Famous Indian Singers

Clearly, if there is one place under the sun where nothing has been left undone, it has to be India – an ancient land with an absorbing history, a vibrant present and an opportunist future. And much of its enthralling galore has been because of its exquisitely talented pool of nationals who have constantly worked hard to help India stand tall in the world forum, be it in art, culture, music, business, politics, science, technology, philosophy or military. Talking specifically of music, the country has given the world some of the world-class singers who have redefined the field of music through their exemplary work and talent. Historically, Indian singers have succeeded in installing a unique style or character into their work, thus changing the panorama of Indian and world music completely. It is to these Indian singing legends that this section is committed – an incredibly large lot that has through their talent alone inspired a world way beyond their country’s borders. The Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, the man with a Golden voice Mukesh, the versatile hero Mohammad Rafi, the legendary genius Kishore Kumar, the Ghazal king Jagjit Singh, the teen idol Shreya Ghoshal, the melody genius Sonu Nigam, the superstar’s voice Udit Narayan – the list is interminable. Know in details about some of the greatest Indian singers, their life and works through this segment.

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 1 S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam.
21
Famous As: Singer
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.

 2 Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam.
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Composer
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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 3 Neha Kakkar

Neha Kakkar.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

 4 Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar.
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Birthdate: September 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indore

One of the most respected and best-known playback singers in India, Lata Mangeshkar is popularly known as the Nightingale of India. Such has had a long career of more than 60 years and have been honoured with India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna..

 5 Alka Yagnik

Alka Yagnik.
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Composer
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.

 6 Sunidhi Chauhan

Sunidhi Chauhan
3
Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Delhi, India
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 7 Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar.
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Famous As: Indian playback singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khandwas, India
Died: October 13, 1987

A man of many talents, Kishore Kumar was an Indian actor, filmmaker, writer, music director, lyricist, and playback singer. One of the most popular Indian singers of his generation, Kishore Kumar sang in different genres and multiple Indian languages. In 1997, the Kishore Kumar Award was initiated for his contributions to Hindi cinema. Despite marrying four times, he remained a loner.

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 8 Mohanlal

Mohanlal
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Singer
Birthdate: May 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elanthoor

 9 Arijit Singh

Arijit Singh
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jiaganj, West Bengal, India

Arijit Singh is an Indian music composer and singer. Dubbed the king of playback singing, Singh has received six Filmfare Awards and a National Award in his illustrious career so far. Also known for his humanitarian work, Arijit Singh is credited with founding a non-governmental organization named Let There Be Light which aims at helping the Below Poverty Line community.

 10 K. S. Chithra

K. S. Chithra
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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: July 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram

 11 Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal
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Famous As: Singer, Writer, Actor, Composer
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.

 12 K. J. Yesudas

K. J. Yesudas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Kochi

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.

 13 Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, India
Died: March 31, 1972

Known as Hindi cinema’s “Tragedy Queen,” Meena Kumari is remembered for her stellar performances in films such as Pakeezah and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. The four-time Filmfare-winning actor sank into alcoholism after her separation from her abusive husband, director Kamal Amrohi, and died of liver cirrhosis.

 14 Savitri

Savitri
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chirravuru, Guntur district, Madras Presidency
Died: December 26, 1981

 15 Yo Yo Honey Singh

Yo Yo Honey Singh
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Famous As: Rapper, Actor, Singer, Record producer, Composer
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.

 16 Udit Narayan

Udit Narayan
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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baradah, Saptary, Nepal

 17 Armaan Malik

Armaan Malik
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Famous As: Singer
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. 

 18 Raashi Khanna

Raashi Khanna
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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: November 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Delhi

 19 Nithya Menen

Nithya Menen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

 20 Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna
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Famous As: Actor, Politician, Film producer, Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amritsar
Died: July 18, 2012

 21 Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar
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Famous As: actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, singer, lyricist, songwriter
Birthdate: January 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 22 Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle.
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Famous As: Indian playback singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sangli, Maharashtra
Legendary Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle holds the Guinness record for the most recorded artist. The Padma Vibhushan-winning singer had initially started singing along with sister Lata Mangeshkar, another iconic singer, to make ends meet. Bhosle, a versatile artist, has sung in 20 languages and experimented with almost all genres.

 23 Mohammed Rafi

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.

 24 Jiah Khan

Jiah Khan.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 3, 2013

 25 Diljit Dosanjh

Diljit Dosanjh
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dosanjh Kalan, Punjab, India

 26 Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Singer
Birthdate: July 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai

 27 Rajkumar

Rajkumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gajanur, India
Died: April 12, 2006

 28 Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

 29 M. S. Subbulakshmi

M. S. Subbulakshmi.
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Famous As: Carnatic Musician
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.

 30 Manju Warrier

Manju Warrier
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagercoil, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India

 31 Allu Arjun

Allu Arjun
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 32 Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha Kapoor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 33 Bhupen Hazarika

Bhupen Hazarika.
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Poet, Filmmaker, Lyricist
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.

 34 Anuradha Paudwal

Anuradha Paudwal
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Composer
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.

 35 Anu Malik

Anu Malik
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Famous As: Film director, Singer, Composer, Music director, Film score composer
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.

 36 Padmini Kolhapure

Padmini Kolhapure
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maharashtra, India

 37 Sivakarthikeyan

Sivakarthikeyan
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: February 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singampunari

 38 Aishwarya R. Dhanush

Aishwarya R. Dhanush
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Famous As: Film director, Dancer
Birthdate: January 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai

 39 Monali Thakur

Monali Thakur
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

 40 Dulquer Salmaan

Dulquer Salmaan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kochi, Kerala, India

 41 Aditya Narayan

Aditya Narayan
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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 42 Hariharan

Hariharan
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Famous As: actor, singer, composer
Birthdate: April 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram

Though renowned playback singer Hariharan is known for his soft ghazals, he rocked the 1990s with the musical duo Colonial Cousins, with fellow singer Lesle Lewis. The two-time National Award winner also has a Padma Shri to his credit. He is also known for his long-term collaboration with A.R Rahman.

 43 Shirley Setia

Shirley Setia.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Daman

 44 Neeti Mohan

Neeti Mohan
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Famous As: singer,
Birthdate: November 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delhi

 45 Mehmood

Mehmood
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: July 23, 2004

 46 Arshad Warsi

Arshad Warsi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 47 Vijay Antony

Vijay Antony
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
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.

 48 Palak Muchhal

Palak Muchhal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Indore

 49 Shankar Mahadevan

Shankar Mahadevan
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Composer
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. 

 50 Divine

Divine
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Andheri, Mumbai, India

Divine is an Indian rapper who achieved popularity after releasing his song, Yeh Mera Bombay, in 2013. He has also contributed to the soundtracks of several Bollywood films like Mukkabaaz, Blackmail, and Gully Boy. Over the years, Divine has received prestigious awards like Filmfare Award and Global Indian Music Academy Award.