Best Indian Music Directors (In order of the Best)

by shrikant-narayanan | created - 29 Oct 2014 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

1. M.S. Viswanathan

Music_department | Agni Sakshi

M.S. Viswanathan was born on June 24, 1928 in Palakkad, Madras Presidency, British India as Manayangath Subramanian Viswanathan. He is known for his work on Agni Sakshi (1982), Vishwa Thulasi (2004) and Varuvan Vadivelan (1978). He was married to Janaki. He died on July 14, 2015 in Chennai, India.

3. Rahul Dev Burman

Composer | Sholay

Rahul Dev Burman was born on June 27, 1939 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India. He was a composer, known for Sholay (1975), 1942: A Love Story (1994) and Sanam Teri Kasam (1982). He was married to Asha Bhosle and Rita Patel. He died on January 4, 1994 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

4. Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal

Soundtrack | Deadpool

Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal was born on November 4, 1929 in Vansda, Bansda State, British India. He was a composer, known for Deadpool (2016), Suraj (1966) and Anari (1959). He died on September 12, 1971 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

5. Shankarsingh Raghuwanshi

Composer | Suraj

After death of partner Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal in 1971 Raghuwanshi continued to sign work with joint names.

6. Kalyanji Veerji Shah

Soundtrack | Raees

Son named Chandrakant Shah married to Jaiveena.

7. Anandji Veerji Shah

Soundtrack | Raees

Anandji Veerji Shah was born in 1933. He is a composer, known for Raees (2017), Don (2006) and The Love Guru (2008).

8. Salil Choudhury

Composer | Madhumati

Salil Choudhury was born on November 19, 1923 in Harinavi, 24 Parganas, Bengal Presidency, British India. He was a composer, known for Madhumati (1958), Anand (1971) and Prem Patra (1962). He was married to Jyoti Chowdhury and Sabita Banerjee. He died on September 5, 1995 in Calcutta, West Bengal, ...

9. Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar

Composer | Karz

Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar was born on November 3, 1937 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. He was a composer, known for Karz (1980), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Milan (1967). He died on May 25, 1998.

10. Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma

Composer | Om Shanti Om

Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma was born on September 3, 1940 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India. He is a composer, known for Om Shanti Om (2007), Karz (1980) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).

11. O.P. Nayyar

Composer | Naya Daur

Even though, Lata Mangeshkar was a top playback singer for many decades, Nayyar never used her services and opted for her sister Asha Bhosle, who sang some of her most famous songs for him.

12. Naushad

Composer | Gunga Jumna

Regarded as a pioneer of Indian music, Naushad Ali was one of the one of the first and foremost composers in the history of Bollywood. Since 1937, he was composing music for films that, along with his music, formed the very foundation and core of Bollywood. He is also known for introducing the ...

13. Khayyam

Composer | Umrao Jaan

Rajesh Khanna always preferred R D Burman or Laxmikant Pyarelal over other music directors. But after working on Majnoon with Khayyam, he ordered the directors and producers to have Khayyam as the music director for three films - Dard, Thodisi Bewafaii, Dil E Nadan.All 3 were box office hits and ...

14. Roshan

Composer | Taj Mahal

Roshan was born on July 14, 1917 in Gujranwala, Punjab, British India as Roshanlal Nagrath. He was a composer, known for Taj Mahal (1963), Raising Helen (2004) and Vallah Kya Baat Hai (1962). He was married to Ira Roshan. He died on November 16, 1967 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

15. Bappi Lahiri

Music_department | The Dirty Picture

Bappi Lahiri was popular in the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s for the film soundtracks composed by him from films such as Zakhmee, Chalte Chalte, Naya Kadam, Aangan Ki Kali, Wardat, Disco Dancer, Hathkadi, Namak Halaal, Masterji, Dance Dance,Himmatwala, Justice Chaudhury, Tohfa, Maqsad, ...

16. Madan Mohan

Composer | Veer-Zaara

Madan Mohan was one of the most respected Hindi film composers. He was also one of the most overlooked - in a career spanning 25 years, he composed music for only over around 100 films, out of which only 25 became box-office hits. This was due to his extremely fastidious nature and the number of ...

17. Ravi

Soundtrack | Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Ravi was born on March 3, 1926 in Delhi, British India as Ravi Shankar Sharma. He was a composer, known for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Gharana (1961) and Khandan (1965). He died on March 7, 2012 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

19. Kishore Kumar

Music_department | Sholay

Abhas Kumar Ganguly was born in Khandwa, now in Madhya Pradesh. His dad's name was Kunjilal, a lawyer by profession, and his mom's name was Gouri Devi, who came from a wealthy family.

Kishore was the youngest in the Ganguly family, preceded by Ashok Kumar, Sati, & Anoop Kumar (I). Sati was married ...

21. Roshan

Composer | Taj Mahal

Roshan was born on July 14, 1917 in Gujranwala, Punjab, British India as Roshanlal Nagrath. He was a composer, known for Taj Mahal (1963), Raising Helen (2004) and Vallah Kya Baat Hai (1962). He was married to Ira Roshan. He died on November 16, 1967 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

22. Hemanta Mukherjee

Music_department | Nagin

Hemanta Mukherjee was born on June 16, 1920 in Benares, Benares State, British India. He is known for his work on Nagin (1954), Bees Saal Baad (1962) and Lalan Fakir (1987). He was married to Bela Mukherjee. He died on September 26, 1989 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.

23. Jatin Pandit

Composer | Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Jatin Pandit is a composer, known for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) and Mohabbatein (2000).

24. Rajesh Roshan

Composer | Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai

Rajesh Roshan was born on May 24, 1955 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He is a composer, known for Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000), Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) and Karan Arjun (1995).

26. Ilaiyaraaja

Composer | Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja

Born and brought up in an obscure village near Kambam in Southern Tamil Nadu, Ilayaraja became the first Asian to score a symphony for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, besides scoring over 1000 feature films in a period of 38 years. Raja, as he is popularly known and affectionately called, comes ...

27. A.R. Rahman

Composer | Slumdog Millionaire

A two-time winner and five-times nominee of the Academy Award (Oscar), A. R. Rahman is popularly known as the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music. Rahman, according to a BBC estimate, has sold more than 150 million copies of his work comprising of music from more than 100 film ...

28. Ehsaan Noorani

Composer | Kal Ho Naa Ho

Ehsaan Noorani is a composer, known for Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) and Dil Chahta Hai (2001).

29. Lalit Pandit

Composer | Dabangg

Lalit Pandit is a composer, known for Dabangg (2010), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001).

30. Shankar Mahadevan

Music_department | Kal Ho Naa Ho

Shankar Mahadevan was born on March 3, 1967 in Chembur, Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is known for his work on Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013).

31. Loy Mendonsa

Soundtrack | Kal Ho Naa Ho

The "Loy" of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composing team.

32. Vijay Patil

Costume_designer | Gangaajal

Has a daughter.



Recently Viewed