Ismail Darbar is a composer of music for Indian films also known as an Indian film music director. He is from Surat, Gujarat. He played violin for Jatin-Lalit in the movie Khamoshi: The Musical.
Ismail Darbar was one of the four judges on Zee TV’s Indian musical program Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005. The other judges were Jatin-Lalit, Aadesh Shrivastava and Himesh Reshamiyya.
He is was one of the four judges on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 and Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007. He created controversy when he stated that the results of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 were rigged and that either Amanat Ali or Raja Hasan should have won based on popularity, rather than Aneek Dhar.