List of people from Kolkata

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Kolkata has been regarded as the cultural capital of India.[1] This is a list of notable people from Kolkata, that is, people born in or associated with the city.


Poets (in order of surname)[edit]

Critics, philosophers (in order of surname)[edit]




Scientists (in order of surname)[edit]

Nobel laureates[edit]

Five Nobel Prize winners have been associated with Kolkata:

Business tycoons[edit]

Many Marwari, UPites, Punjabis and Gujarati business tycoons hail from the city. Some of the notables among them are:

Freedom fighters[edit]

Ramon Magsaysay Award winners[edit]

The Ramon Magsaysay Award, sometimes called "Asia's Nobel Prize", is given "to perpetuate his example of integrity in government, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society." Kolkata winners include:

Performing arts[edit]


Nandalal Bose Kolkata saw the beginning of the Bengal school of art, founded by Abanindranath Tagore, nephew of Rabindranath Tagore.[2] Other notable artists:


Notable actors



Notable theatre groups


Hindustani classical singers/maestros
Other singers
Choir groups
Bengali bands
Contemporary Bollywood musicians


Prominent dancers of the city include:

Among the many different dance forms prevalent in Kolkata, notable are:


Kolkata is the magic capital of India and has produced internationally famous magicians and performers, including:


Summer Olympic medallists[edit]

Other sportspersons[edit]

Sports administrators[edit]


  1. ^ Dutta, Krishna; Anita Desai (2003). Calcutta: a cultural and literary history. Signal Books. p. xiv. ISBN 978-1-902669-59-5. 
  2. ^ Dutta, Krishna; Anita Desai (2003). Calcutta: a cultural and literary history. Signal Books. p. 228. ISBN 978-1-902669-59-5. 
  3. ^ "Shanu Lahiri dead". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "A Tale Of Two Women: In search of their own songs". The Telegraph. March 11, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Katha Kavya Abhinaya". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2013.