Top 15 Bollywood Music Directors

by gadreatul | created - 16 Oct 2012 | updated - 21 Oct 2012 | Public

1. 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 ...

4. 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 ...

5. 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 Life of Pi (2012). He was married to Asha Bhosle and Rita Patel. He died on January 4, 1994 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

6. 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 ...

8. 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 ...

9. 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.

10. Khayyam

Composer | Umrao Jaan

Rajesh Khanna's home production Majnoon had Khayyam as the music director and starred Rakhee.Khanna always liked to pick up tunes and used to sit for music sessions.He liked the tune of the song so much that Khanna gifted a car to Khayyam in 1978.Unfortunately the film was left incomplete after ...

11. O.P. Nayyar

Composer | Naya Daur

He is survived by his three daughters and a son.

12. Hemanta Mukherjee

Music_department | Nagin

Hemanta Mukherjee was born on June 16, 1920 in Benares, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India. He is known for his work on Nagin (1954), Bees Saal Baad (1962) and Kohraa (1964). He was married to Bela Mukherjee. He died on September 26, 1989 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.

13. 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), Prem Patra (1962) and Parakh (1960). He was married to Jyoti Chowdhury and Sabita Banerjee. He died on September 5, 1995 in Calcutta, West Bengal,...

14. Anil Biswas

Composer | Return of Mr. Superman

Anil Biswas was born on July 7, 1914 in Barisal, Bengal Presidency, British India as Anil Krishna Biswas. He was a composer, known for Return of Mr. Superman (1960), Dev Anand in Goa (Alias Farar) (1955) and Jasoos (1955). He was married to Meena Kapoor and Ashalata Biswas. He died on May 31, 2003 ...

15. Vasant Desai

Composer | Sampoorna Ramayana

Vasant Desai was born in 1912 in Kudal, Maharashtra, India. He was a composer, known for Sampoorna Ramayana (1961), Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959) and Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957). He died in 1975.