Best Music Directors in South India & Their First Ever Hit Songs

Numerous factors that determine the extent of success for a film & music are one of them. Music has the same importance in a movie just like the story of the movie or any other sections. Here below is the list of the famous Music directors in the South film industry and their remuneration.

A. R. Rahman

Speaking on the topic of the best music directors in India down south, the one name that comes at the top of the list is A. R. Rahman.  Music composers like Ilayaraja, RD Burman, MSV, Nadeem Shravan who are considered as legends in the musical department have limited themselves to a particular region or language & this is where A.R. Rahman differs from others. Rahman has a unique talent & he proved his skills all over the world. His music is loved by people of all ages and across all regions.

He has taken Indian music to a whole new level & brought it global recognition by winning Oscar. He started composing music for films with Roja (1992) & the music composed for this film is simply mesmerizing and it spellbinds the audience even to date.

He charges around 5 Crores (Based on movie budget)











llaiyaraaja is a legend of the music industry in South India. His music directly touches the hearts of people & has a long-lasting impact on the listeners. His music has a special vibe unlike the music directors of this generation. His music is very powerful in that it can hypnotize music lovers & even those who have minimal interest in music would also get easily connected to Ilaiyaraaja’s music composition.

All his compositions are quite soulful and of course, are limited to the Southern languages & this is the reason why most of the people from the north aren’t aware of his works. So far, he has composed for 950+ movies in 5 different languages & has 3 National Awards for his songs & 1 National Award for Background Score to his name. Ilayaraja’s break into music for films came with Annakili (1976).

Ilaiyraaja charges around 5 Crores (Based on movie budget).


M M Keeravani

He’s a legend in the Indian music industry and is capable of composing anything. Keeravani’s break into music for films came with Ram Gopal Varma’s Kshana Kshanam movie starring Venkatesh and Sri Devi. From there he went on to become one of the biggest music composers of all time & he shot to fame internationally with the SS Rajamouli’s Bahubali- The Beginning and Bahubali- The Conclusion. He also composed movies for a number of devotional movies like Sri Ramadasu, Shirdi Sai, etc.

Keeravani charges around 75 Lakhs to 1.5 Crore (Based on movie budget).


Devi Sri Prasad

Since his first movie, Devi Sri Prasad has become the heartthrob of the youth. He has his own style in music composition & his work is loved by people of different age groups alike.  His songs are quite common in the South Indian dance clubs & people love to dance to his songs. His passion for music can be clearly seen in his movies & improved his standards with every song. He has successfully composed music for all the superstars in the south film industry & he’s undoubtedly one of the most popular musicians in the Telugu Film industry.

Besides being an expert in composing music for melody and mass songs, he’s also best classical, western, and folk. Devi Sri Prasad’s break into music for films came with the film ‘Devi’ in 1992 which was directed by Kodi Ramakrishna.

Devi Sri Prasad charges around 1.5 to 2 Crores.

Other popular music composers like Chakri, Mani Sharma, Thaman, Anup Rubens, Mickey J Meyer, Anirudh Ravi Chander are worth mentioning in the list.


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