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Famous Film Score Composers from India

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

List people include Kishore Kumar, A. R. Rahman and many more.

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

Use this list of renowned Indian film score composers to discover some new film score 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. (157 items)
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A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 52
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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Rahul Dev Burman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Dec. at 55 (1939-1994)
Rahul Dev Burman was an Indian film score composer, who is considered one of the seminal music directors of the Indian film industry. Nicknamed Pancham da, he was the only son of the composer ...more
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Satyajit Ray is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)
Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker. He is considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of ...more
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Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Died at 92 (1920-2012)
Ravi Shankar, his name often preceded by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician who was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century as well as a ...more
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Ilaiyaraaja is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 75
Ilayaraja is a film music contributor.
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Yuvan Shankar Raja is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 39
Yuvan Shankar Raja is an Indian singer-songwriter, film score, and soundtrack composer, singer and occasional lyricist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has predominantly scored music for Tamil ...more
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Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Dec. at 69 (1920-1989)
Hemanta Mukherjee is a playback singer, film score composer and film producer.
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Kavi Pradeep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)
Pradeep is a film score composer.
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Kishore Kumar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Dec. at 58 (1929-1987)
Kishore Kumar was an Indian film playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, screenplay writer and scriptwriter. He is in general considered one of the most successful & ...more
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Harris Jayaraj is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 44
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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Zakir Hussain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 64
Zakir Hussain is an Indian tabla player, musical producer, film actor and composer. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India. He was also ...more
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Salil Chowdhury is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Dec. at 72 (1923-1995)
Salil Chowdhury was an Indian music composer, who mainly composed for Bengali, Hindi and Malayalam films. He was also a poet and a playwright. He is affectionately called Salilda by his ...more
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Vijay Antony is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 43
Vijay Antony is an Indian film composer.
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M. S. Viswanathan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 90
Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan, also known as M.S.V., is a Kollywood music director and composer from South India. He is popularly known as Mellisai Mannar. He has composed songs in Tamil, ...more
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Paravur Devarajan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Dec. at 82 (1924-2006)
Paravoor Govindan Devarajan, popularly known as G. Devarajan or Devarajan master, was a Malayalam music composer. He is considered as one of the best music composers for Malayalam movies. His ...more
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Hamsalekha is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 67
Hamsalekha is an Indian film composer and a songwriter who works in South Indian cinema, predominantly in the Kannada film industry since the late 1980s. He is also a screenplay writer, dialogue ...more
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Gulzar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 84
Sampooran Singh Kalra, known popularly by his pen name Gulzar, is an Indian poet, lyricist and film director. Born in Jhelum District in British India, his family moved to India after partition. ...more
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S. Thaman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 35
Sai Srinivas is an actor.
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Bharathwaj is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 58
Bharathwaj is a Tamil film composer. He has since scored music in languages including Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. trained in Hindustani, Western and Carnatic music. He is a recipient of ...more
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Jagjit Singh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Dec. 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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G. V. Prakash Kumar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 31
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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Satish Chakravarthy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Satish Chakravarthy
Sathish Chakravarthy is a film music contributor.
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Vidyasagar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 55
Vidhya Saga is a film score composer.
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Anu Malik is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 58
Anu Malik, born Anwar Sardaar Malik, is an Indian music director and singer who primarily works in the Hindi film industry. Son of veteran music director Sardar Malek, Anu Malik made his debut ...more
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Mohan Sithara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
age 60
Mohan Sithara, is a Malayalam film music composer. He received Kerala state award for the songs in Priyanandan's "Sufi Paranja Kadha". Since 1986 he is an active musician in Malayalam ...more