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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.
  • 1
    Salman Rushdie

    Salman Rushdie

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    NationalityIndia, United Kingdom

    WorksThe Satanic Verses, Midnight's Children, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Midnight's Children, Shame

    Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His... more on Wikipedia


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  • 2


    Age: 60

    BirthplacePathanamthitta, India, Elanthoor


    WorksOnnanam Kunnil Oradi Kunnil

    Mohanlal Viswanathan (born 21 May 1960), better known as Mohanlal, is an Indian actor,... more on Wikipedia

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    #707 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History#6 of 56 The Best Malayalam Actors of All Time

  • 3
    Kader Khan

    Kader Khan

    Age: 85

    BirthplacePakistan, Pishin, Pakistan

    NationalityCanada, Pakistan, India

    WorksNaseeb, Chhailla Babu, Roti, Satte Pe Satta, Fiffty Fiffty

    Kader Khan (Pashto: قادر خان‎ Qâder Xân; 22 October 1937 – 31 December 2018) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Kamal Haasan

    BirthplaceParamakudi, India


    WorksVishwaroopam, Hey Ram, Thevar Magan, Dasavathaaram, Virumandi

    Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, dancer, film director, screenwriter, producer, playback... more on Wikipedia

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    #1627 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#21 of 68 The Top South Indian Actors of Today

  • 5

    BirthplacePannaipuram, Theni, India


    Ilaiyaraaja (born Gnanathesikan; 2 June 1943) is an Indian film composer, singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    #64 of 134 The Greatest Singers of Indian Cinema#2 of 89 The Greatest Indian Music Directors of All Time

  • 6


    Age: 70

    BirthplaceBangalore, India


    WorksBaba, Valli

    Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (born 12 December 1950), known by his mononymous stage name Rajinikanth,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Nedumudi Venu

    BirthplaceNedumudi, India


    WorksAngene Oru Avadhikkalathu, Rasam

    Kesavan Venugopal Nair (born 22 May 1948), known popularly by his stage name Nedumudi Venu, is... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

    Jiddu Krishnamurti

    Dec. at 91 (1895-1986)

    BirthplaceMadanapalle, India


    WorksAt the Feet of the Master, Beginnings of learning, Krishnamurti's Notebook, The path, Talks & dialogues

    Jiddu Krishnamurti (; 12 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was an Indian philosopher, speaker and... more on Wikipedia


    #879 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time#704 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • 9
    S. T. Joshi

    BirthplacePune, India

    NationalityIndia, United States of America

    WorksSixty Years of Arkham House, In Defense of Dagon, More Annotated H. P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, Five Novels

    Sunand Tryambak Joshi (born 22 June 1958) is an American writer interested in weird and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Dev Anand

    Dev Anand

    Dec. at 88 (1923-2011)

    BirthplaceShakargarh Tehsil


    WorksHeera Panna, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Prem Pujari, Des Pardes, Sachché Ká Bol-Bálá

    Dharamdev Pishorimal Anand (26 September 1923 – 3 December 2011), known as Dev Anand, was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Mahmood Mamdani

    BirthplaceMumbai, India


    WorksWhen Victims Become Killers, Beyond Rights Talk and Culture Talk, Identity, Uganda Studies in Labour, African Studies in Social Movements and Democracy

    Mahmood Mamdani, FBA (born 23 April 1946) is a Ugandan academic, author, and political... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Satyajit Ray

    Satyajit Ray

    Dec. at 71 (1921-1992)

    BirthplaceKolkata, India


    WorksThe World of Apu, Aparajito, Pather Panchali, The Chess Players, The Music Room

    Satyajit Ray (Bengali pronunciation: [ˈʃɔtːodʒit ˈrai̯] (listen); 2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992)... more on Wikipedia

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    #102 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#55 of 139 The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

  • 13
    Saeed Jaffrey

    BirthplaceMalerkotla, India

    NationalityIndia, United Kingdom

    WorksHeat and Dust, The Foolish Crow, Saeed, The Musical Donkey (Karadi Tales), The Monkey King (Karadi Tales)

    Saeed Jaffrey (8 January 1929 – 15 November 2015) was an Indian-British actor whose... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    S.L. Bhyrappa

    BirthplaceChannarayapatna, India


    WorksTantu, Nāyi-neraḷu, Añcu, Parva, Aavarana

    Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa (Kannada: ಸಂತೇಶಿವರ ಲಿಂಗಣ್ಣಯ್ಯ ಭೈರಪ್ಪ) (born 26 July 1934) is... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Chetan Bhagat

    BirthplaceNew Delhi, India


    WorksHello, Brothers for Life, 2 States, Kick, The 3 Mistakes of My Life

    Chetan Bhagat (born 22 April 1974) is an Indian author, columnist, screenwriter and... more on Wikipedia

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    #122 of 137 The Best Romance Novelists of All Time#93 of 103 The Best Young Adult Authors

  • 16


    Dec. at 72 (1932-2004)

    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai


    WorksJanta Hawaldar

    Mehmood Ali (29 September 1932 – 23 July 2004), popularly known simply as Mehmood, was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Rajpal Yadav

    Rajpal Yadav

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceIndia, Shahjahanpur


    WorksAta Pata Laapata

    Rajpal Yadav is an Indian film actor, producer and politician known for his comic roles in... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Aamir Khan

    Aamir Khan

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai


    WorksHum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Peekay

    Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan (born 14 March 1965) is an Indian actor, director, filmmaker and... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Aimee Nezhukumatathil

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    NationalityIndia, United States of America

    WorksMiracle fruit, Fishbone, At the Drive-In Volcano

    Aimee Nezhukumatathil (born in Chicago, Illinois) is an American poet, best known for her... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar

    Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar

    Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)

    BirthplaceKarnataka, India

    NationalityCanada, India

    WorksBhootayyana Maga Ayyu

    Goruru Ramaswamy Iyengar (1904–1991), popularly known as Gorur, was a Kannada writer; well... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Amitava Kumar

    BirthplaceBihar, India


    WorksHusband of a Fanatic, Poetics/Politics, Class Issues, Away, Bombay--London--New York

    Amitava Kumar (born 17 March 1963) is an Indian writer and journalist who is Professor of... more on Wikipedia
  • 22


    Dec. at 90 (1904-1994)

    BirthplaceChikkamagaluru district, India


    WorksThe house of Kanooru, Sri Ramayana Darshanam, Malegalalli madumagalu, Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate

    Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (29 December 1904 – 11 November 1994), popularly known by his pen... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Rakesh Roshan

    BirthplaceMumbai, India


    WorksKoi... Mil Gaya, Krrish, Krrish 3

    Rakesh Roshan (born Rakesh Roshan Lal Nagrath on 6 September 1949) is an Indian producer,... more on Wikipedia
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    M. Govinda Pai

    M. Govinda Pai

    Dec. at 80 (1883-1963)

    BirthplaceManjeshwar, India



    Manjeshwar Govinda Pai (23 March 1883 – 6 September 1963), also known as Rastrakavi Govinda... more on Wikipedia
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    Manjula Padmanabhan

    BirthplaceDelhi, India


    WorksHarvest, Getting there

    Manjula Padmanabhan (born 1953) is a playwright, journalist, comic strip artist, and... more on Wikipedia