10 Successful Music Directors in Bollywood

Music is Love. It is the essence to a healthy and happy life. In Bollywood many unique composers have dedicated their lives to musical rhythm. All these modern music composers bring music to life and make Bollywood movies unforgettable. Here are some of the top 10 music composers in India in 2024.

1. Shankar Mahadevan

Shankar Mahadevan

The legendary Music composer and a beloved of all Indians. Shankar Mahadevan became an Indipop star, all thanks to his fusion of Hindustani, Carnatic and Jaaz mashup. His music album, Breathless, topped the Indian musical chart in 1998. Madhavan studied music under the guidance of Pandit Shrinivas Kale and T.R. Balamani. Recently, in 2024, he won the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album for His Moment as a member of the fusion band Shakti.

2. A. R. Rahman

R. Rahman

A.R. Rahman is a legendary music composer and philanthropist. Rahman started his career by composing music for the Tamil film Roja. He is a two-time Grammy Award winner and Academy Award and is a shining star in contemporary Indian Music. With more than 150 million copies of his work sold and 100 film soundtracks, he is a top music composer in the Modern Era.

3. Amit Trivedi

Amit Trivedi

Amit Trivedi is a versatile singer and a music composer in the Indian Music Industry. His musical endeavor began during his college days at Rizvi College Mumbai. There he became part of the Music band’ OM’. After hustling and working as a jingle and theatre composer, he started his journey as a film music composer. He is a national award winner for his soundtrack in the Dev D movie.

4. Vishal Dadlani

Vishal Dadlani

Vishal is one of the duos of Vishal-Shekar. He is an exceptional Indian singer and a music composer. Vishal started his music journey as a singer in an Indie Rock Band, Pentagram. He is known for his notable contributions, such as Ra. One, War and Chennai Express.

5. Salim Merchant

Salim Merchant

Salim Merchant is a famous Indian Music Composer. Hailing from Mumbai, Maharashtra, Salim has mastered the art of piano from the Trinity College of Music, London. For decades, he has composed music and debuted as a music composer in famous movies like Chad De India, Fashion, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Neal and Nikki.

6. Anu Malik

Anu Malik

Anu Malik is a famous music composer, singer and score composer. He has composed music in various genres. Anu is said to use tabla in many of his music, including Mere Humsafar and Taal pe Jaab from the film Refugee. He started his career as a comedian filmmaker in Hunterwali in 1977. Anu started the first Indipop album named Jaddo. Later, hecomposed mainstream music in the film Maard.

7. Mithoon Sharma

Mithun Sharma

Mithun Sharma, known as Mithoon, is a famous Music director and composer. He began his career with the songs “Aadat” in Kalyug and “Woh Lamhe” in Zeher. Mithoon has been rewarded with the “Most Streamed Song of 2016” award at the Global Indian Music Academy Awards for his famous music, Sanam Re.

8. Pritam Chakraborty

Pritam Chakraborty

Pritam is a renowned Indian music composer, guitarist and singer. After graduating from sound engineering, Pritam started as a Jingles composer. Later, he debuted as a co-music composer in the 2001 film Tere Liye. In his career span of more than 2 decades, he has composed songs for more than 125 Bollywood movies.

9. Ram Sampath

Ram Sampath

Ram Sampath is an Indian music composer who started his career by composing jingles for brands like Thumps Up, Times of India, and Pepsi. Later, he composed for pop albums like Tanha Dil and renowned films like Delhi Belly, Khakee, Raees and Talash.

10. Sajid Ali

Sajid Ali

Sajid Ali is the famous music composer, director and son of the renowned tabla artist Sharafat Ali Khan. He started his career by composing music for the Bollywood film Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya. Sajid Ali has also served as a judge in the show Sa re ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar and composed the title tracks for reality shows like Big Boss.


These Indian composers are a mere fraction of the immense talent in music composing Industry. From legendary composer A.R. Rahman and the contemporary styles of Amit Trivedi, these composers have enriched Bollywood with their unique blend of rhythms and melodies.

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