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This Indian classical music artist list ranks the best Indian classical singers and musicians by votes. This list of famous Indian musicians let’s you see who Indian classical fans think are the best classical Indian musical artists. Indian classical music is a beloved and diverse genre, but one that isn't listened to much outside of India when compared to popular music. If you're interested in Indian classical music, this list is a great way to learn about the genre. This list of the top Indian classical music bands and performers in the world includes all musicians who have composed music or made recordings since the birth of Indian classical music. Indian classical musicians are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all Indian classical music singers and performers on this list got started. 

 
These are truly the greatest Indian classical music bands of all time, since the most famous Indian classical music singers names are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best Indian classical music. You can click on the Indian classical music band names to see more information about that particular notable Indian classical music groups. 

This list has Indian Classical musicians like A. R. Rahman and more. Vote down your least favorite artists and vote up the best ones to see your favorites rise to the top. What's in your top 10? If K. J. Yesudas or Lata Mangeshkar is in there, be sure to vote for them. All important, significant, and iconic names in Indian classical music history are here, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list also include new and upcoming Indian classical music bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of Indian classical music, as well as a great reference to learn what artists other people are listening to. 

This list answers the questions "who are the best Indian classical music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Indian classical music musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular Indian classical music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.
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479 167
Bhimsen Joshi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Bhimsen Joshi Indian classical music, Thumri, Hindustani classical music

2
436 154
Mohammed Rafi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Mohammed Rafi Qawwali, Ghazal, Indian classical music

3
202 57
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

4
169 43
Zakir Hussain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Zakir Hussain Jazz fusion, Hindustani classical music

5
158 49
Alla Rakha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Alla Rakha Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

6
326 133
Lata Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Lata Mangeshkar Indian classical music, Classical music

7
154 54
Ali Akbar Khan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ali Akbar Khan Indian classical music, North Indian Classical, Film score

8
152 55
Amjad Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Amjad Ali Khan Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

9
148 55
Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Ravi Shankar Film score, Hindustani classical music

10
78 17
Ustad Vilayat Khan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Ustad Vilayat Khan Hindustani classical music

11
117 40
Asha Bhosle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Asha Bhosle Pop music, Folk music, Indian classical music

12
118 43
Hariharan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Kaj Sel added Hariharan Ghazal, Filmi

13
114 46
Shreya Ghoshal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shreya Ghoshal Ghazal, Indian classical music, Filmi

14
73 22
Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan Indian classical music, Khyal

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69 26
Shivkumar Sharma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shivkumar Sharma Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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65 26
K. J. Yesudas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
K. J. Yesudas Indian classical music

17
63 25
Ali Baksh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ali Baksh Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

18
50 16
S. Janaki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
S. Janaki Indian classical music

19
70 33
Kedar Pandit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Kedar Pandit Indian classical music

20
83 43
Shubha Mudgal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shubha Mudgal Pop music, Folk music, Indian classical music

21
52 21
Shahid Parvez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shahid Parvez Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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22
99 56
Anoushka Shankar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Anoushka Shankar Indian classical music

23
40 13
Girija Devi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Girija Devi Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

24
33 8
Abdul Karim Khan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Abdul Karim Khan Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

25
30 6
Baiju Bawra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Baiju Bawra Indian classical music

26
44 20
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

27
37 15
Kumar Gandharva is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists

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25 6
Naushad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Naushad Indian classical music, Filmi, Film score

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26 10
Mallikarjun Mansur is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Mallikarjun Mansur Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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21 6
Sadhana Sargam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Sadhana Sargam Indian classical music

31
23 8
Taufiq Qureshi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Taufiq Qureshi Fusion, Indian classical music

32
25 10
Mahesh Kale is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Mahesh Kale Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

33
27 13
Upalappu Srinivas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Upalappu Srinivas Indian classical music, Carnatic music

34
25 12
Suresh Wadkar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Suresh Wadkar Indian classical music

35
17 5
Kadri Gopalnath is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Kadri Gopalnath Indian classical music, Carnatic music, Jazz fusion

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18 6
Anwesha Datta Gupta is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Anwesha Datta Gupta Indian classical music

37
15 4
Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram Carnatic music

38
45 32
M. G. Sreekumar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
M. G. Sreekumar Indian classical music

39
12 2
Shujaat Khan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Bruce Johnston added Shujaat Khan Hindustani classical music

40
16 6
Rahul Deshpande is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
swarangee added Rahul Deshpande Hindustani classical music

41
10 1
ustad salamat ali khan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Bethshan Shawn Serosh added ustad salamat ali khan

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12 3
Buddhadev Das Gupta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Buddhadev Das Gupta Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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32 22
Ravindra Jain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ravindra Jain Indian classical music, Film score

44
22 13
Usha Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Usha Mangeshkar Indian classical music

45
18 10
Monali Thakur is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Monali Thakur Indian classical music, Filmi, Hindustani classical music

46
21 13
Rahul Sharma is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Rahul Sharma Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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10 3
Vijay Ghate is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Vijay Ghate Indian classical music

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15 8
Ustad Sultan Khan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ustad Sultan Khan Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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17 10
Nachiketa Sharma is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Nachiketa Sharma Indian classical music

50
11 5
Abdul Wahid Khan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Abdul Wahid Khan Indian classical music