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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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539 189
Bhimsen Joshi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Thumri, Hindustani classical music

2
481 175
Mohammed Rafi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Qawwali, Ghazal, Indian classical music

3
234 68
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

4
193 55
Zakir Hussain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Jazz fusion, Hindustani classical music

5
356 142
Lata Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Classical music

6
170 59
Ali Akbar Khan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, North Indian Classical, Film score

7
168 58
Alla Rakha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

8
164 60
Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Film score, Hindustani classical music

9
165 64
Amjad Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

10
86 21
Ustad Vilayat Khan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Hindustani classical music

11
131 47
Hariharan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Kaj Sel added Ghazal, Filmi

12
125 49
Asha Bhosle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Pop music, Folk music, Indian classical music

13
127 53
Shreya Ghoshal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ghazal, Indian classical music, Filmi

14
78 28
K. J. Yesudas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

15
60 18
S. Janaki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

16
75 28
Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Khyal

17
75 31
Shivkumar Sharma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

18
41 11
Abdul Karim Khan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

19
56 24
Shahid Parvez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

20
64 30
Ali Baksh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

21
86 48
Shubha Mudgal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Pop music, Folk music, Indian classical music

22
37 11
Baiju Bawra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

23
71 37
Kedar Pandit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

24
101 61
Anoushka Shankar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

25
46 19
Girija Devi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

26
36 13
Mahesh Kale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

27
49 25
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

28
42 20
Kumar Gandharva is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists

29
28 11
Naushad is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Filmi, Film score

30
31 15
Mallikarjun Mansur is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

31
20 6
Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Carnatic music

32
20 7
Kadri Gopalnath is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Carnatic music, Jazz fusion

33
30 16
Suresh Wadkar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

34
23 10
Sadhana Sargam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

35
22 10
Rahul Deshpande is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
swarangee added Hindustani classical music

36
24 12
Taufiq Qureshi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Fusion, Indian classical music

37
29 18
Upalappu Srinivas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Carnatic music

38
19 10
Anwesha Datta Gupta is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

39
13 5
ustad salamat ali khan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Bethshan Shawn Serosh added

40
47 38
M. G. Sreekumar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

41
12 5
Shujaat Khan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Bruce Johnston added Hindustani classical music

42
13 6
Buddhadev Das Gupta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

43
32 25
Ravindra Jain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Film score

44
25 19
Usha Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

45
25 20
Aarya Ambekar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

46
21 16
Rahul Sharma is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

47
18 14
Chinmayi Sripada is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Carnatic music

48
17 13
Nachiketa Sharma is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

49
15 11
P. Leela is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music

50
15 11
Ustad Sultan Khan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music