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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. {#nodes}
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    A. R. Rahman

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    Allahrakka Rahman pronunciation ; born A. S. Dileep Kumar) known professionally as A. R.... more on Wikipedia
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    Rahul Dev Burman

    Rahul Dev Burman

    Dec. at 55 (1939-1994)

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Rahul Dev Burman (27 June 1939 – 4 January 1994) was an Indian music director who is regarded... more on Wikipedia
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    Satyajit Ray

    Satyajit Ray

    Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Satyajit Ray (Bengali pronunciation: [ˈʃɔtːodʒit ˈrai̯] (listen); 2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992)... more on Wikipedia

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    #107 of 743 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#55 of 139 The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

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    Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar

    Dec. at 92 (1920-2012)

    BirthplaceVaranasi, India

    Ravi Shankar, (IPA: [ˈrobi ˈʃɔŋkor]; 7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012), born Robindro Shaunkor... more on Wikipedia

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    The Best Ravi Shankar Albums of All Time#1027 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 5

    BirthplacePannaipuram, Theni, India

    Ilaiyaraaja (born Gnanathesikan; 2 June 1943) is an Indian film composer, singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    #2 of 89 The Greatest Indian Music Directors of All Time#274 of 341 The Best World Music Artists

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    Yuvan Shankar Raja

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    Yuvan Shankar Raja (born 31 August 1979) is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay

    Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay

    Dec. at 69 (1920-1989)

    BirthplaceVaranasi, India

    Hemanta Mukherjee also known as Hemant Kumar (16 June 1920 – 26 September 1989); was an Indian... more on Wikipedia

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    #62 of 134 The Greatest Singers of Indian Cinema#25 of 26 Celebrities Who Practice Hinduism

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    Kavi Pradeep

    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceBadnagar, India

    Pradeep is a film score composer.
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    Kishore Kumar

    Kishore Kumar

    Dec. at 58 (1929-1987)

    BirthplaceKhandwa, India

    Kishore Kumar (4 August 1929 – 13 October 1987; born Abhas Kumar Ganguly) was an Indian... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Harris Jayaraj

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    Harris Jayaraj (born 8 January 1975) is an Indian film composer from Chennai , Tamil Nadu. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Zakir Hussain

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Ustad Zakir Hussain (born 9 March 1951) is an Indian tabla virtuoso, composer, percussionist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Salil Chowdhury

    Salil Chowdhury

    Dec. at 72 (1923-1995)

    Birthplace24 Parganas, India

    Salil Chowdhury; 19 November 1925 - 5 September 1995) was an Indian songwriter, music... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Vijay Antony

    BirthplaceErode, India

    Vijay Antony is an Indian music composer, playback singer, actor, film editor, lyricist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    M. S. Viswanathan

    BirthplacePalakkad, India

    Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan (24 June 1928 – 14 July 2015), also known as M.S.V., was... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Paravur Devarajan

    Dec. at 82 (1924-2006)

    BirthplaceParavur, Kollam, India

    Paravoor Govindan Devarajan, popularly known as G. Devarajan or Devarajan master, was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 16


    Age: 69

    BirthplaceMysore, India

    Hamsalekha (born Govindaraju Gangaraju on 23 June 1951) is an Indian film composer and a... more on Wikipedia
  • 17


    Age: 86

    BirthplaceDina, Pakistan, Pakistan

    Sampooran Singh Kalra (born 18 August 1934), known popularly by his pen name Gulzar and also... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    S. Thaman

    S. Thaman

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceAndhra Pradesh, India

    Ghantasala Srinivas Sai Thaman Siva Kumar, popularly known and credited as S. Thaman is an... more on Wikipedia
  • 19


    Age: 60

    BirthplaceTirunelveli, India

    Ramani Bharadwaj known professionally as Bharadwaj is an Indian music director, composer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Jagjit Singh

    Jagjit Singh

    Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)

    BirthplaceSri Ganganagar, India

    Jagjit Singh, born Jagmohan Singh Dhiman (8 February 1941 – 10 October 2011), popularly known... more on Wikipedia
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    G. V. Prakash Kumar

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    G. V. Prakash Kumar is an Indian actor, a composer of film scores and soundtracks, and a... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Satish Chakravarthy

    Sathish Chakravarthy is a film music contributor.
  • 23


    Age: 57

    BirthplaceVizianagaram, India

    Vidyasagar also known as "Gaanaa" Vidyasagar is an Indian composer, musician and singer best... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Anu Malik

    Anu Malik

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Anwar Sardar Malik (born 2 November 1960), best known as Anu Malik, is an Indian music... more on Wikipedia
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    Mohan Sithara


    Mohan Sithara is a Malayalam film music composer. He received the Kerala State Film Award for... more on Wikipedia