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:


Satyajit Ray, who won the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1992, lived in Kolkata and is considered among the four greatest directors of film history. Other notable filmmakers from Kolkata include:

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.