India is a country that has produced some World Class artists. Be it singers, dancers, or instrumentalists, India has never failed to produce talented artists. An immensely diverse country, India contains hugely diverse instrumentalists as well. With various cultures, languages and music taste, instrumentalists from different areas bring a uniqueness to the table. Having been blessed with some legendary musicians of India like Miyan Tansen, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and MS Subbulakshmi. At present also, there are artists who are supremely talented.
Following is the list of 5 best musicians of India that are currently active:
1) Zakir Hussain
One of the great names of Indian music, Zakir Khan has created an unmatchable reign for himself. Born to “Ustad Allarakha Qureshi”, a phenomenal Tabla Player, Zakir has made his family proud and has followed his father’s footsteps of playing Tabla. Having performed in his first concert at the age of 7, by the time he was 11 he had started to tour countries. Termed a Child Prodigy, he made sure that he delivered to what was expected from him. He is one of the well-known musicians of India.
2) Hariprasad Chaurasia
Hari is an immensely talented flute player, who at the age of 81 is still going strong. Born in the holy city of Allahabad, Hari’s father wanted him to be a wrestler. But his love for music made him go against the will of his father and he went on to pursue music as a career. He has composed music for a lot of Bollywood films and has also collaborated with well renowned western bands such as “The Beatles”. He also has a nephew, Rakesh Chaurasia, who is also a well-renowned flutist.
3) Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
Coming from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is a music composer and a santoor player. Also, he is one of the best musicians of India. Santoor is a folk instrument and he is a master of playing this instrument. He also has a son, Rahul, who is a Santoor player as well. He also collaborated with Hariprasad Chaurasia in 2007 to publish the album “Essential Evening Chants”. Highly accomplished and decorated, he won the Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Vibhushan in 2001.
4) Amjad Ali Khan
In the list of best musicians of India, Amjad Ali Khan is one of the best musicians. Performing on the big stage since the 1960s, he won the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. He is a classical sarod player and is regularly experimenting with his music. Amjad has two sons, Ayaan Ali Khan and Amaan Ali Khan, along with whom he performs in various concerts. He also had a documentary directed by Gulzar, which went on to win the Filmfare Award in 1990.
5) Lakshminarayana Subramaniam
A great violinist, he was trained in classical Carnatic music tradition and Western classical music. Lakshminarayana was born to parents who were both musicians and have been successful in taking their legacy forward. He has also composed music for films such as Salaam Bombay and Mississippi Masala. He is listed amongst the best musicians of India.
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