Top 5 classical musicians of India

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Indian classical music is loved not only in our country but even beyond the borders by music aficionados all over the world. Not only have these top classical musicians of India provided solace to the hearts but have enriched the world with their music and have managed to create a distinct aura. These musicians have successfully been able to carve their names in history as all-time greats who would always be remembered beyond time, for their talent and immense contribution to the world of music. 

Here are the top 5 classical musicians of India – 

(NOTE – The musicians listed here are extremely skilled and the sequence does not depict their talent)

Pandit Ravi Shankar

One of the greatest legends ever, Pandit Ravi Shankar is often hailed as the Sitar Maestro, who has not only played with several Indian musicians and for kings in the country, but his music has traveled to countries like US and Australia, where he has been honored several times for his talent and music. For his talent and contributions, he has been conferred upon with Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna. 

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma

Even though he started his journey with Vocals and Tabla, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma went on to become one of the most celebrated classical musicians of the country. His santoor playing has forever kept his fans and listeners lost in awe and trance. From giving his first performance at the age of 13 to becoming one of the most celebrated musician duos with Hariprasad Chaurasia, he has indeed come a long way. 

Ustad Zakir Hussain

‘Wah’ – the traditional exclamation of wonder and awe has perhaps been said the most times for this Tabla maestro, Ustad Zakir Hussain. One of the best at playing his instrument, Ustad Zakir Hussain began his journey by touring at the tender age of 7 and was already performing with maestros at the age of 13. Having won a Grammy and several achievement awards for his skills, he is one of the truly amazing gems in Indian Classical Music. 

Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is indeed one of the best flute players in the world, today. Not only has he been able to provide some of the most beautiful pieces to the Indian Flute music, but he has also delivered some stellar performances with other Instrumentalists and musicians. For his contribution and talent, he has been awarded with Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. 

Amjad Ali Khan Bangash

Recipient of several honors and awards over the years, Amjad Ali Khan is one of the best ever Sarod player in Indian Classical music today. For his contributions to music and his great talent, he has been awarded Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. Not only has he been able to make sarod one of the most liked instruments all over the country, he has also been able to make this instrument reach the youth through his sons, who happen to be amazing Sarod players as well. 


There have been many great Indian classical musicians and the torch is now being carried forward by another generation of star musicians. Leave behind your comment and let us know what you think!

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