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List of famous writers from India, listed alphabetically with photos when available. India is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Indian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of India and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

Jayant Kaikini and A. L. Vijay are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Indian writers?" and "Which writers are from India?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of India in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in India, but they're all of India descent.

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Salman Rushdie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 71 Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981. Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. He ...more

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Mohanlal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 58 Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair better known as Mohanlal is an Indian actor, film producer, singer and writer best known for his work in Malayalam films. Film critics, contemporaries, and other ...more

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Kader Khan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 83 Kader Khan is an Indian film actor, comedian, script and dialogue writer, as well as director. He has appeared in over 300 films after his debut in the 1973 film Daag in which he acted as a ...more

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Kamal Haasan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 64 Kamal Haasan is an actor, screenwriter and film producer.

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Ilaiyaraaja is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 75 Ilayaraja is a film music contributor.

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Rajnikanth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 68 Rajinikanth is an Indian film actor, media personality, and cultural icon. Rajinikanth struggled as an impoverished child. He began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport ...more

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Nedumudi Venu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 70 K. Venu Gopal, known popularly by his stage name Nedumudi Venu, is a veteran Malayalam film actor from Kerala, India. He has also written screenplays and has directed one film.

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Jiddu Krishnamurti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 91 (1895-1986) Jiddu Krishnamurti was an Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and ...more

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S. T. Joshi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 60 Sunand Tryambak Joshi, known as S. T. Joshi, is an Indian American literary critic, novelist, and a leading figure in the study of H. P. Lovecraft and other authors of weird and fantastic ...more

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Dev Anand is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 88 (1923-2011) Dharam Devdutt Pishorimal Anand, better known as Dev Anand, was an Indian film actor, writer, director and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. Part of the Anand family, he co-founded ...more

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Mahmood Mamdani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 72 Professor Mahmood Mamdani is a Ugandan academic, author and political commentator. He is the Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research, the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at ...more

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Satyajit Ray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 71 (1921-1992) Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker. He is considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of ...more

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Saeed Jaffrey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 89 Saeed Jaffrey OBE is an Indian-born British actor, who has appeared in numerous British movies. He was born in Malerkotla, Punjab. His film credits include The Man Who Would Be King, Shatranj Ke ...more

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S.L. Bhyrappa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 87 Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa, is a Kannada novelist whose works are immensely popular within and beyond his home state of Karnataka, India. Bhyrappa is widely regarded as one of India's ...more

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Chetan Bhagat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 44 Chetan Bhagat is a well known Indian English writer, known for his bestselling about young urban middle-class Indians. Bhagat is also columnist for newspapers such as The Times of India and ...more

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Mehmood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 72 (1932-2004) Mehmood Ali, popularly known simply as Mehmood, was an Indian actor, singer, director and producer best known for playing comic roles in Hindi films. During his career of more than four decades, ...more

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Rajpal Yadav is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 47 Rajpal Yadav is an Indian film actor,comedian, known for his comic roles in Hindi cinema.

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Aamir Khan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 53 Aamir Khan is an Indian film actor, director, producer and television presenter. Through his successful career in Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and ...more

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 44 Aimee Nezhukumatathil is an Asian American poet, best known for her jovial and accessible reading style and lush descriptions of exotic foods and landscapes. Nezhukumatathil draws upon her ...more

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Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 87 (1904-1991) Goruru Ramaswamy Iyengar, popularly known as Goruru, was a Kannada writer; well known for his humour and satire.

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Amitava Kumar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 55 Amitava Kumar is an Indian writer and journalist who is Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair at Vassar College.

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Kuvempu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 90 (1904-1994) Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, popularly known by the pen name Kuvempu or by K. V. Puttappa, was a Kannada novelist, poet, playwright, critic and thinker. He is widely regarded as the greatest ...more

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Rakesh Roshan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 69 Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath, better known as Rakesh Roshan, is an Indian producer, director and former actor in Bollywood films. He is known for having the greatest hero roles in many films in the ...more

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M. Govinda Pai is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 80 (1883-1963) Manjeshwar Govinda Pai, also known as Rastrakavi Govinda Pai, was a Kannada poet. He was awarded the first Rashtrakavi title by the Madras Government. Rashtrakavi M. Govinda Pai was the one who ...more

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Manjula Padmanabhan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 65 Manjula Padmanabhan is a playwright, journalist, comic strip artist, and children's book author of the award winning play Harvest.She won the Greek Onassis Award for this play. She has written ...more

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A. N. Krishna Rao is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 63 (1908-1971) A. N. Krishna Rao, popularly known as Anakru, was an Indian writer. He is one of the best-known writers in the Kannada language and was popularly known as Kadambari Sarvabhouma. The inception of ...more

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D. R. Bendre is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died 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

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P. T. Narasimhachar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 93 (1905-1998) Purohita Thirunarayana Narasimhachar, commonly known as PuTiNa, was a playwright and poet in the Kannada language. Along with, Kuvempu and D. R. Bendre, he forms the well-known trio of Kannada ...more

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Jankidas Mehra is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 93 (1910-2003) Jankidas Mehra was a prolific Indian film actor of Hindi Cinema, cyclist, production designer and writer. He made over 1000 film appearances between the 1930s and 1997.

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K. Shivaram Karanth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 95 (1902-1997) Kota Shivaram Karanth was a Kannada writer, social activist, environmentalist, Yakshagana artist, film maker and thinker. He was described as the "Rabindranath Tagore of Modern India, who ...more

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Utpal Dutt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 64 (1929-1993) Utpal Dutta was an Indian actor, director, and writer-playwright. He was primarily an actor in Bengali theatre, where he became a pioneering figure in Modern Indian theatre, when he founded the ...more

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B. M. Srikantaiah is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 62 (1884-1946) B M Srikanthaiah was an author, writer and translator of Kannada literature.

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K. S. Nissar Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 82 K.S. Nissar Ahmed is a prominent Indian poet and writer in Kannada language. His full name is Kokkare Hosahalli Shekh Haider Nissar Ahmed. His father, K.S. Haider was a sanitary inspector and a ...more

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Rabindranath Tagore is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died 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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G. S. Shivarudrappa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 87 (1926-2013) G. S. Shivarudrappa was a Kannada poet, writer and researcher who was awarded the title of Rashtrakavi by the Government of Karnataka on 1 November 2006.

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Raj Kapoor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 64 (1924-1988) Ranbir Raj Kapoor, also known as "The Show Man", was a noted Indian film actor, producer and director of Hindi cinema. He was the winner of two National Film Awards and nine Filmfare ...more

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Sreenivasan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 62 Sreenivasan is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, director, and producer known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He has written for over 50 films and has acted in over 200 films. Sreenivasan ...more

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Bharat Bhushan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 72 (1920-1992) Bharat Bhushan was an Indian Bollywood actor, scriptwriter and producer, who is best remembered for playing Baiju Bawra in the 1952 film of the same name. He was born in Meerut, and brought up ...more

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N. T. Rama Rao is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 73 (1923-1996) Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as N. T. Rama Rao, Annagaru or by his initials NTR, was an Indian film actor, director, producer, and politician who also served as the Chief Minister ...more

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Murali is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 55 (1954-2009) Murali is an actor.

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Gulzar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 84 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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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 79 (1869-1948) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and ...more

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Manoj Kumar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 81 Manoj Kumar is an award-winning Indian actor and director in the Bollywood film industry. He is remembered for his films Hariyali Aur Raasta, Woh Kaun Thi?, Himalaya Ki God Mein, Do Badan, ...more

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Himesh Reshammiya is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 45 Himesh Reshammiya is an Indian music director, singer, film actor, television producer, lyricist, film producer, film writer and distributor.

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Rajneesh is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died at 59 (1931-1990) Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Acharya Rajneesh from the 1960s onwards, as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh during the 1970s and 1980s, and as Osho from 1989, was an Indian mystic, guru and spiritual ...more

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Satish Kaushik is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 62 Satish Kaushik is an Indian film director, producer and actor in primarily Hindi films and theatre. As a film actor he is noted for his roles as 'Calendar' in Mr. India, and as 'Chanu Ahmed' in ...more

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Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 70 Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan is an Indian actress and politician. She is an alumna of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Bachchan is the wife of Amitabh Bachchan, and is the mother of ...more

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Amrita Pritam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from India
Died 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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Nana Patekar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 67 Vishwanath "Nana" Patekar is an Indian actor, writer and filmmaker.

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Deepak Chopra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 71 Deepak Chopra is an Indian-born American author and public speaker. He is an alternative medicine advocate and a promoter of popular forms of spirituality, who has been described by the New York ...more