth-generation descendant of the Bangash gharana (school or style) of sarod players, Hafiz Ali was known for the lyrical beauty of his music...  more
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    BirthplaceAllahabad, India

    Hariprasad Chaurasia (born 1 July 1938) is an Indian music director and classical flutist, who plays the bansuri, an Indian bamboo flute, in the Hindustani classical tradition. ...  more