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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Muhammad Iqbal

    Dec. at 61 (1877-1938)

    BirthplaceSialkot, Pakistan

    Sir Muhammad Iqbal (; Urdu: محمد اِقبال‎; 9 November 1877 – 21 April 1938), widely known as... more on Wikipedia

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    #7 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time#322 of 350 The Most Important Leaders In World History

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    Rabindranath Tagore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Rabindranath Tagore

    Dec. at 80 (1861-1941)

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Rabindranath Tagore ( (listen); born Robindronath Thakur, 7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), and... more on Wikipedia

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    #129 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#487 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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    Sarojini Naidu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Sarojini Naidu

    Dec. at 70 (1879-1949)

    BirthplaceSouth India, Hyderabad, Eurasia, India, Andhra Pradesh

    Sarojini Naidu was an Indian independence activist and poet who earned the sobriquet of... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Sri Aurobindo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Sri Aurobindo

    Dec. at 78 (1872-1950)

    BirthplaceKolkata, Kolkata district, West Bengal, Eurasia, East India

    Sri Aurobindo (born Aurobindo Ghose; 15 August 1872 – 5 December 1950) was an Indian... more on Wikipedia

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    #104 of 191 Freedom Fighters of India#14 of 34 The Best Indian Poets of All Time

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

    BirthplaceGwalior State

    Javed Akhtar (born 17 January 1945) is an Indian political activist, poet, lyricist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Salil Chowdhury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Salil Chowdhury

    Dec. at 72 (1923-1995)

    Birthplace24 Parganas, India

    Salil Chowdhury; 19 November 1925 - 5 September 1995) was an Indian songwriter, music... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Vikram Seth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from India

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Vikram Seth, (born 20 June 1952) is an Indian novelist and poet. He has written several... more on Wikipedia
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    Girish Karnad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from India

    BirthplaceMaharashtra, Eurasia, Chhattisgarh, India, Raigarh district

    Girish Karnad (19 May 1938 – 10 June 2019) was an Indian actor, film director, Kannada writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Gulzar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from India


    Age: 86

    BirthplaceDina, Pakistan, Pakistan

    Sampooran Singh Kalra (born 18 August 1934), known popularly by his pen name Gulzar and also... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Habib Tanvir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Habib Tanvir

    Dec. at 86 (1923-2009)

    BirthplaceRaipur, Chhattisgarh, India

    Habib Tanvir (1 September 1923 – 8 June 2009) was one of the most popular Indian Urdu, Hindi... more on Wikipedia
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    P. Bhaskaran is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from India

    P. Bhaskaran

    Dec. at 83 (1924-2007)

    BirthplaceKodungallur, India

    Pulloottupadathu Bhaskaran alias as P. Bhaskaran (21 April 1924 – 25 February 2007), was a... more on Wikipedia
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Sri Chinmoy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Sri Chinmoy

    Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)

    BirthplaceChittagong District, Bangladesh

    Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, better known as Sri Chinmoy (27 August 1931 – 11 October 2007), was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    P. V. Narasimha Rao is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from India

    P. V. Narasimha Rao

    Dec. at 83 (1921-2004)

    BirthplaceVangara, Karimnagar

    Pamulaparthi Venkata Narasimha Rao (28 June 1921 – 23 December 2004) was an Indian lawyer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Kannadasan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from India


    Dec. at 54 (1927-1981)


    Kannadasan pronunciation (24 June 1927 – 17 October 1981) was an Indian poet and lyricist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Atal Bihari Vajpayee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from India

    BirthplaceGwalior, India

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Hindustani pronunciation: [əʈəl bɪhaːɾiː ʋaːdʒpai]; 25 December 1924 –... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Amrita Pritam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Amrita Pritam

    Dec. at 86 (1919-2005)

    BirthplaceGujranwala, Pakistan

    Amrita Pritam (Gurmukhi: ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਾ ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ) listen (31 August 1919 – 31 October 2005) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Subramanya Bharathi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Subramanya Bharathi

    Dec. at 39 (1882-1921)

    BirthplaceEurasia, India, Ettayapuram, Tamil Nadu, Thoothukudi district

    Chinnaswami Subramania Bharathi, also known as Bharathiyar (11 December 1882 – 11 September... more on Wikipedia
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    Ramdhari Singh Dinkar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Ramdhari Singh Dinkar

    Dec. at 66 (1908-1974)


    Ramdhari Singh "Dinkar" (23 September 1908 – 24 April 1974) was an Indian Hindi poet,... more on Wikipedia
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    Dharamvir Bharati is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Dharamvir Bharati

    Dec. at 71 (1926-1997)

    BirthplaceAllahabad, India

    Dharamvir Bharati (25 December 1926 – 4 September 1997) was a renowned Hindi poet, author,... more on Wikipedia
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    Harivanshrai Bachchan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Harivanshrai Bachchan

    Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)

    BirthplaceAllahabad, India

    Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was an Indian poet of the Nayi Kavita literary movement (romantic... more on Wikipedia
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    Dasaradhi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from India


    Dec. at 62 (1925-1987)

    BirthplaceSouth India, Eurasia, India, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh

    . krishnamacharya, popularly known as Daasarathi, also spelled as Daasharathi (1925–2019)... more on Wikipedia
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    Mamoni Raisom Goswami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Mamoni Raisom Goswami

    Dec. at 69 (1942-2011)

    BirthplaceGuwahati, India

    Indira Goswami (14 November 1942 – 29 November 2011), (Assamese: ইন্দিৰা গোস্বামী), known by... more on Wikipedia
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    Bhargavi Rao is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Bhargavi Rao

    Dec. at 64 (1944-2008)

    BirthplaceBellary, India

    Bhargavi Prabhanjan Rao (14 August 1944 – 23 May 2008), a Sahitya Akademi Awardee, was an... more on Wikipedia
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    Namdeo Dhasal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from India

    Namdeo Dhasal

    Dec. at 65 (1949-2014)

    BirthplacePune, India

    Namdeo Laxman Dhasal (15 February 1949 – 15 January 2014) was a Marathi poet, writer and Dalit... more on Wikipedia