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    Pravin Godkhindi

    Pravin Godkhindi

    Pravin Godkhindi (Kannada: ಪ್ರವೀಣ್ ಗೋಡಖಿಂಡಿ) is a flute (Bansuri) player following the Hindustani style of music. He is a trained Electrical engineer and an alumnus of SDM College of Engineering and Technology, Dharwad. He plays traditional Hindustani style of flute as well as contemporary. His is father "Pt.Venkatesh Godkhindi" is a renowned bansuri maestro,vocalist and a-grade radio artist, mainly serving AIR, Dharwad. He started learning flute from father at very tender age of 3. Venkatesh Godkhindi trained the son for decades together.Praveen has mastered father's own unique style of singing on flute(gayki style).He is a master of thanthrakari style. He has experimented with fusion of both Indian and Western music. He has given many solo concerts in India and abroad. He is playing a very significant role in popularizing the Indian Classical Music among the masses . The "3 generations" concert which he performed with his father Pt Venkatesh Godkhindi and son Shadaj Godkhindi caught the attention of flute lovers all over the world. He has also performed at the World Flutes Festival at Mendoza, Argentina in September, 2010. He, in many of his concerts, starts with a popular song
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    Philip V. Francis

    Philip V. Francis

    Philip V. Francis (5 November 1964 – 4 March 2008) was a tabla player, composer and Ghazal singer from Kerala, India. He died at the age of 43 in a bike accident, leaving his wife and son. Francis was born in Thrissur, Kerala. Philip started off as a conga drum player in the local orchestra group Neelambari, and under the able guidance of "Joeboy" a renowned player of drums, learnt the nuances of rhythm. He then migrated to Delhi to learn Tabla under the maestro Ustad Fiyaz Khan of the Delhi gharana. Thereafter he emerged as a Tabla player of national repute. He also learnt carnatic music and mrudangam for brief stints under "Komattil Shanta Kumari" and "Purushothama Sharma" of Thrisssur. Philip was never satisfied with what he learnt and later on studied western classical music and mastered the Guitar and Piano too. He also started composing and conducting Choir in Churches in and around Thrissur. His love for Ghazals saw him doing Ghazal programs and becoming popular as a Ghazal singer too in his short life span. He also worked with the late music Director Raveendran as an assistant in some films. Philip was the representative of the Delhi gharana School of music in Thrissur,
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    Khemchand Prakash

    Khemchand Prakash

    Khemchand Prakash (12 December 1907 - 10 August 1950) was a music composers in Hindi film industry. Born in Jaipur he got his first training of music and dance from his father who was a dhrupad singer and a Kathak dancer in the royal court. In his teens, he joined Bikaner Royal court as a singer performer and later moved to the royal court of Nepal. But the destiny landed him in Kolkata and he joined New Theaters in Kolkata as an assistant of Timir Baran. He was assistant of Timir Baran in Devdas (1935 film). He made his debut in 1939 with the Supreme Pictures Meri Aankhein and was soon signed up by Ranjit Film Studio. He had few peers in 1940s, the best decade for Indian film music. Lata Mangeshkar had fruitful association with him (in films Asha, Ziddi, Mahal) when she started making a name. Khemchand's brother, Basant Prakash, was also a film composer. His initial years had a few more significant films like Pardesi, Holi, Fariyaad, etc. Khursheed was his leading singer and both of them gave many hits of early 40s. But it was in 1943 that pushed Khemchand Prakash much ahead of other music directors of that era with the film Tansen. Songs like "Diya jalaao jagmag jagmag", "Rumjhum
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    Lucky Ali

    Lucky Ali

    Lucky Ali is an Indian singer-songwriter, musician, composer, record producer, actor and philanthropist. He is best known for his soulful but strikingly simple ballad-style singing and melodious voice. His videography contains 14 feature films as an actor, two television series as an actor and one feature film as a producer and director.
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    Ali Akbar Khan

    Ali Akbar Khan

    Ali Akbar Khan (Bengali: আলী আকবর খাঁ) (14 April 1922 – 18 June 2009), often referred to as Khansahib or by the title Ustad (master), was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Khan was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer (often in conjunction with Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar), and as a teacher. He established a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1967, which is now located in San Rafael, California and has a branch in Basel, Switzerland. Khan also composed several classical ragas and filmscores. He was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Trained as a musician and instrumentalist by his father, Allauddin Khan, Khan first came to America in 1955 on the invitation of violinist Yehudi Menuhin and later settled in California. Khan was nominated for five Grammy Awards and was accorded India's second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, in 1989. He has also won a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts's National Heritage Fellowship. Ali Akbar Khan was born in the
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    C. P. Rele

    Dr. C.P. Rele (c. 1928 – 16 April 2010) was a Hindustani classical musician who specialized in singing, teaching, and composing khyal. Rele witnessed, at very close quarters, the training and the growth of Kumar Gandharva, and was widely considered an authority on Kumar Gandharva's musical style. More about his long musical association and friendship with Kumar Gandharva can be found in his book, Kumar Maajhaa Sakhaa. Apart from Kumar Maajhaa Sakhaa and Gunjan, Rele was the author of a work on Raga Sangeet, entitled Svara Pravaaha, a reference text for students, musicians and scholars, that enhances learning and teaching of raga sangeet at music institutions and university departments. This text was published by the Samvaad Foundation.
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    Damodar Hota

    Pandit Damodar Hota is a Hindustani classical musician based in Orissa, India. A Top Grade Artist of Doordarshan and All India Radio, he exemplifies the traditional singing style of the Gwalior Gharana. He is a disciple of Padmashree Nada Maharishi Pt. Balwant Rai Bhatt(Bhav Rang) and Sangeet Martand Pt. Omkarnath Thakur(Pranav Rang). Along with Hindustani classical music, he is a propenent of traditional Odissi music (Uddra Paddhatiya Sangeet). Pandit Hota’s compositions bear the pen name “Swar Rang.” Pandit Hota was a student scholar of the Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy. He attended the College of Music and Fine Arts at Banaras Hindu University, where he was a leading disciple ofPt. Balwant Rai Bhatt(Bhav Rang) and Pt. Omkarnath Thakur(Pranav Rang). For his Doctor Of Music (Sangeet Pravin) degree, he was awarded the prestigious Pt. Mirashi Buwa Puraskar by the A.B.G.M Mandal, Bombay. Pandit Hota holds Madhyama Purna in Tabla and Visharad in Pakhawaj. He served as Senior Lecturer of Hindustani Vocal Music and Principal at Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya.In addition to his background in Hindustani vocals, Pt. Hota is noted for his contribution to the study and performance of traditional
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    Hafiz Ali Khan

    Haafiz Ali Khan (1888–1972) was an Indian Sarod player. He was a tall figure in twentieth-century sarod music. A fifth-generation descendant of the famous Bangash Gharana of sarod players, Haafiz Ali was known for the lyrical beauty of his music and the crystal-clear tone of his strokes. The occasional critic has, however, observed that Khan's imagination was often closer to the semi-classical thumri idiom than the austere dhrupad style prevalent in his times. Son and disciple of the Sarod superstar Nanneh Khan, He grew up in a community of Sarod players, it is likely that he studied with his father and a number of his proximate disciples. He later took lessons from his cousin Abdulla Khan, nephew Mohammad Amir Khan, and finally the beenkar Wazir Khan of Rampur. Ustad Wazir Khan was a direct decendent of the legendary Tansen, through the lineage of the latter's daughter. Notably, Allauddin Khan of Maihar was also a pupil of Wazir Khan in Rampur in the same period. It said that Khansahib later studied dhrupad and thumri with Ganeshilal Mishra and Bhaiya Ganpatrao, respectively. Khansahib's regal appearance and electrifying charisma made him one of the most sought-after musicians of
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    Neyyattinkara Vasudevan

    Neyyattinkara Vasudevan (1940–2008) was an acclaimed Carnatic music vocalist from Kerala in south India. The Padmasree-winning Carnatic vocalist and disciple of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Ramnad Krishnan, he combined tradition and innovation in his widely acclaimed career. Vasudevan born in a village near Neyyattinkara in southern Travancore, and did his formal music studies from the Swati Tirunal Music College, Thiruvananthapuram, chiefly under Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. He also did advanced studies under Ramnad Krishnan.He passed Ganabhushanam in 1960 and Sangeetha Vidwan in 1962. He worked as assistant professor at the RLV College of Music, Thripunithura, for nearly a decade before joining All India Radio as an A-grade staff vocalist in 1974. He retired in 2000 and was later ranked ‘A Top’, the highest honour given by AIR to classical musicians. He died on May 13, 2008 in Thiruvananthapuram. He has also sung for few Malayalam movies.
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    Louis Banks

    Louis Banks (born 11 February 1941 as Dambar Bahadur Budaprithi in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India) is a Grammy Award nominated film composer, record producer, jazz musician-keyboardist and singer. Proficient in genres like Indipop, modern progressive and contemporary jazz and Indo jazz fusion, he has often been referred to as the Godfather of Indian Jazz. Banks was born to Hindu Parents Sarswati and George Banks, a musician, in his hometown of Darjeeling. His early music education was at the hands of his father and neighbor Mrs. Myers. His father Pushkar Bahadur, a Nepalese trumpeter moved to Calcutta in the early 1940s to join a European Band in the city, subsequently he changed his name to George Banks. His grandfather, Bakhat Bahadur Budapirti, had composed the Nepalese national anthem Shreeman Gambhira Nepali which was the official anthem from 1962 to 2006. He did his schooling at St. Roberts School, Darjeeling. Sensing Banks's interest in western music when at the age of thirteen he started playing the guitar and the trumpet, his father changed his name to Louis Banks in tribute to Louis Armstrong although he is still a Hindu by faith. This change of name gave the young Banks
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    Vijay Antony

    Vijay Antony(Tamil: விஜய் ஆண்டனி; born on 24 July 1975) is an Indian film composer from Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India. Vijay Antony At the age of 21,discovered that he has always been immensely interested in composing music and also in writing lyrics for the songs he composes. This indomitable interest led him to learn music and the technicalities in music. Soon, he obtained a degree from the Trinity College of London and set up his own in-house studio called Audiophiles at Chennai. Subsequently, he started looking out for a platform to exhibit his talents as a musician and as a composer. Soon, opportunities started opening up for him to compose jingles and scores for popular Indian television features. In 2004, noted Producer Aascar Ravichandran identified his potential as a music director and offered Vijay Antony to work as a music director in his movie called 'Dishyum' which was a run-away success. Though the first movie he signed for as a music director was “Dishyum”; he was introduced as a debut music director through “Sukran” produced by S.A Chandrasekaran.Both Sukran and Dishyum had songs with a new feel and a unique tone to it. Lyrics were notably different and soon
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    Amit Trivedi

    Amit Trivedi (Hindi: अमित त्रिवेदी) is an Indian film composer, musician, singer and lyricist, working in Bollywood. He is a Gujarati. After working as a theater and jingle composer and composing for non-film albums, he debuted as a film composer in the 2008 Hindi film Aamir, and shot to fame in the Hindi film music scene with his critically acclaimed work in the more popular Dev.D (2009), which earned him several accolades, including the 2010 National Film Award for Best Music Direction for Dev.D. In his younger days, an electronic musical instrument fascinated Trivedi and he was slowly drawn towards music, mainly influenced by classical music. At 19-20, he began composing music. In college days joined the band Om, who performed at local gigs, small shows and live performances. They struck gold when Times Music took notice at one of their shows, and offered to launch their album. The album however did not fare well, due to lack of promotion. Eventually Trivedi went on to compose for theatre (Hindi, English and Gujarati plays), background music for television shows, live performances, dandiya shows, orchestras etc. He also had a brief stint composing advertisement jingles, for
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    Kaushal Inamdar

    Kaushal Inamdar

    Kaushal S. Inamdar (born 2 October 1971 in Pune, Maharashtra) is an Indian singer and music composer in Marathi and Hindi movies. His work in music spans from composing music for films, television, drama to events, concerts in Hindi and Marathi, composing music for ballets, advertisements, and also albums. He is currently settled at Goregaon, a Mumbai suburb. Kaushal did his schooling from IES Modern English School, Dadar and Billimoria High School, Panchgani. Thereafter he graduated from the D. G. Ruparel College, Mumbai, where he came in contact with Chetan Datar who initiated him into theatre. While in school, he had taken some primary lessons from Kamalakar Bhagwat, a renowned music composer himself, but he began learning the finer nuances of music composition only after he finished graduation concentrated on writing and music. He did writing apprentice under Lekh Tandon and also had a short stint as a writer in television soaps. As he found himself more of a natural musician, he settled with music as his creative career. His Guru, Pt. Satyasheel Deshpande, an eminent Hindustani vocalist and musicologist is known for his insightful study of North Indian Classical music. Kaushal
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    L. Shankar

    L. Shankar

    Lakshminarayanan Shankar, also known as L. Shankar and Shenkar, is an Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer. Shankar was born in Madras, Tamil Nadu. Growing up in Jaffna, Ceylon, where his father V. Lakshminarayan was a professor at the Jaffna College of Music, Shankar was exposed to Carnatic music and other styles from an early age. His father was an esteemed violinist, his mother L. Seethalakshmi played the veena and all his five older siblings were also proficient in music. The most well known of his brothers is another acclaimed and renowned violinist - L. Subramaniam, who has recorded a number of records himself; another brother, L. Vaidyanathan was a music composer for Indian films. Shankar cites his family and Tyāgarāja as early inspirations. Shankar began singing at the age of two, playing violin at the age of five, and learning to play drums at seven. At the age of seven L. Shankar gave his first public concert, at the Nallur Kandaswamy temple. He gained considerable reputation in his early youth as an accompanist to some of the most eminent names in Carnatic music such as Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Chembai Vaithyanatha Baghavatar, Palghat Mani Iyer and
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    Gaurav Dagaonkar

    Gaurav Dagaonkar (गौरव डगावकर; born July, 10, 1982) is a Music Director/Singer/Songwriter from Mumbai, India. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Gaurav completed his schooling from St. Xavier High School, Mumbai. As a child, Gaurav showed no particular inclination towards music, but showed great interest in sport, particularly cricket. As a part of his school team, Gaurav played the Harris Shield inter-school cricket tournament. However, after missing out on being selected in the college team of Mithibai College, where he was pursuing science, Gaurav shifted his focus to academics. He scored 97.3% in his H.S.C examinations (PCM) and took admission in Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Mumbai in the stream of Information Technology. It was at TSEC that Gaurav got first introduced to rock music through a friend. After winning a few inter-collegiate singing competitions, he became the lead vocalist of the college band. In 2004, Gaurav completed his B.E degree and was awarded the Gold Medal for being the 'Best All-Round Achiever' of the college. In the final year, he took the Common Admission Test (CAT) of the IIMs and cleared it in
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    James Vasanthan

    James Vasanthan (Tamil: ஜேம்ஸ் வசந்தன்) is a popular Indian television (Tamil) anchor and a film music composer. For more than a decade, he has worked as an anchor in popular Tamil satellite television channels like Sun TV, Vijay TV and Makkal TV before turning into a film music composer in the Tamil Film Industry. James Vasanthan was born in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), studied first at YWCA Primary School (Presently BHEL Matric) and later at Bishop Heber Hr Sec School (Teppakulam) and later graduated in English literature in Bishop Heber College, and then did his PG in English in Jamal Mohammad College. Later, he graduated in Carnatic music from Madras University and in Western music from Trinity College, U.K. He holds a diploma in Pianoforte, Guitar and Theory of Music. Though music was his "first love", he forayed into television as an anchor in SUN TV, later to become the most-popular and successful anchor in Tamil television channels and is still going strong in spite of becoming a popular composer in the film industry in the year 2008. In 2003, James Vasanthan released a pop album titled "Vasanai", only to exhibit himself as a composer. which was not known to many until then.
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    Toshi Sabri

    Muhammad Ovez Sabri (born 4 July), popularly known as Toshi Sabri (Hindi: तोशी सब्री), is a singer of Rajasthan's Sabri family. Toshi specializes in many genres ranging from Qawwali to Pop. He is also lead playback singer on Raaz – The Mystery Continues in a song titled "Maahi". And he has composed the film Jashnn as a full Music Director along with his brother Sharib Sabri. He is very Talented. Toshi Sabri was born in Punjab, India, but later moved to Jaipur in Rajasthan. Sabri, being from a musical family, started singing at an early age. Sabri's father is a classical Indian musician. Sharib Sabri, his brother, also belongs to the musical field and has participated in a few musical contests as well. Toshi has often mentioned his struggle after coming to Mumbai since the previous two years before being chosen to feature on Amul Star Voice of India. He left his studies before giving 12th standard exams, and thus he couldn't find a decent job in Mumbai. Wanting to prove himself as a singer and get a big break, he sang at weddings, parties, occasions, restaurants, and even in a bar. Toshi Started his official music career from the film Raaz – The Mystery Continues in the Blockbuster
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    Himesh Reshammiya

    Himesh Reshammiya

    Himesh Reshammiya (born 23 July 1973) is an Indian music director, singer, actor, television producer, lyricist, film producer, script writer, and distributor. Himesh Reshammiya was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra to veteran Gujarati music director Vipin Reshammiya and Madhu Reshammiya; however his family originate from Bhavnagar, Gujarat. Reshammiya studied at Hill Grange School in Pedder Road where he met his best friend Prashant Chadha. Chadha is responsible for Reshammiya's new look and for directing all of his music videos from his private album Aap Kaa Surroor as well as promotional videos for the movies Aashiq Banaya Aapne, Aksar and Tom, Dick & Harry. At the age of 16 before Reshammiya went into music direction, he produced television serials for Zee TV which included serials such as Andaz and Amar Prem. Reshammiya’s first big break came through his good friend Salman Khan. Khan gave Reshammiya the chance to be a music director for the movie Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya along with composers Sajid-Wajid and Jatin Lalit. After the success of the album, Khan and Reshammiya have shared many hit filmi albums together, such as Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Yeh Hai Jalwa, and Dulhan Hum Le
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    Yashpaul

    Yashpaul

    Pandit Yashpaul (born 22 March 1937) is a performing artiste of the Agra gharana of Hindustani Classical Music. He has made significant contributions towards the preservation of the heritage of the classical vocal music of India’s north western region. He received his music training under the gurus Pt. Kasturi Lal Ji Jasara (Qasoor Gharana), Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan Saheb and Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan Saheb, the virtuosos of the Agra gharana of Nohar Bani. He also bears the influence of the inspirations of the Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Saheb and Pt. Malikarjun Mansoor Ji. He is a composer, educationist and musicologist. He has composed many compositions in common and rare ragas with his nom de plume Sagun Piya. He has received many awards including the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2011. Pandit Yashpaul was born in Gujranwala in 1937. After the partition his parents migrated to India and settled in Jalandhar, where he was initiated into music under the care and training of Guru Pt. Kasturilal ji ‘Jassra’, who himself was the disciple of Late Ustad Chhotte Ghulam Ali Khan Saheb of Lahore. Pandit Yashpaul believes in the guru - shishya parampara under which the student is taught
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    Alphons Joseph

    Alphons Joseph is a music director and playback singer in the Malayalam film industry who got a break as a film music composer after composing for the film Vellithira. Alphons is also noted for singing the famous song "Aaromale" from the film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, which was composed by A. R. Rahman. Alphons was born in 1973 in Kaachery near Nadathara, Thrissur, Kerala, India to a musically affluent Christian family. His mother was Thankamma and father was Koladi Joseph, a tablist and a singer but by profession, a KSEB sub-engineer. Alphons was the second among their 7 children. His elder brother, Joemon was a pianist and had composed music for two Malayalam films. His younger brother Paulson was a well known exponent of Sitar and had got first rank in M.A. Hindustani from Dharwad university. He was introduced to music by his father's younger brother K. K. Paul, who was a well known violinist. Alphons considers Philip, another talented musician from Thrissur, as his mentor and guru. He was the one who diverted Alphons to Western Classical Music and ghazals. Alphons had professional training in Carnatic music from Shri. Mangad K. Nadesan (A. I. R) and got 7th grade in classical
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    Lalgudi Jayaraman

    Lalgudi Jayaraman

    Lalgudi Jayarama Iyer (Tamil: லால்குடி ஜெயராம ஐயர்) (born September 17, 1930, India) is a well-known Carnatic violinist, vocalist and composer. Born in the lineage of a disciple of the saint musician Thyagaraja, Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman inherited the essence of Carnatic music from his versatile father, late V R Gopala Iyer, who trained him meticulously. At the age of 12, he started his musical career as an accompanying violinist. Having an active imagination, quick grasp and an ability to adapt easily to the individual styles of the leading maestros in Carnatic music, while accompanying them in their concerts, he reached the forefront in rapid strides. With the concert experience he thus gained, coupled with sheer hard work and perseverance and the strong urge to give original expression to his musical ideas, he emerged as an accomplished solo violinist. He expanded the style of violin playing by inventing a whole new technique that is designed to best suit the needs of Indian Classical Music and establishing a unique style that came to be known as 'Lalgudi Bani'. His flawless and fascinating style, graceful and original, yet not divorced from traditional roots, gained him numerous
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    S. Hanumantha Rao

    Saluri Hanumantha Rao (1917–1980) (Telugu: సాలూరు హనుమంతరావు) was a Music composer of South Indian films. He is son of Sri.Saluri Sanyasi Raju who was a mridangam player for the concerts of Sri. Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu and also a lyricist. Rao was born in 1917 at Sivaramapuram, near Salur (Vijayanagaram district). He is elder brother of Saluri Rajeswara Rao. He started his early life as a student of Sri. Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu. He was trained in Carnatic and Hindusthani classical music. He became music composer for Golla Baama in the year 1944. He has composed music for around 75 movies. Rao married Raja Mani with whom he had three daughters and one son. Rao died 27 May 1980.
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    Usha Khanna

    Usha Khanna (born 1941 in Gwalior) is an Indian music director. Regarded as the first established female music director in the Indian film industry, she remained active for more than 3 decades from 1960s to 1980s. She is still active making some music for some movies and television-serials, more than 40 years after her debut as music director in Dil Deke Dekho (1959). She received a Filmfare nomination for composing the songs for the huge hit film Souten (1983). Usha Khanna's father, Manohar Khanna, was a lyricist and singer, working as Assistant Superintendent in the Water Works Department in then Gwalior State. When he came to Bombay (now Mumbai) for some work in 1946 he met Jaddanbai who was mother of Hindi film actress Nargis Dutt.On her request he started writing Gazals for Hindi films by the name, Jaaved Anwar .He was getting a monthly salary of Rs.250 in Gwalior State and Jaddanabi offered him Rs.800 for 3 gazals which he wrote for Jaddanbai,s Nargis Art Productions film Romeo Juliet . Usha Khanna did often take inspiration from Arabic music, which she liked and she claims that she has never lifted any song directly, but that she has composed something along the lines. The
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    A. R. Rahman

    A. R. Rahman

    Allah Rakha Rahman (born 6 January 1966 as A. S. Dileep Kumar) is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist. Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, his works are notable for integrating eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards, thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations. His extensive body of work for film and the stage earned him the nickname “the Mozart of Madras” and several Tamil commentators and fans have coined him the nickname Isai Puyal (English: Music Storm). In 2009, Time placed Rahman in its list of World's Most Influential People. The UK based World Music magazine Songlines named him one of 'Tomorrow's World Music Icons' in August 2011. Having set up his own in-house studio called Panchathan Record Inn at Chennai, arguably one of Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech studios, Rahman's film scoring career began in the early
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    Ismail Darbar

    Ismail Darbar (born 1 June 1964) is an Indian composer and violinist, a popular name in Bollywood. Ismail Darbar is from Surat, Gujarat. He worked for several years as a session violinist for leading music directors Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji, Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan, Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin-Lalit and A. R. Rahman. Finally he got the break after so many years with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Earlier Darbar had played violin for Jatin-Lalit in the movie Khamoshi: The Musical. Later on his music in Bhansali's Devdas was acclaimed. He did not work with Bhansali after Devdas due to personal differences. It was also revealed that Darbar had only made some contributions to the music of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas while it was Bhansali who wrote the music of both of his movies. After Devdas, Darbar did a few more movies but was unable to get much success. In 2005, he co-composed Subhash Ghai's Kisna: The Warrior Poet with A. R. Rahman. However Ghai would later say, "The music [of the film] has turned out so well that you can't distinguish an Ismail song from a Rahman one". He was one of the four judges on Zee TV's Indian musical
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    Nitin Kumar Gupta

    Nitin Kumar Gupta is a music director in the Hindi (or Bollywood) film industry. He has won the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival Award for Best Foreign Film Original Score for his work in Road to Sangam. Nitin Kumar's debut film song was in 2009. Nitin Kumar Gupta started his career through the internet, launching and selling his music on the famous online music site - mp3.com. As 'Neole Egen', he was in the Top 40 world artist chart, and listed among the top earning artists on the site. He also collaborated with international artists such as Allerian and Cassandra Fink during that period thus gaining immense experience in incorporating international flavour into Indian music. His albums on mp3.com included - Nitin Kumar Gupta worked for Magnasound as an arranger and remixer on several of their 'B-side' tracks for the top names in the Indian pop industry. Nitin also did several lesser known remixes for DJ Suketu. Nitin Kumar Gupta worked for B. P. Singh and Pradeep Uppoor for a couple of years composing the background scores for several episodes of the chart topping series C.I.D. (TV series) and Aahat. Nitin Kumar Gupta did his first complete album as composer and lyricist for a
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    Rahul Nambiar

    Rahul Nambiar is an Indian playback singer and live performer. A MBA and M.Com-graduate, he won the Swapthaswarangal show in 2001 and began singing live. He later ventured into playback singing, performing for many leading South Indian film composers in various languages, while also launching an independent band named Rahlaap with bass player Aalap Raju. Rahul hails from Kannur, Kerala and was brought up in Delhi and Chennai. He began learning music from a young age, becoming trained in Carnatic and Hindustani music. After completing his MBA and M.Com, Rahul started working for two years in a bank, which he felt was too "monotonous", before performing at live shows with Sunitha Sarathy. In 2001, he won the Sun TV Sapthaswarangal contest, beating 3000 contestants, following which he decided to pursue a singing career. Rahul was introduced as a playback singer by Vijay Antony in the Tamil film Dishyum. In 2009, Rahul joined hands with his long time friend and Bass player Aalap Raju to form a band named Rahlaap. The duo released their a self-titled album in Hindi language based on "Music beyond genres", on which they had worked for four years. He is considered a versatile singer,
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    Anupam Roy

    Anupam Roy

    Anupam Roy (Bengali: অনুপম রায়) is a Bengali lyricist, composer, singer and a guitarist. He is best known for his song Amake amar moto thakte dao (আমাকে আমার মত থাকতে দাও ), which appeared on the soundtrack to the 2010 film Autograph. He is also known for the songs "Ekbar Bol", "Gobhire Jao", "Tistaan" and "Beche Thakar Gaan" among others. Anupam has written and composed more than 150 Bengali songs. Born and brought up in Calcutta ( Ancestral Home in Berhampore, West Bengal ), Anupam completed his schooling from St. Paul's Boarding & Day School, Kidderpore(Class X) and MP Birla Foundation, Behala (Class XII). He did his graduation in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He was the gold medalist of his batch. He used to work for Texas Instruments India, Bangalore as an analog circuit design engineer from 2004 (July) to 2011 (March). Anupam has been writing songs from his childhood. His biggest break was having two of his songs featured in the Bengali film, Autograph (2010) by Srijit Mukherji. Anupam wrote and composed Bneche Thakaar Gaan (বেঁচে থাকার গান), sung by Rupam Islam and Amake Amar Moto Thakte Dao (আমাকে আমার মত থাকতে দাও ),
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    M. G. Sreekumar

    M. G. Sreekumar is a two-time National Award-winning Indian playback singer and music director who works in Malayalam cinema. With a career of over 25 years, he is one of the prominent male singers in the Malayalam film industry. He is known for matching voice with Malayalam actor Mohanlal. He has sang in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi. He is the youngest brother of music director M. G. Radhakrishnan and singer K. Omanakutty. He owns a music company named KMG Musics. Sreekumar worked in State Bank of Travancore, before starting his career as a singer. He started his music career by accompanying his brother M. G. Radhakrishnan in his carnatic musical concerts. Born in Haripad, Alappuzha District of Kerala, his father, Malabar Gopalan Nair was a well known singer. His elder brother and music guru, the late M. G. Radhakrishnan, was an award-winning music director and carnatic musician. His elder sister, K. Omanakutty, is a classical music vocalist and a principal at Kerala Music Academy. Sreekumar made his debut in the Malayalam movie Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (1984). The Malayalam movie Chithram (1988) directed by Priyadarshan, starring Mohanlal, was the first movie where
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    Kumaar

    Kumaar is the screen name of Rakesh Kumar, an Indian lyricist active in Bollywood cinema. Kumaar is best known for creating the lyrics of Bollywood hits I Hate Luv Storys and Anjaana Anjaani. Kumaar was born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He moved to Mumbai in 1996 and began writing lyrics. His first success was the song "Ishq Tera Tadpave" recorded by Sukhbir. His first work in film lyrics was with the 2004 film Plan, for which he wrote the lyrics for the song "Hota Hai Hota Hai". Kumaar went on on to achieve success with lyrics for the film Anjaana Anjaani for which he was nominated as "Best Lyricist" in the Second Annual Global Indian Music Awards, and Ra.One. Kumaar's credits include: Kumaar at the Internet Movie Database
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    Rajesh Roshan

    Rajesh Roshan (born Rajesh Roshan Lal Nagrath 24 May 1955 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India) is a Hindi cinema music composer. Rajesh Roshan is the son of Hindi film composer Roshan and younger brother of film director and actor Rakesh Roshan. He is also uncle to actor Hrithik Roshan, in whose films he composes many songs {E.g.: Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000), Koi Mil Gaya (2003), Krrish (2006), Kites (2010)}. He has a son named Eshaan and a daughter named Pashmina. His son is set to make his film debut soon while his daughter Pashmina studies at The Ecole Internationale de Montreal. Rajesh Roshan had a successful association with Basu Chatterjee, Dev Anand, Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. He shot to fame with the score for Julie for which he won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award. The first break for him was given by Mehmood. He is the first music director who made Amitabh Bachchan to sing. He usually composes music for the films that his brother Rakesh Roshan either produced or directed, such as Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000), Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), Krrish (2006) and Kites (2010). He also composed the song "Jaane Tamanna" for the internationally acclaimed film Valley of
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    Ram Sampath

    Ram Sampath is a composer, producer and musician, working mainly in the Mumbai advertising circuit. He has also helped promote local bands and talent.
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    S. Rajeswara Rao

    Salur Rajeswara Rao (Telugu: సాలూరు రాజేశ్వరరావు) (10 October 1922 – 25 October 1999) was a composer of musical scores for South Indian films for over half a century. He also sang, and played the harmonium. He was born in the village of Sivaramapuram, near Salur in Vizianagaram district (formerly Srikakulam district), Andhra Pradesh, India. His father, Sanyasi Raju, was a famous mridangam player at concerts performed by Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu and also a lyricist. Rao's introduction to cinema came unexpectedly, in the form of Mr. Huchins' (of the Huchins Recording Company) visit to Rao's home district of Vizianagaram in 1934. A child prodigy, Rao could identify the Carnatic music ragams at age four; by the time he was seven, he was giving stage performances. Huchins spotted young Rajeswara Rao's talent, and took him to Bangalore with his father; there, young Rao recorded "Bhagawat Gita". Film producers P. V. Das and Gudavalli Ramabramham visited Bangalore and, impressed by Rao's singing ability, brought him to Madras. They cast him as Lord Krishna in their production of Sri Krishna Leelalu in 1934. The film was released the next year (1935) and Rajeshwara Rao became a household
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    Sharib Sabri

    Sharib Sabri (born December 29, 1988) was a finalist on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 achieving 10th place by public votes and subsequently a runner-up with Banjyotsna Gohain in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Ek Main Aur Ek Tu. Sharib Sabri was born in Delhi, India but later moved to Durga Marg, Moti Nagar, Jaipur in Rajasthan. Sabri, being from a musical family, started singing at an early age. He started working from a rented room from a family popularly known as Sharma family in Moti Nagar of Jaipur. Sabri's father is a classical Indian musician. Other singers in his family include his younger brother Toshi Sabri, who was a contestant in the STAR Plus singing competition, Amul STAR Voice of India. Sabri had left in the middle of his 11th grade education to focus on a musical career and participation in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Sharib currently is a contestant on the popular show Junoon...Kuch Kar Dikhayenge on NDTV in the Bollywood Filmi Group. He has also sung for movies like Raaz: The Mystery Continues in the rock version of Maahi- "Maahi: Rock With Me" with his brother Toshi . He is also the music director for the same movie -Raaz: The Mystery Continues along with his brother Toshi. His next project
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    Baburaj

    Baburaj

    Mohammad Sabir Baburaj (Malayalam: എം.എസ്‌. ബാബുരാജ്), also known as M. S. Baburaj, was a Malayalam music composer. He is often credited for the renaissance of Malayalam film music. Baburaj has rendered music to many evergreen Malayalam film songs. Baburaj was born on 29 March 1921 in Kozhikode. His early childhood was spent in destitution and poverty. His father, Jan Muhammed Khan, who was a Hindustani musician from Bengal who frequently held concerts in Kerala, deserted his Malayali mother when he was very young, and returned to his native Kolkata. Baburaj thus became a semi-orphan, often singing songs in trains to make a living. But as luck would have it, a policeman, Kunjahammed (he was called Kunjahammed ka), an enthusiast of music, from his native town of Kozhikode, noticing the boy's vocal talents, decided to virtually adopt him. One of his greatest achievements was the introduction Hindustani strains into Malayalam popular music. He successfully composed melodies based on Hindustani Ragas and blended Malayalam lyrics in them. Most of the lyrics were written by eminent poets of Kerala like P. Bhaskaran and Vayalar. Baburaj learned basic lessons of Hindustani music from his
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    Kiran Ahluwalia

    Kiran Ahluwalia is an Indo-Canadian singer who publicly performs her own musical arrangements of ancient Persian and Punjabi Ghazals, or poems. Kiran Ahluwalia won the 'Newcomer' category in the inaugural Songlines Music Awards (2009) - announced May 1, 2009 - the new 'world music' awards organised by the UK-based magazine, Songlines. Ahluwalia was born in India and migrated with her parents to Toronto, Canada as a child. After completing her MBA at Dalhousie University, she returned to Toronto with the plan of being in the financial services industry, she changed her mind and went back to India to study music and then returned to Toronto to build her career as a musician. Ahluwalia is married to guitar player and co-arranger Rez Abassi, and currently lives in New York.
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    Raghubir Yadav

    Raghubir Yadav

    Raghubir Yadav (also credited as Raghuvir Yadav) is a two-time international award winner Indian stage, film and television actor, music composer, singer and set designer. Yadav performed as an actor and singer in over 70 plays and about 2500 shows, travelling in caravans, living in tents and performing on makeshift stages in villages, towns and cities of India with the Parsi Theatre Company (1967–1973). He was with the Rangoli Puppet Theatre, Lucknow (1973–1974), performing with glove puppets. At the National School of Drama Repertory (1977–1986), he acted in about 40 plays in over 2000 shows. He has also contributed to music, sets, costumes and masks. He made his film debut with Massey Sahib (1985) in which Yadav played the title role. Incidentally he has never won the National Award but two International Awards as Best Actor for Massey Sahib, FIPRESCI Critic's Award, Venice Film Festival, 1986 and the Best Actor Silver Peacock, IIFI, 1987. The film also starred the noted writer and social activist, Arundhati Roy. He was seen in many milestone films in the coming decades. Three films that he has acted in have received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film
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    Shankar Mahadevan

    Shankar Mahadevan

    Shankar Mahadevan (Tamil: ஷங்கர் மகாதேவன்) is an Indian music composer and singer. He is a part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy trio team that composes for Indian films and a playback singer. Shankar Mahadevan was born and brought up in Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai, to a Tamil Iyer family from Palakkad, Kerala. He learned Hindustani classical music and Carnatic music in his childhood and started playing the veena at the age of five. He studied under Srinivas Khale, a well known Marathi music composer. He went to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School in Chembur. He subsequently attended SIES College in Sion and completed his HSC. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology in Navi Mumbai under the auspices of Mumbai University. He worked as a software engineer on Oracle Version Six. After working for a while for Leading Edge Systems, Shankar ventured into the field of music. He earned his first award as a playback singer in a Tamil movie, collaborating with A. R. Rahman and winning a National Film Award for his song in Kandukondain Kandukondain. A prominent star in the Kodambakkam film industry, he gained further
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    Monty Sharma

    Monty Sharma is a music composer from India scoring music for Bollywood. He is popular for being the background music composer for Black (2005) and music director for Saawariya (2007). Monty Sharma was born on 17 April 1970 in Mumbai. He started learning music at the age of five and had the opportunity to learn under the guidance of his grand father Pandit Ram Prasad Sharma. Monty is nephew of Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma of Laxmikat-Pyarelal fame. Monty started his career as a professional keyboard player with Laxmikat-Pyarelal for the film Mr. India at the age of sixteen. He worked with all the well known music directors such as Laxmikant Pyeralal , R.D. Burman, Rajesh Roshan, Nadeem Shravan, Jatin Lalit , Ismail Darbar , Sanjeev Darshan for many bollywood films. He was a member of judges' panel of the popular reality show STAR Voice of India 2.
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    Aashish Khan

    Aashish Khan

    Aashish Khan Debsharma (Hindi: आशिष खान देबशर्मा, Urdu: آشیش خان) (born 5 December 1939) is an Indian classical musician, known for his virtuosity on the sarod. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006 in the 'Best World Music' category for his album "Golden Strings of the Sarode". He is also a recipient of Government of India's highest honour in performing arts, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Besides being a high-profile performer, composer, and conductor, he is also an adjunct professor of Indian classical music at the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, in the United States. Aashish Khan was born in 1939 at Maihar, a small princely state of British India, where his revered grandfather Ustad Alauddin Khan, founder of the "Senia Maihar Gharana" or "Senia Maihar School" of Indian classical music, was a royal court musician at that time. His mother the late Zubeida Begum was Ustad Ali Akbar Khan's first wife. He was initiated into North Indian classical music at the age of five by his grandfather. His training (or taalim) later continued under the guidance of his father Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and his aunt, Annapurna Devi. Though the
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    Subbaraya Sastri

    Subbaraya Sastri (1803 - 1862) the son and student of Syama Sastri, one of the most famous figures in the history of Carnatic music. He also has the unique distinction of having studied music from all the three of the musicians now acknowledged as "the Trinity of Carnatic Music": his father, and the master musicians Tyagaraja and Muthuswamy Dikshitar. Subbaraya was born in 1803 as the second son of Syama Sastri. He studied music initially from his father. Later Syama Shastri asked Tyagaraja to teach his son and sent Subbaraya to him. He also had the opportunity to learn a few krithi from Muthuswami Dikshitar. He also learnt Hindustani music from Meru Goswami, a musician of the Thanjavur palace, and from Ramadas Swami who was a recluse and who lived in Tiruvidaimarudur near Kumbakonam. Subbaraya Shastry composed only a few krithi. But their technical quality, beauty, devotion and intricacies have made them enduring and famous. Subbaraya Sastri composed most of his kritis in praise of the Mother Goddess. Some of his famous kritis are Janani ninnuvina (Reetigowla), Ninnusevinchina (Yadukulakambhoji), Venkatasailavihara (Hamirkalyani) and Sankari Nee (Begada)
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    K. Raghavan

    K. Raghavan

    K. Raghavan (Malayalam: കെ. രാഘവന്‍) is a Malayalam music composer. Along with Baburaj, Raghavan is often credited for the renaissance of Malayalam film music. K.Raghavan gave a new direction and identity to Malayalam film music.As he searched for the right tune for the lyrics, little did K. Raghavan realize that he was about to compose history.He had composed around 400 songs in Malayalam Cinema in the last active 4 Decades. He was born in Thalassery, Kannur to M. Krishnan and Narayani in 1913. He started studying classical music from his childhood and was also a good football player. His professional career was started as a Tambura player in All India Radio, Chennai. In 1950 he got transferred to Calicut and there he got involved with film artists. Raghavan set a new trend in Malayalam film music with the release of the 1954 movie Neelakuyil. Renowned lyricist and Raghavan's friend P. Bhaskaran had penned the songs in Neelakkuyil. Raghavan himself has rendered his voice for one of the songs in Neelakkuyil. The song Kayalarikathu valayerinjappol went on to become an instant hit. In a career spanning over four decades, he has scored music for more than sixty Malayalam films and
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    Satyasheel Deshpande

    Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande (born 9 January 1951) is an Indian musician who specializes in singing khyal. He is a prominent disciple (pattashishya) of Pt. Kumar Gandharva and the son of musicologist Vamanrao Deshpande. Like his greatest mentor – Pt. Kumar Gandharva, Satyasheelji was born with an uncanny capacity to reproduce the music of the great masters. This talent together with the musical exposure he received in his father, the eminent musicologist Pt. Vamanrao Deshpande’s house soon established him as a child prodigy. Satyasheelji decided to devote himself fully to the study of music under the guidance of Kumarji, with whom he lived in Devas for three years in the true spirit of a disciple. Satyasheelji knew that Kumarji’s guidance was only the beginning of a hard yet fascinating journey that he would have to undertake alone. He thus began to lay the foundations of his own style, constantly gathering compositions from traditional sources, trying at once to be true to its essence and re-interpreting it to suit his personal temperament. Satyasheelji is a man who possesses as thorough a grounding in the Hindustani tradition as it is possible to have in modern times; and yet for
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    Vanamali

    Mani Gopal (Telugu: డా.మని గోపాల్ ), popularly known by his pen-name, Vanamali (Telugu: వనమాలి) is a world-renowned Telugu lyricist and poet. He is the recipient of the prestigious Filmfare Best Lyricist Award. His works include the musical hit Arey Arey from Happy Days. He holds a Phd in Telugu literature from Madras University. Dr. Mani Gopal was born in Railway Kodur in Andhra Pradesh. He was always interested in many arts, particularly singing. He took up writing seriously while he was in his degree final year. He never had any ambitions of taking up any form of art seriously and it was the emphasis of his parents on education right from the childhood that made him a voracious reader and motivated him to go ahead with education. Vanamali has earned his PhD with High Honors in Telugu literature. He wrote his first composition which was sung by Vijayalaksmi Sarma in a program in Doordarshan. After that he joined as a reporter in Sitara, a Telugu film weekly and worked there for almost 10 years. During this time he developed his interest towards Telugu movies and is one of the leading lyricists and song writers in Tollywood. He has worked closely with musical maestros such as
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    Ahmed and Mohammed Hussain

    Ahmed Hussain and Mohammed Hussain are ghazal singers from Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan state in India. Ahmed and Mohemmad Hussain are two brothers who sing classical ghazals. Born in Rajastan as sons of the famous ghazal and thumri singer Ustad Afzal Hussain, the duo touches genres like Indian classical music and bhajan as well as ghazal. They started their singing career in 1958 as classical and thumri artists. Their first album Guldasta was released in 1980 and was successful. Since then they have released about 50 albums. They attempted popularizing their music by turning to tempo music in Maan bhi ja. Ustad Ahmed and Mohemmad Hussain are a unique phenonmenon in the world of ghazals. They are two brothers who sing ghazals together. They have a classical background and sing ghazals in the good old classical style. Their sons Javed Hussain, Mazzam Hussian and Imran Hussain are also singer. They have recently released a new album "Khwab Basera" under Saregama label. Album contains selected Ghazals from Dr. Hariom's "Dhoop Ka Parcham" as well as some new ghazals.
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    Hridayanath Mangeshkar

    Hridayanath Mangeshkar

    Hridaynath Mangeshkar (born October 26, 1937) is a composer/singer from India known for his eclectic compositions and a well-respected body of work. He is the younger brother of Indian music icons Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. He is popularly known as Balasaheb in the music and film industry. Hridaynath Mangeshkar is the only son of Deenanath Mangeshkar, who belongs to Gomantak Maratha Samaj. The family's last name used to be Hardikar; Deenanath changed it to Mangeshkar. He is the younger brother of Indian music icons Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Mrs. Meena Khadikar and Asha Bhosle. He is married to Bharati Malvankar Mangeshkar, daughter of famous Marathi comedy actor Damuanna Malvankar. They have two sons Aadinath and Vaijnath, and a daughter Radha. Hridaynath debuted his music career in 1955 with the Marathi film Akash Ganga. Since then he has composed for Marathi films such as Sansar, Jait Re Jait, Umbartha, Nivdung and a few Hindi films, the most notable among them being Lekin... and Maya Memsaab. Despite being very selective, Hridayanath Mangeshkar has composed many songs in Marathi and Hindi. He is known for his penchant for selecting beautiful poems for his
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    Pravin Mani

    Pravin Mani is an Indian musician who has been credited as singer and as music composer in Tamil and Telugu films in India. He has been a long term associate with noted music director, A. R. Rahman, with recent collaborations in Enthiran. He has also played a key role in the background scores for several Rahman films including Mudhalvan and Alaipayuthey. He resides in Toronto, Canada.
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    Pritam Chakraborty

    Pritam Chakraborty (Bengali:প্রিতম চক্রবর্তী ) , better known as Pritam is a music director and composer from Kolkata who currently composes music for Bollywood. He is known for his contribution in the music of Bollywood movies. Pritam's latest album release is the soundtrack of Cocktail. Pritam Chakraborty was born on 14 June 1971 in Kolkata into a Bengali Brahmin family to Prabodh Chakraborty and Assamese mother, who runs a music school for children. He gained his early training in music from his father and learned to play the guitar in school. As a kid, pritam undertook formal training in singing from Suprakash Chaki and Prahlad Brahmachari. After completing his schooling at St. James' School and college education at Presidency College, he went to a music school. At Presidency he was the Social Services Secretary of the Students Union run by the Independents' Consolidation (IC) led by the General Secretary Somnath Baidyaroy. Pritam joined a Bengali band, Chandrabindoo. Before that he formed another band with his Presidency batchmates, called "Jotugriher Pakhi". They even have a cassette released to their credit at that time. In January 1993, Pritam joined the Film and Television
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    Harris Jayaraj

    Harris Jayaraj

    § Harris Jayaraj (Tamil: ஹாரிஸ் ஜெயராஜ்; born 8 January 1975) is an Indian film composer. He has written scores and soundtracks for Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. Harris Jayaraj hails from a pious Christian Nadar family from Tirunelveli and was born and brought up in Chennai. Harris 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. At the age of six Harris began his formal training in carnatic music. His father wanted him to become a guitarist and made him learn classical guitar. Harris scored the highest mark in Asia on his 4th grade exam of Trinity College of Music, London. He has the privilege of being the first Indian to be the highest scorer in Asia. He started his music career as a guitarist in 1987 at the age of twelve. After befitting as an ample guitar player, he started playing keyboard and developed interest over synthesizers. He then started programming with his Roland MC-500 and went on to work as a programmer and musician under more than twenty five music directors in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Bengali and Oriya,
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    Shantanu Moitra

    Shantanu Moitra (born 1968) is an Indian music director who has composed music for the Hindi film industry, and is most known for his score in films Parineeta (2005), Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005), "Lage Raho Munnabhai" (2006) and 3 Idiots (2009), and private albums, Mann ke Manjeere and Ab ke Saawan sung by Shubha Mudgal. He was born in Lucknow, where his father came from a Bengali musical family. He was very young when he moved to Delhi with his family, where initially he lived in Patel Nagar in West Delhi, and studied at Springdales School, Pusa Road, where he was the leader and singer of the band, and in 1982, the band created history of sorts by hosting the school’s first rock show. Meanwhile, they also received musical training, from urban-folk singer, Sushmit Bose, a Springdales alumnus, who would occasionally drop in and teach them. Later he shifted to Chittaranjan Park in South Delhi. He studied at Delhi University and has a degree in Economics. Moitra started his career as a client servicing executive at an ad agency, while music remained a hobby. He started composing music for advertising jingles accidentally, when he was asked to compose a jingle at the last minute by
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    Syama Sastri

    Syama Sastri (శ్యామ శాస్త్రి ஸ்ரீ சியாமா சாஸ்திரி்) (also commonly transliterated as Shyama Shastri) (1762-1827) is one of the most renowned composers of Carnatic music. He is the oldest among the Trinity of Carnatic music, Tyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar being the other two. A major source for his biography is a chapter in P. Sambamoorthy's book, Great Composers, 69-94. (Madras: The Indian Music Publishing House). Syama Sastri was born in Tiruvarur in Thiruvarur district, into a scholarly and priestly Tamil speaking Brahmin,Iyer Vadama family. His father Viswanatham was the hereditary priest responsible for the care and worship of the image of the goddess, Bangaru Kamakshi, whose temple is in Thanjavur. Syama Sastri's father was 25 at the time of his birth and his mother, Vengalakshmi, 20 years old. A family tradition holds that she had received a prophecy of his birth from a devout neighbour. The infant was named Venkatasubrahmanya, but came to be affectionately known as Syama Krishna. The family was comfortably settled and maintained a long tradition as devoted priests and scholars, but there were no musicians before Syama Sastri. Sastri's father ensured that he attained
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    Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

    Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

    Vishwa Mohan Bhatt also known as V. M. Bhatt (born July 12, 1950) is an Indian slide guitar player. Bhatt is the creator of the Mohan Veena. He performs Hindustani classical music and won a Grammy Award in 1994. It is for his Grammy winning album A Meeting by the River with Ry Cooder and other fusion and pan-cultural collaborations with Western artists like Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and Jerry Douglas, that Bhatt is best known, although exposure such as an appearance on the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival, which was organized by Eric Clapton, does allow for this side of his playing to reach a larger audience. He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998 and the Padma Shri in 2002. Folk musician Harry Manx, who studied with Salil Bhatt and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt for five years, plays a Mohan Veena. Counting Crows' Bassist Matt Malley also plays a Mohan Veena and is a student and friend of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.Australian Musician Lawrie Minson also learnt Mohan Veena from Salil and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Vishwa Mohan lives in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, with his two sons and his wife. His elder son Salil Bhatt is a renowned Mohan veena player (and also a player of the Satvik veena), whose
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    Srinivas

    Srinivas or Srini (as he is fondly referred to) is an award-winning playback singer who has sung over 2000 songs in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. He is also a music composer. Srinivas was born in a Tamil Iyengar family at Ambasamudram, Tamil Nadu, though his family moved and has since then lived his entire childhood in Thiruvananthapuram. He started listening to Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, M. D. Ramanathan and others through his aunt Mrs. Padma Narayanan, his guru in music. The soul-stirring magic of Kishore Kumar-R.D.Burman deeply influenced him in his childhood days. He went to complete his B.Tech from Bombay University, Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT, now known as ICT); during which he represented his university in youth festivals. After pursuing his career as a chemical engineer for 10 years, his passion for music got the better of him, and did very well in that field. In 1988, Srinivas approached music director Ilaiyaraaja, who was at the helm of Tamil film music. He was offered the opportunity to work with Ilaiyaraaja, but things did not work out, as he was suffering from severe throat infection that day. In 1992, the soundtrack of Mani Ratnam's Tamil
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    Sundar C Babu

    Sundar C Babu is a music composer who composes music for Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films in India. He is the son of an eminent Veena Vidhwan Dr.Chitti Babu and Sudakshina Devi and his brothers are Rangasai and Radhakrishnan. Under his father's guidance, Babu began his film composing in the year 2006 for the Malayalam film Chacko Randaaman. However, he shot to fame with his Tamil debut in Chithiram Pesuthadi in the same year. The song "Vaala Meenukkum" became hugely popular among the masses and since then he has been composing for various films. His popularity in Telugu films began through the film Shambo Shiva Shambo.
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    Ehsaan Noorani

    Ehsaan Noorani

    Ehsaan Noorani is the Ehsaan of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio which consist of Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and himself. He is a famous music composer and a guitarist. He was the guitarist for many music directors before he started composing music. Ehsaan has also studied music with Mr. Bismarck Rodrigues, an experienced guitar teacher from Mumbai (Bombay). He has also lent his vocals to Yeh Dil Deewana song in film Pardes along side his partner Shankar Mahadevan. Ehsaan's roots are a testimony to the school of music that he hails from and defines the thought-processes that go on to make-up the phenomenon that Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy are in this part of the globe. He enjoys blues and electronica.
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    Jaidev Kumar

    Jaidev Kumar (Hindi: जयदेव कुमार) is a Indian music artist and producer, born in Delhi but he moved to Mumbai in 2000. Jaidev Kumar is music King for Punjabi industry. He his been working for Punjabi Industry from 1999. His First album was Dil Lai Gayi.He is the son of music director Mr K Panna Lal. When Jaidev Kumar was 5 or 6 Years old then his father passed away so after that his family didn't have any relations with music.After Some years his sister married to Ghazal Singer Chandan Das. He started to play guitar with Chandan Das.He did lots of work for DD1. His first teacher was Chote Lal. He started music in 1986. He also played guitars for hotels. Jaidev Kumar was assistant Charanjit Ahuja. PlanetPunjab.com - Punjabi website
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    Rabindranath Tagore

    Rabindranath Tagore

    ও জোনাকী, কী সুখে ওই ডানা দুটি মেলেছ, Oh the firefly, by Rabindranath Tagore. This song has been taken from the book 'Gitobitan' written by Rabindranath Tagore, as far as I know there is no copyright of Tagore's book and the translation has been made by myself. Rabindranath Tagore Translated by Taufique Alam
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    Rahul Raj

    Rahul Raj is an Indian composer, who composes original scores and soundtracks mainly for Malayalam movies. Rahul Raj was born on March 17 in Cochin to Advocate E. Thankappan and N. S. Kunjoonjamma. His schooling was in Bhavans Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara, Cochin. He has one sister, Rehna Raj. From the age of 6, he was trained in Mridangam (South Indian Percussion instrument) and Karnatic Music. He graduated as an IT Engineer from CUSAT, Cochin and later on pursued courses such as CCNP and CCIE in Bangalore ILloka networks. During this period, he had undergone training in Electronic Sound Production. He helped Pradeep Menon remix a Tamil Ayappa record that was originally produced, composed and sung by Pradeep Menon and Shashi Kumar in 1985. The devotional album produced in the UK, Canada and India is titled Sabari Beats. It was released in November 2002 by Super recording in Tamil Nadu. Noted musicians like Pravin Mani, Saroja, and Kamalakar were featured. This launched Rahul Raj's career. He also arranged another song for Pradeep Menon called "Krishna Krishna" with percussionist Sivamani and James Asher from UK. Pradeep Menon sponsored and employed Rahul Raj in London from 2002 to
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    L. Subramaniam

    L. Subramaniam

    Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam (born on 23 July 1947) is an acclaimed Indian violinist, composer and conductor, trained in the classical Carnatic music tradition and Western classical music, and renowned for his virtuoso playing techniques and compositions in orchestral fusion. "Music is a vast ocean and no one can claim to know it all. The more you know, the more you realize how little you know. It is an eternal quest" - Dr L Subramaniam Subramaniam was born to V Lakshminarayana, and Seethalakshmi, both accomplished musicians of Tamil descent. He lived in Jaffna during his younger years, taking up music studies before the age of five. He began training in violin under the tutelage of his father, Professor V. Lakshminarayana. “Mani”, as he is fondly known by fellow musicians and his family, gave his first public performance at the age of six. His brothers are also acclaimed musicians, and include the well-known violinist-composers L. Shankar (alias. Shenkar), and L. Vaidyanathan. He has released recordings with both. Subramaniam developed a passion for music as well as science from a young age, studying Medicine and acquiring his M.B.B.S. at Madras Medical College. He registered
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    Reghu Kumar

    Reghu Kumar

    Reghu Kumar (Raghu Kumar) is a noted music composer from Kerala, India. His compositions were notable since 1980s. Born into a prominent family in Calicut (Kerala) on 13 July 1953, started training in Indian classical music with Carnatic vocal at an early age under the tutelage of Guru G.S.Sreekrishnan. Moved on to train in Indian percussion on the tabla under the able guidance of Guru Balasubramaniam (All India Radio). Fascinated by Hindustani music, started training on the sitar under Guru Vincent (a.k.a. Vincent Master). At the age of 15, Reghu Kumar debuted on stage as an accompanying artist for eminent musicians on Indian classical and Western percussion all over India. At the age of 16 he was a graded percussionist for All India Radio. He then graduated to grade 'A' music composer for All India Radio. Reghu Kumar made an entry into the film industry as a musician under the guidance of the eminent music arranger/composer R. K. Shekhar (Father of A.R.Rahman).
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    Zubeen Garg

    Zubeen Garg

    Zubeen Garg (Assamese: জুবিন গাৰ্গ, born 18 November 1972) is a singer and composer from Assam, India, in the Bollywood and Assamese music scene. He plays dhols, guitar, dotora, mandolin, keyboard and various percussion instruments. Garg hails from Jorhat, a city in upper Assam. His birth name is Zubeen Borthakur. He was named after the great composer Zubin Mehta and uses his gotra name, Garg, as his surname. Garg was born to Mohan Borthakur, a famous lyricist, poet and a magistrate (who uses the pseudonym Kapil Thakur, and the late Ily Borthakur. He is also very fluent in speaking and understanding Bengali. The Borthakur family has its roots in Janji, Sivasagar. Mohan Borthakur was a magistrate and he and his family moved often during Garg's early years. Ily Borthakur was a dancer, actress and singer, but she never turned these talents into a professional career. Instead, she decided to teach her son at home. Garg's younger sister Jongki Borthakur was a well-known singer and actress who died in a car accident in 2002 near Tezpur while they were going to perform stage show. There after Zubeen made an album known as "SHISHU" in memory of his late sister. Zubeen's other sister Palme,
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    Adnan Sami

    Adnan Sami Urdu: عدنان سمیع; (born 15 August 1973) is a British-born Pakistani Canadian singer, musician, pianist, actor and composer. He currently holds Canadian citizenship and works and lives in Mumbai, India. His style merges Asian and Western music styles and instrumentation and ranges from classical to jazz to modern pop-rock. Born in 1973 to Naureen and Arshad Sami Khan, Sami was brought up and educated in London, United Kingdom. His father Arshad was a pilot with the Pakistan Air Force and a Pakistani diplomat. Sami attended Rugby School. He had played the piano since the age of five. Sami began taking lessons from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma when visiting India during his school vacations. Indian singing legend Asha Bhosle spotted talent in a ten-year-old Sami at an R D Burman concert in London, and encouraged him to take up music as a career. As a teenager, Sami, when performing on the sitar at a programme in Stockholm, was noticed by Keyboard Magazine as being the fastest man on keyboard in Asia. Sami went on to learn Indian classical music from Mahraj Khatak, a Pakistani classical singing teacher and dancer. At the age of sixteen, Sami was approached to write a song for
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    Anoushka Shankar

    Anoushka Shankar

    Anoushka Shankar (born 9 June 1981) is a Indian sitar player and composer who lives between the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. She is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and Sukanya Shankar. She is the paternal half-sister of Norah Jones. Shankar was born in London and divided her childhood between London and Delhi. As a teenager, she lived in Encinitas, California and attended San Dieguito Academy. A 1999 Honors graduate, Shankar decided to pursue a career in music rather than attend college. Anoushka married British director Joe Wright. Their first child, Zubin Shankar Wright, was born on 22 February 2011. Shankar began training on the sitar with her father as a child, and gave her first public performance at the age of thirteen at Siri Fort in New Delhi. By the age of fourteen, she was accompanying her father at concerts around the world, and signed her first record contract, with Angel Records (EMI) at 16. Though success came at an early age for Shankar, she was still uncertain if music was the career she wanted to fully pursue. "The question was continually back and forth in my mind," she admits. "After I graduated from high school, I made a
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    Hidayat Khan

    Hidayat Hussain Khan (born 1975) is a sitar virtuoso, classical singer is the son of the legend Ustad Vilayat Khan Khan comes from one of the greatest family of musicians. His forefathers have been the leaders and innovators of Classical Indian music. His great grandfather, Ustad Imdad Khan, co-developed the Surbahar" (bass Sitar). His grandfather, Ustad Enayat Khan was the foremost sitar player of his time. His father, Ustad Vilayat Khan (1928–2004), is attributed with many innovations and contributions, in the instrument as well as the playing of it. One of the highlights of Hidayat's performance is the melodic movements that completely replicates the human voice in the famous "gayaki ang", a trademark of their gharana. His sitar performance when accompanied by his mesmerizing voice transports the audience to a whimsical, ethereal, sensual and spiritual journey. Hidayat began his formal training of Indian classical vocal music from his legendary father Ustad Vilayat Khan at the age of 4 and continued it until he was 14, after which his father initiated him formally into sitar. He was a child prodigy giving his first public performance at the age of 9. He has performed throughout
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    Shujaat Khan

    Shujaat Khan

    Shujaat Husain Khan (born 19 May 1960) is an Indian musician and sitar player of the Imdadkhani gharana (school of music). He has recorded over 60 albums and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for his work with the band Ghazal with Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor. He also sings frequently. His style of sitar playing, known as gayaki ang, aims to imitate the human voice. Born in Calcutta to legendary sitar player, Ustad Vilayat Khan. He has musical pedigree that goes back seven generations: his grandfather, Ustad Enayat Khan; his great-grandfather, Ustad Imdad Khan; and his great-great-grandfather, Ustad Sahebdad Khan - all leading artists and torchbearers of the Imdadkhani gharana with its roots in Mymensingh (present day Bangladesh). He has a brother, sitarist Hidayat Khan and sisters sufi singer, Zila Khan and Yaman Khan. Shujaat Husain Khan has performed at numerous music festivals in India and has traveled around the world performing in Asia, Africa, North America and Europe. His approach to rhythm is largely intuitive, fresh and spontaneous, always astonishing his audiences. He is also known for his exceptional voice, which he uses for singing folk
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    Anoop Rubens

    Anoop Rubens is an Indian music director. He hails from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He deals mainly with film music. He has composed the music for Telugu film Drona. He composed background score for nenu na rakshasi & hindi film buddah hoga tera baap(hindi)
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    Suresh Peters

    Suresh Peters

    Suresh Peters (Tamil: சுரேஷ் பீட்டர்ஸ்‌) is a music director and playback rapper/singer for films in India whose notable songs include "Style" from the film Sivaji: The Boss. Peters received his first break as a music director through the Malayalam movie Punjabi House in which he composed both melodies and folk songs. He also has three Tamil albums to his credit — Minnal, Oviyum and Engiruntho.
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    Chakri

    Chakradhar (Telugu: చక్రధర్) (Known as Chakri gilla ) (born 15 June 1974) is an Indian music composer and singer. He works for Tollywood. Chakri was born in Mahabubabad, Warangal district, Andhra Pradesh. He has one brother and three sisters. Chakri composed music for around 85 movies so far. He started his career as music director with the Movie Bachi directed by Puri Jagannadh. As a composer he introduced many new talents (Singers and Lyricist). He won best singer award for movie Sathyam in tollywood filmfare awards. He is generally considered to have hits in the month of January, which is considered to be Sankranthi (a Telugu festival) season in Andhra Pradesh. This is due to hits such as Devadasu (2006), Desamuduru (2007) and Krishna (2008) in straight years during Sankranthi. Chakri is married to Sravani from Khammam. Chakri has been accused of plagiarizing popular Western music and North Indian tunes. Some of his songs have been accused of being complete rip-offs. Oner example was "Nidarosthale" (from the movie, Golimaar) being a rip-off of the Desparado song. It also appears he has taken some material from A. R Rahman in the song, murepincha maina in Krishna. This has led to
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    Chandrabose

    Chandrabose (Telugu: చంద్ర బోస్ ) (Kanukuntla Subhash)is an Indian lyricist who writes songs for Tollywood films. He was also a playback singer at the start of his motion picture career. He has won a number of awards as best lyricist. Chandrabose is from the village of Challagariga in Warangal district, in Andhra Pradesh, where he completed high school. He earned a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. He has written music for 520 movies to date, with over 1500 songs to his name. Early in his career, he tried working as a singer in Doordarshan, without success. He then decided to switch to working as a lyricist. His friend Srinath, who suggested the change, introduced him to the director Muppalaneni Siva. Siva had already directed Gharana Alludu and was starting production on Taj Mahal. Music director M. M. Sreelekha helped him with his first movie song, "Manchu Kondalloni Chandramaa", in 1995. Chandrabose married Suchitra, a choreographer in the Telugu film industry. Chandrabose received the 2004 Nandi Award for Best Lyricist for "Cheekatito Veluge Cheppenu Nenunnanani" in Nenunnanu.
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    G. Ramanathan

    G. Ramanatha Iyer (Tamil: ஜி. இராமநாதன்) was a music composer for Tamil movies. He is also known as 'Isai Methai' (Genius of Music) or 'Sangeetha Chakravarthy' (Emperor of Music) and considered to be one of the influential Tamil Music composers to take Carnatic Music to the masses. Notable for his association with M.K.Thyagaraja Bhagavathar. G.Ramanathan also composed for films of Salem Modern Theatres and Coimbatore Central Studios. His career lasted until his death in 1963. During the 1950s G.Ramanathan's music dominated most of the box office hits of the then leading Tamil Movie stars Shivaji Ganesan and M. G. Ramachandran. G. Ramanathan (GR) was born in Bikshandarkoil, Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, India. GR's father was Gobalsamy Iyer who worked as sub-inspector in the Indian Railways. GR studied till standard 5. He was married in 1942 and has 2 sons-one is Sai and the other is Baba naming them reflecting his devout to Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He joined the Baratha Gana Saba, a drama troupe and played harmonium at the age of 18. Then he joined the famous V.A. Sellappa Drama company, and sang playback and played harmonium. In 1932, he first played musical instrument for a Tamil film
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    Nachiketa Sharma

    Nachiketa Sharma

    Nachiketa (Sharma) Yakkundi (Kannada: ನಚಿಕೇತ, Devanagari:नचिकेत, IAST: Naciketā) is a Hindustani Classical vocalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Dharwad, Karnataka, Shri Nachiketa (Sharma) Yakkundi was initiated into Hindustani classical vocal music by his parents at the age of 12. His formal study began in Madras under Shri B. N. Simha and later under Shri B. Hanumantachar. His rigorous and extended pedagogy came under the virtuoso, late Padmabhushan Pandit Basavraj Rajguru. Nachiketa has extensively performed in cities across India and the United States. He runs the Rajguru Sangeet Vidya Niketan, a school of music in the memory of his guru in Cupertino, California, a school for both adults and kids. Nachiketa (Sharma) Yakkundi is also a senior teacher at the Sangeetaanjali College of Music. Nachiketa (Sharma) Yakkundi is a regular on local Bay Area TV introducing and demonstrating Hindustani Classical music to viewers.
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    Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar (Bengali: রবি শংকর; born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury on 7 April 1920), often referred to with the title Pandit, is an Indian musician and composer who plays the plucked string instrument sitar. He has been described as the most known contemporary Indian musician by Hans Neuhoff in Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of his brother Uday Shankar. He gave up dancing in 1938 to study sitar playing under court musician Allauddin Khan. After finishing his studies in 1944, Shankar worked as a composer, creating the music for the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray, and was music director of All India Radio, New Delhi, from 1949 to 1956. In 1956, he began to tour Europe and America playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison of The Beatles. Shankar engaged Western music by writing concerti for sitar and orchestra and toured the world in the 1970s and 1980s. From 1986 to 1992 he served as a nominated member of the upper chamber of the Parliament of India.
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    Kalyan Mukherjea

    Kalyan Kumar Mukherjea (1943–2010) was an authority on Indian classical music, particularly the Senia Shahjahanpur Gharana (school) of Sarod. He was also a mathematician. Mukherjea was born in Calcutta in 1943. His father, A K Mukherjea, was a successful barrister who rose to become a judge of the Supreme Court of India. Justice Mukherjea was also a scholar of Indian philosophy, and had made significant contributions to Navya-Nyāya literature. Kalyan thus grew up in a milieu that placed considerable significance on erudition and culture. Justice Mukherjea's close friends included musicians like the sarod maestro Radhika Mohan Maitra. Young Kalyan began training under Maitra in 1956. He also studied with the sitarist, vocalist and composer, Prof D T Joshi. Mukherjea's musical education continued uninterrupted throughout his performing career, but there were periods during which he was not under the direct tutelage of a master (1962–1965 and 1967–1976). These years spent in relative isolation from the Indian music scene, Mukherjea believes, contributed as much to his growth as a musician as did his formal training. Mukherjea has had a unique experience, doubling as a mathematician
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    Sachin Gupta

    Sachin Gupta (born August 12, 1981 in New Delhi) is an Indian Music Director, Composer, Guitar Player, Record Producer and a Singer. His work has spanned everything from playing live shows with his previous band 'Mrigya' to composing indie pop albums for artists like Atif Aslam, Alisha Chinoy, Jal, Ahmed Jahanzeb, Apache Indian and Mika among others. Termed by international media as the 'Flying Finger Melodies',. His music, as he says, is inspired by real life instances, while his guitar playing has been heavily influenced by Yngwie Malmsteen. Sachin Gupta was born in a family of doctors and has studied science at school level. He was in Frank Anthony and spent a couple of years in Apeejay School in New Delhi. Having gotten through IIT-Delhi in Mechanical Engineering, Sachin decided to instead study physics (honours) and went to Sri Venkateswara College in Delhi University. But after a year, he moved to study B.Com (Hons) at Shahid Bhagat Singh College while pursuing music simultaneously. He was introduced to the guitar at the age of 7 by his mother and ever since, he took music as his calling in life. He has performed at over 600 concerts across various countries including Dubai,
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    Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

    Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

    Sanjoy Bandopadhyay (born September 16, 1954) is a Bengali Hindustani classical sitar player. He is primarily a disciple of Radhika Mohan Maitra and Bimalendu Mukherjee. His performance is a unique synthesis of Senia-Shahjehanpur, Rampur-Senia and Etawah gharana. He is Chair Professor (Ustad Allauddin Khan Chair) at the Department of Instrumental Music, of Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata India. He is also the Director, S.M. Tagore Centre of Documentation & Research of Languishing & Obsolescent Musical Instruments. This centre is created for ethnological mapping of the world through obsolescent musical instruments. The project will run with scholars support from all over the world. Professor Bandopadhyay visited the University of Illinois at Urban Champaign as George A. Miller Visiting Professor(October 2005). In the same year he also visited the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada as Distinguished India Focus Visitor. He visited the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs [USA] in 2008 and University of Chicago [USA] in 2009 as artist in residence. He was specially invited to present paper at the International Conference at the University of Amsterdam (2008). He is also
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    Jeet Ganguly

    Jeet Ganguly (born Chandrajeet Ganguly Bengali: চন্দ্রজিৎ গাঙ্গুলী), popularly known as Jeet, is a [ composer and singer for Tollywood and Bollywood movies. Born of a distinguished family with a rich cultural heritage in Kolkata, Jeet Ganguly was initiated into the world of “SUR” “LAYA” and “TAAL” at a tender age of three. Jeet has been trained in Indian Classical Music under the guidance of his guru and father- Sri Kali Ganguli, a well-known musician in Calcutta. On the other hand, his bond with Western Classical, jazz and rock was shaped and nurtured by the famous Jazz guru and Guitarist- Karlton Kitto. Absorbing the best of these two streams of music, Jeet today is a successful MUSIC DIRECTOR in Mumbai, scoring music for films, with the unbeatable combination of melody and new age sounds. Jeet got his first break when Sanjay Gadhvi was signed on to direct Tere Liye and he, in turn, signed on his friends Jeet and Pritam as music composers. In 2002 Yash Raj Films signed Gadhvi up to direct Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, for which the Jeet-Pritam duo composed the music. After the duo parted ways, Jeet has started scoring music for Hindi and Bengali films, TV serials and jingles. 12. 2009
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    Stephen Devassy

    Stephen Devassy

    Stephen Devassy (born 23 February 1981 in Ottapalam, Palakkad, Kerala) is an Indian pianist. He composes, sets tunes and arranges music for the Indian music industry. Stephen Devassy started learning the piano at age 10; he entered the world of music under the guidance of Leslie Peter, who was his first teacher. He learned the organ and then was introduced to the piano by Fr. Thomas at Chetana Music Academy in Thrissur, where he completed his Eighth Grade examination conducted by the Trinity College of Music, London. Stephen's first major break came when he was just 18, through Johny Sagarika, for whom he did the music orchestration of six songs on the album Ishtamannu. He then went as an accompanying artist to play the keyboard for Hariharan on his European tour. He has also accompanied the violin maestro L. Subramanian at the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival. At age 19, he started a music band called Seven, with singers Franco Simon and Sangeeth. A Hindi pop band, they released an album titled Yeh Zindagani. Stephen, who started performing at a young age, has done the music arrangement for many films. Some of the films he scored were Majaa, Thambi, Nammal, Azhagiya Thamizh
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    Tulsidas

    Tulsidas

    Tulsidas (Devanagari: तुलसीदास, Hindi pronunciation: [t̪uls̪iːd̪ɑːs̪], also known as Goswami Tulsidas), (1497/1532–1623) was a Hindu poet-saint, reformer and philosopher renowned for his devotion for the god Rama. A composer of several popular works, he is best known for being the author of the epic Ramcharitmanas, a retelling of the Sanskrit Ramayana in the vernacular Awadhi. Tulsidas was acclaimed in his lifetime to be a reincarnation of Valmiki, the composer of the original Ramayana in Sanskrit. He is also considered to be the composer of the Hanuman Chalisa, a popular devotional hymn dedicated to Hanuman, the divine monkey helper and devotee of Rama. Tulsidas lived permanently and died in the city of Varanasi. The Tulsi Ghat in Varnasi is named after him. He founded the Sankatmochan Temple dedicated to Hanuman in Varanasi, believed to stand at the place where he had the sight of Hanuman. Tulsidas started the Ramlila plays, a folk-theatre adaption of the Ramayana. He has been acclaimed as one of the greatest poets in Hindi, Indian, and world literature. The impact of Tulsidas and his works on the art, culture and society in India is widespread and is seen to date in vernacular
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    Bobo Shashi

    Bobo Shashi (Tamil: போபோ சஷி; Telugu: బాబో శశి born 12 October 1981) is an Indian film composer from Tamil Nadu, India. Shashikanth (a) BoBo Shashi was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to a musically affluent family. His father Murali, is a famous composer who composes along with his brother Sabesh. His cousins are Jai and Srikanth Deva. Prior to Kulir 100° he assisted Srikanth Deva, Sabesh-Murali, Deva, Vidyasagar. . http://telugu.16reels.com/celebrities/Bobo+Shashi-Filmography.aspx http://www.mixss.com/thulli-ezhunthathu-kadhal-mp3-songs-bobo-sashi.html
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    Sukhwinder Singh

    Sukhwinder Singh

    Sukhwinder Singh is an Indian singer best known for working as Bollywood playback artist. Singh is famous for singing "Chaiyya Chaiyya" for which he won the Best Male Playback Award at the 1999 Filmfare Awards. The song, from Mani Ratnam's 1998 film Dil Se.., was composed by A. R. Rahman, written by Gulzar, and sung in duet with Sapna Awasthi. It was also featured in the musical Bombay Dreams and, in remixed arrangements, in the titles and credits segments of Spike Lee's 2006 film, Inside Man. Singh later gained more international fame for singing "Jai Ho" from the film Slumdog Millionaire, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Singh originally comes from Amritsar, Punjab. He first performed on stage at the age of 8, singing the Lata number "Sa re ga ma pa, pa, pa, ga ma re, ga re mere sang mere saajna", from the 1970 movie Abhinetri. He also released a Punjabi album called Munda Southhall Da with T. Singh joined Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s troupe and quickly became a music arranger, before heading to the south of India to look for work. At this time he did a film called
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    Mohammed Zahur Khayyam

    Mohammed Zahur "Khayyam" Hashmi, better known as Khayyam, is an Indian music composer whose career spanned four decades (1953–1990). He has won three Filmfare Awards for Best Music in 1977 for Kabhi Kabhie and 1982 for Umrao Jaan, and a lifetime achievement award in 2010 . He was awarded the 2007 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Creative Music, by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Theatre. He has been awarded the third-highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for 2011. Khayyam was born as Sa’aadat Hussain in undivided Punjab in Rahon, a town in Nawanshahr District. As a boy Khayyam ran away to Delhi to learn music but was forced to return to complete his education. Khayyam then went to Lahore to learn music from the famous Baba Chishti. He was never interested in his studies and was always fascinated by the music of Hindi cinema. He was inclined to the music when he was very young. He often escaped to the city for watching movies. Khaiyyam soon ran away to his uncle's house in Delhi, in the hope of becoming an actor. Khaiyyam's uncle enrolled him in a school, but when he saw his passion for films, he allowed him to learn
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    Gopi Sunder

    Gopi Sunder is an award winning Indian music programmer, film score composer, musician and singer. He has composed music for more than 5000 ad jingles, programmed music for many major composers and have scored more than ten Malayalam films. He has composed the original score and songs for films like Flash (2007), Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded (2009) and Anwar (2010). He has also done background music for Notebook (2006), Big B (2007), Mission 90 Days (2007), Poi Solla Porom (2008), Evidam Swargamanu (2009).. He got his first Filmfare Award for Best Music Director in the 58th Filmfare Awards South for Anwar (2010). Gopi Sunder born in a musical Family was an associate to the composer Ouseppachan for long time. Sunder's father was a friend of Ouseppachan, which made Sunder a leading member in the troup of the prolific composer. He used to play tabla for many shows in south and north India. Later he went on to make jingles and have scored about 5000 jingles, some of them with Rajeev Menon, who in eighties introduced world famous musician A. R. Rahman through his jingles. He was a keyboard programmer for noted music director duo Vishal-Shekhar in their works like Om Shanti Om and
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    K. J. Yesudas

    K. J. Yesudas

    Kattassery Joseph Yesudas (born 10 January 1940) is an Indian classical musician and playback singer. Yesudas sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music. He has recorded more than 50,000 songs in many languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tulu, Malay, Russian, Arabic, Latin and English during a career spanning five decades. He has performed in most Indian languages except Assamese, Konkani and Kashmiri. He also composed a number of Malayalam film songs in the 1970s and 1980s. Yesudas is fondly called Gana Gandharvan (English: The Celestial Singer) He has won the National Award for the Best Male Playback Singer seven times (the most by any Indian singer) and the State Award for the Best Playback Singer 43 times, which consists of awards by the state governments of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and West Bengal. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1975 and Padma Bhushan in 2002 by the Government of India for his contributions towards the arts. In 2006, he sang 16 film songs in four South Indian languages on the same day at AVM Studio, Chennai; the 16th song won him a Kerala State Award.
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    Nikhil Banerjee

    Nikhil Banerjee

    Nikhil Ranjan Banerjee (Hindi: निखिल रंजन बैनर्जी) (14 October 1931 – 27 January 1986) was a Hindustani classical sitarist of the Maihar Gharana. Nikhil Banerjee was born on October 14, 1931 in Kolkata into a Brahmin family. His father, Jitendranath Banerjee, was an amateur sitarist and Banerjee was fascinated by his father's playing. Although he wanted to try his hand at an instrument as early as the age of four, he was discouraged by his father and grandfather. At the age of five, however, they relented and he acquired a small sitar, initially learning under his father. Banerjee grew into a child prodigy. He won an All-India sitar competition and became the youngest musician employed by All India Radio at the age of nine. Jitendranath approached Mushtaq Ali Khan to take Nikhil as a disciple, but only learned from this master for a few short weeks. Instead Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury, the zamindar of Gouripur in present-day Bangladesh, became responsible for much of his early training. Around 1946 Nikhil Banerjee met the great khyal singer Amir Khan through the master's teaching of Nikhil Banerjee's sister, and his enthusiasm for his music was reinforced by hearing him in
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    Sadarang

    Sadarang (1670–1748) was the pen name of the Hindustani musical composer and artist Niyamat Khan. Sadarang was active in the eighteenth century. He and his nephew Adarang changed the Khayal style of Hindustani music into the form performed today. He served in the court of Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah (ruled 1719-1748). Sadarang and Adarang remain influential in Hindustani classical music, mainly through their compositions.
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    Kanu Roy

    Kanu Roy was an Indian film actor, and music composer in Hindi and Bengali films. Contrary to public misconception, He was not the brother of noted bollywood playback singer Geeta Dutt. He gave music for most of Basu Bhattacharya’s films. His most famous compositions are for Geeta Dutt, like Aaj ki Kaalighata, Uski Kahani (1966) , Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi, and songs of Geeta Dutt’s last film as a singer, Anubhav (1971) – 'Koi Chupke Se Aake', 'Mera Dil jo mera Hota' and 'Meri Jaan Mujhe Jaan Na Kaho'. He also gave two hits to Manna Dey in Anubhav - 'Phir Koi Phool Khila' and Avishkaar - 'Hansne Ki Chaah Ne Kitna Mujhe Rulaya Hai'. The Jagjit and Chitra Singh rendition of Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Jaye in Avishkaar (1973) is also fairly well known. His other films were not so successful however.
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    L. Athira Krishna

    Athira Krishna is an internationally acclaimed prodigy violinist from India. She was born in Trivandrum, Kerala. She has an enviable musical lineage as the granddaughter of the illustrious Vidwan Shri. GopalaPillai, fabulous musician of yesteryears who belonged to the renowned Tanjore tradition of Carnatic Music whose master-disciple lineage traced back to the Sri. Muthuswamy Dikshithar Carnatic trinity of the 18th century, and to Baluswamy Dikshithar, who first introduced the violin to Indian classical music. Athira is the proud recipient of many coveted recognitions including the prestigious Guinness World Record for her unique 32 hour long Non-Stop Carnatic Violin Solo Concert. She is among the youngest Cultural Ambassadors of India taking the rich Indian classical music tradition to the nooks and corners of the world through her violin solo concerts and lec-dems. Athira is the daughter of Sri. K. C. Krishna Pillai and Smt. S. Leela Kurup. Growing up within one of Kerala's most acclaimed musical families, she had her intensive training under her grandfather Sangitha Vidwan. Sri Gopala Pillai at a tender age. Athira also inherited the intricacies of South Indian classical music
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    Aditya Narayan

    Aditya Narayan Jha (Hindi: आदित्य नारायण झा), born 6 August 1987, in Mumbai, India, commonly known as Aditya Narayan, is an actor, television host and music composer. He is the only child of Indian playback singer Udit Narayan and Deepa Narayan. Aditya Narayan Jha is the son of Udit And Deepa Narayan Jha. His grandfather is HareKrishna Jha and Grandmother Bhuvaneshwari Devi. Aditya was born and grew up in Mumbai, India. Narayan completed his schooling from Utpal Shanghvi school in 2003, his junior college from Mitthibai College of Commerce. He graduated from Tech School of Music in London where he did a one-year course in English contemporary music. he completed his graduation in commerce through correspondence. Aditya Narayan Jha was 5 years old when he started his musical career. His first playback song for the movie Akele Hum Akele Tum along with his father, Udit Narayan. He also was in the movie Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai as Salman Khan's son. He has sung many songs with singers like Asha Bhosle and father, Udit Narayan.His famous song ‘chhota bachha jaankey humko’ from Masoom(1996 film) was a nationwide hit. He sung for A.R. Rahman in the Hindi movie Rangeela. in 2006 he
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    C. R. Subburaman

    C. R. Subburaman also known as C. S. Ram (Telugu: సి.ఆర్.సుబ్బరామన్, Tamil:சி. ஆர். சுப்புராமன்) (1921–1952) was a famous South Indian film music composer and producer. He was born to Ramasamy Iyer at Chintamani village in Thirunelveli, in present-day Tamil Nadu. Music director Shankar of Shankar Ganesh duo is his younger brother. His ancestors were from Krishna district of present Andhra Pradesh and due to this, his family are well spoken of Telugu. During his short lifespan of about 30 years and cinema life of 10 years, he made lasting fame with films like Devadas, Ratnamala, Chenchu Lakshmi, Balaraju, Laila Majnu and others. Little is known about the music teachers of Subburaman. Initially he had learned music from a Nadhaswaram player in Kumbakonam. He was a remarkable learner where whatever that he practiced during the morning, could be able to delivered in the evening. He was well versed in harmonium at the age of 14. At the age of 16 under the recommendation of G. Ramanathan’s brother Sundara Bagavathar, Subburaman joined the HMV as Harmonist. HMV is a gramophone production and distribution company, under which there was a permanent orchestra led by R. Chinnaiah. S.
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    Hariprasad Chaurasia

    Hariprasad Chaurasia

    Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (born 1 July 1938) is an Indian classical instrumentalist. He is a player of the bansuri, the Indian bamboo flute. Hariprasad Chaurasia was born in Allahabad in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. His father was a wrestler. His mother died when he was 6. He had to learn music without his father's knowledge, for his father wanted him to become a wrestler. He did go to the Akhada and train with his father for some time, although he also started learning music, and practising at his friend's house. He often credits his wrestling training for giving him the immense stamina and lung power that are the hallmarks of his flute playing, stating that, Hariprasad Chaurasia started learning vocal music from his neighbor, Pandit Rajaram at the age of 15. Later, he switched to playing the flute under the tutelage of Pandit Bholanath Prasanna of Varanasi for eight years. He joined the All India Radio, Cuttack, Orissa in 1957 and worked as a composer and performer Much later, while working for All India Radio he received guidance from the reclusive Annapurna Devi, daughter of Baba Allaudin Khan. He is considered a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist. He has
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    Radhika Mohan Maitra

    Radhika Mohan Maitra (1917–1981) was an Indian sarod player. Maitra was considered an influential figure in 20th century sarod playing and received the title Sangeetacharya. Radhika Mohan Maitra was born 1917 in Calcutta to a prominent family of the erstwhile feudal aristocracy of East Bengal, and grew up in Rajshahi, where his family had vast estates. His grandfather Raybahadur Lalita Mohan Maitra was a pakhawaj player and had in his employ, the renowned sarod player Mohammad Amir Khan (1873–1934), with whom Radhika Mohan (widely referred to as Radhubabu) studied for five to six years. According to Maitra's private accounts given to his student Kalyan Mukherjea, this training initially adhered to a basic corpus of about 20 ragas for the first four years, but as the Ustad began to realize that his time was running out, he taught Radhika Mohan as many as three to four ragas in a day, in sessions lasting all day. Radhubabu later studied dhrupad with the famous beenkar Dabir Khan and sitar with Enayat Khan. Maitra's debut concert was in Calcutta, in the home of another aristocratic family, the Gangulys, who were also patrons of music. Two of the Ganguly brothers, Shyam and Hirendra
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    Allauddin Khan

    Allauddin Khan

    Allauddin Khan (Urdu: علا الدین خان Bengali: ওস্তাদ আলাউদ্দীন খ়ান, also known as Baba Allauddin Khan) (ca. 1862 – 6 September 1972), was a Bengali sarodiya and multi-instrumentalist, composer and one of the most renowned music teachers of the 20th Century in Indian classical music. In 1935, he toured Europe, along with Uday Shankar's ballet troupe, and later also worked at his institute, 'Uday Shankar India Culture Centre' at Almora for a while. During his lifetime, he composed several ragas and laid the foundation of a modern Maihar gharana. Amongst his recording which are rare, the most important ones are those he recorded with the All India Radio in 1959-60. He was the father of sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan and Annapurna Devi, and the uncle of Raja Hossain Khan, as well as the guru of Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee, Vasant Rai, Pannalal Ghosh, Bahadur Khan, Sharan Rani and other influential musicians. He himself was a disciple of many great musicians, including Gopal Chandra Banerjee, Lobo, Munne Khan, and most importantly after a lot of struggle managed to become a shagird of the legendary Veena player, Wazir Khan of Rampur. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second
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    Balabhaskar

    Balabhaskar Chandran (born 10 July 1978) is an Indian violinist, composer and record producer. He is best known for promoting fusion music in South India. Hailing from a musically affluent family, he was introduced to the world of instrumental music at a tender age of three, by his uncle Shri. B.Sasikumar- a laureate in Carnatic music. Balabhaskar was a child prodigy and start doing stage show at 12. He became the youngest music director in the Malayalam film industry when he composed for the Movie – Mangalya Pallak( Audio Marketed by Magna Sound) at 17. His compositions for the albums, Ninakaai and Aadyamai, are still among the most sought after romantic song collections. He is exceptionally versed in Carnatic Music, and hence is an exponent of the same. His flare of connecting with his audience has made him one of the hot favorites for major stage shows and classical concerts. Balabhaskar has performed with many noted musicians and instrumentalists in India and abroad, including Ustad Zakhir Hussain, Sivamani, Louiz Banks, Vikku Vinayakram, Hariharan, Mattannur Sankarankutty, Ranjit Barot, Fazal Qureshi, and so on. He also performs with his guru and uncle Shri B. Sasikumar, as
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    Raghav Sachar

    Raghav Sachar

    Raghav Sachar (born July 24, 1981 in India) is an Indian singer born to father, R. K. Sachar, and mother, Usha Sachar. He is the youngest of three children. He started playing his first instrument, the harmonica, at the age of four. Every year since then his parents have gifted him an instrument. Born into a family of music lovers, Raghav was interested in music from a very early age. He won the Best Drummer Award at the Pepsi Cornucopia contest in Delhi in 1994 besides being adjudged the best keyboard player at the BITS Pilani Festival. He also formed a band, Canzona, with some friends before proceeding to Monash Conservatory of Music, Melbourne, Australia in 2000 to study music. It was during this time that Raghav traveled to countries in South East Asia including Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He also gave solo concerts while visiting India and worked with Viva and Shubha Mudgal on albums apart from recording for jingles and film soundtracks. His crowning glory was being awarded the Golden Key Award and Earnest Award for academic excellence in 2000 and 2001 at Monash. Raghav now plays more than 32 instruments. The title song of his new album, Charming
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    Ranjit Barot

    Ranjit Barot is an Indian film score composer, music director, music arranger and singer. He is a long time associate of A. R. Rahman and has done music arrangements for him in many of his works. Born into a family steeped in Indian classical music and dance, melody and rhythm has always been an integral part of Ranjit’s life. His mother is the renowned Kathak dancer, Sitara Devi. His response to the western drum kit, even at the age of 12, was almost organic and his natural flair, ease and craft catapulted him onto becoming one of India's leading artists on the instrument at the age of 17. This phase saw journeys to Europe and the West with leading Indian jazz/pop and classical musicians.Between 1980-82, Ranjit performed at European festivals which also featured jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Foster, Billy Higgins, Cecil Taylor and Louie Bellson, among others. Ranjit is having roots in Gujarat. His father is gujarati and his mother is from varanasi. Ranjit has also had a long career in composition and music production, working out of his own state-of-the-art studio facility in Mumbai. It is in this connection that he had the honor of working with the sound
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    Ustad Vilayat Khan

    Ustad Vilayat Khan (Bengali: বিলায়েত খাঁ Bilaeet Khã; August 28, 1928 –March 13, 2004) was one of India's well known sitar maestros. He recorded his first 78-RPM disc at the age of 8, and gave his last concert in 2004 at the age of 75. Vilayat Khan was born in Gauripur, British India to Enayat Khan, a sitar maestro. His family of musicians trace their pedigree back to the court musicians of the Mughals. His father, recognised as a leading sitar and surbahar (bass sitar) player of his time, as had been the grandfather, Imdad Khan, before him. He was taught in the family style, known as the Imdadkhani Gharana or Etawah Gharana, after a village outside Agra where Imdad Khan lived. However, Enayat Khan died when Vilayat was only nine, so much of his education came from the rest of his family: his uncle, sitar and surbahar maestro Wahid Khan, his maternal grandfather, singer Bande Hassan Khan, and his mother, Bashiran Begum, who had studied the practice procedure of his forefathers. His uncle Zinde Hassan looked after his riyaz (practice). As a boy, Vilayat wanted to be a singer; but his mother, herself from a family of vocalists, felt he had a strong responsibility to bear the family
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