List of Indian poets

This list of Indian poets consists of poets of Indian ethnic, cultural or religious ancestry either born in India or emigrated to India from other regions of the world.



  • Jumai Khan Azad, poet
  • Gosvāmī Tulsīdās, तुलसीदास, also known as "Tulasī Dāsa" and "Tulsidas" (1532 –1623), Awadhi poet and philosopher
  • Rambhadracharya (born 1950)[β], Hindu religious leader, educator, Sanskrit scholar, polyglot, poet, author, textual commentator, philosopher, composer, singer, playwright and Katha artist


Bengali language names in parentheses

Indian poets writing in English

In alphabetical order by first name:


In alphabetical order by last name:






  • Vidyapati, also known as Vidyapati Thakur and called Maithil Kavi Kokil "the poet cuckoo of Maithili" (c. 1352 – c. 1448), Maithili poet and Sanskrit writer
  • Acharya Ramlochan Saran (1889–1971), littérateur, grammarian, publisher and poet
  • Jayamant Mishra (1925–2010), Sanskrit scholar and Maithili poet


Medieval poets

Renaissance Poets

Romantic Poets

Neo-Romantic Poets

Modernist Poets

Postmodern Poets



For Konkani poets, see "Konkani" section, above






Ancient poets

Modern Poets


Sangam poets (c. 300 BC to 300 AD)

see also Sangam literature

Post-Sangam poets (200 AD to 1000 AD)

Bakthi period poets (700 to 1700 AD)

Patriots and British period poets



Modern poets


In alphabetical order by last name:

See also

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (born 1947) is an Indian poet, anthologist, literary critic and translator.

Bagri language

The Bagri language (बागड़ी) forms something of a dialect bridge between Haryanvi, Rajasthani, and

Punjabi and takes its name from the Bagar tract region of Northwestern India. It has about two million speakers, mostly in India, with pockets in the Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar districts of the Punjab in Pakistan.

Bagri is a typical Indo-Aryan language akin to Haryanvi, with SOV word order. The most striking phonological feature of Bagri is the presence of three lexical tones: high, mid and low, akin to Punjabi. The language has a very high (65%) lexical similarity with Haryanvi.

Indian poetry

Indian poetry and Indian literature in general, has a long history dating back to Vedic times. They were written in various Indian languages such as Vedic Sanskrit, Classical Sanskrit, Hindi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Urdu. Poetry in foreign languages such as Persian and English also has a strong influence on Indian poetry. The poetry reflects diverse spiritual traditions within India. In particular, many Indian poets have been inspired by mystical experiences.Poetry is the oldest form of literature and has a rich written and oral tradition.

Jumai Khan Azad

Jumai Khan Azad (5 August 1930 – 29 December 2013) was an Indian poet of Awadhi language from Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. He received the Awadhi Academy Award and Lokabandhu Rajnarayan Memorial Award.

Kanwal Ziai

Kanwal Ziai (born Hardayal Singh Datta) (15 March 1927 – 27 October 2011) was an Urdu and Hindi language poet and author from India.

Kunwar Mohinder Singh Bedi Sahar

Kunwar Mohinder Singh Bedi (Urdu: کنور مہیندرا سنگھ بیدی سحر‎) pen name Sahar was an Indian Urdu poet. The Times of India called him a "noted Urdu poet".

List of Assamese writers with their pen names

Assamese literature is the entire corpus of poetry, novels, short stories, documents and other writings in the Assamese language. It also includes popular ballads in the older forms of the language during its evolution to the contemporary form. The literary heritage of the Assamese language can be traced back to the c. 9-10th century in the Charyapada, where the earliest elements of the language can be discerned.

Poets are listed in alphabetical order by their pen name, as rendered in Latin script.

List of Awadhi-language poets

This is a List of Awadhi language poets.

Gosvāmī Tulsīdās तुलसीदास, also known as "Tulasī Dāsa" and "Tulsidas" (1532 –1623 ) Awadhi poet and philosopher.

Narottama Dasa, a Gaudiya Vaishnava saint who was responsible for spreading Vaishnava bhakti throughout Odisha in and outside Bengal in India. He had worked in Awadhi.Malik Muhammad Jayasi (1477–1542) poet who wrote in the Avadhi dialect, known for his work Padmavat.

Rambhadracharya (b.14 January 1950)[β] is a Hindu religious leader, educator, Sanskrit scholar, polyglot, poet, author, textual commentator, philosopher, composer, singer, playwright and Katha artist.

Jumai Khan Azad (b.5 August 1930, d.29 December 2013) a poet.

List of Hindi-language poets

This is a List of Hindi language poets:

Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana (1556–1627), composer, poet, and produced books on Astrology

Amir Khusrow, (1253–1325) musician, scholar and poetAshok Chakradhar (born 1951),author and poet

Atal Bihari Vajpai (1924-2018), author, poet and speaker

Bharatendu Harishchandra (1850–1885), novelist, poet, playwright

Bhawani Prasad Mishra (1913–1985), poet and author

Dharmveer Bharti (1926–1997), poet, author, playwright and a social thinker

Geet Chaturvedi (born 1977), poet, short story author and journalist

Gopal Singh Nepali (1911–1963), poet of Hindi literature and lyricist of Bollywood

Gopal Prasad Vyas (1915-2005), poet, known for his humorous poems

Gopaldas Neeraj (born 1924), poet and author

Gulab Khandelwal (born 1924), poetry including some in Urdu and English

Gulzar (1934- ), poet, lyricist, film director

Harivansh Rai Bachchan (1907–2003), poet of Chhayavaad literary movement (romantic upsurge)

Hemant Shesh (born 1952), writer, poet and civil servant

Indra Bahadur Khare (16 Dec 1922-13 Apl-1953),[Chhaayaavad] writer, poet and Prof

Vishnu Khare (1940-2018), Hindi journalist, translator and poet

Rambhadracharya (born 1950), religious leader and educationist.

Jagdish Gupt (1924–2001), Chhayavaad literary movement poet

Jaishankar Prasad (1889–1937), novelist, playwright, poet

Javed Akhtar (born 1945), poet, lyricist and scriptwriter

Jwalamukhi (1938–2008), poet, novelist, writer and political activist

Kabir (1440–1518), mystic poet and saint of India

Kaka Hathrasi (1906–1995), satirist and humorist poet

Kedarnath Agarwal (1911–2000), Hindi language poet and littérateur

Kedarnath Singh (1934-2018), poet, critic and essayist

Kalpna Singh-Chitnis (1966 - ), poet, actress, filmmaker

Kripalu Maharaj (1922-2013), spiritual master (Jagadguru) and a poet-saint

Krishan Kumar Sharma "Rasik" (born 1983), Hindi, Punjabi, English and Urdu poet and writer

Kumar Vishwas (born 1970), poet and professor

Kunwar Bechain (born 1942), Professor and Poet

Kunwar Narayan (born 1927), poet

Mahadevi Varma (1906–1987), poet, freedom fighter, woman's activist and educationist

Maithili Sharan Gupt (1886–1964), poet, politician, dramatist, translator

Makhanlal Chaturvedi (1889–1968), Indian poet, writer, essayist, playwright and a journalist

Meera (1498–1547), mystic singer and composer of Bhajans

Mohan Rana (born 1964), poet

Murari Lal Sharma Neeras (born 1936), poet and educator

Nagarjun (1911–1998), poet, writer, essayist, novelist

Naresh Mehta, poet and playwright

Narottam Das,(AD 1550-1605) the writer of 'Sudama Charitra' and was contemporary of Tulsidas

Nathuram SharmaShankar(1859–1932), Hindi poet

Nawal Kishore Dhawal (1911–1964), writer, poet, proof reader, editor, critic, journalist and author

Om Prakash Aditya (1936-2009), poet

Parichay Das, writer and editor and a pioneer in contemporary Bhojpuri poetry

Pawan Karan (1964- ), poet, writer, editor, journalist, colouminst, social and political analyst.

Phoolchand Gupta (born 1958), poet, writer and translator

Prabha Kiran Jain, poet and writer

Prasoon Joshi, advertiser, lyricist, and poet

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar (1908–1974), poet, essayist and academic

Ram Ratan Bhatnagar (born 1914), scholar, professor, writer and critic of poetry and literature

Rustam Singh (born 1955), poet, philosopher, translator and editor

Ravindra Prabhat (born 1969), writer, poet, editor, critic, journalist and author

Sachchidananda Vatsyayan (1911–1987), poet, writer, novelist, journalist, traveler

Shivmangal Singh Suman (1915–2002), poet and academician

Shail Chaturvedi (1936-2007), poet, humorist, lyricist, actor

Sri Lal Sukla, Author, Writer

Subhadra Kumari Chauhan (1904–1948), poet known for her emotionally charged songs

Sudama Panday 'Dhoomil' (1936–1975), poet known for his revolutionary writings and 'protest-poetry

Sumitranandan Pant (1900–1975), Chhayavaad poetry, verse plays and essays

Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala' (1899–1 961), poet, novelist, essayist and story-writer

Suryakumar Pandey (born 1954), poet, writer

Tara Singh, poet

Teji Grover (born 1955), poet, fiction writer, translator and painter

Thakur Srinath Singh (1901-1996), poet

Tulsidas (1497/1532–1623), poet-saint, reformer and philosopher

Uday Prakash (born 1952), scholar, poet, journalist, translator and short story writer

Vrind (1643 - 1723), Braj bhasha court poet, Kishangarh

List of Konkani Poets

This is a list of Indian Poets in Konkani who write in the diverse scripts used for this language.

Arun Sakhardande

B. B. Borkar

C. F. D'Costa

J. B. Moraes

J. B. Seqeira

Jess Fernandez

K. Ananth Bhat

Krishnambhat Bandkar (1876-1945)

Madhav Borcar

Dr. Manohar Rai Sardesai

Melvyn Rodrigues

Melvyn Rodrigus

Nagesh Karmali

Pandurang Bhangi

PN Sivananda Shenoy

Prakash Padgaoncar

R. V. Pandit


Ramesh Veluskar

Sankar Ramani

Saratchandra Shenoi

Sudesh Lotlikar

List of Marathi-language poets

This is a list of Marathi language poets.

List of Sanskrit poets

This is a list of Sanskrit-language poets.

Mewari language

Mewari is one of the major dialects of Rajasthani language of Indo-Aryan languages family. It is spoken by about five million speakers in Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Udaipur, and Chittorgarh districts of Rajasthan state of India. It has SOV word order.

There are 31 consonants, 10 vowels, and 2 diphthongs in Mewari. Intonation is prominent. Dental fricative is replaced by glottal stop at initial and medial positions. Inflection and derivation are the forms of word formation. There are two numbers—singular and plural, two genders—masculine and feminine, and three cases—simple, oblique, and vocative. Case marking is partly inflectional and partly postpositional. Concord is of nominative type in the imperfective aspect but ergative in the perfective aspect. Nouns are declined according to their endings. Pronouns are inflected for number, person, and gender. Third person is distinguished not only in gender but also in remote-proximal level. There are three tenses—present, past, and future; and four moods. Adjective are of two types—marked or unmarked. Three participles are there—present, past, and perfect.

Nandini Sahu

Nandini Sahu (born 23 July 1973) is an Indian poet. writer and critic. She is also professor of English at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India. She has written several books including poetry in English. She is an acclaimed poet Her poetry is widely circulated in India, US, UK, Africa and Pakistan. She has won two gold medals in English literature and also the award of All India Poetry Contest and Shiksha Ratna Purashkar. She is also editor inchief of Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and Language

Outline of India

The following outline is provided as an overview of, and topical guide to, India:

India – seventh-largest country by area, located on the Indian subcontinent in South Asia. India was home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation, and is the birthplace of four world religions—Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism. India endured colonization, eventually being administered by the United Kingdom from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was mainly non-violent resistance, led by influential figures like Mahatma Gandhi, and underwent a violent partition. India is the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and is also the most populous democracy in the world.

Parichay Das

Parichay Das, born Ravindra Nath Srivastava, is an Indian writer, essayist, poet and editor of contemporary Bhojpuri poetry. He writes in Bhojpuri, Maithili and Hindi. He is Ph.D. from Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur. He is ex Secretary, Maithili-Bhojpuri Academy, Delhi Government and ex Secretary, Hindi Academy, Delhi Government. He has written/ edited/ text edited more than 30 books. He received the Dwi-Vaageesh Samman award for srijan evam anuvaad [ writing and translation ] by the Bhartiya Anuvad Parishad [ Translator's Association of India] in 2012. . He received Bhojpuri Keerti Sammaan, Bharteey Dalit Sahitya Sammaan, Shyam Narayan Pandey Sammaan,Editor's Choice Award and Damodar Das Chaturvedi Bhasha-Sahitya Sammaan. He delivered a lecture on Bhojpuri in Kathmandu as representative of kendriy Sahitya Akademi in 2012. He recited his poems in SAARC Literary Summit in Delhi in 2011. He is considered a unique personal essay writer in Indian Languages and path breaker poet in Bhojpuri.

Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu was an Indian independence activist and poet who earned the sobriquet of Nightingale of India. She was born in a Bengali Hindu family in Hyderabad. She was educated in Chennai, London and Cambridge. She married Dr. Govindarajulu Naidu and settled down in Hyderabad. She took part in the Indian nationalist movement, became a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and fought for the attainment of Swaraj or independence. She became the President of Indian National Congress and was later appointed as Governor of the United Provinces, now Uttar Pradesh. She was the first woman Governor of India which at that time had a dominion status under the British crown. Known as the 'Nightingale of India', she was also a noted poet. Her poetry includes children's poems, nature poems, patriotic poems and poems of love and death. She also wrote poetry in praise of Muslim figures like Imam Hussain, in a time where Muslim-Hindu tensions ran high in pre-independence era.When issues regarding the split of India into a Muslim country and a Hindu country had already begun, and as she had got an inter-caste and inter-regional marriage in a time where this was uncommon, her goal was to bring all of India together regardless of any caste or religion.

Shamim Farooqui

Shamim Farooqui (25 December 1943 – 29 August 2014) was an Urdu poet from India.

Smita Agarwal

Smita Agarwal (born 1958) is an Indian poet and a professor of English literature at the University of Allahabad, India.

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