Music in India has various forms like classical, Hindustani, Carnatic, regional and much more. India is blessed to have gifted musicians, composers and singers who mesmerized people all over the world. These legends popularized the music of India to the world and entertained many like no other.

The masters, wizards, creative and talented legends had a certain set of unique qualities and specialties that made them stand out from the rest. Perhaps, they were born to be greats.

The music prowess of these artists was so powerful that it could not be limited to a single place. This is the reason why their talents overflowed and reached at platforms where the whole world can adore and appreciate them. All of them contributed in popularizing Indian music across the globe.


Rabindranath Tagore, the legend was a poet, musician, artist, painter and much more. He dominated the literary scene for decades in India and was popular all across the world. His poems were translated into English by foreign writers, and thus his literary works became a huge hit in the west, mainly the European countries. This eventually got him the noble prize.

The profoundly sensitive, new, and magnificent poem verses thrilled every listener and reader alike. With the collection of poems like Manasi – 1890, Sonar Tari – 1894, Gitanjali – 1910, Muktadhara-1922, or Yogayog-1929, he touched and expressed all kinds of human emotions. The songs that were written and composed by him are called Rabindrasangeet.

He wrote thousands of songs, inspired by his travels. He was also influenced by English, Irish, and Scottish folk music along with Hindustani classical music.

Saregama has a dedicated music player – Carvaan Mini Rabindrasangeet which contains his most popular works sung by a various popular artist.


M.S. Subbulakshmi, the legendary face of Carnatic music captivated millions of hearts with her perfect voice not only in South India but also the world over. She became a remarkable cultural representative of India to the world by participating in various foreign festivals. Some of them include the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, Festival of India hosted by Moscow, Russia and many others in Canada and the far east.

Wherever she went, she made her mark and these memories were imprinted in the hearts and minds of the people. Over seven decades of a music career, she became an unsurpassed phenomenon in Carnatic music. Her admirers included Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru and the millions of fans who still remember the mesmerizing voice of this Carnatic legend.

Carvaan Mini M. S. Subbulakshmi. The collection consists of 251 devotional as well as Carnatic classical songs sung by the legend herself. She is synonymous with Suprabhatam songs, Dhyanam songs and more. Some of the popular hits are Dolayam”, “Hanuman Chalisa”, “Deva Devam Bhaje”, “Nagumomu” and many more which the writing itself cannot contain.  


A gifted artist and musical persona, she is among the only 5 women to be awarded the highest civilian award of India, Bharat Ratna. Fondly remembered as the Nightingale of Bollywood, She also sang some of the most songs in Bollywood and collaborated with legends like Kishore Kumar, Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi, the singing stars of the Bollywood’s golden era.

The greatest old Hindi songs collection is incomplete without the hits given by her.  She also became the heartthrob of the nation and evoked patriotism in the conscience of Indians with her beautiful voice. She is synonymous with the melody and contributed greatly to the music evolution in India.

In her singing career spanning seven decades, it is believed that she sang thousands of old Hindi songs and gave her voice for songs in more than 20 Indian languages.


An inspiration to the new music composers R. D. Burman was one of the most celebrated legends in the Bollywood music industry. He brought western elements into Indian music. In the late 1960s, ‘Pancham Da’ as he was lovingly remembered, changed the face of Bollywood songs and music. He defied the trends of the time. His music compositions were contemporary and at the same time unconventional.

He was one of the few music directors who composed enchanting cabaret songs for Bollywood movies in that era. One of the features of R. D. Burman songs is that they are timeless. Years have gone by, but the love for his brilliant compositions and reach is phenomenal.

Recently, an international brand like Apple used one of its compositions for an advertisement.


The modern maestro A. R. Rahman has been instrumental in revolutionizing the Indian music of today. The living legend has charmed the audience in both the southern and northern parts of India. His melodious composition from the 1990s up until now has been captivating and magical. You can listen to the maestros composition in Carvaan Mini Tamil Legends.

He is the only artist to win an Oscar and many national and international recognition and appreciation in the form of Academy awards, Grammy awards, Golden Globe, National awards, and Filmfare awards.

He has collaborated with artists from across the world and represented India internationally.

Carvaan Premium with a pre-loaded collection of 5000 Bollywood songs is sure to evoke nostalgic memories. The artists include Lata Mangeshkar, R. D. Burman, and others.

These music legends along with others like Ustad Bismilla Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bhupen Hazarika who made an unmatchable contribution to the music scene in India which in turn was received wholeheartedly by the music community all over the world.


Listen to the popular mp3 songs of the legends with Saregama and its wide range of digital audio players like Carvaan, Carvaan Go, Carvaan Mini, variants.

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