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Famous Writers from India

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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 72
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 59
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 84
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 65
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 76
Ilayaraja is a film music contributor.
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Rajnikanth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from India
age 69
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 71
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
Dec. 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 61
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
Dec. 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 73
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
Dec. 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 90
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 88
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 45
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
Dec. 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 48
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 54
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 45
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
Dec. 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 56
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
Dec. 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 70
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
Dec. 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 66
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