This List of Indian poets consists of poets of Indian ethnic, cultural or religious ancestry who were either born or have lived in India and published poetry in that country.

Assamese[edit | edit source]

Bengali[edit | edit source]

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Bengali language names in parentheses

  • Abul Bashar (born 1951), poet and writer
  • Annadashankar Roy (1905–2002)
  • Bharatchandra Ray (Raygunakar, court poet in Krishnanagar)
  • Binoy Majumdar (1934–2006) Indian poet
  • Bishnu Dey (1909–1982) poet, prose writer, movie critic
  • Buddhadeb Basu (also spelled "Buddhadeva Bose") (1908–1974), poet, novelist, short-story writer and essayist
  • Chandidas (born 1408 CE) refers to (possibly more than one) medieval poet
  • Dwijendralal Ray (1863–1913) poet, playwright, and musician, known primarily for patriotic plays and songs, as well as Hindu devotional lyrics
  • Govindadasa, Medieval Vaishanavite poet
  • Humayun Kabir (1906–1969), poet, educationalist, politician, writer, philosopher
  • Iswarchandra Gupta (1812–1859) poet and writer
  • Jatindramohan Bagchi (1878–1948)
  • Jatindranath Sengupta (1887–1954), poet and writer
  • Jibananda Das (1899–1954)
  • Joy Goswami (born 1954), Indian poet
  • Kazi Nazrul Islam (also spelled "Kazi Nozrul Islam") (1899–1976) poet, musician, revolutionary, and philosopher
  • Krittibas Ojha (; also spelt "Krittivas Ojha"), medieval poet
  • Mallika Sengupta (born 1960), poet and writer
  • Michael Madhusudan Dutta (also spelled "Maikel Modhushudôn Dôtto" and "Datta") (1824–1873), born Madhusudan Dutt, poet and dramatist
  • Nabaneeta Dev Sen (Nôbonita Deb Shen) (born 1938) writer and poet
  • Nabinchandra Sen (1847–1909), poet and writer
  • Premendra Mitra (1904–1988) poet, novelist, short-story writer, including thrillers and science fiction
  • Purnendu Patri (born 1930) poet, novelist, Artist and Film maker.
  • Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) Novelist, poet, painter and Asia's first Nobel laureate
  • Ramprasad Sen, Shakta devotee cum poet-composer
  • Samar Sen (1916–1987) poet and journalist
  • Shakti Chattopadhyay (Shokti Chôţţopaddhae) (born 1934)
  • Shankha Ghosh (born 1932), poet and critic
  • Subhash Mukhopadhyay (Shubhash Mukhopaddhae) (1919–2003)
  • Subodh Sarkar (born 1958), poet
  • Sudhindranath Dutta
  • Sukanta Bhattacharya (1926–1947) poet
  • Sukumar Ray (1987–1923) humorous poet, short-story writer and playwright
  • Sunil Gangopadhyay(Shunil Gônggopaddhae) (born 1934), Indian poet, novelist
  • Syed Kawsar Jamal (born 1950), Indian poet and essayist
  • Tarapada Roy (1936–2007), poet, essayist and short-story writer, short stories, and essays, humourist
  • Vattacharja Chandan (born 1944), Indian poet, fiction writer, mail artist, editor.
  • Manindra Gupta(Born 1926) Poet, essayist, artist)
  • Utpol Kumar Basu, poet
  • Ranjit Singha, poet, essayist
  • Ranojit Dash, poet, critic,essayist
  • Bitoshok Bhattacharya, poet, essayist, critic
  • Debaroti Mitra, Poet
  • Debdas Acharya, poet
  • Moti Mukhopadhyay, poet, story writer
  • Arun Chattopadhyay,poet, novelist, story writer
  • Arun Kumar Sarkar, poet
  • Arun Mitra
  • Birendra Chattopadhyay, poet
  • Brajakumar sarkar(born 1960) poet, editor, essayist, critic
  • Bikash Gayen(born 1960), poet
  • Mrinal Banik, Poet, story writer
  • Sudhanshu Sen,poet, essayist
  • Dhiman Chakraborty, Poet
  • Pranabendu Dasgupta, poet
  • Lokenath Bhattacharya, poet, story writer, novelist, translator.
  • Ashokbijoy Raha, Poet
  • Shambhunath Chattopadhyay, poet
  • Ramendrakumar Acharya Chowdhury, poet
  • Kalikrishna Guha, poet
  • Kamal Chakraborty, poet, novelist
  • Kabita Singha, poet
  • Anuradha Mohapatra, poet
  • Jashudhora Ray Chowdhury, poet
  • Shaktipada Brammachari, poet
  • Prabuddha Sundar Kar, poet
  • Sukumar Chowdhury, poet

English[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Indian poets writing in English

Gujarati[edit | edit source]

In alphabetical order by last name:


Hindi[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Hindi-language poets

Kannada[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Kannada-language poets

Kashmiri[edit | edit source]

Konkani[edit | edit source]

Maithili[edit | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

Main article: Malayalam literature#Poetry

Medieval Poets

Renaissance Poets

Romantic Poets

Neo-Romantic Poets

Modernist Poets

Postmodern Poets


Manipuri[edit | edit source]

Marathi[edit | edit source]

For Konkani poets, see "Konkani" section, above

Nepali[edit | edit source]

Oriya[edit | edit source]

Punjabi[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Punjabi language poets

Rajasthani[edit | edit source]

Sanskrit[edit | edit source]

Ancient Poets

Modern Poets

Sindhi[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Sindhi language poets

Tamil[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

  • 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"
  • 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")
  • 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)
  • 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

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