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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.

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A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
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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 works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South. Rahman's body of work for film and stage has given him the nickname of "the Mozart of Madras", and Tamil commentators and fans call him Isai Puyal. In 2009, Time included Rahman on its list of the ...more

Age: 51

Birthplace: Chennai, India

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#1 on The Greatest Indian Music Directors of All Time

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Rahul Dev Burman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
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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 Sachin Dev Burman. From the 1960s to the 1990s, RD Burman composed musical scores for 331 movies. He was mainly active in the Hindi film industry as a composer, and also provided vocals for a few of compositions. RD Burman did major work with Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar, and scored many of the songs that made these singers famous. He also scored many songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar. He served as an influence to the next generation of Indian music directors, and his songs continue to be popular in India ...more

Age: Died at 55 (1939-1994)

Birthplace: Kolkata, India

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#5 on The Greatest Indian Music Directors of All Time

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Satyajit Ray is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
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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 arts and literature. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica's Italian neorealist 1948 film Bicycle Thieves during a visit to London. Ray directed 36 films, including feature films, documentaries and shorts. He was also a fiction writer, publisher, illustrator, calligrapher, music composer, graphic designer and film critic. He authored several short stories and novels, primarily aimed ...more

Age: Died at 71 (1921-1992)

Birthplace: Kolkata, India

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#64 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

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Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Score Composers from India
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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 composer of Hindustani classical music. Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956. In 1956 he began to tour Europe and the Americas playing Indian ...more

Age: Died at 92 (1920-2012)

Birthplace: India, Varanasi

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