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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
A. R. Rahman 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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Rahul Dev Burman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Rahul Dev Burman Died 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
Satyajit Ray Died 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
Ravi Shankar 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
Ilaiyaraaja age 74 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
Yuvan Shankar Raja age 38 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
Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay Died 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
Kavi Pradeep Died 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
Kishore Kumar Died 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
Harris Jayaraj 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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Zakir Hussain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Zakir Hussain age 67 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
Salil Chowdhury Died 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
Vijay Antony age 42 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
M. S. Viswanathan age 87 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
Paravur Devarajan Died 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
Hamsalekha age 66 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
Gulzar age 83 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
S. Thaman age 34 Sai Srinivas is an actor.

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Bharathwaj is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Bharathwaj 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
Jagjit Singh 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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G. V. Prakash Kumar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
G. V. Prakash Kumar 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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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
Vidyasagar 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
Anu Malik age 57 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
Mohan Sithara age 59 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

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Shankar Mahadevan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Shankar Mahadevan age 51 Shankar Mahadevan is an award-winning composer and playback singer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team for many Indian films. He is a four-time winner of the National ...more

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Amit Trivedi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Amit Trivedi age 38 Amit Trivedi is an Indian film composer, musician, singer and lyricist, working in Bollywood. After working as a theatre and jingle composer and composing for non-film albums, he debuted as a ...more

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Vijaya Bhaskar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Vijaya Bhaskar Died at 71 (1931-2002) Vijaya Bhaskar was an Indian music director and composer who composed music for several mainstream and experimental feature films in Kannada film industry. Scoring music for over 600 feature ...more

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Pritam Chakraborty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Pritam Chakraborty age 46 Pritam Chakraborty,popularly known as Pritam was born in 14 June 1971 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, is an Indian composer, singer and live performer & sound engineer. His father's name is ...more

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M. Jayachandran is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
M. Jayachandran age 46 M. Jayachandran is a film score composer, singer, and musician in Malayalam films. He has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director for a record number of six times. In 2005, he ...more

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Saluri Koteswara Rao is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Saluri Koteswara Rao Saluri Koteswara Rao is an Indian composer notable for his work in the South Indian film industry. He has composed music for more than 475 movies in Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada. The son of music ...more

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Chellapilla Satyam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Chellapilla Satyam Died at 56 (1933-1989) Sathyam was a film score composer.

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Ouseppachan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Ouseppachan age 63 Mechery Louis Ouseppachan, mononymously known as Ousepachhan is an Indian film composer who mainly sets scores for Malayalam films. He is a recipient of National Award, Filmfare Award and Kerala ...more

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Devi Sri Prasad is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Devi Sri Prasad age 38 Devi Sri Prasad is an Indian music composer, playback singer and lyricist in Telugu and Tamil films, currently residing in Hyderabad, Telangana. Prasad's family moved to Chennai where he ...more

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D. Imman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
D. Imman age 35 Immanuel Vasanth Dinakaran, better known as D. Imman, is an Indian film composer and singer, predominantly working in the Tamil film industry. His first film as music director was Thamizhan in ...more

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Karthik Raja is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Karthik Raja age 44 Karthik Raja is an Indian composer based in Chennai, India. He made his debut as film composer in the Tamil film Alexander and went on to score music for many critically and commercially ...more

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Vanraj Bhatia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Vanraj Bhatia age 91 Vanraj Bhatia is an Indian music composer, who is best known for providing music for most of Shyam Benegal's films, and for his private albums with Music Today. Although he gave good music to ...more

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Datta Naik is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Datta Naik Datta Naik, also credited as N. Dutta, is a Hindi film music director. Born in the then Portuguese colony of Goa, Naik, started his career as an assistant to the music director Sachin Dev Burman ...more

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V. Kumar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
V. Kumar Died at 62 (1934-1996) V. Kumar is a film score composer.

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Ranjit Barot is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Ranjit Barot Ranjit Barot is an Indian film score composer, music director, music arranger, drummer and singer. He is a longtime associate of A. R. Rahman. He has been described by guitar legend John ...more

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Hemant Bhosle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Hemant Bhosle Hermant Bhosle is a film score composer.

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Bappi Lahiri is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Bappi Lahiri age 65 Bappi Lahiri or Alokesh Lahiri is a music director in the Indian film industry. He popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema and sang some of his own compositions. He was ...more

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Sachin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Sachin Sachin–Jigar are a music composing duo, from Mumbai, India who compose for Bollywood and Gujarati Cinema. They have scored a number of successful soundtracks. Before working independently as ...more

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Chittor V. Nagaiah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Chittor V. Nagaiah Died at 69 (1904-1973) Chittor V. Nagaiah was a multilingual Indian film actor, thespian, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer from Andhra Pradesh, India. Indian film journalist and the editor of ...more

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Mani Sharma is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Mani Sharma age 53 Mani Sharma Yanamandra is an ace music director known for his works in Telugu and Tamil films. He is popularly known as "Melody Brahma" for his contributions to music in Tollywood. He ...more

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K. Raghavan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
K. Raghavan Died at 100 (1913-2013) K. Raghavan, popularly known as Raghavan Master, was a Malayalam music composer. Along with G. Devarajan, V. Dakshinamoorthy and Baburaj, Raghavan was often credited for the renaissance of ...more

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Ehsaan Noorani is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Ehsaan Noorani 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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Anand Raj Anand is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Anand Raj Anand Anand Raj Anand is an Award winning Indian music director, composer, lyricist and playback singer in the Hindi film industry.

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Goutam Ghose is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Goutam Ghose age 67 Goutam Ghose is one of the most acclaimed film directors, music director, and cinematographer of modern India, who works primarily in Bengali cinema.

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Prashanta Nanda is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
Prashanta Nanda age 70 Prashanta Nanda is an Oriya Movie actor and politician in the state of Odisha, India. He has worked in the Oriya Film Industry as an actor, director, screenplay writer, lyricist and playback ...more