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.
Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore

07 May 1861

07 August 1941

India

Taurus

Padma LakshmiPadma Lakshmi

01 September 1970

Chennai

Virgo

Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu

13 February 1879

02 March 1949

India

Aquarius

Ruskin BondRuskin Bond

19 May 1934

Kasauli

Taurus

R. K. NarayanR. K. Narayan

10 October 1906

13 May 2001

Chennai

Libra

Amir KhusrowAmir Khusrow

1253 AD

30 September 1325

Patiyali

KabirKabir

1440 AD

1518 AD

Varanasi

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

27 February 2002

Ahmednagar

Aries

Khushwant SinghKhushwant Singh

02 February 1915

20 March 1999

Hadali, British India (now in Khushab District, Punjab, Pakistan)

Aquarius

TulsidasTulsidas

1497 AD

1623 AD

Rajapur

Vikram SethVikram Seth

20 June 1952

Kolkata

Gemini

Ishwar Chandra VidyasagarIshwar Chandra Vidyasagar

26 September 1820

29 July 1891

Paschim Midnapore District, West Bengal, India

Libra

Mulk Raj AnandMulk Raj Anand

12 December 1905

28 September 2004

Peshawar, Pakistan

Sagittarius

Kazi Nazrul IslamKazi Nazrul Islam

24 May 1899

29 August 1976

Churulia

Gemini

Amrita PritamAmrita Pritam

31 August 1919

31 October 2005

Gujranwala

Virgo

Sarat Chandra ChattopadhyaySarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

15 September 1876

16 January 1938

Bandel

Virgo

Sir Syed Ahmad KhanSir Syed Ahmad Khan

17 October 1817

27 March 1898

Delhi

Libra

Munshi PremchandMunshi Premchand

31 July 1880

08 October 1936

Lamhi

Leo

Bankim Chandra ChattopadhyaBankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

27 June 1838

08 April 1894

Kanthalpara, Bengal

Cancer

Nirad C. ChaudhuriNirad C. Chaudhuri

23 November 1897

01 August 1999

Kishoreganj, Mymensingh, British India (now Bangladesh)

Sagittarius

Mirza GhalibMirza Ghalib

27 December 1797

15 February 1869

Agra, Mughal Empire

Capricorn

MirabaiMirabai

1498 AD

1557 AD

Kudki

Varun GroverVarun Grover

26 January 1980

Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh, India

Aquarius

RajneeshRajneesh

11 December 1931

19 January 1990

Bhopal State

Sagittarius

Mahadevi VarmaMahadevi Varma

26 March 1907

11 September 1987

Uttar Pradesh

Aries

Shreya GhoshalShreya Ghoshal

12 March 1984

Durgapur

Pisces

Shashi TharoorShashi Tharoor

09 March 1956

London

Pisces

Sajid NadiadwalaSajid Nadiadwala

18 March 1966

Mumbai

Pisces

MammoottyMammootty

07 September 1951

Chempu

Virgo

Nathuram GodseNathuram Godse

19 May 1910

15 November 1949

Baramati

Taurus

Kalki KoechlinKalki Koechlin

10 January 1984

Pondicherry

Capricorn

Zakir NaikZakir Naik

18 October 1965

Mumbai

Libra

Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar

28 May 1883

26 February 1966

Bhagur

Gemini

Chetan BhagatChetan Bhagat

22 April 1974

Delhi

Taurus

Jyotirao PhuleJyotirao Phule

11 April 1827

28 November 1890

Satara

Aries

Arundhati RoyArundhati Roy

24 November 1961

Assam

Sagittarius

Javed AkhtarJaved Akhtar

17 January 1945

Khairabad, Sitapur

Capricorn

Palak MuchhalPalak Muchhal

30 March 1992

Indore

Aries

Honey IraniHoney Irani

25 August 1955

Mumbai

Virgo

GulzarGulzar

18 August 1936

Dina, Pakistan

Leo

Syed Ahmad KhanSyed Ahmad Khan

17 October 1817

27 March 1898

Delhi

Libra

Girish KarnadGirish Karnad

19 May 1938

Matheran

Taurus

Savitribai PhuleSavitribai Phule

03 January 1831

10 March 1887

Naigaon

Capricorn

Sudha MurthySudha Murthy

19 August 1950

Shiggaon

Leo

ValmikiValmiki

0400 BC

India

PremchandPremchand

31 July 1880

08 October 1936

Varanasi

Leo

Vandana ShivaVandana Shiva

05 November 1952

Dehradun

Scorpio

Meher BabaMeher Baba

25 February 1894

31 January 1969

Pune

Pisces

TukaramTukaram

1608 AD

1650 AD

Dehu

Saadat Hasan MantoSaadat Hasan Manto

11 May 1912

18 January 1955

Punjab region

Taurus

C. N. AnnaduraiC. N. Annadurai

15 September 1909

03 February 1969

Kanchipuram

Virgo

Kumar VishwasKumar Vishwas

10 February 1970

Pilkhuwa

Aquarius

Jayant NarlikarJayant Narlikar

19 July 1938

Kolhapur

Cancer

VairamuthuVairamuthu

13 July 1953

Vadugapatti, Theni

Cancer

Piyush MishraPiyush Mishra

13 January 1963

India

Capricorn

Amish TripathiAmish Tripathi

18 October 1974

Mumbai

Libra

Ahmed Raza Khan BarelviAhmed Raza Khan Barelvi

14 June 1856

22 April 2017

Bareilly

Gemini

Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakGayatri Chakravorty Spivak

24 February 1942

Kolkata

Pisces

Balamani AmmaBalamani Amma

19 July 1909

29 September 2004

Punnayurkulam

Cancer

Bahadur Shah IIBahadur Shah II

24 October 1775

07 November 1862

Delhi

Scorpio

Dibakar BanerjeeDibakar Banerjee

21 June 1969

New Delhi

Gemini

Pankaj MishraPankaj Mishra

1969 AD

Jhansi

Ahmed DeedatAhmed Deedat

01 July 1918

08 August 2005

Surat

Cancer

KuvempuKuvempu

29 December 1904

11 November 1994

Chikkamagaluru district

Capricorn

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

14 December 1918

20 August 2014

Pune

Sagittarius

Mirra AlfassaMirra Alfassa

21 February 1878

17 November 1973

Paris

Pisces

Madhur JaffreyMadhur Jaffrey

13 August 1933

Delhi

Leo

Sagarika GhoseSagarika Ghose

08 November 1964

New Delhi

Scorpio

Mahasweta DeviMahasweta Devi

14 January 1926

28 July 2016

Dhaka

Capricorn

Na. MuthukumarNa. Muthukumar

13 July 1975

14 August 2016

Kanchipuram

Cancer

KusumagrajKusumagraj

27 February 1912

10 March 1999

Pune

Pisces

Amitav GhoshAmitav Ghosh

11 July 1956

Kolkata

Cancer

Vikramaditya MotwaneVikramaditya Motwane

12 June 1976

Mumbai

Gemini

KannadasanKannadasan

24 June 1927

17 October 1981

Sirukoodalpatti

Cancer

Sahir LudhianviSahir Ludhianvi

08 March 1921

25 October 1980

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Pisces

Ramdhari Singh DinkarRamdhari Singh Dinkar

23 September 1908

24 April 1974

Simaria

Virgo

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

17 December 1556

22 April 2017

Lahore

Sagittarius

Irom Chanu SharmilaIrom Chanu Sharmila

14 March 1972

Imphal

Pisces

Samarth RamdasSamarth Ramdas

1608 AD

02 February 1681

Jalna district

Tanikella BharaniTanikella Bharani

14 July 1956

Secunderabad

Cancer

Ramanand SagarRamanand Sagar

29 December 1917

12 December 2005

Lahore

Capricorn