Bands/Musicians The Best Indian Classical Artists  

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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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1
590 205
Bhimsen Joshi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Thumri, Hindustani classical music
2
514 189
Mohammed Rafi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Qawwali, Ghazal, Indian classical music
3
261 79
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music
4
217 61
Zakir Hussain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Jazz fusion, Hindustani classical music
5
386 149
Lata Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Classical music
6
183 64
Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Film score, Hindustani classical music
7
179 63
Ali Akbar Khan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, North Indian Classical, Film score
8
174 61
Alla Rakha is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music
9
173 68
Amjad Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music
10
91 27
Ustad Vilayat Khan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Hindustani classical music
11
139 56
Hariharan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Kaj Sel added Ghazal, Filmi
12
133 59
Asha Bhosle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Pop music, Folk music, Indian classical music
13
86 32
K. J. Yesudas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music
14
135 64
Shreya Ghoshal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ghazal, Indian classical music, Filmi
15
84 34
Shivkumar Sharma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music
16
66 22
S. Janaki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music
17
80 32
Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Khyal
18
45 13
Abdul Karim Khan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music
19
43 13
Baiju Bawra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music
20
68 32
Ali Baksh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music
21
58 26
Shahid Parvez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music
22
90 52
Shubha Mudgal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Pop music, Folk music, Indian classical music
23
49 22
Girija Devi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music
24
102 65
Anoushka Shankar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music
25
41 17
Mahesh Kale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music