No country in the world can boast of having as rich a heritage and legacy as that of India! The land of the Golden Bird, India has been a mecca for literary lovers. The country has been the address of some of the most versatile and supremely talented poets, writers and novelists from across the world. Be it spiritual guru Kabir whose poetic works influenced the Bhakti movement or Meera the mystic singer and composer of Krishna Bhajans, Amir Khusrow the Sufi musician and poet or pre-independent India’s Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khana, each of them have been an iconic figure in the cultural history of the country. But the list does not end here. The country served as the birthplace of many more significant poets whose works were a reflection of the social climate and a mirror for the society. These include Rabindranath Tagore, Mathili Sharan Gupt, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Mahadevi Verma, Sumitranandan Pant, Suryakant Tripathi Nirala, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, and so on. The versatility of Indian poets is such that they have penned verses, ballads, couplets and sonnets not just in Hindi but colloquial languages of the different states of India as well. the world would forever stay indebted to their exemplary greatness. With some awe-inspiring biographies presented in the section below, read on to know in details about the life and works of Indian poets.

Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu

13 February 1879


1440 AD


1497 AD

Vikram SethVikram Seth

20 June 1952

Amrita PritamAmrita Pritam

31 August 1919


1498 AD

Mirza GhalibMirza Ghalib

27 December 1797

Savitribai PhuleSavitribai Phule

03 January 1831

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Javed AkhtarJaved Akhtar

17 January 1945

Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar

28 May 1883

Purushottam Laxman DeshpandePurushottam Laxman Deshpande

08 November 1919


18 August 1936

Kumar VishwasKumar Vishwas

10 February 1970

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1608 AD


29 December 1904


13 July 1953

Mahadevi VarmaMahadevi Varma

26 March 1907

Abdul Rahim Khan-I-KhanaAbdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana

17 December 1556

Na. MuthukumarNa. Muthukumar

13 July 1975

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Bahadur Shah IIBahadur Shah II

24 October 1775

Ramdhari Singh DinkarRamdhari Singh Dinkar

23 September 1908

Jaishankar PrasadJaishankar Prasad

30 January 1889


24 June 1927


1478 AD

Sahir LudhianviSahir Ludhianvi

08 March 1921

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Samarth RamdasSamarth Ramdas

1608 AD

D. R. BendreD. R. Bendre

31 January 1896

Irom Chanu SharmilaIrom Chanu Sharmila

14 March 1972

Michael Madhusudan DuttMichael Madhusudan Dutt

25 January 1824


27 February 1912

Mahasweta DeviMahasweta Devi

14 January 1926

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Subhadra Kumari ChauhanSubhadra Kumari Chauhan

16 August 1904

Vallathol Narayana MenonVallathol Narayana Menon

16 October 1878

Mir Taqi MirMir Taqi Mir

1722 AD

Irshad KamilIrshad Kamil

05 September 1971

Jan Nisar AkhtarJan Nisar Akhtar

14 February 1914

Sumitranandan PantSumitranandan Pant

20 May 1900

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Bibhutibhushan BandyopadhyayBibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

12 September 1894

K. Shivaram KaranthK. Shivaram Karanth

10 October 1902

O. N. V. KurupO. N. V. Kurup

27 May 1931

Bharatendu HarishchandraBharatendu Harishchandra

09 September 1850

Shiv Kumar BatalviShiv Kumar Batalvi

23 July 1936

Maithili Sharan GuptMaithili Sharan Gupt

03 August 1886

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C. Narayana ReddyC. Narayana Reddy

29 July 1931

Majrooh SultanpuriMajrooh Sultanpuri

01 October 1919

Chandrashekhara KambaraChandrashekhara Kambara

02 January 1937

Sukumar RaySukumar Ray

30 October 1887


29 April 1891

G. Sankara KurupG. Sankara Kurup

03 June 1901

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03 January 1934

Kavi PradeepKavi Pradeep

06 February 1915

Jayachamarajendra WadiyarJayachamarajendra Wadiyar

18 July 1919

Veturi Sundararama MurthyVeturi Sundararama Murthy

29 January 1936

Balamani AmmaBalamani Amma

19 July 1909

Gurazada ApparaoGurazada Apparao

21 September 1862

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Vayalar RamavarmaVayalar Ramavarma

28 March 1928


1450 AD


31 August 1925


1365 AD

Bihari LalBihari Lal

1595 AD

Vyloppilli Sreedhara MenonVyloppilli Sreedhara Menon

11 May 1911

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Dharamvir BharatiDharamvir Bharati

25 December 1926


30 June 1911

Chand BardaiChand Bardai

30 September 1149

P. Kunhiraman NairP. Kunhiraman Nair

04 October 1905

Gopalakrishna AdigaGopalakrishna Adiga

1918 AD

K. S. NarasimhaswamyK. S. Narasimhaswamy

26 January 1915

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Goreti VenkannaGoreti Venkanna

1963 AD

Akkitham Achuthan NamboothiriAkkitham Achuthan Namboothiri

18 March 1926

Adela Florence NicolsonAdela Florence Nicolson

09 April 1865

Sri SriSri Sri

30 April 1910

Harivanshrai BachchanHarivanshrai Bachchan

27 November 1907

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Balachandran ChullikaduBalachandran Chullikadu

30 July 1957