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

India boasts of a rich literary history dating from the ancient times. The Hindu sage and Sanskrit poet Valmiki, the author of the epic ‘Ramayana’, played a crucial role in the development of Classical Sanskrit literature in the first millennium BCE. Over the next few centuries, accomplished writers in several other regional languages came up, further enriching Indian literature. The 5th century playwright Kalidasa is widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language, while 15th century poets Kabir and Tulsidas were major figures in Hindi literature. Devaki Nandan Khatri, a 19th century writer belonged to the first generation of popular novelists in the modern Hindi language. Early in the 20th century, Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore became India's first Nobel laureate. India has 22 officially recognized languages, and each language has produced its own talented writers who have done the country proud. Coming to the contemporary era, Indian writers are making a mark in not only traditional Indian languages, but in English literature as well. Writers like R. K. Narayan, Vikram Seth, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Raja Rao, and Amitav Ghosh are among the more popular writers of the late 20th and early 21st century. Read on to discover about the life and works of famous Indian writers.
Ruskin BondRuskin Bond

19 May 1934

R. K. NarayanR. K. Narayan

10 October 1906

Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu

13 February 1879

Padma LakshmiPadma Lakshmi

01 September 1970

KabirKabir

1440 AD

Khushwant SinghKhushwant Singh

02 February 1915

Vikram SethVikram Seth

20 June 1952

TulsidasTulsidas

1497 AD

Mulk Raj AnandMulk Raj Anand

12 December 1905

Ishwar Chandra VidyasagarIshwar Chandra Vidyasagar

26 September 1820

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

Amrita PritamAmrita Pritam

31 August 1919

Munshi PremchandMunshi Premchand

31 July 1880

Sir Syed Ahmad KhanSir Syed Ahmad Khan

17 October 1817

MirabaiMirabai

1498 AD

Nirad C. ChaudhuriNirad C. Chaudhuri

23 November 1897

Mirza GhalibMirza Ghalib

27 December 1797

Varun GroverVarun Grover

26 January 1980

RajneeshRajneesh

11 December 1931

MammoottyMammootty

07 September 1951

Shreya GhoshalShreya Ghoshal

12 March 1984

Shashi TharoorShashi Tharoor

09 March 1956

Zakir NaikZakir Naik

18 October 1965

Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar

28 May 1883

Nathuram GodseNathuram Godse

19 May 1910

Arundhati RoyArundhati Roy

24 November 1961

Kalki KoechlinKalki Koechlin

10 January 1984

Chetan BhagatChetan Bhagat

22 April 1974

PremchandPremchand

31 July 1880

GulzarGulzar

18 August 1936

Sajid NadiadwalaSajid Nadiadwala

18 March 1966

Vikramaditya MotwaneVikramaditya Motwane

12 June 1976

Sudha MurthySudha Murthy

19 August 1950

Vaikom Muhammad BasheerVaikom Muhammad Basheer

21 January 1908

Saadat Hasan MantoSaadat Hasan Manto

11 May 1912

VyasaVyasa
Javed AkhtarJaved Akhtar

17 January 1945

Girish KarnadGirish Karnad

19 May 1938

Syed Ahmad KhanSyed Ahmad Khan

17 October 1817

Raja RaoRaja Rao

08 November 1908

Ahmed Raza Khan BarelviAhmed Raza Khan Barelvi

14 June 1856

Abhijat JoshiAbhijat Joshi

12 January 1969

Honey IraniHoney Irani

25 August 1955

ValmikiValmiki
Jyotirao PhuleJyotirao Phule

11 April 1827

TukaramTukaram

1608 AD

KuvempuKuvempu

29 December 1904

Mahadevi VarmaMahadevi Varma

26 March 1907

Meher BabaMeher Baba

25 February 1894

C. N. AnnaduraiC. N. Annadurai

15 September 1909

Piyush MishraPiyush Mishra

13 January 1963

Palak MuchhalPalak Muchhal

30 March 1992

Amish TripathiAmish Tripathi

18 October 1974

Savitribai PhuleSavitribai Phule

03 January 1831

Dibakar BanerjeeDibakar Banerjee

21 June 1969

Balakumaran VBalakumaran

05 July 1946

Purushottam Laxman DeshpandePurushottam Laxman Deshpande

08 November 1919

Vandana ShivaVandana Shiva

05 November 1952

Ahmed DeedatAhmed Deedat

01 July 1918

Ramdhari Singh DinkarRamdhari Singh Dinkar

23 September 1908

Kumar VishwasKumar Vishwas

10 February 1970

KannadasanKannadasan

24 June 1927

Bahadur Shah IIBahadur Shah II

24 October 1775

B. K. S. IyengarB. K. S. Iyengar

14 December 1918

Thunchaththu EzhuthachanThunchaththu Ezhuthachan

1495 AD

VairamuthuVairamuthu

13 July 1953

Sagarika GhoseSagarika Ghose

08 November 1964

Amitav GhoshAmitav Ghosh

11 July 1956

Madhur JaffreyMadhur Jaffrey

13 August 1933

Tanikella BharaniTanikella Bharani

14 July 1956

Arun ShourieArun Shourie

02 November 1941

Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakGayatri Chakravorty Spivak

24 February 1942

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

17 December 1556

Sahir LudhianviSahir Ludhianvi

08 March 1921

D. R. BendreD. R. Bendre

31 January 1896

Samarth RamdasSamarth Ramdas

1608 AD