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Famous Indian classical musicians with their instruments

We have listed below the most famous Indian musicians and the type of musical instruments they play. In the art and culture section of the General knowledge (GK) question comes from this topic. In the competitive exams like SSC, Railway, Banking and other state level exams, this is an important topic to go through.

Some of the famous Indian classical musicians of all times.

Ustad Bismillah Khan

He was an Indian musician who played the Shehnai, a type of woodwind instrument. It is he who is credited with popularising the shehnai. That is why it got the title of ustad Bismillah Khan. He learned to play Shenai from his uncle, Ali Baksh. In 2001 he was awarded the Bharat Ratna, and the country observed a national day of mourning following his death in 2006.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Pandit shivkumar Sharma was an Indian classical musician and Santoor player. He is credited for popularising the Santoor world wide.

He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shri in 1991 and Padam Bhushan in 2001.

He passed away recently on 10 May 2022 due to kidney-related issues and cardiac arrest.

Pandit Ravi Shankar

Pandit Ravi Shankar is an Indian musician associated with playing Sitar. He was music composer and the founder of National Orchestra of India.

He was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna in 1999.

Hari Prasad Chaurasia

He was an Indian music director and one of the great classical flautists, who plays the flute, in Hindustani classical tradition.

He was awarded with Padma Bhushan in 1992 and Padma Vibhushan in 2000.

Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain is an Indian tabla player, composer and music producer. He is the eldest son of tabla player Alla Rakha. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002.

List of Classical Musician and with their Instrument

Listed below are the various types of musical instruments along with famous Indian musicians associated with them.

InstrumentFamous Musician
Flute Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pannalal Ghosh, TR Mahalingam
TablaZakir Hussain, Allah Rakha, Sabir Khan, Pt. Kishan Maharaj, Pt. Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Sandeep Das
SarangiShakoor Khan, Pt Ram Narayan, Ramesh Mishra, Sultan Khan, Ustad Binda Khan
SantoorPt Shiv Kumar Sharma, Bhajan Sopori
SarodAllauddin Khan, Ali Akbar Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, Buddhadev Dasgupta, Bahadur Khan, Sharan Rani, Zarin S Sharma
SitarPt Ravi Shankar, Shahid Parvez Khan, Budhaditya Mukherjee, Anushka Shankar, Hara Shankar Bhattacharya, Nikhil Banerjee, Vilayat Khan, Mustaq Ali Khan
ShehnaiBismillah Khan, Krishna Ram Chaudhary, Ali Ahmad Hussain
MridangamKV Prasad, SV Rajarao, Umalayapuram Sivaraman, Palghat Mani Iyer, Karaikudi R Mani, Palghat Raghu
Rudra VeenaAsad Ali Khan
Mohan VeenaPt. Vishwa Mohan Bhat
VeenaZia Mohiuddin Dagar, Ayyagari Syamasundaram, Doraiswamy Iyengar, Chittibabu, Emani Sankara Shastri, Dhanammal, KR Kumaraswamy, Sundaram Balachandrer
ViolinMS Gopalakrishnan, Smt M Rajam, NR Muralidharan, M Chandrasekharan, VG Jog, Lalgudi Jayaraman

Questions related to musicians and their instruments, asked in various exams.

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma passed away recently, he is related to which musical instrument?

Santoor

Ustad Bismillah Khan is associated with which musical instrument?

Shehnai

Amjad Ali Khan is associated with which musical instrument?

Sarod

Alla Rakha Khan is famous for which musical Instrument?

Tabla

M.S. Gopala Krishnan is famous for which musical Instrument?

Violin

Pandit Ravi Shankar is associated with which musical Instrument?

Sitar

Totaram Sharma is associated with which musical Instrument?

Pakhawaj.

R.K Bijapure is associated with which musical Instrument?

Harmonium

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