Best Music Directors In India

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The Top Ten

1 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.

A R Rahman is great music composer in India.
He gives best to his fans.
He tries new sounds and new tunes to fans.
He made a new in the cinema industry.
Until now he is a # 1 music composer in India.

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2 Ilaiyaraaja

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 ...more

Ilayaraja is a greatest... Soul touch musician in the world.

He is a trend setter in the India Music especially in South Indian Languages... When entire south was listening to Hindi songs for the most of the time during 1970's. A man who turned all the listeners to listen their native language songs... There are many music directors in Indian film industry... But ilaiyaraja is the only composer who does all the works done by him alone... He composed for 950+ movies in 5 languages... Who has won 3 National Awards(Songs) & 1 National Award for Background Score... And I can say he is the fastest composer of tunes in this world... He is the 1st Indian who performed symphony... He handles Guitar, Violin and Flute very well which we can see on his scores...

Always original music, which goes through ears and reaches heart. Certain songs are so simple and power full that they echo automatically in the hearts and brains for ever (without music system).

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3 Yuvan Shankar Raja Yuvan Shankar Raja Yuvan Shankar Raja is an Indian singer-songwriter, film score and soundtrack composer, and occasional lyricist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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,

YUVAN IS ONLY GIVE ALL TYPES OF SONGS BIG HIT
YUVAN YUVAN YUVAN PLEASE TAKE TO TOP 3 LIST

After his father ILLAIYARAJA, YUVAN theft my soul from his musical. I didn't know that he studied any science facts because how he suck our soul with voice

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4 RD. Burman

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?

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.

Rd. Burman the janak of music! He is the samrat of music

Rahul Device Burman is one of the musical genius in our country...

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5 Nadeem 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.

There are good songs, there are great songs. But when it comes to Nadeem Shravan. The music is timeless. Still movies makers are remixing their songs and making money.

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6 Himesh 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...

He is the best. He should be in number 1 people are talking about a.r.rahman but I think he is better than him. So, in 700+ songs 635+ are hits. He should be awarded with oscar. Thank you

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7 Anand Milind

A complete music director for melodies

Great composer melody song...

Best music directors

Annad Miland was great composers

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8 Devi Sri Prasad

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.

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

King in making tunes

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9 Rajesh Roshan

He is masterpieces

Very great music director

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

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10 Anirudh Ravichander

Anirudh has worked really hard from the beginning of his career and it shows in all the albums and singles which he has released till now! He has a crazy fan following amongst the youth and to add on to this, he is a very humble and down to earth person!

He is a good composer

He is the future generation musician and musical wizard too...

New Gen Music Director who captures the pulse of the Youth!

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The Contenders

11 Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore FRAS, also written Ravīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

wow

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.

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12 Sachin Dev Burman

Higher musician

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..

He is the greatest, the best

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13 Jatin Lalit

Best and greatest composers of all time...

The duo were best for melody song... Those melody are hard to get in modern music

Jatin-Lalit duo are eminent for their melodious songs. No music composer has composed more melodious songs than them. They were rulers of music industry once.

They deserve much more respect as compared to other music directors in India.

Get to know more about them and their work, you would surely become their fan.

Has offered the most successful songs so far

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14 Anu Malik

He's the best music director in India

Biggest copy cat of Pakistani music in the days where copyright wasn't a thing and there was no YouTube. Call this guy out man

He is the best and the most talented music director of Bollywood, anu Malik has prove it he is full of melody, Anu Malik is a record six-time winner from a record of 42 nominations of the best music director which includes 14-time nominee for the Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. Anu sir am your biggest fan ever. If you know what is melody and talented call, then for sure you will be a fan of anu Malik.

He is one of the biggest plagiarists. He deserves a place way below this rank

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15 Laxmikant Pyarelal

Unforgettable contribution to Indian cinema.

Best musicians of all time.

They show the Indian melody and all round music quality for the Indian population

See the results and you will find

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16 Harris Jayaraj

Best music director in India after ar Rehman...

Super one of the mind blowing top most composer after Rahman

Harris is more efficient than yuvan

The best after ARR

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17 Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Dude, this list is just meaningless

I place Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy after A.R.Rahman.

They should at least be in top 3!

After saaho movie is going to top

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18 Shankar 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

SJ has given more hit musical films then AR rehmaans total songs

If we will take top 100 songs of Bollywood minimum 35 -40 songs are from SJ

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19 Vishal Sekhar

They are such a amazing music directors.

I like all songs of vishar shekhar.. Vishal and shekhar great composer.

Amazing music that touches everyone's hearts. That's why I think they should me number one. They don't deserve anything below. :-)

They are the best they have created history from om shanti om and they were won RD Burman award before Pritam.

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20 G. V. Prakash Kumar

On best in Tamil

Is my favourite hero and one man social army

G V is the best singer too what a voice what a composition

Nobody can replace him when it comes to theme and background scores. His best ever I would tell is 'Aayirathil oruvan' Epic background music!

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21 Viju Shah

He is the best one we ever get but due to biased industry he lost somewhere.

He is creater/developer like Rehman.
Rehman and Viju shouod be in same place.

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

One of the best

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22 S. Thaman

Top 10 music director

He is number 1 copy cat music director...

"Blend of Indian cinema and EDM

Best, new music director

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23 Naushad

Very good music director

I completely agree with the earlier comment. How come musician like Nausha saab is below on 19 when I think he should have been in the first 3. Its an unjustified list. Anyway I think people should listen music of Naushad saab, Madan Mohan Ji, O P Nair Saab, Laksmikant Payarelal Ji ( many more to name, sorry if I have missed some great names ) and then start commenting and voting.Nausad Saab is the one who brought the best of Rafi saab.

Naushad is the best

I am surprised to see the list. Some useless music directors are above the genius Naushad. Probably many people of today do not know the true music.

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24 K. V. Mahadevan

K.V. Mahadevan, a trend setter in Carnatic music, an authority on folk music and his versatileness in giving different kind of melodies, providing music for more than 700 films from his early beginings, he is to be top listed above other music directors. In Telugu, he was number 1 till his end.

Those who are born in 70's and 80's, and listening to radio before going to school and on Sunday will definitely know how mesmerizing his melodies are. Those melodies will stand forever because they are focused on voice and ragam that stamps into our minds.
Those who are in top in this list are copycats like DSP, instrument crowded songs, people not even remember their songs for not more than 1 or 2 years.

This is the worst website! Kv mahadevan is legend! Where is ghatsAla, pendyala!

25 Hamsalekha

People, please listen to Legendary Hamsalekha sir songs. He writes the lyrics himself for all his songs. Music and Lyrics are mind blowing. He deserves to be in Top 5. If not for the rating, even otherwise do listen to his songs, they are Just too good.

Hamsalekha is no 3 position

Ever green

I think People should listen all the tunes composed by Hamsalekha Sir.
People should learn to understand what really the music is. Even though He composed music only to south Indian languages but the tunes he composed heaven.

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26 Ajay Atul

They are best

Very creative music directors! They add life to music.The chorus is their main power...!

They are just underrated..Just listen their songs, will come to know their class.

Ajay Atul are the best music

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27 M. S. Viswanathan

Uncomparable music composer by nature and yet to replace him by any one.

Excellent composer in earlier days when there were less technical help.

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!

Voting him 17th in the list? Unjustified. A terrific and very fast music composer. No match for him in the music industry!

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28 Amit Trivedi

Best music director

Super

King of contemporary music... A competition to Rehman ji.. I mean in terms of pricing and all :P

Best. In terms of unique music and voice.

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29 Honey Singh Honey Singh Hirdesh Singh, known by this professional name, Yo Yo Honey Singh or Honey Singh, is an Indian music producer, Indi-pop singer and film actor.

Yo Yo Honey Singh is the indias number 1 Music Director

Love you mere YOYO

Honey singh is one of the top most rapper these days...
No one has given the maximum no. Of raps & back to back songs he deserves to be on top 10

I wonder how he's even qualified as a music director. His rap makes me wanna cry.

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30 Johnson

A Master and an ace who composed his melodies effortlessly. His greatest achievement was his casual attitude towards his stardom and his humility in general with respect to everybody. His songs have stood the test of time and his music in general elates every single soul who listens to it. Apart from his Music, Mr Johnson is a fantastic human being who nurtured a wonderful family and his legacy lives through his talented daughter, Shan Johnson.

Johnson Master - Winner of 2 National Awards, 6 State Award and many other awards and recognition... Most of all, Winner of a million hearts ho love your Music! Proud to vote for you... I am your greatest fan! You live forever through your evergreen melodies which you have left behind for us! YOU ARE THE BEST! Thank you for the Music in it's pure magical form..

Very very Great personality. Humble dedicated talented. Songs and compositions cannot be forgotten. Best music director. Simple personality. Very serious about his work. Great respect for him. Wishing Shan Johnson a bright future in musical ocean. God Bless the family.

One of the great composer India has ever seen. Because of in Malayalam Movie Industry he's limited to Malayalam only. But he is Immensely talented. He is among one of the 3 or 4 Best Film Scores in india.

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31 Mani Sharma

He should be the no1 music director for his works. But sadly he didn't get enough recognition

The best Music Director according to me. I feel there is no one who can even come close to him. Yuvan Shankar Raja is someone who I see second to him. Unfortunately, he has not got the recognition that he deserves.

He is the best of best in all music directors he is so special. and his music is amazing awesome etc so the Mani Sharma is best music director...

He is the best... His music is ever green. Unfortunately the kind of recognition he deserved, he hasn't got.

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32 Salim-Sulaiman

Rab Ne Banadi Jodi Songs is my favourite. It makes every one to fall in love

Best composers of India

They are THE best best best

I like there music

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33 Sajid Wajid

Sir I am your biggest fan in the world. I like your all music composed by you. It will be a honour to me if you replay me. Thank you sir.
IN NO:nieshp770@gmail.com

I like all songs& music

I like your style

I like your music

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34 Hiphop Tamizha

Best music director actor and tamizha

With his energizing music he won the best music album and the best song in his debut year. Surely in line for the best music director in tamil.

He is best music director

Superb music director

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35 M. M. Keeravani

He will be in the top 3

Not many people realise. but he is true genius

He is the best music director of India.

He is a wonderful and the best music director in India after Ilayaraja Sir.

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36 Mithoon

The guy who composed films like Aashiqui 2 and Murder 2 should be at least in top 10.

Mithoon should be placed a lot higher up. This list is meaningless

He would be the first

Some brilliant songs like Tum hi ho, meri aashiqui, maula meri; some songs in films like kalyug, anwar, train, zeher, etc were composed by him...

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37 Amaal Mallik

Amaal is a greatest music director and singer also. And he is a very cute guy. He deserved the best

I love you very much amaal.

He deserves to be number 1. He is also a fascinating singer.

He undoubtedly deserves to be in top 5. He rocks...

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38 Raveendran

He is not famous only because he is from malayalam industry. His music is divine.

Class cult of malayalam film world.. driven the movies purely out of his music

Hee needed to be in the second place

Best in Malayalam Industry

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39 Bappi Lahiri

The most versatile Composer and singer on earth

Only one disco king of this India.

Please compose a real disco music

Super duper... Ever green... Songs.. Indias best composer

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40 Madan Mohan

One of the best music director hindi cinema has ever seen. he was a true talent, it is sad to see his position so much below. He was truly an uncrowned king of music industry and every music director, singer and artist know his value. His music tells his greatness and you should listen to his music and famous songs at least once in your lifetime.

A great composer of Indian film industry with whom LATA MANGESHKAR gave her the best.

He is one of the greatest music composer ever in India. He is the one of best. I had heard his all songs.

I'm born in 80s, but recognized him so late. He didn't have any training of music, but it was his soul, which created so many untouchable arts that you can't even imagine. It is so painful seeing him at no. 24. He is uncrowned king of Indian music industry.

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41 V. Harikrishna

A music director who can compoae for all jonars.

India best musician

I believe he is one of the legendary in music though he is hidden and unnoticeable

Best music director of this decade. Awesome compositions for all kinds of movies..!

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42 Santhosh Narayanan

best

The word 'Simply superb' suits for him only.

Your music is different in the industry

He make the feelings to feel...

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43 M.M. Keeravaani

Nice person

What about him only average for me

44 Joshua Sridhar

JS is definitely a big league music composer. What the hell are big league directors doing?

Joshua Sridhar is an extremely good composer. He needs good directors to work with.

Hope he teams up with big production houses.

He is good. But hasn't been very lucky so far.

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45 Salil Chowdhury

Salil Chowdhury was an Indian music composer, who mainly composed for Bengali, Hindi, and Malayalam films. He was also a poet and a playwright. He is affectionately called Salilda by his admirers.

One of the best Composer in India...

At first listen to the music of whole world if possible ( at list European and African music since 1600 A.D. ), then compare Salil Chowdhury with the rest of Indian Composers and others. R D Burman is no more, but you can Go to Mr. Ilayaraja, and ask him whether I have written wrong, with due respect to the other composers.

Top five composer like this--- Salil Chowdhury, SJ, LP, SD Burman and RD Burman

46 Raghu Dixit

His compositions are awesome.

He is just awesome. He gives a superb blend of folk and rock music. AWESOME BRILLIANT!

Awesome music composer in India..

47 Arjun Janya

Amazing music.. He is best in melody as well as in fast tracks..

Opening a new style in Kannada music. Superb.

Amazing music director

Most Beautifull songs gift for south indian

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48 Kalyanji Anandji

Great composer give number of hits in 1960 and 70

They should be in top 5 as they have scored very good music in 300 Bollywood movies.
These days most of there songs are copied and remixed by new upcoming Music Directors.
No one can beat Music Maestros Brothers Kalyanji Anandji Fames Music..

Its awesome to listen them

49 Vijay Antony

He is 1 of the best music director in Tamil I like to...

Different types of music

Your good sir but do more movies and score good sir vvr waiting for u music please come in Tamil cinema

He is the new msv

50 Vidya Shahar

Melody king, great composer, he gave great melodies

He was just unnoticed no one need to rank him

Has given very nice songs in Tamil

King of melodies not only in tamil,telugu but also in malayalam.

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