Top 5 music directors of Bollywood

  1. A.R. Rahman

A two-time winner and five-time Academy Award nominee, A. R. Rahman, who was born as A. S. Dileep Kumar is best known for integrating Indian classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are four National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, fifteen Filmfare Awards and sixteen Filmfare Awards South. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 2010 by the Government of India.

2. R. D. Burman

Rahul Dev Burman popularly known as R.D Burman was born on June 27, 1939, and died on January 4, 1994. He was an Indian film score composer, who is considered one of the all-time greatest music directors of the Indian film industry. From the 1960s to the 1990s, Burman composed musical scores for 331 films.

3. Laxmikant Pyarelal

Laxmikant–Pyarelal one of the most popular Indian composer duo of Bollywood. They composed music for about 635 Hindi movies from 1963 to 1998. They have worked for notable filmmakers, including Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, B.R. Chopra, Shakti Samanta, Manmohan Desai, Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai and Manoj Kumar. Laxmikant–Pyarelal composed music based on Indian classical music as well as Western music. But they were most popular for their folk tunes and semi-classical music.

4. Anu Malik

Anu Malik is a National award-winning Indian music director, singer, actor, director and producer who primarily works in the Hindi film industry. As a music director, he has produced music for various genres of films and has written several commercially successful songs for the Bollywood film music industry.

5. Shankar Mahadevan

Shankar Mahadevan is a composer and playback singer who is part of the Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composing trio team for many Indian films. He is a four-time National Award winner, thrice won the Best Male Playback Singer and once for Best Music Director. He learned Hindustani classical and Carnatic music in childhood and began playing veena at age five. Shankar Mahadevan is known for his work on Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) and Dil Chahta Hai (2001).