Famous Indian Musicians

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The Indian music fraternity consists of diverse and melodious styles. The Indian gharanas like the Khyal and Dhrupad upheld the ancient Indian traditions of the sanctimonious teacher-pupil relationship and have different styles of presentation. In India we also have variety of folk music; almost every state has a distinct style of music which is accompanied by wind and percussion instruments specific to the state. With a rich legacy of music, the country has been home to numerous musicians of exceptional mettle. Be it the eminent instrumentalists, like Zakir Hussain, Alla Rakha Khan, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ravi Shankar, or famous vocalists of classical or Sufi music or the Bollywood music industry, like Bhimsen Joshi, Tansen, Amir Khusrau, Rashid Khan, M.S. Subbulakshmi, S.D. Burman, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, the Indian music arena is blessed with legends. These famous musicians have enthralled audiences of all countries and age-groups alike with their artistic renditions. Their soulful performances have earned numerous laurels and made the country proud on numerous occasions. Here we present to you a collection of biographies on the life and works of these famous Indian musicians. To know more about their lives, timeline read explore through the collection where we have even revealed some interesting facts and trivia about the personalities.

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Rabindranath Tagore
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Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: August 7, 1941

Rabindranath Tagore was an Indian polymath who contributed greatly to the fields of literature, art, and philosophy. Referred to as the Bard of Bengal, Tagore is credited with reshaping Bengali literature and music. The first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore is also credited with composing the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.

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A. R. Rahman
(One of the Most Famous Indian Film Composers)
A. R. Rahman
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Birthdate: January 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

A. R. Rahman is an Indian film composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Rahman is one of the most decorated and celebrated musicians in Indian history. He was won several prestigious awards including two Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award. In 2009, he was named among the 100 most influential people in Time.

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Ravi Shankar
(Musician, composer)
Ravi Shankar
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Birthdate: April 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Varanasi, United Provinces, British Raj
Died: December 11, 2012
Indian sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar is best remembered for his pathbreaking collaborations with George Harrison and Yehudi Menuhin. The five-time Grammy-winner was trained in the sitar by Allauddin Khan and toured all over the U.S. and Europe, infusing Carnatic elements into Western music. He had also composed for Satyajit Ray.
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Shreya Ghoshal
(Singer, Writer, Actor, Composer)
Shreya Ghoshal
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Birthdate: March 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Durgapur

National Award-winning singer Shreya Ghoshal grew up in Rajasthan and later moved to Mumbai, where her electrical engineer father was posted. After gaining attention with the talent show Sa Re Ga Ma, the classically trained artist was catapulted to fame with her playback singing in Devdas, and never looked back.

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S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(One of the Greatest Indian Playback Singers of All Time)
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
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Birthdate: June 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: September 25, 2020

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was an Indian playback singer, music director, actor, television presenter, film producer, and voice-over artist. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted singers of his generation, Balasubrahmanyam received six National Film Awards in an illustrious singing career that spanned more than five decades. He was posthumously honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.

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Armaan Malik
(Singer)
Armaan Malik
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Birthdate: July 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mumbai

Armaan Malik is an Indian singer, record producer, songwriter, actor, and voice-over artist. In 2015, he won two Global Indian Music Academy Awards (GiMA), becoming the youngest singer to win a couple of debut awards at GiMA. He has also received other prestigious awards like Stardust Award, Filmfare R. D. Burman Award, and South Indian International Movie Award. 

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Ilaiyaraaja
(Singer, Composer, Musician, Screenwriter)
Ilaiyaraaja
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Birthdate: June 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pannaipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Born into a Tamil musical family, legendary composer, conductor, and lyricist Ilaiyaraaja became the first Asian to compose for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has composed for more than 1000 feature films and has five National Film Awards, the Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Vibhushan to his credit.

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Yo Yo Honey Singh
(Rapper, Actor, Singer, Record producer, Composer)
Yo Yo Honey Singh
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Birthdate: March 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jalandhar

Yo Yo Honey Singh is an Indian rapper, music producer, pop singer, composer, actor, and lyricist. He is currently one of the most successful and highest-paid musical artists in the music industry in India. He has received several prestigious awards including an MTV VMAI Award, MTV EMA Award, UK Asian Music Award, BritAsia TV Music Award, and Zee Cine Award.

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Anirudh Ravichander
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Birthdate: October 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai

Anirudh Ravichander is an Indian singer and film composer. He achieved international recognition in 2012 when his debut track Why This Kolaveri Di went viral on the internet. Since then, Anirudh has been an important composer in the Tamil film industry. Over the years, he has received several prestigious awards like Edison Awards, Vijay Awards, and Mirchi Music Awards South.

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Sonu Nigam
(Actor, Singer, Composer)
Sonu Nigam
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Birthdate: July 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Faridabad

Sonu Nigam is an Indian singer, actor, and music director. Nicknamed The Lord of Chords, Sonu is widely regarded as one of the world's best live performers. He is credited with recording over 4000 songs in several Indian languages. He has also won many prestigious awards, such as Filmfare Awards, National Award, and Indian Television Academy Awards.

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G. V. Prakash Kumar
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Birthdate: June 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chennai

G. V. Prakash Kumar is an Indian film composer, singer, producer, and actor. After starting his career as a music composer in Tamil films, Prakash Kumar went on to establish himself as an actor. One of the most acclaimed music composers in the Tamil film industry, Prakash Kumar has received several prestigious awards like Filmfare Awards South and MTV Awards.

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Bhushan Kumar
(Film producer)
Bhushan Kumar
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Birthdate: November 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi, India

Bhushan Kumar is an Indian music producer and film producer. He is currently serving as the managing director and chairman of a popular film production company and record label named T-Series, which was founded by his father Gulshan Kumar. As a producer, Bhushan Kumar has won a couple of Filmfare Awards for producing movies like Hindi Medium and Thappad.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali
(Film director, Film producer, Music director, Television producer, Composer, Screenwriter)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
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Birthdate: February 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Known for epic romantic and historic drama films such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, and Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an Indian director recognized for his signature opulent sets and star-studded cast. The five-time National Film Award winner also has a Padma Shri in his kitty.

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Mohammed Rafi
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Birthdate: December 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India
Died: July 31, 1980
Legendary Indian playback singer Mohammed Rafi was known for his versatility. The winner of one National Film Award and four Filmfare awards, Rafi often collaborated with ace composer S.D. Burman. He also received the Padma Shri and sang in countless Indian and foreign languages, including Arabic, Persian, and Dutch.
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Kumar Sanu
(Singer, Composer)
Kumar Sanu
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Birthdate: September 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Born Kedarnath Bhattacharaya, Kumar Sanu turned out to be Bollywood’s King of Melody. One of the greatest Indian playback singers, he rocked the 1990s with hits such as Kuch Na Kaho and Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen. The Padma Shri winner has had multiple hit duets with co-singer Alka Yagnik.

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Kanika Kapoor
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Birthdate: August 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lucknow

Kanika Kapoor is an Indian singer who achieved popularity after the release of her song Baby Doll from the movie Ragini MMS 2. She then went on to record some of the most popular Hindi songs like Lovely. Over the years, she has won many prestigious awards like Brit Asia TV Music Awards, BIG Star Entertainment Award, and Filmfare Award.

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Sid Sriram
(Playback singer)
Sid Sriram
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Birthdate: May 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai district Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Born in Chennai, to a Carnatic music teacher mother, Sid Sriram later moved to the US with his family. The talented singer-songwriter is a Berklee College of Music alumnus and is known for his skills mixing pop/soul and Indian classical elements. His Indian playback credits include Adiye from the film Kadal.

Rahul Dev Burman
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Birthdate: June 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: January 4, 1994

Rahul Dev Burman was an Indian music director. He is regarded as one of the greatest music composers in the history of Indian music. He is credited with composing songs that helped define the career of singers like Kishore Kumar. His works have inspired a generation of Indian music directors. 

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Himesh Reshammiya
(Playback Singer & Music Director)
Himesh Reshammiya
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Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Himesh Reshammiya is an Indian playback singer, songwriter, music director, actor, and producer. Although he is often criticized for his nasal singing style, Himesh Reshammiya is also one of the most recognized singers in India. Over the years, he has won many prestigious awards, such as Filmfare Award, Star Screen Award, Zee Cine Awards, and Star Guild Award.

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Dhanush
(Actor)
Dhanush
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Birthdate: February 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Gulzar
(Lyricist)
Gulzar
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Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dina, Punjab

Famed Indian lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter, and film director Gulzar has been a major figure in Bollywood for over six decades. He started doing odd jobs as a teenager and eventually entered films, where he made a name for himself as a lyricist and screenwriter. He soon started directing films as well. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

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Yuvan Shankar Raja
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Birthdate: August 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, India

Yuvan Shankar Raja is a music composer and singer-songwriter. He is credited with introducing hip-hop to the Tamil music industry and became one of the most sought-after Tamil composers in 2000s. In 2006, he won the Cyprus International Film Festival Award, becoming the first Indian composer to win the award. He has also won other awards like Filmfare Awards South.

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Javed Akhtar
(Screenwriter, poet, and lyricist known for his contributions to Indian music and Bollywood films)
Javed Akhtar
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Birthdate: January 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Born into a family of Urdu poets from Gwalior, renowned Indian lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar had initially been a screenwriter, along with Salim Khan, for films such as Sholay and Deewaar. The Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan winner has also been a Rajya Sabha MP.

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Andrea Jeremiah
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Birthdate: December 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Arakkonam, Ranipet district Ranippettai, Tamil Nadu, India

Andrea Jeremiah is an Indian actress, singer, voice-over artist, and musician who predominantly works in the Tamil film industry. Apart from playing lead roles in successful films, Jeremiah has also contributed to the soundtracks of popular albums. She is best known for her performance in the 2018 period gangster film Vada Chennai for which she won the Behindwoods Golden Medal.

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Badshah
(Rapper)
Badshah
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Birthdate: November 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Badshah is a singer, rapper, businessman, and film producer. Widely regarded as one of the highest-paid artists in India, Badshah is also considered one of the most controversial Indian rappers. His song Genda Phool is considered controversial, but is yet one of the most successful songs in Indian history. He has been featured thrice in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list.

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Vijay Antony
(Singer, Composer)
Vijay Antony
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Birthdate: July 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nagercoil

Initially a sound engineer, Vijay Antony later rose to become a prominent music director of the Tamil film industry. Known for his music in films such as Vettaikaaran and Kadhalil Vizhunthen, he later stepped into acting with Naan. He won the Golden Lion at Cannes for his track Naaka Mukka.

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Alka Yagnik
(Actor, Singer, Composer)
Alka Yagnik
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Birthdate: March 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kolkata

Alka Yagnik is an Indian playback singer. One of the most popular female playback singers in Bollywood, Yagnik has won a record seven Filmfare Awards and two National Film Awards in an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years. Alka Yagnik has also won other prestigious awards, such as Bollywood Movie Awards, Global Indian Film Awards, and Zee Cine Awards.

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Bappi Lahiri
(Film director, Composer)
Bappi Lahiri
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Birthdate: November 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: February 16, 2022

Bappi Lahiri was an Indian singer and music composer. He popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian films. He achieved popularity in the 1980s and 1990s and was best known for his work in dance films like Dance Dance and Disco Dancer. 

Bismillah Khan
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Birthdate: March 21, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dumraon, Bihar
Died: August 21, 2006

Bismillah Khan was a reputed classical musician, credited with popularizing the shehnai, an Indian oboe like woodwind instrument, at home and abroad. Until his time, shehnai was considered a folk instrument played only at traditional ceremonies, an idea he demolished with his concert performance in 1937, eventually taking it to the global audience with his appearance at Edinburgh International Festival.

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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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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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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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Shankar Mahadevan
(Actor, Singer, Composer)
Shankar Mahadevan
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Birthdate: March 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chembur

Shankar Mahadevan is an Indian film composer and singer. He is one-third of the popular musical trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy which predominantly composes music for Bollywood films. A well-known playback singer, Mahadevan has won three National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer. In 2019, Shankar Mahadevan was honored with the Padma Shri for his contributions to film music. 

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Adnan Sami
(First Musician to Have Played the Santoor and Indian Classical Music on the Piano)
Adnan Sami
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Birthdate: August 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

Adnan Sami is an Indian musician, singer, pianist, and music composer. Best known for his skills as a piano player, Sami was named the world's fastest keyboard player by Keyboard magazine. He is also widely regarded as the first person to have played Indian classical music on the piano. In 2020, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri. 

M.M. Keeravaani
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Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kovvur

M.M. Keeravaani is an Indian playback singer, film composer, and lyricist. One of the most respected and decorated music directors in the Telugu film industry, Keeravani is the recipient of 11 Nandi Awards, eight Filmfare Awards, and a National Film Award. Over the years, he has composed music for successful and popular movies like Baahubali.

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Mika Singh
(Vocalist known for popular bhangra and pop songs such as "Dhinka Chika," "Dhanno," and "Singh Is King.")
Mika Singh
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Birthdate: June 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Durgapur, West Bengal, India

Mika Singh is an Indian singer, rapper, and performer. Apart from contributing to the soundtrack of many popular films like Singh Is Kinng and Jab We Met, Singh has released many solo albums as well. He has also performed live at popular venues like The O2 Arena.

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Jagjit Singh
(Ghazal Singer)
Jagjit Singh
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Birthdate: February 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sri Ganganagar
Died: October 10, 2011

Jagjit Singh was an Indian singer, musician, and composer. Nicknamed King of Ghazals, Jagjit Singh is credited with reviving and popularizing an Indian classical art form called ghazal. Regarded as one of the most influential artists in India, Singh was honored with India's third-highest civilian award Padma Bhushan in 2003.  He was also honored with other awards like Lata Mangeshkar Samman.

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Anu Malik
(Film director, Singer, Composer, Music director, Film score composer)
Anu Malik
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Birthdate: November 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai

Anu Malik is an Indian singer, music composer, and arranger. He is credited with composing some of the most popular Hindi songs, including Chamma Chamma from the film China Gate, which was used in the jukebox musical romantic drama film Moulin Rouge! Anu Malik has also served as a judge on the popular TV show Indian Idol.

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Raftaar
(Rapper)
Raftaar
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Birthdate: March 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram

Raftaar is an Indian rapper, TV personality, lyricist, dancer, and music composer. The recipient of a Brit Asia TV Music Award, Raftaar has contributed immensely to the soundtracks of several popular Bollywood films like Bullet Raja, Heropanti, and Dangal. He has also served as a judge on popular TV shows like Roadies, Dance India Dance, and MTV Hustle.

Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar
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Birthdate: November 3, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: May 25, 1998

Part of the legendary Indian music composer duo Laxmikant–Pyarelal, which ruled the Hindi film music industry for decades, Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar had a tough childhood in the slums of Mumbai. He took up music after his father’s death, so that he could support his family, and never looked back.

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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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Kazi Nazrul Islam
(One of the Greatest Poets in Bengali Literature)
Kazi Nazrul Islam
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Birthdate: May 24, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Churulia, India
Died: August 29, 1976

The Rebel Poet of Bengal Kazi Nazrul Islam is remembered for his vast body of literary work, including poems and songs written during the British Raj, mostly laced with socio-political overtones. His songs, known as Nazrul Geeti, are the staple for any Bengali household. He is also Bangladesh’s national poet.

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Tansen
(Prominent Figure of Hindustani Classical Music)
Tansen
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Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Gwalior, India
Died: April 26, 1589

Gwalior-born composer Tansen, also known as Ramtanu Pandey, was an iconic figure of Hindustani classical music. Best known for his dhrupad and raga compositions, he was one of the navratnas, or nine gems, of Mughal emperor Akbar’s court. He also invented a stringed instrument named the rabab.

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Santhosh Narayanan
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Birthdate: May 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trichy

Santhosh Narayanan is an Indian musician and film composer who works in the Tamil film industry. One of the most successful and celebrated film composers of his generation, Santhosh Narayanan is renowned for his willingness to experiment. Widely regarded as one of the best musicians of the Tamil film industry, Santhosh Narayanan has won many awards for his background score. 

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Pritam
(Indian Composer and Playback Singer Known for Blending Indian Classical Music with Western Style)
Pritam
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Birthdate: June 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Known for blending Indian classical music with contemporary undertones, Indian music director, composer, and record producer, Pritam Chakraborty is also a well-known singer and instrumentalist.  Beginning his career with ad jingles, he later partnered with Jeet Ganguly to compose music for Hindi films before going solo. He has won numerous awards for his work, concurrently helping budding musicians through his organization JAM8.

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Amit Trivedi
(author, composer, lyricist, songwriter, music director)
Amit Trivedi
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Birthdate: April 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bandra

Amit Trivedi is an Indian singer, music director, and lyricist. He is best known for his work in the 2009 romantic black comedy film Dev.D, which earned him many prestigious awards like the National Film Award for Best Music Direction. Trivedi has also won several other awards, such as Filmfare Awards, Global Indian Music Academy Awards, and Mirchi Music Awards.

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Bhupen Hazarika
(Musician, Singer, Poet, Filmmaker, Lyricist)
Bhupen Hazarika
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Birthdate: September 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sadiya
Died: November 5, 2011

Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian playback singer, musician, poet, lyricist, and filmmaker. He is remembered for composing such songs that highlight the importance of humanity and universal brotherhood. His songs remain popular in places like Assam and Bangladesh. He is also credited with introducing the folk music of Assam to Bollywood. He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2019.

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Harris Jayaraj
(Actor, Composer)
Harris Jayaraj
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Birthdate: January 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai

Harris Jayaraj is an Indian film composer who works predominantly in the Tamil film industry. Dubbed The Melody King, Jayaraj is renowned for composing soothing music. One of the most decorated film composers of his generation, Harris Jayaraj has received several prestigious awards including six Filmfare Awards South, six Mirchi Music Awards, and four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

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Anuradha Paudwal
(Actor, Singer, Composer)
Anuradha Paudwal
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Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai

Anuradha Paudwal is an Indian playback singer who has contributed to the soundtrack of many Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, and Marathi films. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as Filmfare Awards and a National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer. In 2017, Anuradha Paudwal was honored with India's fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri.

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Bhimsen Joshi
(Hindustani Classical Vocalist)
Bhimsen Joshi
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Birthdate: February 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gadag, Karnataka
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.