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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)

Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan

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

Birthplace: Kolkata, India

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 ...more

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

Birthplace: South India, Hyderabad, Eurasia, India, Andhra Pradesh

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, ...more

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

Birthplace: Kolkata, Kolkata district, West Bengal, Eurasia, East India, + more

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 ...more

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Javed Akhtar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from India
Age: 74

Birthplace: Gwalior State

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 ...more
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Salil Chowdhury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 72 (1923-1995)

Birthplace: 24 Parganas, India

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 ...more
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Vikram Seth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from India
Age: 66

Birthplace: Kolkata, India

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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Girish Karnad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from India
Age: 80

Birthplace: Maharashtra, Eurasia, Chhattisgarh, India, Raigarh district, + more

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 ...more
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Gulzar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from India
Age: 84

Birthplace: Dina, Pakistan, Pakistan

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

Birthplace: Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India

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 ...more
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P. Bhaskaran is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 83 (1924-2007)

Birthplace: Kodungallur, India

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 ...more
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Kālidāsa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from India
Kālidāsa

Birthplace: Gupta Empire

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 ...more

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Sri Chinmoy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

Birthplace: Chittagong District, Bangladesh

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. ...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)

Birthplace: Vangara, Karimnagar

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 ...more
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Kannadasan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 54 (1927-1981)

Birthplace: Sirukoodalpatti

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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Atal Bihari Vajpayee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from India
Age: 94

Birthplace: Gwalior, India

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 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 86 (1919-2005)

Birthplace: Gujranwala, Pakistan

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 ...more
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Subramanya Bharathi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 39 (1882-1921)

Birthplace: Eurasia, India, Ettayapuram, Tamil Nadu, Thoothukudi district

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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 66 (1908-1974)

Birthplace: Simaria

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. ...more
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Dharamvir Bharati is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 71 (1926-1997)

Birthplace: Allahabad, India

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 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

Birthplace: Allahabad, India

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 ...more
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Dasaradhi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 62 (1925-1987)

Birthplace: South India, Eurasia, India, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh, + more

. 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 ...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)

Birthplace: Guwahati, India

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 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 64 (1944-2008)

Birthplace: Bellary, India

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 ...more
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Namdeo Dhasal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from India
Dec. at 65 (1949-2014)

Birthplace: Pune, India

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 ...more