List of famous Indians with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Indians are argumentative by nature and it is this inherent quality that has played a vital role in shaping India in its present form. With a rich civilization heritage of over 5000 years Indians are probably among the few people in the world who have a continuous uninterrupted past. The Indian nationality consists of many regional ethno-linguistic groups, reflecting the rich and complex history of India. The history of the Indian people goes back to the Indus Valley Civilization and since then there have been many Indians who have left their lasting legacy in different fields, be it philosophy, science, arts, culture and sports. Great philosophers like Buddha and Mahavira showed people an alternative way of life and gave birth to new religions. Ancient Indian mathematicians Aryabhata, Bhaskara and Brahmagupta invented the concept of zero and the decimal system.  Great Indian writers like Kalidasa, Premchand, Rabindranath Tagore and others vividly portrayed the social life during their era and made the world of literature a lot richer by their contribution.

Shah Rukh KhanShah Rukh Khan
(Film actor)

02 November 1965

New Delhi

Scorpio

Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi
(Leader of Indian Independence Movement)

02 October 1869

30 January 1948

Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire

Libra

Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra
(Film actress)

18 July 1982

Jamshedpur

Cancer

A.P.J. Abdul KalamA.P.J. Abdul Kalam
(Former President of India)

15 October 1931

27 July 2015

Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

Libra

Verghese KurienVerghese Kurien

26 November 1921

09 September 2012

Kozhikode, Kerala

Sagittarius

Swami VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda

12 January 1863

04 July 1902

Kolkata

Capricorn

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
(Prime Minister of India)

17 September 1950

Vadnagar

Virgo

Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai
(CEO of Google Inc)

12 July 1972

Chennai

Cancer

Mother TeresaMother Teresa
(Founder of Missionaries of Charity)

26 August 1910

05 September 1997

Skopje

Virgo

AshokaAshoka
(Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty)

0304 BC

0232 BC

Pataliputra

Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru
(First PM of India & Freedom Fighter)

14 November 1889

27 May 1964

Allahabad

Scorpio

Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar
(Cricketer)

24 April 1973

Mumbai, India

Taurus

Lilly SinghLilly Singh
(YouTuber, Rapper, Actress and Comedian)

26 September 1988

Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

Libra

ChanakyaChanakya
(Philosopher)

0371 BC

0283 BC

India

Neerja BhanotNeerja Bhanot
(Air Hostess for Hijacked Pan Am Flight 73)

07 September 1963

05 September 1986

Chandigarh, India

Virgo

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

19 November 1917

31 October 1984

Allahabad

Scorpio

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
(Poet and Author)

07 May 1861

07 August 1941

India

Taurus

Chandragupta MauryaChandragupta Maurya
(Founder of the Maurya Empire)

0340 BC

0298 BC

Pataliputra

Subhas Chandra BoseSubhas Chandra Bose

23 January 1897

18 August 1945

Cuttack

Aquarius

Amitabh BachchanAmitabh Bachchan
(Film actor)

11 October 1942

Allahabad

Libra

Srinivasa RamanujanSrinivasa Ramanujan
(Mathematician)

22 December 1887

26 April 1920

Erode

Sagittarius

B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar

14 April 1891

06 December 1956

Mhow

Aries

Tipu SultanTipu Sultan
(Ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore)

20 November 1750

04 May 1799

Devanahalli

Scorpio

AkbarAkbar
(Mughal Emperor)

14 October 1542

27 October 1605

Umerkot

Libra

M. VisvesvarayaM. Visvesvaraya
(Civil Engineer)

15 September 1860

14 April 1962

Muddenahalli, Chikballapur, Kingdom of Mysore (now in Karnataka)

Virgo

Virat KohliVirat Kohli
(Cricketer)

05 November 1988

Delhi

Scorpio

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh
(Revolutionary)

27 September 1907

23 March 1931

Jaranwala Tehsil

Libra

Sania MirzaSania Mirza
(Indian Tennis Star)

15 November 1986

Mumbai, India

Scorpio

Maharana PratapMaharana Pratap
(Ruler of Mewar)

09 May 1540

19 January 1597

Kumbhalgarh

Taurus

R K LaxmanR. K. Laxman
(Cartoonist & Creator of 'The Common Man")

24 October 1921

26 January 2015

Mysore

Scorpio

ShivajiShivaji
(King)

19 February 1627

03 April 1680

Shivneri

Aquarius

AryabhataAryabhata

0476 AD

0550 AD

Assaka

Pranab MukherjeePranab Mukherjee
(President of India)

11 December 1935

Mirati

Sagittarius

Mukesh AmbaniMukesh Ambani
(Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited)

19 April 1957

Aden

Aries

Lata MangeshkarLata Mangeshkar

28 September 1929

Indore

Libra

Shah JahanShah Jahan
(Mughal Emperor)

05 January 1592

01 February 1666

Lahore

Capricorn

Lal Bahadur ShastriLal Bahadur Shastri
(Former Prime Minister of India)

02 October 1904

11 January 1966

Ramnagar, Varanasi, United Provinces, British Raj

Libra

Dilip KumarDilip Kumar

11 December 1922

Peshawar

Sagittarius

Adi ShankaraAdi Shankara
(Advaita Philosopher)

0788 AD

0820 AD

Kalady

AurangzebAurangzeb
(Mughal Emperor)

04 November 1618

03 March 1707

Dahod

Scorpio

Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu
(Poet and Freedom Fighter)

13 February 1879

02 March 1949

India

Aquarius

Amartya SenAmartya Sen
(Economist & Philosopher)

03 November 1933

Santiniketan

Scorpio

Ravi ShankarRavi Shankar
(Musician, composer)

07 April 1920

11 December 2012

Varanasi, United Provinces, British Raj

Aries

Nikesh AroraNikesh Arora
(Former President & COO of SoftBank Corp)

09 February 1968

Aquarius

Viswanathan AnandViswanathan Anand
(Chess Player)

11 December 1969

Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sagittarius

Saina NehwalSaina Nehwal
(Indian Badminton Star)

17 March 1990

Hisar, Haryana

Pisces

Guru NanakGuru Nanak
(Sikh Guru)

15 April 1469

22 September 1539

Nankana Sahib

Aries

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi

20 August 1944

21 May 1991

Mumbai

Leo

Ratan Tata Ratan Tata
(Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons)

28 December 1937

Surat

Capricorn

Baji Rao IBaji Rao I
(Peshwa of Maratha Empire)

18 August 1700

28 April 1740

Leo

Raghuram RajanRaghuram Rajan
(Adviser)

03 February 1963

Bhopal

Aquarius

Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi
(President of Congress Party)

09 December 1946

Lusiana

Sagittarius

Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee

25 December 1924

Gwalior

Capricorn

DharmendraDharmendra
(Actor)

08 December 1935

Nasrali

Sagittarius

Sai Baba of ShirdiSai Baba of Shirdi
(Spiritual Guru)

28 September 1835

15 October 1918

Pathri

Libra

Asha BhosleAsha Bhosle

08 September 1933

Sangli, Maharashtra

Virgo

JahangirJahangir
(Mughal Emperor)

31 August 1569

08 November 1627

Fatehpur Sikri

Virgo

Dhirubhai AmbaniDhirubhai Ambani

28 December 1932

06 July 2002

Junagadh

Capricorn

Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev
(Yoga Guru)

03 September 1957

Mysore

Virgo

KabirKabir
(Saint and Mystic Poet)

1518 AD

Varanasi

Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh
(Former Prime Minister of India)

26 September 1932

Gah

Libra

Bal Gangadhar TilakBal Gangadhar Tilak

23 July 1856

01 August 1920

Ratnagiri, British India (present-day Maharashtra, India)

Cancer

Jiddu KrishnamurtiJiddu Krishnamurti
(Public Speaker & Philosopher)

12 May 1895

17 February 1986

Madanapalle

Taurus

Kishore KumarKishore Kumar

04 August 1929

13 October 1987

Khandwas, India

Leo

Sarvepalli RadhakrishnanSarvepalli Radhakrishnan
(Confident, Ambitious)

05 September 1888

17 April 1975

Thiruttani

Virgo

MahaviraMahavira
(Last tirthankara of Jainism)

0599 BC

0527 BC

Vaishali

Arvind KejriwalArvind Kejriwal
(Anti Corruption Activist, Politician)

16 August 1968

Siwani, Haryana

Leo

R. K. NarayanR. K. Narayan

10 October 1906

13 May 2001

Chennai

Libra

Mary KomMary Kom

01 March 1983

Kangathei, Manipur, India

Pisces

Tanmay BhatTanmay Bhat
(Standup Comedian, Writer, YouTuber)

23 June 1987

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Cancer

Azim PremjiAzim Premji
(Business Tycoon)

24 July 1945

Karachi

Leo

Kailash SatyarthiKailash Satyarthi
(Child Rights Activist)

11 January 1954

Vidisha, India

Capricorn

Kumar Manglam BirlaKumar Mangalam Birla
(Chairman of Aditya Birla Group)

14 June 1967

India

Gemini

M G RamachandranM. G. Ramachandran
(Actor, Politician)

17 January 1917

24 December 1987

Kandy, British Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka)

Capricorn

Shakuntala DeviShakuntala Devi
(Human Computer)

04 November 1929

21 April 2013

Bangalore

Scorpio

M. S. SwaminathanM. S. Swaminathan
(Agricultural Scientist)

07 August 1925

Kumbakonam

Leo

Jagadish Chandra BoseJagadish Chandra Bose

30 November 1858

23 November 1937

Bikrampur, Bengal Presidency, British India (Now Munshiganj District of Bangladesh)

Sagittarius

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
(Founder of Transcendental Meditation Technique)

12 January 1918

05 February 2008

India

Capricorn

Bhāskara IIBhāskara II
(Mathematician)

1114 AD

1185 AD

Bijapur

Milkha SinghMilkha Singh

20 November 1929

Govindpura, Muzaffargarh District, Pakistan

Scorpio

P. V. SindhuP. V. Sindhu
(Badminton Player)

05 July 1995

Hyderabad

Cancer

Rajendra PrasadRajendra Prasad

03 December 1884

28 February 1963

Ziradei, Siwan, Bihar

Sagittarius

Sathya Sai BabaSathya Sai Baba
(Spiritual Guru)

23 November 1926

24 April 2011

Puttaparthi

Sagittarius

HumayunHumayun
(Mughal Emperor)

17 March 1508

27 January 1556

Kabul

Pisces

Raja Ravi VarmaRaja Ravi Varma
(Painter)

29 April 1848

05 October 1906

Kilimanoor

Taurus

Ruskin BondRuskin Bond
(Writer)

19 May 1934

Kasauli

Taurus

MeeraMeera
(Bhakti Saint)

1498 AD

1557 AD

Kudki

Jayaprakash NarayanJayaprakash Narayan
(Political Leaders)

11 October 1902

08 October 1979

Saran district

Libra

Satyendra Nath BoseSatyendra Nath Bose

01 January 1894

04 February 1974

Kolkata, India

Capricorn

RamdevRamdev
(Yoga Guru)

25 December 1965

Mahendragarh

Capricorn

Subrahmanyan ChandrasekharSubrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

19 October 1910

21 August 1995

Lahore, British India

Libra

KrishnadevarayaKrishnadevaraya
(Emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire)

16 February 1471

1529 AD

Hampi

Aquarius

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
(Writer)

11 July 1967

London

Cancer

Shiva AyyaduraiShiva Ayyadurai
(Inventor of Email)

02 December 1963

Tamil Nadu

Sagittarius

Vijender Singh Vijender Singh
(Indian Professional Boxer)

29 October 1985

Kaluwas, Rewari, Haryana, India

Scorpio

Madan Mohan MalaviyaMadan Mohan Malaviya
(Politician & Educationist)

25 December 1861

12 November 1946

Allahabad, India

Capricorn

Waheeda RehmanWaheeda Rehman
(Actress)

03 February 1938

Chengalpattu

Aquarius

Muhammad bin TughluqMuhammad bin Tughluq
(Sultan of Delhi)

1300 AD

20 March 1351

N. R. Narayana MurthyN. R. Narayana Murthy
(Founder of Infosys)

20 August 1946

Mysore

Leo

In modern times too Indians have been trailblazers in many fields. Mahatama Gandhi gave the novel concept of Ahimsa and led the world on to the path of non violence.  Artists such as Ravi Shankar and Bhimsen Joshi made us aware of rich Indian musical heritage. In the field of sports, people such as Vishwanathan Anand and Sachin Tendulkar reached the pinnacle of their profession and inspired us to achieve similar feats. This section is dedicated to all such Indians who have excelled in their chosen field and have made India proud.

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