The art of classical singing is being practiced in the Indian subcontinent since ages. The art is popular, not as a form of entertainment, but as a means of connecting with the Divine Being. Infact, it is considered as one of the basic ways through which a human being can connect with God. The distinct forms of melodies sung by classical singers are known as 'Ragas'. Some of these Ragas are said to have a divine quality in them, which helps an individual in meditating. In this section, we have provided a brief biography of the famous classical singers of India.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
A distinguished maestro in the field of playing Sarod, Ustad Amjad Ali
Khan is popularly known as the "Sarod Samrat". He is the sixth
generation Sarod player in his renowned family.
Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
One name that truly epitomizes the 20th century Hindustani classical
music tradition is that of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Often touted as
the Tansen of 20th Century, this music maestro has blended the best of
classical music and created a unique style of his own.
One of the most famous names associated with Classical Carnatic Music
is that of Dr. Balamuralikrishna. This legendary musician and
Padmabhushan awardee is an able composer, singer, poet and
instrumentalist who can sing perfectly in three octaves.
One of the most prominent and legendary Hindustani vocalist living
today is of course Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. He can very easily be called a
living legend and someone who has not just earned true fans but has also
won over critics.
Ustad Bismillah Khan
Ustad Bismillah Khan was undoubtedly a gem that India is proud of. This
Shehnai maestro of India was a Bharat Ratna awardee and also has been
awarded all the top four civilian awards namely Padma Shri, Padma
Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan along with the Bharat Ratna.
Pandit Kumar Gandharva
One of the most famous classical musicians in India was undoubtedly
Pandit Kumar Gandharva. His real name was Shivaputra Siddharamayya
Komkali. Pandit Kumar Gandharva was born on 8th April, 1924 in a place
called Dharwad located in Karnataka.
M.S Subbulakshmi is a name that is synonymous with the world of
Carnatic music. This flawless singer whose voice had a divine power is
the first singer in India to be presented with the Bharat Ratna, the
highest award given to any civilian.
Pandit Ravi Shankar
Pandit Ravi Shankar is a living legend who is a genius Sitar player.
Born on 7th April, 1920 in Banaras, his family was a Bengali Brahmin
family who named him Ravindra Shankar. Shyam Shankar, his father, was a
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is a very famous classical musician who has
acquired international fame by playing the classical instrument,
Santoor. The Santoor is a trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer often made
of walnut wood and has 72 strings, which are struck with two delicate
carved wooden mallets.
Considered as the greatest musician in India, Tansen (1506 - 1589) is
instrumental in the creation of the classical music that dominates the
north of India.
Ustad Zakir Hussain
Popularly known as Tabla Maestro, Ustad Zakir Hussain is the son of the
renowned tabla player Ustad Allah Rakha. He was born on 9th March, 1951
and showed much interest in tabla since a very young age.