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Names of 25 greatest Indian singers

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Explore the pinnacle of the musical artistry with our curated list, the 25 greatest Indian singers, as we delve into the profound impact these maestros have made on the cultural landscape of our country.

Immerse yourself in the eloquence of their vocal prowess, a testament to India’s enduring music legacy.

Over to the 25 Greatest Singers

Turning our attention to these exceptional 25 greatest Indian singers who stand as paragons of greatness in every aspect.

1. Lata Mangeshkar

Called the “Nightingale of India”, Renowned playback singer with a career spanning seven decades, known for her melodious voice in Hindi Cinema.

2. Kishore Kumar

Versatile Play back artist, his soulful renditions in Hindi and Bengali earned him numerous awards.

3. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

A Hindustani Classical Vocalist, he was the first musician to be awarded the Bhart Ratna in the field of classical music with unparalleled mastery and contribution to the genre

4. Gangubai Hangal

Gangubai Hangal: A renowned Indian classical vocalist known for her mastery of the Kirana gharana. She is known for her expressive voice and renditions of khayal, thumri, and bhajan genres. Recipient of important prizes such as the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. An inspiration for her endurance and commitment to Hindustani classical music.. You may also check our blog: The Indian Musicians Who Made Us Proud at The Grammy Awards.


5. M.S. Subbulakshmi

The Carnatic music icon, was the first Indian to be awarded the ‘Bharat Rathna’, renowned globally for her divine voice who popularised classical music globally.

6. Mohammad Rafi

Iconic Playback singer with a versatile range, contributing to Bollywood’s golden era with timeless classics.

7. Manna Dey

Classical and Playback singer, his extensive repertoire including songs in multiple Indian languages.

8. Asha Bhonsle

Guiness world record holder for recording over 11,000 songs, a legend play back singer in Hindi and regional languages.

9. K.J. Yesudas

Award-winning playback singer in multiple Indian languages honoured with the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution.

10. P.Susheela

A legendary play Back Singer recorded over 40,000 songs in various languages.  One of the most prolific voices in south India.

11. Mukesh

Known as the voice of “Raj Kapoor” his emotive playback singing in Hindi Cinema remains timeless.

12. Hemant Kumar

Celebrated playback singer and composer, known for his impact on contributions to Bengali and Hindi music.

13. Abida Parveen

Internationally acclaimed Sufi Singer, known for her mesmerizing and spiritual rendition.

14. P.B. Srinivas

A revered playback singer contributed significantly to south Indian cinema with his mellifluous voice with soulful renditions in multiple languages.

15. S.P.Balasubramaniyam

Guiness record holder for recording the highest number of songs, a prolific playback singer in various Indian languages.

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16. Jagjit Singh

Ghazal Maestro known for his soulful and poignant renditions, leaving an everlasting impact on all genre.

17. Gurdas Mann

Punjabi Singer and Song Writer, known for his socially relevant and culturally rich compositions.


Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna was a well-known Indian musician, composer, and vocalist who made creative contributions to Carnatic music. His powerful voice and distinct style continue to inspire generations throughout the world, leaving a rich musical legacy that cuts across countries and genres.Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna won the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, National Film Award for Best Music Direction, Kalaimamani, and Sangeetha Kalanidhi awards.

19. Usha Uthup

Known for her distinctive voice and vibrant stage presence, is a versatile Indian playback and a pop singer, contributing significantly to the music industry.

20. K.S.Chitra

Known as the ‘Nightingale of the south India’ a versatile playback singer with a captivating voice and career spanning over four decades, has garnered numerous awards including 6 National awards.

21. Shankar Mahadevan

Part of the musical trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, a versatile singer and composer with a National Award to his name.

22. A. R. Rahman

Oscar-Award winning composer and singer revolutionized Indian music with his fusion of classical and electronic elements.

23. Sonu Nigam

A versatile and accomplished playback singer has left an indelible mark on the Indian Music scene with his exceptional Vocal range and emotional rendering in various genres and languages.

24. Arijit Singh

One of the contemporary singers in the Indian Music has carved a niche for his soul-stirring voice amongst the younger generation.

25. Shreya Ghoshal

Youngest Recipient of the National Film award, her soul-stirring vocals have left an indelible mark in Hindi and Regional languages.

Unique melodic marvels (Raga, Tala, Shruthi)

The concept of “Raga” and “Tala” in Indian Classical music, show cases a unique depth of musical expression unparalleled in other music traditions of the world.

The Intricate nuances of microtonal intervals, known as ‘Shruti’ further distinguish Indian music, contribute to its extraordinary richness and complexity

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The greatness of Indian Music traces its roots to the ancient Sama Veda, where the profound connection between sound, rhythm and spiritual expression was first explored.

This rich heritage fosters a sense of pride as these sacred text reflecting a timeless and culturally significant art form.

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The 25 Greatest Indian Singers have etched their names in history, contributing immensely to our cultural wealth.

The unparalleled talents of the 25 Greatest Indian Singers, ranging from classical virtuosity to contemporary brilliance, have earned them international acclaim, adding to the timeless and profound impact of Indian music on the global stage.

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