Famous Indian Classical Musicians

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S. Janaki
(Actor, Singer)
S. Janaki
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Birthdate: April 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Repalle

Better known as Janaki Amma, playback singer S. Janaki had begun her career with the Tamil film Vidhiyin Vilayattu. Also known as the Nightingale of South India, she has lent her voice to over 48,000 songs. Following her retirement, she has been the victim of death hoaxes at least twice.

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M. S. Subbulakshmi
(Carnatic Musician)
M. S. Subbulakshmi
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Birthdate: September 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madurai
Died: December 11, 2004

M.S. Subbulakshmi was an Indian singer. Dubbed the Queen of Music, Subbulakshmi was the leading exponent of Carnatic music. In 1966, she became the first Indian to perform in UN General Assembly. In 1974, she became the first Indian musician to be awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award. In 1998, Subbulakshmi became the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna.

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K. J. Yesudas
(Playback singer)
K. J. Yesudas
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Birthdate: January 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Kochi, Kerala, India

Fort Kochi-born K.J. Yesudas is a major figure of Indian Malyali music. Known as Dasettan to his followers, the singer is an eight-time National Award winner and has the prestigious Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan in his kitty. He has also acted in a few regional films.

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 4 
Zakir Hussain
(India's most famous tabla virtuoso)
Zakir Hussain
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Birthdate: March 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Zakir Hussain is an Indian musician, tabla virtuoso, percussionist, composer, and music producer. Widely regarded as one of the greatest tabla players of all time, Hussain has received many prestigious awards in his illustrious career. In 1990, he was honored with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. In 2002, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.

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Bhimsen Joshi
(One of the Greatest Indian Vocalists in the Hindustani Classical Tradition)
Bhimsen Joshi
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Birthdate: February 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gadag, Karnataka, India
Died: February 24, 2011

Bhimsen Joshi was an Indian vocalist best known for recording devotional songs. Widely regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time, Bhimsen Joshi was the first Indian musician whose concerts were promoted through posters in New York City, New York. Over the course of his career, Joshi received prestigious honors, such as the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

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Saindhavi
(singer)
Saindhavi
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Birthdate: January 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
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Birthdate: January 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jammu, India
Died: May 10, 2022
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Usha Mangeshkar
(Singer, Composer)
Usha Mangeshkar
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Birthdate: December 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Usha Mangeshkar belongs to the iconic Mangeshkar musical family of India and is the second-youngest child of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar. She, and her famous siblings, Lata and Asha, once rocked the Hindi playback scene. Her song Mai Toh Aarti from Jai Santoshi Maa earned her a Filmfare nomination.

Pandit Jasraj
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Birthdate: January 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hisar
Hridayanath Mangeshkar
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Birthdate: October 26, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai
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M. G. Sreekumar
(Singer, Composer)
M. G. Sreekumar
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Birthdate: May 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Haripad
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Harini
(actor, singer)
Harini
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Birthdate: April 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai
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Amjad Ali Khan
(Musician)
Amjad Ali Khan
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Birthdate: October 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gwalior

Legendary sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was born to a court musician in Gwalior and performed his first recital at age 6. He later took the sarod to the international stage, with performances in the US and other countries. The Padma Vibhushan winner’s two sons, too, are classical musicians.

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Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
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Birthdate: April 2, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kasur
Died: April 23, 1968
 15 
Annapurna Devi
(Musician)
Annapurna Devi
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Birthdate: April 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maihar, Satna, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: October 13, 2018
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Alla Rakha
(Composer, Percussionist)
Alla Rakha
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Birthdate: April 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jammu
Died: February 3, 2000
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Suman Kalyanpur
(Actor, Singer, Composer)
Suman Kalyanpur
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Birthdate: January 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dhaka
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Kishori Amonkar
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Birthdate: April 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: April 3, 2017
T. M. Krishna
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Birthdate: January 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chennai
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Rahul Deshpande
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Birthdate: October 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pune
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Abhay Jodhpurkar
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Birthdate: July 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madhya Pradesh
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Shubha Mudgal
(Singer of Hindustani classical music)
Shubha Mudgal
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Birthdate: January 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Ustad Vilayat Khan
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Birthdate: August 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gouripur, Bangladesh
Died: March 13, 2004
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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
(musician, guitarist)
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
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Birthdate: July 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jaipur
Ustad Sultan Khan
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Birthdate: April 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sikar
Died: November 27, 2011
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Karsh Kale
(composer, record producer)
Karsh Kale
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Birthdate: November 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
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Ram Narayan
(Musician, Composer)
Ram Narayan
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Birthdate: December 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Udaipur
Ramesh Narayan
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Birthdate: March 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuthuparamba
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Kishan Maharaj
(Tabla player)
Kishan Maharaj
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Birthdate: September 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: May 4, 2008
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Asad Ali Khan
(Musician)
Asad Ali Khan
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Birthdate: December 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alwar, India
Died: June 14, 2011
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T. H. Vinayakram
(Percussionist)
T. H. Vinayakram
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Birthdate: August 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India