The Most Famous

COMPOSERS from India

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This page contains a list of the greatest Indian Composers. The pantheon dataset contains 1,228 Composers, 7 of which were born in India. This makes India the birth place of the 26th most number of Composers behind Brazil and Latvia.

Top 7

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Indian Composers of all time. This list of famous Indian Composers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Tyagaraja (1767 - 1847)

With an HPI of 59.97, Tyagaraja is the most famous Indian Composer.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages on wikipedia.

Tyagaraja (Telugu: త్యాగరాజ) (4 May 1767 – 6 January 1847), also known as Tyāgayya, was a composer and vocalist of Carnatic music, a form of Indian classical music. He was prolific and highly influential in the development of India's classical music tradition. Tyagaraja and his contemporaries, Shyama Shastri and Muthuswami Dikshitar, are regarded as the Trinity of Carnatic music. Tyagaraja composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in Telugu and in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today. Of special mention are five of his compositions called the Pancharatna Kritis (English: "five gems"), which are often sung in programs in his honour, and Utsava Sampradaya Krithis (English: Festive ritual compositions), which are often sung to accompany temple rituals. Tyagaraja saw the reigns of four kings of the Maratha dynasty — Tulaja II (1763–1787), Amarasimha (1787–1798), Serfoji II (1798–1832) and Sivaji II (1832–1855), although he served none of them.

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2. Zakir Hussain (1951 - )

With an HPI of 56.39, Zakir Hussain is the 2nd most famous Indian Composer.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Zakir Hussain (born 9 March 1951) is an Indian tabla player, composer, percussionist, music producer and film actor. He is the eldest son of tabla player Alla Rakha.He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India presented by President Abdul Kalam. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990, given by the Sangeet Natak Academy, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama. In 1999, he was awarded the United States National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship, the highest award given to traditional artists and musicians.

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3. R. D. Burman (1939 - 1994)

With an HPI of 56.15, R. D. Burman is the 3rd most famous Indian Composer.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Rahul Dev Burman (27 June 1939 – 4 January 1994) was an Indian high-ranked music director. Burman, commonly known as the "Music Scientist" and the "King of Bollywood Music" is considered to have been one of the greatest music composers of the Indian film industry. From the 1960s to the 1990s, Burman composed musical scores for 331 films. Burman did major work with his wife, Asha Bhosle, and Kishore Kumar and scored many of the songs that made these singers famous. He also worked extensively and scored approximately 331 songs including some of his most memorable numbers in his career for his sister-in-law, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar. Nicknamed Pancham Da, he was the only son of the composer Sachin Dev Burman. He was mainly active in the Hindi film industry as a composer, and also provided vocals for a few compositions. He served as an influence to the next generation of Indian music directors, and his songs continue to be popular in India and overseas.

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4. Anu Malik (1960 - )

With an HPI of 48.38, Anu Malik is the 4th most famous Indian Composer.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Anwar Sardar "Anu" Malik (born 2 November 1960) is an Indian music composer, singer, music arranger and score composer. He is an Indian National Award and Filmfare Award winning musician, who primarily composes music for the Hindi film industry. He is the son of Sardar Malik.As a music director, he has composed music for various genres of films, and has created several commercially successful songs for the Hindi (Bollywood) film music industry. Malik is also known for the use of the tabla in some of his songs, including "Taal Pe Jab"' and "Mere Humsafar" from the film Refugee, "Tumse Milke Dilka Jo Haal" from Main Hoon Na, "Eli Re Eli" from Yaadein and "Baazigar O Baazigar" from the film Baazigar. Malik's song "Chamma Chamma" from China Gate was used in the Hollywood film Moulin Rouge! starring Nicole Kidman. Malik was a judge on Indian Idol from its first season in 2004 until 2018 when he left after sexual harassment allegations. He returned as a judge for the show's 11th season in 2019, but left after three weeks, and he was one of the judges for part of the 12th season.

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5. Kailash Kher (1973 - )

With an HPI of 43.95, Kailash Kher is the 5th most famous Indian Composer.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Kailash Kher (born 7 July 1973) is an Indian playback singer and music composer, he sings songs with a music style influenced by Indian folk music and Sufi music. He was inspired by the classical musicians Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, and the Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.Kher received the Padma Shri award in 2017 from the Indian government. He has also received two Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer: one for the Hindi film Fanaa (2006) and one for the Telugu film Mirchi (2013), along with several other nominations. With his powerful voice and his unique style of music, Kher has established himself as one of the most popular playback singers of India.

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6. Pritam (1971 - )

With an HPI of 41.41, Pritam is the 6th most famous Indian Composer.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Pritam Chakraborty (born 14 June 1971), also known mononymously as Pritam, is an Indian composer, instrumentalist, guitarist and singer.

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7. Yo Yo Honey Singh (1983 - )

With an HPI of 40.55, Yo Yo Honey Singh is the 7th most famous Indian Composer.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Hirdesh Singh (born 15 March 1983), known professionally as Yo Yo Honey Singh or simply Honey Singh, is an Indian music producer, composer, rapper, pop singer, lyricist and a film actor. He started out in 2003 as a session and recording artist, and became a bhangra and hip hop music producer. Later, he became successful with his own songs and started making songs for Bollywood films.

Pantheon has 7 people classified as composers born between 1767 and 1983. Of these 7, 5 (71.43%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living composers include Zakir Hussain, Anu Malik, and Kailash Kher. The most famous deceased composers include Tyagaraja and R. D. Burman. As of October 2020, 2 new composers have been added to Pantheon including Pritam and Yo Yo Honey Singh.

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