Best Music Directors In India


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A.R. Rehman
No doubts Ilayaraja, RD Burman, MSV, Nadeem Shravan are great musicians but limited to particular region or language. But A. R Rahman, he unified India by music, and taking to the universe as well. He is amazing wonder of music world.
He is International competitor, he is in top 3 in any part of India, I would agree the rating for bollywood. When it comes to all India, he should be number 1.
Listen to his first mesmerizing music of Roja(1992), anybody will understand how strong influence it created into the Indian Music. Most Bollywood audience listen to his music by 1993 or 1994, and hence the musicians got influenced by his music partnered the innovation & trend setting.
Being a south Indian, I don't know about musics of RD Burman or Nadeem Shrawan. I would say Ilayaraja is musical genius without any comparision. But his music is limited to the region as similar to RD buramn or any other regional musicians. But Rahman, he is unique. He proved his skill all over the world. I would rank him second or third any language, but he is the musician of the world. Every human will be mesmerized of his music, every one will rate him as one of the best. He is the only musician can be compared to any musical genius regardless of language, and country. His success in Kollywood, Bolywood, and Hollywood with highest awards in these Industry proved his excellence. One may be the best in the industry or language or region. But he is one of the best everywhere. If you through out your ego, every one who listened to his music accept.
I love you A. Are as well as your music. You are the king of music no one can beat you because your music gives the feel as well as soul.
[Newest]Yuvan comb with a ar rahman when
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Layaraja the worlds best music composer. When the presentation of his music very critical. He is the proud of india. He perform 100 present pure music. He will touch use his music all language people. I will hope he is the best in india and all over the world. We will not remember his presenting time. At the time technology less time. He is not believe the technology. A.R. rahman only use the computer music. But ilayaraja present the pure and new tune and use real instruments. He will compose 900above films. Any composers will not touch his achievements. Ilayaraja is the god of music. He is the inspiration of all indian composers A.R. rahman also. He will not get the oscer award so, ilayaraja is the oscer man. He will grow with his achievements the height of himalaya. He is the god of music. He will perform the languages of tamil, hindi, marati, malayalam, telugu, kannada. He is score top back round score. He is the best composer. Other A.R. rahman, msv, laxmikant pyarilal also the music directors. But ilayaraja the music composer. He is the king of celestial music. So he called music mastro. He will work real, having salery. He will grow the indian cinema in world level. He is the god of music any one composer will not get ilayaraja's stage. He will get our soul. I love ILAYARAJA'S MUSIC. He is the god
Music alias Ilaiyaraaja (A True Complete Composer of India) -
-First Asian Composer did Symphony Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) of London.
-Faster Composer (going to reach 1000 films very soon. Currently 9500+)
-Music is beyond time
-Composed songs in 1 Note, 3 Notes are very popular (Experiments Music)
-Know in & out raagas. Composed new Raaga "Rajalahari"
-Knows to write score before play such instruments (pure imagination)
-Orchestration (layer by Layer ocean)
-Music sync with movie/script/movie characters (just compose need for movie I.E. music wont go beyond the script needs)
-Background score (elevates movie or scene to different level)
-Even Layman I.E. people of SouthIndia can understood what is good music/good background music because of Ilaiyaraaja
-Very simple he is not sound producer (he is music une producer)
-Composer who knows very well Karnatic, western classical music
-Gold medal in classical guitar from Trinity college of Music
-After all he is still continuing learning music & experiments in music
Ilayaraja is a greatest... Soul touch musician in the world.
[Newest]Soul of Tamil music
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3RD. Burman
Most innovative music director in bollywood. Just see the variation in his music. Each score is so much different than other. Comparing him with LP, Kalyanji Anandji, SJ, Salil Choudary etc at least makes sense, but it is really sad to see that people are comparing this maestro with Nadeem-Shravan, A.R. rehman etc.
Best music director ever in India. Modern music directors make remixes of his songs. An award known as RD Burman award is given in filmfare. From here it's clear that how great is he?
Rd. Burman the janak of music! He is the samrat of music
[Newest]He is a good music composer. His songs all time hits. I always listen his compose song.

4Nadeem Shravan
He is the best music director ever in India. If you have doubt then search his film list in which he has composed the music. He was unbeatable from 90s to nearly 2005 & now also he is producing mind blowing compositions.
There is no any word need to tell about these great musician. But as a formality there are greater than great. Since composed "Aashiqui" till now, there is no any single song / musician beat them.
He should be at number 1. AR Rehman is never comparable to Nadeem Shravan. If you have doubt then just search the songs ^^ films in which he has worked as music director. Maximum biggest hits from 90s to till now is of Nadeem Shravan. Please vote for him. Except RD Burman no one is even comparable to him.
[Newest]Nadeem shravan is word best music 🎶 director of history please Came bake of you sir you a d best

5Yuvan Shankar Raja
He deserves a place in the top 3, opportunities and exposure plays a vital role
If his music is heard by the north indians then they will get addicted to his soulful music
Oru naalil song from pudhupettai is a classical example for his latent talent, just here it once
Really yuvan touches my soul... His best album is "Pudupettai"... One of the Most talented music directors but he is not good in choosing good movies.. He must concentrate the story and should give the best albums... From the few years his magical soulful music missing a lot... He needs a comeback...
He is best but, many more big projects working with rahman sir then how to prove himself, he is only give the emotional into music related the situation
He is only after illayaraja sir, rahman sir always good but recently not well because these are not big project he give best music in his big project only,

[Newest]Yuvan has continuity in his music. And adheres to the concept and emotions of the plot. And he has earned a fairly large fanbase. His music hits the heart!

6Rabindranath Tagore
No one yet has composed even national anthem which he did
He is evergreen great composer
He is the legend.. Father of music. No one compose wht he have done. During his era todays composer can't even think that type of melody. We salute THE TAGORE.
[Newest]Tagore is the best music composer in India

7Himesh Reshamiya
He gave 36 Hit songs back to back in just 6 months.. He is the best music director of India.. The man with never give up attitude.. He is not only music director - singer but he is also an actor, story writer, lyricist..
His tunes are amazing. He is innovative. I know there are many others in the industry who holds few of the best compositions of their times, but what is best abt HR is that he never lets his stake holders go with their albums less than mediocre. He delivers what is needed. Thumbs up Himesh... You Rock.

But in recent times, I personally feel that other things have distracted him a lot. Those songs which he has sung, if were sung by other singers, they would have done wonders. Reason for saying so is that, not everyone can hear same sound again and again. There needs to be a limit. If he aligns his skills rightly, there will be a Tsunami of Music... Yeah 36 hits in 6 months is a testimony
Himesh is the one and only Indian rockstar, I'm really mad when I listen himesh songs, his best quality is one song difrent when compare to another, he s the first indian who performed in wembly arena and many more...
[Newest]He is wolds no 1music composer

8Laxmikant Pyarelal
They show the indian melody and all round music quality for the indian population
See the results and you will find
They are the only the Gods of music, only their music can touch the heart. They are really genius than any other musician in the world.
[Newest]They both should be top of AR Rahman.

9Sachin Dev Burman
Best ever composer of melodious songs
Those who haven't rated him as the best may not have ever heard his songs or don't know what music really is..

10Rajesh Roshan
Rajesh roshan was good earlier, but now his music is older and not interesting
Rajesh Roshan is best music director and udit is best voice singer
Rajesh roshan world best musical

The Contenders

11Anand Milind
Annad Miland was great composers
Great composer melody song...

12Devi Sri Prasad
Best music director. Never copy any Tune from anyone. His tunes are always loaded with full energy and also he is a Great singer, Lyricist too.
He Doesn't have any flop album till now.
The best and most happening music director. With loads of talent he is undoubtedly god gifted. His songs are awesome, sweet, classic etc etc.
Best music director. Never copy any Tune from anyone. His tunes are always loaded with full energy and also he is a Great singer, Lyricist too.

He Doesn't have any flop album till now. he is only can give any type of music in the world
[Newest]Becoming number 1 world music director now a days

13Jatin Lalit
The duo were best for melody song... Those melody are hard to get in modern music
Has offered the most successful songs so far

14Harris Jayaraj
Harris is more efficient than yuvan
The king Maker of Tamil music ever
[Newest]He is nice composer

15Shankar Jaikishan
The best! Some of the ones who made it to the top 10 are there only because the present generation participates in polls of these type. The best Hindi film music was in the period 1950-1970 and only 1 or 2 of the M D s who started in the late 60s have made it. S D Burman may have made it more due to the voters having heard of him due to the R D connection.
What! This is not the place he deserves... He should be number 1 Music director... I am born in 80's and Shankar-Jaikishan belong to late 50's, 60's and 70's. But still I can find freshness in their music. They were trend setters, introduced western Jazz to Indian Music, Music of theirs was popular world wide. Many Hollywood movies used their music. King of experimental music. What else should I tell of them. Guys. Listen to their songs first... They didn't get the recognition, they should have got... Many great music directors are fan of these two... Laxmikanth pyarelal, Nadeem Shravan... Mohd Rafi is also a great fan of these two... Please just listen to his songs. I am sure everyone would agree to what I state...
One of the best music directors. Gave out tons of hit with singers like Mohd Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and even Kishore Kumar
[Newest]Super Hindi songs grate music

Dude, this list is just meaningless
I place Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy after A.R.Rahman.
The best music composers currently
[Newest]They should at least be in top 3!

17M. S. Viswanathan
Uncomparable music composer by nature and yet to replace him by any one.
MSV is the most versatile music director the world had ever seen. Innovations were maximum introduced by him and his songs live for ever. He had been appreciated and admired by great music directors including Maestro Ilayaraja & Naushadji. He had scored music for more than 1500 films and 80% of his songs are still alive. Unfortunately he had not reached a wider audience inspite of his unfathomable talent. He should be Number 1 for India. Unfortunately internet is not majorly utilised by people who grew up & lived with his music and he is not going to be voted here. I will try to post this in fb and see whether I could improve numbers. Having said that, people who know his music know his music and he doesn't really need this recognition. But it hurts to see him under so many other musicians!
He is the number one music director how he has come in to 17th position I don't know then you can understand the taste of the people
[Newest]He is number one

18Viju Shah
There is no doubt about of this person. Because he is extraordinarily genius. Above from someone but not less than anyone.
Best music composer ever seen
His compose and music style too totaly different in hollywood

19Anirudh Ravichander
Kolaveri Di...!... Yes.. He is one of the emerging music directors in tamil Cinema... His music reaches all kinds of people...
Good music director I love him
He deserves to be in the top ten list, because he is the only one who has been giving best songs, best themes, best background music
[Newest]He is the best of all music directors.

20G. V. Prakash Kumar
On best in tamil
What a great music ah..
G V is the best singer too what a voice what a composition

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