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Indian Film Music

Updated on May 26, 2015

The history of Indian film music

India became independent in 1947. The film industry showed a rapid growth soon after the independence. Indian film music was very slow and too soft in those days. The music composers used only a few instruments.Yet, they could give good music to the audience then. Gradually, Indian film music composers started using western music and eventually Indian film music began to reach new heights. Today, Indian film music is absolutely fantastic. Needless to say that Indian film music is composed to international standards. India, sure has produced some outstanding legends in the field of music.

Great Indian film music directors

As I said earlier, Indian film music is truly great. India has produced some extra ordinarinarly talented musicians.To name a few are S.D.Burman, R.D.Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, K.V.Mahadevan, Naushad, M.S.Visvanathan, A.R.Rehman and Ilaya Raja.

Indian film music



A.R.Rehman is one of the top film music composers of India. He has won several awards including two Oscar awards, one Grammy award and a Golden Globe for the film Slumdog Millionaires in 2009.

A.R.Rehman music

This song won the Oscar


Ilaya Raaja
Ilaya Raaja

Ilaya Raja

Another great musician whom I would like to mention here is Ilaya raja. He comes from an ordinary family in Tamil Nadu of South India. He's a natural and gifted musician who always want to explore new dimensions of music. He has done many innovations in several kinds of music.His melody songs have made millions of people happy. He also has composed full symphony in London in 1993.

He has composed music for over 1000 films. Yes, you heard it right, he has composed music for more than 1000 films. That's obviously a world record which is almost impossible to break by anyone in the future. Besides, he's the king of background music. He gives life to any film with his amazing and absolutely mind blowing background score. Millions of people from all over the world love him for his eternal music. His music is always fresh and it can sooth your mind. He's undoubtedly a phenomenon of music.

I have added a few videos of the film songs composed by him. I'm sure, you will be able to enjoy his music with all your heart and soul.

Ilaya Raja's melody

Ilaya Raja's melody

Ilaya Raja

Ilaya Raja

R.D.Burman hit song

R.D.Burman hit song

Final Words

India is rich in spirituality, culture and music. Indian film music has reached great heights in the last three or four decades. Some of the Indian film music composers have created world class music and made millions of people happy. I wish to salute those legends of music with all my heart and love.

Who's the best music director of India of all times?

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