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Famous Poets from India

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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.

Use this list of renowned Indian poets to discover some new poets that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 

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    Muhammad Iqbal

    Dec. at 61 (1877-1938)

    BirthplaceSialkot, Pakistan

    GenderMale

    Sir Muhammad Iqbal (; Urdu: محمد اِقبال‎; 9 November 1877 – 21 April 1938), widely known as Allama Iqbal was a poet, philosopher and politician, as well as an academic, barrister and scholar in...  more

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    Rabindranath Tagore

    Dec. at 80 (1861-1941)

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    GenderMale

    Rabindranath Tagore ( (listen); born Robindronath Thakur, 7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), and also known by his sobriquets Gurudev, Kabiguru, and Biswakabi, was a polymath, poet, musician, and artist...  more

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    Sarojini Naidu

    Dec. at 70 (1879-1949)

    BirthplaceHyderabad, India

    GenderFemale

    Sarojini Naidu was an Indian independence activist and poet who earned the sobriquet of Nightingale of India. She was born in a Bengali Hindu family in Hyderabad. She was educated in Chennai, London...  more
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    Sri Aurobindo

    Dec. at 78 (1872-1950)

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    GenderMale

    Sri Aurobindo (born Aurobindo Ghose; 15 August 1872 – 5 December 1950) was an Indian philosopher, yogi, guru, poet, and nationalist. He joined the Indian movement for independence from British rule,...  more

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    BirthplaceGwalior, India

    GenderMale

    Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is an Indian political activist, poet, lyricist and screenwriter, originally from Gwalior area. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (1999), Padma Bhushan (2007),...  more
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    Salil Chowdhury

    Dec. at 72 (1923-1995)

    Birthplace24 Parganas, India

    GenderMale

    Salil Chowdhury; 19 November 1925 - 5 September 1995) was an Indian songwriter, music director, lyricist , writer and poet, who predominantly composed for Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam films. He went...  more
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    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    GenderMale

    Vikram Seth, (born 20 June 1952) is an Indian novelist and poet. He has written several novels and poetry books. He has received several awards such as Padma Shri, Sahitya Academy Award, Pravasi...  more
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    BirthplaceMatheran, India

    GenderMale

    Girish Karnad (19 May 1938 – 10 June 2019) was an Indian actor, film director, Kannada writer, playwright and a Rhodes Scholar, who predominantly worked in South Indian cinema and Bollywood. His rise...  more
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    Gulzar

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceDina, Pakistan, Pakistan

    GenderMale

    Sampooran Singh Kalra (born 18 August 1934), known popularly by his pen name Gulzar and also Gulzar Saab, is an Academy Award winning Indian film director, lyricist and poet. Born in Jhelum District...  more
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    Habib Tanvir

    Dec. at 86 (1923-2009)

    BirthplaceRaipur, Chhattisgarh, India

    GenderMale

    Habib Tanvir (1 September 1923 – 8 June 2009) was one of the most popular Indian Urdu, Hindi playwrights, a theatre director, poet and actor. He was the writer of plays such as, Agra Bazar (1954) and...  more
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    P. Bhaskaran

    Dec. at 83 (1924-2007)

    BirthplaceKodungallur, India

    GenderMale

    Pulloottupadathu Bhaskaran alias as P. Bhaskaran (21 April 1924 – 25 February 2007), was a Malayalam poet, lyricist of Malayalam film songs and filmmaker. He penned more than 3000 songs for about 250...  more
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    Kālidāsa

    Kālidāsa was a Classical Sanskrit writer, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language of India. His plays and poetry are primarily based on the Vedas, the Ramayana,...  more
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    Sri Chinmoy

    Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

    BirthplaceChittagong District, Bangladesh

    GenderMale

    Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, better known as Sri Chinmoy (27 August 1931 – 11 October 2007), was an Indian spiritual leader who taught meditation in the West after moving to New York City in 1964. Chinmoy...  more
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    P. V. Narasimha Rao

    Dec. at 83 (1921-2004)

    BirthplaceVangara, Karimnagar

    GenderMale

    Pamulaparthi Venkata Narasimha Rao (28 June 1921 – 23 December 2004) was an Indian lawyer and politician who served as the 9th Prime Minister of India from 1991 to 1996. His ascendancy to the prime...  more
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    Kannadasan

    Dec. at 54 (1927-1981)

    BirthplaceSirukoodalpatti

    GenderMale

    Kannadasan pronunciation (24 June 1927 – 17 October 1981) was an Indian poet and lyricist, heralded as one of the greatest and most important lyricists in India. Frequently called Kaviarasu or...  more
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    BirthplaceGwalior, India

    GenderMale

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Hindustani pronunciation: [əʈəl bɪhaːɾiː ʋaːdʒpai]; 25 December 1924 – 16 August 2018) was an Indian politician, statesman and a poet who served three terms as the Prime...  more
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    Amrita Pritam

    Dec. at 86 (1919-2005)

    BirthplaceGujranwala, Pakistan

    GenderFemale

    Amrita Pritam (Gurmukhi: ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਾ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ) listen (31 August 1919 – 31 October 2005) was an Indian novelist, essayist and poet, who wrote in Punjabi and Hindi. She is considered the first prominent...  more
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    Subramanya Bharathi

    Dec. at 39 (1882-1921)

    BirthplaceEttayapuram, India

    GenderMale

    Chinnaswami Subramania Bharathi, also known as Bharathiyar (11 December 1882 – 11 September 1921), was a Tamil writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist , a social reformer and a...  more
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    Ramdhari Singh Dinkar

    Dec. at 66 (1908-1974)

    BirthplaceSimaria

    GenderMale

    Ramdhari Singh "Dinkar" (23 September 1908 – 24 April 1974) was an Indian Hindi poet, essayist, patriot and academic, who is considered as one of the most important modern Hindi poets. He remerged as...  more
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    Dharamvir Bharati

    Dec. at 71 (1926-1997)

    BirthplaceAllahabad, India

    GenderMale

    Dharamvir Bharati (25 December 1926 – 4 September 1997) was a renowned Hindi poet, author, playwright and a social thinker of India. He was the chief editor of the popular Hindi weekly magazine...  more
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    Harivanshrai Bachchan

    Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

    BirthplaceAllahabad, India

    GenderMale

    Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was an Indian poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement (romantic upsurge) of early 20th century Hindi literature. Born in a Hindu Awadhi Indian Srivastava Kayastha family,...  more
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    Dasaradhi

    Dec. at 62 (1925-1987)

    BirthplaceWarangal, India

    GenderMale

    . krishnamacharya, popularly known as Daasarathi, also spelled as Daasharathi (1925–2019) ({{lang-te|దాశరధి కృష్ణమాచార్య})లుwas a Telugu poet and writer. Daasarathi holds the titles Abhyudhaya kavi...  more
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    Mamoni Raisom Goswami

    Dec. at 69 (1942-2011)

    BirthplaceGuwahati, India

    GenderFemale

    Indira Goswami (14 November 1942 – 29 November 2011), (Assamese: ইন্দিৰা গোস্বামী), known by her pen name Mamoni Raisom Goswami and popularly as Mamoni Baideo, was an Assamese editor, poet,...  more
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    Bhargavi Rao

    Dec. at 64 (1944-2008)

    BirthplaceBellary, India

    GenderFemale

    Bhargavi Prabhanjan Rao (14 August 1944 – 23 May 2008), a Sahitya Akademi Awardee, was an eminent translator in Telugu Literature. She was actively involved in translating various works of celebrated...  more
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    Namdeo Dhasal

    Dec. at 65 (1949-2014)

    BirthplacePune, India

    GenderMale

    Namdeo Laxman Dhasal (15 February 1949 – 15 January 2014) was a Marathi poet, writer and Dalit activist from Maharashtra, India. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and a Lifetime Achievement Award...  more