The Best Indian Music Composers At Present

India's leading music directors at present, chosen from the astonishing diverse range of film music in Hindi, Tamil,Malayalam and Telugu.
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A.R. Rahman
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 soundtracks and albums across over half a dozen languages...
“ Nothing much to be said here except the fact that he is simply way ahead of his contemporaries; A true humble genius who can be compared to the likes of John Williams and Hans Zimmer.. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Ilaiyaraaja
Composer, Nayakan
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 from a family of musicians...
 
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“ The national award winning trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is undoubtedly one of the best things that happened to Bollywood music in the last decade!! ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Amit Trivedi
Composer, Udaan
Amit Trivedi's musical journey started during his days at Rizvi College Mumbai where he joined a fusion band called "OM". The band did few gigs and got an album released by Times Music but the album failed due to poor promotion. Amit's struggle continued with ad-jingles, background scores for TV serials and Theater...
“ Amit Trivedi redefined contemporary Hindi film music with his national award winning Dev D, his music is experimental and classy; makes successful collaborations with new age film makers. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Vishal Dadlani
Music Department, Kahaani
“ The Highly successful Bolyywood duo, Vishaal-Sekhar has produced some of the biggest hits of Hindi film music in the last five years. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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“ Though he has been heavily accused of plagiarism, Pritam is an excellent music producer whose soundtracks like Jab We Met and Barfi have been critically and commercially successful. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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“ Son of the legendary Ilayaraja, Yuvan has created his own distinct style over the years. Enjoys a huge fan following. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Harris Jayaraj
Composer, Thuppakki
Harris Jayaraj was brought up in Chennai, HE was born into a middle class Christian Nadar family. He studied at Krishnaswamy Matric School, K. K. Nagar. His father, S. M. Jayakumar, was a noted film guitarist and an assistant to Malayalam music director Shyam and later became a noted musician and film composer...
“ The non stop hit machine of South Indian cinema,one of the industry's most wanted composers. His soundtracks Anniyan and Vaaranam Aayiram are among the best ever in Tamil film music.. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Anirudh Ravichander
Music Department, Kaththi
Anirudh Ravichander is an Indian film composer and singer. He made his debut in the Tamil film, 3 directed by Aishwarya R. Dhanush. The song, "Why This Kolaveri Di", that Anirudh had composed for the Tamil film 3, went viral on YouTube[2] and tracked more than 85 million views.[3] His subsequent albums...
 
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“ The legend of Telugu film music, Keeravani is known for out of the box tunes and wonderful melodies, he still creates good music for the latest Telugu big budget movies. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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“ A.R.Rahman's nephew has carried on the rich legacy of his family, and in a short span of time has produced some of the best albums in today's Tamil film music. Veyyil, Madirsasippatnam,Thaandavam are among his best. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Mithun Sharma
Soundtrack, Murder 2
 
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“ Salim-Sulaiman! ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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D. Imman
Composer, Jilla
 
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“ Though a native of Andhra, Vidyasagar has created huge hits and a bunch of magical melodies in all south Indian languages. Some of his best works are in Malayalam film music. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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“ Starting as a Keyboard programmer for Vishal-Shekhar and then composing countless jingles in the ad industry, Gopi Sundar has matured into a reliable composer, who is noted for his works with the new wave Malayalam film directors. The songs of Anwar and Ustad Hotel transcended interstate boundaries, making him one of the most wanted music directors in the South. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Rahul Raj
Composer, Ezra
“ A popular composer in Malayalam cinema,Rahul Raj is known for integrating traditional sounds with pop and rock elements, Chotta Mumbai, Bachelor Party, Ritu and oh my friend(Telugu) are some of his most successful albums. Also scored many popular ad jingles. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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“ A highly experienced Malayalam composer, who has changed along with the times, that makes his music still popular among the youth. His songs for Dam999 were shortlisted for Best Song category in the Oscar awards. His national award winning soundtrack Ore Kadal(the sea within) is enough to prove his awesome music skills. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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“ The new age Malayalam composer, Deepak Dev, is a leading composer in Kerala. One of the best keyboard programmers around, his scores for Udhayananu Thaaram, Puthiyamugham, Urumi are acclaimed. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Prashant Pillai
Composer, Shaitan
Prashant Pillai is a prolific up and coming music producer based out of India. A qualified sound engineer he started off his career with the now 2 time Oscar Winning music composer A.R. Rahman. In early 2007, Prashant made his mark as a music producer with the short film Rahu where the film and his work got noticed for the influences in Sufi music and an earthy...
 
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Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad is a film composer and playback singer in Telugu, Tamil films. His soundtracks have been dubbed or remade in several other languages as well. He is making his debut in Malayalam cinema with the forthcoming film Kandahar, which stars Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan and Surya Sivakumar in lead roles...
“ DSP has become a brand in South Film music, creating chart busters one after the another; His songs largely use electronic music elements. But his hits are usually short-lived, fails to linger in the minds of the listeners. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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M. Jayachandran
M. Jayachandran is a film score composer, singer and musician in the Malayalam film industry. He has won Kerala State Film Awards for best music director in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013. He also won the state award for best male singer in 2005. He is also the chief judge in the television shows Amrita TV Superstar 2, Amrita TV Superstar Global and Idea Star Singer...
“ Multiple state award winning music director, M.Jayachandran's songs are rooted in Classical music. Repetitive and largely over rated. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Mickey J. Meyer
Mickey J Meyer was born in Hyderabad (India) .He grew up in Secunderabad where he did his schooling and was introduced to music by his father who was an ardent music listener.Mickey started learning music at the very early age of seven.As a kid,he was exposed to various of genres of music.He used to...
“ The young Telugu composer with a unique style of his own, with his music appealing to the urban youth.
Happy Days, Leader are his best works. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Atul Gogavale
Music Department, Agneepath
“ Ajay-Atul ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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S. Thaman
Composer, Dookudu
“ In a short span of time, Thaman has created some popular tunes in Telugu and Tamil. Has a long way to go. ” - Downtown Maddy
 
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Sajid Ali
Composer, Dabangg 2
“ Sajid-Wajid! ” - Downtown Maddy