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List of notable or famous poets from India, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in India and even some popular poets who immigrated to India. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. We also lists of famous Indian authors and famous playwrights from India. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from India is included when available.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people of poetry, like Vikram Seth and Rabindranath Tagore. Featuring Hindi poets, 

This historic poets from India list can help answer the questions "Who are some Indian poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from India?" These prominent poets of India may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Indian poets.

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Muhammad Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from India
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Sir Muhammad Iqbal, widely known as Allama Iqbal, was an academic, poet, barrister, philosopher, scholar mystic and politician in British India, who is widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement. He is considered as one of the most important figures in South Asian literature, with literary work in both the Urdu and Persian languages. His grandparents were Kashmiri Pandits, the Brahmins of the Sapru clan from Kashmir who converted to Islam. Iqbal often mentioned and commemorated about his Kashmiri Pandit Brahmin lineage in his writings. Iqbal is admired as a prominent classical poet by Iranian, Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and other international scholars of ...more

Age: Died at 61 (1877-1938)

Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan

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#76 on The Best Poets of the 20th Century

#23 on Freedom Fighters of India

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Rabindranath Tagore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from India
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Rabindranath Tagore, also written Rabīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on ...more

Age: Died at 80 (1861-1941)

Birthplace: Kolkata, India

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#18 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#34 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#1 on The Best Indian Poets of All Time

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Sarojini Naidu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from India
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Sarojini Naidu, also known by the sobriquet as The Nightingale of India, was an Indian independence activist and poet. Naidu served as the first governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh from 1947 to 1949; the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state. She was the second woman to become the president of the Indian National Congress in 1925 and the first Indian woman to do so. ...more

Age: Died at 70 (1879-1949)

Birthplace: Hyderabad, India

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#47 on Freedom Fighters of India

#3 on The Best Indian Poets of All Time

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Sri Aurobindo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from India
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Sri Aurobindo, born Aurobindo Ghose, was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. He joined the Indian movement for independence from British rule, for a while became one of its influential leaders and then became a spiritual reformer, introducing his visions on human progress and spiritual evolution. Aurobindo studied for the Indian Civil Service at King's College, Cambridge, England. After returning to India he took up various civil service works under the maharaja of the princely state of Baroda and began to involve himself in politics. He was imprisoned by the British for writing articles against British rule in India. He was released when no evidence was provided. ...more

Age: Died at 78 (1872-1950)

Birthplace: Kolkata, India

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#7 on The Best Indian Poets of All Time

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