Famous Indian Poets

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.

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 1 Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 7, 1941

Rabindranath Tagore was an Indian polymath who contributed greatly to the fields of literature, art, and philosophy. Referred to as the Bard of Bengal, Tagore is credited with reshaping Bengali literature and music. The first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore is also credited with composing the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.

 2 Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu
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Famous As: Poet and Freedom Fighter
Birthdate: February 13, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 2, 1949

Sarojini Naidu was an Indian poet and political activist. An important figure in the Indian Independence Movement, she was a proponent of anti-imperialistic ideas, women's rights, and civil rights. Her illustrious career as a poet earned her the nickname Nightingale of India. After India became independent, she became the first woman to hold the office of Governor in the Dominion of India.

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 3 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
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Famous As: Independence Activist, Reformer
Birthdate: May 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian
Died: February 26, 1966

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian politician and independence activist. He formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva and was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha. He was known for his strong oratory skills and was an eloquent writer. He was initially charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi but was later acquitted.

 4 Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 31, 1972

 5 Kabir

Kabir
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Famous As: Saint and Mystic Poet
Birthdate: 1440 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1518 AD

Kabir was an Indian saint and mystic poet whose works influenced Hinduism's Bhakti movement, which in turn played a key role in the formation of Sikhism, the fifth-largest organized religion in the world. Kabir is an important figure in both Hinduism and Islam and his legacy continues to live through a religious community known as the Kabir panth.

 6 Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Politician, Writer, Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 7 Savitribai Phule

Savitribai Phule
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Famous As: Social Reformer, Poet
Birthdate: January 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 10, 1887

Savitribai Phule was a revolutionary social reformer who dedicated her life to educate girls and bring about gender equality in the face of resistance from the conservative Indian society. Phule, who was illiterate till her marriage, went on to become a teacher, a feat considered first by an Indian woman. With her husband, she established schools for girls in Maharashtra.

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 8 Ashutosh Rana

Ashutosh Rana
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 9 Valmiki

Valmiki
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Indian

 10 Tulsidas

Tulsidas
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Famous As: Poet & Saint
Birthdate: 1497 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1623 AD
Tulsidas was a 16th-century Vaishnava saint and poet, who was devoted to the Hindu deity Rama. His most popular works are the Ramcharitmanas, which retells the Sanskrit Ramayana in Awadhi, and the Hanuman Chalisa. He established the Sankatmochan Temple in Varanasi and also began the tradition of Ramlila plays. 

 11 Kālidāsa

Kālidāsa
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Famous As: Writer, dramatist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Indian

 12 Mirza Ghalib

Mirza Ghalib
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 27, 1797
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: February 15, 1869

 13 Kuvempu

Kuvempu
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 11, 1994

 14 Suresh Oberoi

Suresh Oberoi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian, Pakistani

 15 Kumar Vishwas

Kumar Vishwas
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 16 Basava

Basava
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Famous As: Hindu religious leader
Birthdate: 1105 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1167 AD

 17 Agastya

Agastya
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Indian

 18 Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 31, 2005

 19 Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 20 Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi

Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi
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Famous As: Islamic Scholar, Reformer
Birthdate: June 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 28, 1921

 21 Tukaram

Tukaram
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Famous As: Saint, Poet
Birthdate: 1608 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1650 AD

 22 Rahat Indori

Rahat Indori
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 11, 2020

 23 Mahadevi Varma

Mahadevi Varma
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian
Died: September 11, 1987

 24 Vairamuthu

Vairamuthu
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Famous As: Author, Actor, Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 25 Irom Chanu Sharmila

Irom Chanu Sharmila
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Famous As: Poet, Journalist
Birthdate: March 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 26 Tiruvalluvar

Tiruvalluvar
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Indian

 27 Jnanadeva

Jnanadeva
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1275 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1296 AD

 28 Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi
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Famous As: Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist, Educator, Short story writer
Birthdate: January 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 28, 2016

 29 Na. Muthukumar

Na. Muthukumar
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 14, 2016

 30 Ravidas

Ravidas
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1377 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1520 AD

 31 Kamal Amrohi

Kamal Amrohi
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: February 11, 1993

 32 Kannadasan

Kannadasan
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Famous As: Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 17, 1981

 33 Pampa

Pampa
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0902 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 0975 AD

 34 Purushottam Laxman Deshpande

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande
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Famous As: Author, Film director, Actor, Composer, Poet, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: June 12, 2000

 35 Sahir Ludhianvi

Sahir Ludhianvi
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Famous As: Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 25, 1980

 36 Ramdhari Singh Dinkar

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 24, 1974

 37 Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana

Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 17, 1556
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 1, 1627

 38 Namdev

Namdev
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 26, 1270
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 3, 1350

 39 Surdas

Surdas
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 1478 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1583 AD

 40 Samarth Ramdas

Samarth Ramdas
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1608 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: February 2, 1681

 41 D. R. Bendre

D. R. Bendre
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Birthdate: January 31, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 21, 1981

 42 Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhya
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Birthdate: June 27, 1838
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 8, 1894

 43 O. N. V. Kurup

O. N. V. Kurup
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Famous As: Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian
Died: February 13, 2016

 44 Shiv Kumar Batalvi

Shiv Kumar Batalvi
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Famous As: Author, Poet, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
Died: May 7, 1973

 45 Michael Madhusudan Dutt

Michael Madhusudan Dutt
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: January 25, 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: June 29, 1873

 46 Jaishankar Prasad

Jaishankar Prasad
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 30, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: January 14, 1937

 47 Sugathakumari

Sugathakumari
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Famous As: Writer, Human rights activist, Children's writer
Birthdate: January 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 48 Mir Taqi Mir

Mir Taqi Mir
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Famous As: author, poet
Birthdate: 1722 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: September 20, 1810

 49 Vallathol Narayana Menon

Vallathol Narayana Menon
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 16, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 13, 1958

 50 Kusumagraj

Kusumagraj
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 10, 1999