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.
Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883
Independence Activist, Reformer
Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
07 May 1861
Poet and Author

Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu
13 February 1879
Poet and Freedom Fighter

KabirKabir
1440 AD
Saint and Mystic Poet

TulsidasTulsidas
1497 AD
Poet & Saint

Savitribai PhuleSavitribai Phule
03 January 1831
Social Reformer, Poet
Vikram SethVikram Seth
20 June 1952
Writer

Kazi Nazrul IslamKazi Nazrul Islam
24 May 1899
National Poet of Bangladesh

Ahmed Raza Khan BarelviAhmed Raza Khan Barelvi
14 June 1856
Islamic Scholar, Reformer

Amir KhusrowAmir Khusrow
1253 AD
Sufi Poet
Amrita PritamAmrita Pritam
31 August 1919
Writer

TukaramTukaram
1608 AD
Saint, Poet
Mahadevi VarmaMahadevi Varma
26 March 1907
Poet

Ramdhari Singh DinkarRamdhari Singh Dinkar
23 September 1908
Poet

MirabaiMirabai
1498 AD
Bhakti Saint
KusumagrajKusumagraj
27 February 1912
Poet

Mirza GhalibMirza Ghalib
27 December 1797
Poet

Javed AkhtarJaved Akhtar
17 January 1945
Screenwriter, Politician, Writer, Poet, Lyricist,

GulzarGulzar
18 August 1936
film director, film producer, screenwriter,
Meena KumariMeena Kumari
01 August 1933
Actress

Ashutosh RanaAshutosh Rana
10 November 1967
Actor
Kumar VishwasKumar Vishwas
10 February 1970
Politician

Suresh OberoiSuresh Oberoi
17 December 1946
Actor

KuvempuKuvempu
29 December 1904
Writer, Poet, Professor

Purushottam Laxman DeshpandePurushottam Laxman Deshpande
08 November 1919
Author, Film director, Actor, Composer, Poet,
KannadasanKannadasan
24 June 1927
Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
ValmikiValmiki
Poet

VairamuthuVairamuthu
13 July 1953
Author, Actor, Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter

Sahir LudhianviSahir Ludhianvi
08 March 1921
Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter

Abdul Rahim Khan-I-KhanaAbdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana
17 December 1556
Poet
SurdasSurdas
1478 AD
poet

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Majrooh SultanpuriMajrooh Sultanpuri
01 October 1919
Author, Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter

D. R. BendreD. R. Bendre
31 January 1896
 

Samarth RamdasSamarth Ramdas
1608 AD
Poet

Irom Chanu SharmilaIrom Chanu Sharmila
14 March 1972
Poet, Journalist
Kamal AmrohiKamal Amrohi
17 January 1918
Director

Mahasweta DeviMahasweta Devi
14 January 1926
Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist,
Michael Madhusudan DuttMichael Madhusudan Dutt
25 January 1824
Poet, Writer

Mir Taqi MirMir Taqi Mir
1722 AD
author, poet

O. N. V. KurupO. N. V. Kurup
27 May 1931
Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
Jaishankar PrasadJaishankar Prasad
30 January 1889
Poet

Henry Louis Vivian DerozioHenry Louis Vivian Derozio
18 April 1809
Poet
Shiv Kumar BatalviShiv Kumar Batalvi
23 July 1936
Author, Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter

EknathEknath
1533 AD
Saint

K. Shivaram KaranthK. Shivaram Karanth
10 October 1902
Author, Poet

Sukumar RaySukumar Ray
30 October 1887
Photographer, Poet, Writer, Illustrator,

Soumitra ChatterjeeSoumitra Chatterjee
19 January 1935
Actor
Irshad KamilIrshad Kamil
05 September 1971
Poet, Writer, Lyricist, Songwriter

RamanandaRamananda
1380 AD
Poet

Subhadra Kumari ChauhanSubhadra Kumari Chauhan
16 August 1904
Author, Poet

Chandrashekhara KambaraChandrashekhara Kambara
02 January 1937
Film director, Poet, Writer
Sumitranandan PantSumitranandan Pant
20 May 1900
Writer, Poet

Na. MuthukumarNa. Muthukumar
13 July 1975
Poet, Lyricist, Writer, Songwriter
C. Narayana ReddyC. Narayana Reddy
29 July 1931
Author, Politician, Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter

Bharatendu HarishchandraBharatendu Harishchandra
09 September 1850
Actor, Journalist, Writer, Poet

Jayachamarajendra WadiyarJayachamarajendra Wadiyar
18 July 1919
Poet, Composer, Philosopher, Philanthropist,
Vallathol Narayana MenonVallathol Narayana Menon
16 October 1878
Author

Vayalar RamavarmaVayalar Ramavarma
28 March 1928
Author, Lyricist, Songwriter
Maithili Sharan GuptMaithili Sharan Gupt
03 August 1886
Linguist, Poet, Politician, Translator

Bibhutibhushan BandyopadhyayBibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
12 September 1894
Poet, Writer

BharathidasanBharathidasan
29 April 1891
Author
Jan Nisar AkhtarJan Nisar Akhtar
14 February 1914
author, poet, lyricist, songwriter

Veturi Sundararama MurthyVeturi Sundararama Murthy
29 January 1936
Poet, Songwriter, Lyricist
SugathakumariSugathakumari
03 January 1934
Writer, Human rights activist, Children's writer

Gurazada ApparaoGurazada Apparao
21 September 1862
author, poet

PothanaPothana
1450 AD
author, poet

Habib TanvirHabib Tanvir
01 September 1923
Playwright
Kongara JaggayyaKongara Jaggayya
31 December 1926
Film actor
G. Sankara KurupG. Sankara Kurup
03 June 1901
Politician, Poet

Vyloppilli Sreedhara MenonVyloppilli Sreedhara Menon
11 May 1911
Poet, Writer

Balamani AmmaBalamani Amma
19 July 1909
Author

NagarjunNagarjun
30 June 1911
Poet, Writer
Bihari LalBihari Lal
1595 AD
Poet

Kavi PradeepKavi Pradeep
06 February 1915
Poet, Singer, Lyricist, Songwriter

Balachandran ChullikaduBalachandran Chullikadu
30 July 1957
 

Dharamvir BharatiDharamvir Bharati
25 December 1926
Poet, Journalist, Author, Writer

AarudhraAarudhra
31 August 1925
Poet, Songwriter, Writer, Historian, Author,
Chand BardaiChand Bardai
30 September 1149
author

K. S. NarasimhaswamyK. S. Narasimhaswamy
26 January 1915
Author
Gopalakrishna AdigaGopalakrishna Adiga
1918 AD
poet

P. Kunhiraman NairP. Kunhiraman Nair
04 October 1905
 

SrinathaSrinatha
1365 AD
writer, poet
PampaPampa
0902 AD
Poet

Akkitham Achuthan NamboothiriAkkitham Achuthan Namboothiri
18 March 1926
Author
Goreti VenkannaGoreti Venkanna
1963 AD
author, songwriter

Adela Florence NicolsonAdela Florence Nicolson
09 April 1865
Poet, Author, Writer

ChandraboseChandrabose
 

BhartrihariBhartrihari
0570 AD
Writer
Bhai Vir SinghBhai Vir Singh
05 December 1882
Poet

Harivanshrai BachchanHarivanshrai Bachchan
27 November 1907
 
Sri SriSri Sri
30 April 1910
author, poet, lyricist, songwriter

KālidāsaKālidāsa
Writer, dramatist