This is a list of famous and notable people from Goa, India. This list aims to include persons who are known to a large number of people, and is not based on the extent of their popularity. Neither is the list viewed from the context of the present. Their fame could be brief, what matters is that they were well known during the peak of their popularity.
Mohan Ranade, an Indian freedom fighter who actively participated in the Goa liberation movement. He was arrested by Portuguese police in 1955. Later he was incarcerated at the Fort of Cassias near Lisbon in Portugal. He was kept in the solitary confinement for six years. After the liberation of Goa by the Indian government Ranade was finally released in January 1969 after 14 years of imprisonment.
Anthony Gonsalves (1927 – 18 January 2012), violinist; taught R.D. Burman and Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma (a member of the Laxmikant Pyarelal team) and worked with most of the legendary composers of the 1950s and 1960s
António Fortunato de Figueiredo(1903–1981), conductor, violinist; founder-director of the Academia de Música (now Dept of Western Classical Music, Kala Academy); founder-director of the Orquestra Sinfónica de Goa (Goa Symphony Orchestra)
José Gerson da Cunha (1844–1900), historians and Orientalist. Besides Konkani and Portuguese, French, English and Sanskrit, he could handle Pehlevi, Italian, Persian and German, Marathi. He wrote the first book on history of Bombay, The Origin of Bombay (1900), published by the Bombay branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.
Narana Coissoró, left his motherland of Goa to serve the Portuguese people and became a member of the Portuguese Parliament
António Costa, Portuguese Prime Minister (since 26 November 2015) and former Mayor of Lisbon (2007-2015). Antonoa Costa was born in 1961 in Lisbon, the son of writers Orlando da Costa and Maria Antónia Palla. His father was of Goan, Portuguese, and French descent.
Maria Aurora Couto, writer, academic and literary critic with books including Graham Greene: On the Frontier, Politics and Religion in the Novels, and Goa: A Daughter's Story
Orlando da Costa (1929–2006), Communist Portuguese poet and writer of Goan descent, born in the capital of the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique, Maputo
Sebastião Rodolfo Dalgado (1855–1922), of Assagao, linguist; knew Malayalam, Sinhala, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, and Sanskrit; in 1892, he produced a Konkani-Portuguese dictionary and later a grammar
Armand de Souza, born in 1877 in Assagao to the Camotim family, was the founding editor of the Morning Leader in Ceylon. An early freedom fighter, he was gaoled by the British colonial government for advocating democracy, but released following public protests at his incarceration. He was the author of Hundred days in Ceylon under martial law in 1915 and father of Senator Doric de Souza (Professor of English) and the late editor of the Times of Ceylon, Tory de Souza. He died in 1922.
Teotonio R. de Souza, historian, founder-director of Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Goa (1979–1994); Fellow of the Portuguese Academy of History; author of Medieval Goa (1979), Goa to Me (1994), and several other publications on Goan history and culture
Francisco Luís Gomes (1829–1869), Indo-Portuguese physician, politician, writer, historian, and economist
Ravindra Kelekar (born 1925), freedom fighter, writer and revivalist of the Konkani language
Chandrakant Keni, retired as the editor of Marathi daily Rashtramat and Konkani daily Sunaparant, worked as a freelance journalist. He was associated with development of Konkani language. With a few books to his credit, Mr. Keni bagged the Sahitya Academy Award for his book Ashadh Pawali
Lambert Mascarenhas, author of the classic novel Sorrowing Lies My Land (1955), which was reprinted thrice and has been translated into Marathi, Telugu and Konkani. Lambert was the editor of the Goan Tribune, the fortnightly paper dedicated to the cause of Goa's freedom from the Portuguese rule. He is also the founder editor of Goa Today, former editor of The Navhind Times, and was awarded the State Cultural award
Dom Moraes (born 1938), has won the American Press Club Citation for Excellence in Reporting, for some 20 articles he wrote for the New York Times Sunday Magazine; also a poet; died earlier this decade
Frank Moraes, editor of many prominent newspapers in post-independence India, including The Indian Express