Famous Indian Writers

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.

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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 Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal
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Famous As: Singer, Writer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: March 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 3 Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: March 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 4 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.

 5 Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Sahitya Akademi Award-winning children’s author Ruskin Bond is best known for creating the protagonist Rusty, modeled on his childhood in Dehradun and found in his books such as The Room on the Roof. Many of his books, such as The Blue Umbrella have been made into films. 

 6 Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

Padma Lakshmi is a model, television host and author. She has hosted cooking competition program Top Chef and has published cookbooks. She has acted in films and television too and is also an activist working for immigration and women’s rights and is a critic of skin-lightening creams. She was married to novelist Salman Rushdie for a little over three years.

 7 Mammootty

Mammootty
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Famous As: actor, film producer, screenwriter, film actor
Birthdate: September 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
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 8 Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist
Birthdate: November 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
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 9 Dinesh D'Souza

Dinesh D'Souza
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Famous As: Conservationists
Birthdate: April 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian, American

 10 R. K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 10, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: May 13, 2001
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 11 Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: January 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 12 Zakir Naik

Zakir Naik
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Famous As: Physician, Writer, Intellectual, Preacher
Birthdate: October 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 13 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.

 14 Sajid Nadiadwala

Sajid Nadiadwala
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Famous As: film producer
Birthdate: March 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
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 15 M. Karunanidhi

Karunanidhi
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Famous As: Politician, Screenwriter, Author, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: June 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 7, 2018

 16 Munshi Premchand

Munshi Premchand
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Famous As: Novelist and Author
Birthdate: July 31, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 8, 1936
Indian author Dhanpat Rai Srivastava, better known by his pseudonym, Munshi Premchand, was one of the most celebrated Hindi-language writers of the 20th century. He initially wrote as Nawab Rai. Some of his greatest works include the novels Godaan, Idgah, and Karmabhoomi. He also wrote short stories and plays. 

 17 Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Indian investment banker-turned-writer Chetan Bhagat is known for his bestselling novels such as Five Point Someone and One Night @ the Call Center. Many Bollywood movies, such as Kai Po Che! and 3 Idiots, have been adapted from his novels, with the former winning him a Filmfare Award.

 18 Meena Kumari

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

 19 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.

 20 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

 21 Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian, American

Fareed Zakaria is an Indian-American journalist, author, and political commentator. He has been serving as an editor-at-large for Time and editor for Newsweek International. He has also been serving as a columnist for Newsweek. His show, Fareed Zakaria GPS, which he hosts for CNN, has won a Peabody Award

 22 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. 

 23 Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad
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Famous As: Linguist, Author, Film director, Actor, Translator, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 24 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.

 25 Ashutosh Rana

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

 26 Vyasa

Vyasa
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Indian

 27 Palak Muchhal

Palak Muchhal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 28 Rahul Khanna

Rahul Khanna
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 29 Honey Irani

Honey Irani
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 30 Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
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Famous As: Social Reformer, Philosopher
Birthdate: September 26, 1820
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 29, 1891

 31 Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
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Famous As: Founder of Aligarh Muslim University
Birthdate: October 17, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 27, 1898
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University. He is accredited as the father of Two-Nation Theory and is regarded as the originator of Muslim nationalism in India. A proponent of freedom of speech and democratic ideals, he propelled social and educational reforms.

 32 Valmiki

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

 33 Kamala Suraiyya

Kamala Suraiyya
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Birthdate: March 31, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian
Died: May 31, 2009

 34 Vijayendra Prasad

Vijayendra Prasad
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 35 Tom Alter

Tom Alter
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
Died: September 29, 2017

 36 Kuvempu

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

 37 Mirza Ghalib

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

 38 Atlee Kumar

Atlee Kumar
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 39 Suresh Oberoi

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

 40 Nandana Sen

Nandana Sen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 41 Patanjali

Patanjali
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 0150 AD

 42 Tukaram

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

 43 Kumar Vishwas

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

 44 Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh
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Famous As: Novelist, Lawyer, Journalist & Politician
Birthdate: February 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 20, 1999

 45 Rahat Indori

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

 46 Koratalla Siva

Koratalla Siva
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Birthdate: June 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 47 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

 48 Tanikella Bharani

Tanikella Bharani
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 49 Piyush Mishra

Piyush Mishra
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Music director, Actor, Singer, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 50 Basava

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