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Famous Conductors from India

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

A factual list, featuring people like A. R. Rahman and Ilaiyaraaja.

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

Use this list of renowned Indian conductors to discover some new conductors 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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    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 classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Filmfare Awards and seventeen Filmfare Awards South. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 2010 by the Government of India. In 2009, Rahman was included on the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people. The UK-based world-music...  more
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
  • Ilaiyaraaja (born Gnanathesikan; 2 June 1943) is an Indian film composer, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, orchestrator, conductor-arranger and lyricist who works in the Indian Film Industry, predominantly in Tamil. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Indian music composers, he is credited for introducing western musical sensibilities in the Indian musical mainstream. Reputed to be the world's most prolific composer, he has composed over 7000 songs, provided film scores for more than 1000 movies and performed in more than 20,000 concerts. Being the first Asian to compose a full symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, Ilaiyaraaja is known to have written the entire...  more
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Pannaipuram, Theni, India
  • Pandit Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam (born 23 July 1947) is an acclaimed Indian violinist, composer and conductor, trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition and Western classical music, and renowned for his virtuoso playing techniques and compositions in orchestral fusion....  more
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
  • Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar was a film score composer, orchestrator, music director and conductor....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1937-1998)
    • Birthplace: Mumbai, India