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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
Dec. at 61 (1877-1938) 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 ...more

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Rabindranath Tagore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 80 (1861-1941) 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 ...more

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Sarojini Naidu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 70 (1879-1949) 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 ...more

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Sri Aurobindo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 78 (1872-1950) 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 ...more

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Javed Akhtar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 73 Javed Akhtar is a poet, lyricist and scriptwriter from India. Akhtar is a mainstream writer and some of his most successful work was carried out with Salim Khan as half of the script-writing duo ...more

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Salil Chowdhury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 72 (1923-1995) Salil Chowdhury was an Indian music composer, who mainly composed for Bengali, Hindi and Malayalam films. He was also a poet and a playwright. He is affectionately called Salilda by his ...more

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Vikram Seth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 65 Vikram Seth is an Indian novelist and poet. He has written several novels and poetry books. He has received several awards including Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, ...more

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Girish Karnad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 79 Girish Raghunath Karnad is a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director in Kannada language. His rise as a playwright in 1960s, marked the coming of age of modern ...more

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Gulzar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 83 Sampooran Singh Kalra, known popularly by his pen name Gulzar, is an Indian poet, lyricist and film director. Born in Jhelum District in British India, his family moved to India after partition. ...more

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Habib Tanvir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 86 (1923-2009) Ahmad Khan is an actor.

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P. Bhaskaran is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 83 (1924-2007) Pulloottupadathu Bhaskara Menon, better known as P. Bhaskaran, was a famous Malayalam poet and lyricist of Malayalam film songs. He penned more than 3000 songs for about 250 films. He also ...more

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Kālidāsa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from India
Kālidāsa was a Classical Sanskrit writer, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language. His floruit cannot be dated with precision, but most likely falls within ...more

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Sri Chinmoy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007) Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, better known as Sri Chinmoy, was an Indian spiritual master who taught meditation in the West after moving to New York City in 1964. Chinmoy established his first meditation ...more

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P. V. Narasimha Rao is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 83 (1921-2004) Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao was an Indian lawyer and politician who served as the tenth Prime Minister of India. His ascendancy to the prime ministership was politically significant in ...more

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Kannadasan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 54 (1927-1981) Kannadasan was a Tamil poet and lyricist, heralded as one of the greatest and most important writers in the Tamil language. Frequently called Kaviarasu, Kannadasan was most familiar for his song ...more

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 93 Atal Bihari Vajpayee is an Indian statesman who was the eleventh Prime Minister of India, first for 13 days in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004. A leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he is the ...more

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Amrita Pritam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 86 (1919-2005) Amrita Pritam was an Indian writer and poet, who wrote in Punjabi and Hindi. She is considered the first prominent woman Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist, and the leading 20th-century poet ...more

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Subramanya Bharathi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 39 (1882-1921) Chinnaswami Subramania Bharatiyar was an Indian writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist and social reformer from Tamil Nadu, India. Popularly known as "Mahakavi ...more

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Ramdhari Singh Dinkar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 66 (1908-1974) Ramdhari Sinha 'Dinkar' was an Indian Hindi poet, essayist, patriot and academic, who is considered as one of the most important modern Hindi poets. He remerged as a poet of rebellion as a ...more

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Dharamvir Bharati is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 71 (1926-1997) Dr. Dharamvir Bharati was a renowned Hindi poet, author, playwright and a social thinker of India. He was the Chief-Editor of the popular Hindi weekly magazine Dharmayug, from 1960 till his ...more

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Harivanshrai Bachchan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003) Harivansh Rai Shrivastav alias Bachchan was a noted Indian poet of the Chhayavaad literary movement of early 20th century Hindi literature. Born in a Srivastava Kayastha family, in the village ...more

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Dasaradhi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 62 (1925-1987) Daasarathi Krishnamacharyulu, popularly known as Daasarathi was a Telugu Poet and Writer. Daasarathi holds the titles Abhyudhaya Kavi and Kalaprapurna. He was also the recipient of Sahitya ...more

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Mamoni Raisom Goswami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 69 (1942-2011) Indira Goswami was a writer.

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Bhargavi Rao is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 64 (1944-2008) Bhargavi Prabhanjan Rao, a Sahitya Akademi Awardee, was an eminent translator in Telugu Literature. She was actively involved in Translating various works of celebrated author and playwright ...more

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Namdeo Dhasal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 65 (1949-2014) Namdeo Laxman Dhasal was a Marathi poet, writer and Human Rights activist from Maharashtra, India. He won the Padma Shri in 1999 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sahitya Akademi in ...more

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Dilip Chitre is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 71 (1938-2009) Dilip Purushottam Chitre was one of the foremost Indian writers and critics to emerge in the post Independence India. Apart from being a very important bilingual writer, writing in Marathi and ...more

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Firaq Gorakhpuri is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 86 (1896-1982) Raghupati Sahay, better known under his pen name Firaq Gorakhpuri, was a writer, critic, and, according to one commentator, one of the most noted contemporary Urdu poets from India. He ...more

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A. N. Prahlada Rao is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 64 A. N. Prahlada Rao is an Indian author and Kannada-language crossword compiler.

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Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 56 (1894-1950) Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay was an Indian Bengali author and one of the leading writers of modern Bengali literature. His best known work is the autobiographical novel, Pather Panchali, which ...more

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Irom Chanu Sharmila is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 46 Irom Chanu Sharmila, also known as the "Iron Lady of Manipur" or "Mengoubi" is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Indian state of Manipur. On 2 ...more

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Jibanananda Das is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 55 (1899-1954) Jibanananda Das was a Bengali poet, writer, novelist and essayist. Dimly recognised during his lifetime, today Das is acknowledged as “the premier poet of the post-Tagore era in India" and ...more

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Soumitra Chatterjee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 83 Soumitra Chatterjee or Soumitra Chattopadhyay is an Indian film and stage actor and poet. He is best known for his collaborations with film director Satyajit Ray, with whom he worked in fourteen ...more

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Makhanlal Chaturvedi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 79 (1889-1968) Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi, also called Panditji, was an Indian poet, writer, essayist, playwright and a journalist who is particularly remembered for his participation in India's national ...more

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Balachandran Chullikadu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 60 Balachandran Chullikkadu is a renowned Malayalam poet, lyricist and film actor.

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Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothi... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 68 Kaithapram Damodharan Namboothiri is a film music contributor.

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Munshi Premchand is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 56 (1880-1936) Premchand, better known as Munshi Premchand, Munshi being an honorary prefix, was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindustani literature. He is one of the most celebrated writers of the ...more

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Guru Thakur is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Poets from India
Guru Thakur is a contemporary, Marathi Poet, lyricist, Script Writer, actor and Playwright. Guru was born and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. While he began his career as a newspaper ...more

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Chandrashekhara Kambara is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 81 Chandrashekhara Kambara is a prominent poet, playwright, folklorist, film director in Kannada language and the founder-vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. He is known for effective ...more

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Rajyalakshmi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 35 (1930-1965) Rajyalakshmi is an actress.

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Kavi Pradeep is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998) Pradeep is a film score composer.

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Ashapoorna Devi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 86 (1909-1995) Ashapurna Devi is a screenwriter.

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Bhupen Hazarika is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 85 (1926-2011) Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam. His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, are marked by humanity and ...more

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Majrooh Sultanpuri is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 81 (1919-2000) Majrooh Sultanpuri was an Urdu poet, lyricist and songwriter. He was one of the dominating musical forces in Indian Cinema in the 1950s and early 1960s and was an important figure in the ...more

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Verma Malik is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 84 (1925-2009) Verma Malik was a Bollywood lyricist. He was an active freedom fighter during the British Raj. He wrote many patriotic songs and lived in India after partition. He wrote Bhajan and recited them ...more

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Makarand Paranjape is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 57 Makarand Paranjape is an Indian poet and professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.

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Henry Louis Vivan Derozio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 22 (1809-1831) Henry Louis Vivian Derozio was an Indian poet and assistant headmaster of Hindu College, Kolkata, a radical thinker and one of the first Indian educators to disseminate Western learning and ...more

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Premendra Mitra is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 84 (1904-1988) Premendra Mitra was a renowned Bengali poet, novelist, short story and thrillers writer and film director. He was also Bengal's most famous practitioners of science fiction in its own language. ...more

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Ruskin Bond is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 83 Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent. The Indian Council for Child Education recognised his pioneering role in the growth of children's literature in India, and awarded him the ...more

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Sreekumaran Thampi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Poets from India
age 78 Sreekumaran Thampi is a lyricist, director, producer, and screenwriter in Malayalam cinema.

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D. R. Bendre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 85 (1896-1981) Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre, polularly known as Da. Ra. Bendre, was one of the most notable of Kannada poets of the Navodaya Period. He was given the honorific Varakavi. Bendre was awarded the ...more