List of Indian poets

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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.

Assamese[edit]

Awadhi[edit]

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

Bengali[edit]

Bengali language names in parentheses

Indian poets writing in English[edit]

In alphabetical order by first name:

  • A. K. Ramanujan (1929–1993), Indian poet, writer, academic, philologist, folklorist, translator, and playwright who wrote in English and Kannada.
  • Abhay K (born 1980), Poet, Diplomat, Writer and Artist.
  • Agha Shahid Ali (4 February 1949, New Delhi – 8 December 2001, Amherst, Massachusetts) Kashmiri-American poet writing in English.
  • Amit Chaudhuri (born 1962), author and poet writing in English.
  • Amol Redij (born 1977) is an English poet and writer.
  • Arun Kolatkar (1932–2004), Indian poet writings in English and Marathi.
  • Arundhathi Subramaniam is a woman poet and writer and web editor writing in English.
  • Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (born 1947) Indian poet, anthologist, literary critic and translator writing in English.
  • C. P. Surendran, poet, novelist and editor writing in English.
  • Dilip Chitre (1938-2009) Indian poet writing in English and Marathi also a painter and filmmaker.
  • Dilip Sankarreddy (born 1981)
  • Dom Moraes (1938–2004), Goan writer, poet and columnist writing in English.
  • Eunice De Souza (also "Eunice de Souza" (born 1940)) Indian poet, literary critic and novelist writing in English.
  • G. S. Sharat Chandra (1935–2000), author and poet writing in English .
  • Gieve Patel (born 1940), Indian poet, playwright and painter who practiced to be a general physician writing in English.
  • Gopi Kottoor (born 1956), Indian poet, playwright, translator writing in English.
  • Hemant Mohapatra, poet writing in English.
  • Henry Derozio (1809–1831).
  • Jagannath Prasad Das (born 1936), also known as J P Das, award-winning poet in English and Oriya
  • Jayanta Mahapatra (born 1924) poet, critic, arts scholar, and curator writing in English.

Gujarati[edit]

In alphabetical order by last name:


Hindi[edit]

Kannada[edit]

Kashmiri[edit]

Konkani[edit]

Maithili[edit]

  • 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, (15.10.1925- 7.9.2010) Sanskrit scholar and Maithili poet

Malayalam[edit]

Medieval Poets

Renaissance Poets

Romantic Poets

Neo-Romantic Poets

Modernist Poets

Postmodern Poets


Manipuri[edit]

Marathi[edit]

For Konkani poets, see "Konkani" section, above

Nepali[edit]

Oriya[edit]

Punjabi[edit]

Rajasthani[edit]

Sanskrit[edit]

Ancient Poets

Modern Poets

Sindhi[edit]

Tamil[edit]

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

Telugu[edit]

  • Gona Budda Reddy - 13th century poet
  • Annamacharya (1408–1503), mystic saint composer of the 15th century, widely regarded as the Telugu pada kavita pitaamaha (grand old man of simple poetry); husband of Tallapaka Tirumalamma
  • Aarudhra, pen name of Bhagavatula Siva Sankara Sastry (1925–1998), author, poet, essayist, writer of stories (including detective stories), playwright, translator, composer of film songs
  • Balijepalli Lakshmikantham, (1881–1953), poet and dramatist
  • Chellapilla Venkata Sastry
  • Devulapalli Krishna Sastry (1887–1981), poet and writer of radio plays, known as "Andhra Shelly"
  • Devarakonda Balagangadhara Tilak
  • Divakarla Tirupati Sastry
  • Errana also known as "Yellapregada" or "Errapregada" (fl. 14th century), poet in the court of Prolaya Vemareddy who ruled areas in the future state of Andhra Pradesh; third poet of the Kavi Trayam, or "Trinity of Poets", that translated Mahabharatamu into Telugu over the course of a few centuries: he concluded the project by translating the half-finished "Aranya Parvamu" in the mode of Nannaya Bhattaraka and then shifting to that of Tikkana as a bridge between the two styles; honored with the title Prabandha Parameshwara ("the supreme lord of Prabandha") and Shambudasusu belonged to Srivatsa gotram and Apastambha sutram of the Brahmin caste
  • Gurajada Apparao (1862–1915) poet, writer and playwright who wrote the first Telugu play, Kanyasulkam; also an influential social reformer sometimes called Mahakavi ("the great poet")
  • Gurram Jashuva (1895-1971), Poet and writer and producer of All India Radio, awarded "Padma Bhushan" by the Govt of India
  • Jwalamukhi pen name of Veeravalli Raghavacharyulu (1938–2008), poet, novelist, writer and political activist
  • Kandukuri Veeresalingam (1848–1919), social reformer, poet, scholar, founded the journal Vivekavardhani, introduced the essay, biography, autobiography and the novel into Telugu literature
  • Molla, also known as "Mollamamba", both popular names of Atukuri Molla (1440–1530) poet who wrote Telugu Ramayan; a woman
  • Nannaya Bhattaraka, also known as the First Poet "Aadi Kavi", the first poet of the Kavi Trayam, or "Trinity of Poets", that translated Mahabharatamu into Telugu over the course of a few centuries
  • Potana, born Bammera Pothana (1450–1510), poet best known for his translation of the Bhagavata Purana from Sanskrit; the book is popularly known as Pothana Bhagavatham
  • Rayaprolu Subba Rao
  • C. R. Reddy
  • Sri Sri – Srirangam Srinivasa Rao (1910–1983)
  • Sirivennela Sitaramasastri
  • Tallapaka Tirumalamma, also known as "Timmakka" and "Thimmakka" (fl. 15th century) poet who wrote Subhadra Kalyanam; wife of singer-poet Annamacharya and was popularly known as Timmakka
  • Tikkana also called "Tikkana Somayaji" (1205–1288) a poet born into a literary family during the Golden Age of Kakatiya dynasty; the second poet of the Kavi Trayam, or "Trinity of Poets", that translated Mahabharatamu into Telugu over the course of a few centuries; he translated last 15 chapters, but didn’t touch the half-finished Aranya Parvamu; the other two poets were Nannaya Bhattaraka and Errana
  • Timmakka – see Tallapaka Tirumalamma
  • Vemana (fl. 14th century) poet, many of whose poems are now colloquial phrases in Telugu; a yogi or yogi-like person whose poems, in a simple style, are all in the Ataveladi ("dancing lady") meter, dealing with mystic, satirical, moral and social subjects, including social problems and challenging traditions; he is often portrayed in the nude
  • Viswanatha Satyanarayana (1895–1976), popularly known as the Kavi Samraat ("Emperor of Poetry")
Modern Poets

Urdu[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]