Classical singing has been a part of Indian culture and heritage for centuries, with its entertainment value touching new heights in the recent past. People have started manifesting it as a way to establish a spiritual connection with the Divine, a means of worship, besides being known as a superior form of art the world over. India has been blesses with talent in abundance, whether you talk about classical singing, dance or any other form of art. All these artists have received recognition and acclaim in the country as well as all over the world.
Listed below are the top 10 famous classical singers in India ever:
Topping the list of best classical singers in India ever was Tansen (1506-1589), who eaws the original master of Classical music in India, who dominated the music scene of the country in the ancient period of Mughal Emperor Akbar.
2. Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
One of the most famous classical singers in the history of India is Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, who has been renowned as the Tansen of 20th century for his contribution to the field of Hindustani classical music. He presents this exquisite form of art in a distinctive style developed by him.
3. Dr Balamuralikrishna
Featuring next on the list is Dr Balamuralikrishna, who specializes in the field of Classical Carnatic Music. He is a multi faceted artist, who is known as a poet, composer and instrumentalist, besides being a singer par excellence. He has been honored with Padma Bhushan.
4. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
One of the best known artists in the field of Hindustani classical music today is Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who is revered as a living legend in the country as well as all over the world. He has a great fan following all over, in addition to wining critics acclaim.
5. M S Subbulakshmi
Featuring next on the list of top 10 classical singers in India is the classical music specialist M S Subbulakshmi, who has been the first singer in the country to have been honored with Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award.
6. Pandit Jasraj
Pandit Jasraj is the much acclaimed classical vocalist, who specialzes in Hindustani classical music. He belongs to the Mewati Gharana and was honored with the Padma Vibhushan in 2000.
7. Pandit Kumar Gandharva
This great classical singer was born in Dharwad, Karnataka on 8th April, 1924 and has made tremendous contribution to the classical music scene of the country. His real name was Shivaputra Siddharamayya Komkali.
8. Kesarbai Kerkar
Another acclaimed classical singer in India ever was Kesarbai Kerkar, who was an exponent of Jaipur Attrauli Gharana and a student of Ustad Alladiya Khan. She was a recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Padma Bhushan.
9. Ustad Abdul Karim Khan
Ustad Abdul Karim Khan was anoted classical singer of the Kirana Gharana, who was born in 1872. Besides being a vocalist, he also excelled in instruments such as sitar, sarangi, table and veena. He was the founder of Arya Sangeet Vidyalaya in Pune.
10. Ustad Faiyaz Khan
Ustad Faiyyaz Khan was another famous Indian classical vocalist, who belonged to the Agra Gharana. He served as the court musician of the Maharaja of Baroda and was honored with an award called “Gyan ratna”.
Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, Ustad Amir Khan, Kishori Amonkar, Ustad Alladiya Khan and Ustad Rehmat Khan are some other great classical singers in the history of India.