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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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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
472 168
Mohammed Rafi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Mohammed Rafi Qawwali, Ghazal, Indian classical music

3
222 65
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
184 51
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
350 140
Lata Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Lata Mangeshkar Indian classical music, Classical music

6
167 56
Alla Rakha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Alla Rakha Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

7
168 57
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
160 60
Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Ravi Shankar Film score, Hindustani classical music

9
163 62
Amjad Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Amjad Ali Khan Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

10
129 46
Hariharan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Kaj Sel added Hariharan Ghazal, Filmi

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82 20
Ustad Vilayat Khan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Ustad Vilayat Khan Hindustani classical music

12
121 45
Asha Bhosle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Asha Bhosle Pop music, Folk music, Indian classical music

13
121 49
Shreya Ghoshal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shreya Ghoshal Ghazal, Indian classical music, Filmi

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74 25
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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58 16
S. Janaki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
S. Janaki Indian classical music

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73 27
K. J. Yesudas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
K. J. Yesudas Indian classical music

17
73 29
Shivkumar Sharma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shivkumar Sharma Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

18
39 10
Abdul Karim Khan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Abdul Karim Khan Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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63 29
Ali Baksh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ali Baksh Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

20
84 45
Shubha Mudgal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Shubha Mudgal Pop music, Folk music, Indian classical music

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54 23
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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70 35
Kedar Pandit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Kedar Pandit Indian classical music

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35 9
Baiju Bawra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Baiju Bawra Indian classical music

24
100 59
Anoushka Shankar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Anoushka Shankar Indian classical music

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44 17
Girija Devi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Girija Devi Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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48 23
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

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40 18
Kumar Gandharva is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists

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32 12
Mahesh Kale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Mahesh Kale Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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26 8
Naushad is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Naushad Indian classical music, Filmi, Film score

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23 7
Sadhana Sargam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Sadhana Sargam Indian classical music

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29 13
Mallikarjun Mansur is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Mallikarjun Mansur Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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29 14
Suresh Wadkar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Suresh Wadkar Indian classical music

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24 10
Taufiq Qureshi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Taufiq Qureshi Fusion, Indian classical music

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18 5
Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
arun added Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram Carnatic music

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19 6
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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20 8
Rahul Deshpande is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
swarangee added Rahul Deshpande Hindustani classical music

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28 16
Upalappu Srinivas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Upalappu Srinivas Indian classical music, Carnatic music

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47 35
M. G. Sreekumar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
M. G. Sreekumar Indian classical music

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12 3
ustad salamat ali khan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Bethshan Shawn Serosh added ustad salamat ali khan

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18 9
Anwesha Datta Gupta is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Anwesha Datta Gupta Indian classical music

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24 15
Usha Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Usha Mangeshkar Indian classical music

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12 4
Shujaat Khan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Bruce Johnston added Shujaat Khan Hindustani classical music

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32 24
Ravindra Jain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Ravindra Jain Indian classical music, Film score

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12 5
Buddhadev Das Gupta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Buddhadev Das Gupta Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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21 15
Rahul Sharma is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Rahul Sharma Indian classical music, Hindustani classical music

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17 12
Nachiketa Sharma is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Nachiketa Sharma Indian classical music

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15 10
P. Leela is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
P. Leela Indian classical music

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15 10
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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25 21
Somranjan Chakraborty is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
somranjan76 added Somranjan Chakraborty Indian Classical Guitar - The guitar is viewed primarily as a western musical instrument. It did originate in the west but has now transcended boundaries and become a truly international musical instrument, in the process proving the point that musical ...

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18 14
Monali Thakur is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Indian Classical Artists
Monali Thakur Indian classical music, Filmi, Hindustani classical music