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List of Poets of India

Posted on: November 10, 2009

Assamese

  • Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, জ্যোতিপ্ৰসাদ আগৰৱালা, (1903–(1953), playwright, songwriter, poet, writer and film maker
  • Nirmalprabha Bardoloi (born 1933)[1]
  • Ajit Barua (born 1926)[1]
  • Amulya Barua (1922–1946) first published posthumously in 1964
  • Bhaben Barua (born 1941)[1]
  • Bireswar Barua (born 1933)[1]
  • Hem Barua (1915–1977), poet and politician
  • Nabakanta Barua, also spelt “Navakanta Barua”[1] also known as Ekhud Kokaideu (1926–2002), novelist and poet
  • Hiren Bhattacharya (born 1932)[1]
  • Homen Borgohain (born 1932), writer, poet, critic, columnist and editor
  • Hiren Datta (born 1937)[1]
  • Bhabananda Deka (born 1933)[1] writer, poet, critic, columnist, playwright[citation needed]
  • Harekrishna Deka (born 1948)[1]
  • Ram Gogoi (born 1934)[1]
  • Dinesh Goswami (born 1940)[1]
  • Atul Chandra Hazarika (1903–1986), poet, dramatist, children’s story writer and translator; called “Sahitycharjya” by an Assamese literary society
  • Keshab Mahanta (born 1926)[1]
  • Syed Abdul Malik (born 1919)[1]
  • Nilmani Phookan (born 1933)[1]
  • Robindra Sakar (born 1945)[1]
  • Samir Tanti (born 1956), poet[1]
  • [ [Hridayananda Gogoi]] (born 1969 in poetry|1985]]), writer, poet, critic, columnist and editor

 Bengali

Bengali language names in parentheses

  • Chandidas (born 1408 CE) refers to (possibly more than one) medieval poet
  • Krittibas Ojha (; also spelt “Krittivas Ojha”), medieval poet
  • Iswarchandra Gupta (1812–1859) poet and writer
  • Michael Madhusudan Dutta (also spelled “Maikel Modhushudôn Dôtto” and “Datta”) (1824–1873), born Madhusudan Dutt, poet and dramatist
  • Nabinchandra Sen (1847–1909), poet and writer
  • Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) Novelist, poet, painter and Nobel laureate
  • Dwijendralal Ray (1863–1913) poet, playwright, and musician, known primarily for patriotic plays and songs, as well as Hindu devotional lyrics
  • Jatindramohan Bagchi (1878–1948)
  • Jatindranath Sengupta (1887–1954), poet and writer
  • Sukumar Ray (1987–1923) humorous poet, short-story writer and playwright
  • Kazi Nazrul Islam (কাজী নজরুল ইসলাম; also spelled “Kazi Nozrul Islam”) (1899–1976) poet, musician, revolutionary, and philosopher
  • Jibananda Das (জীবনানন্দ দাশ) (1899–1954)
  • Humayun Kabir (1906–1969), poet, educationalist, politician, writer, philosopher
  • Annadashankar Roy (অন্নদাশংকর রায়) (1905–2002)
  • Premendra Mitra (প্রেমেন্দ্র মিত্র) (1904–1988) poet, novelist, short-story writer, including thrillers and science fiction
  • Buddhadeb Basu (also spelt “Buddhadeva Bose”) (বুদ্ধদেব বসু) (1908–1974), poet, novelist, short-story writer and essayist
  • Bishnu Dey (1909–1982) poet, prose writer, movie critic
  • Samar Sen (1916–1987) poet and journalist
  • Subhash Mukhopadhyay (Shubhash Mukhopaddhae) (1919–2003)
  • Sukanta Bhattacharya (1926–1947) poet
  • Samir Roychoudhury
  • Shakti Chattopadhyay (Shokti Chôţţopaddhae) (born 1934)
  • Shankha Ghosh (born 1932), poet and critic
  • Siddheswar Sen(born 1925), Indian poet
  • Utpal Kumar Basu(born 1936), Indian poet, critic, essayist and associated with the 1961-1965 *Rabindra Guha (born 1934)Indian poet,writer,novelist
  • Sunil Gangopadhyay(Shunil Gônggopaddhae) (born 1934), Indian poet,novelist
  • Nabaneeta Dev Sen (Nôbonita Deb Shen) (born 1938) writer and poet
  • Tarapada Roy (1936–2007), poet, essayist and short-story writer, short stories, and essays, known for his satirical sense of humour
  • Purnendu Patri (born 1930) poet, novelist, Artist and Film maker.
  • Samsul Haqu (born 1943),
  • Binoy Majumdar (1934–2006)Indian poet
  • Kabirul Islam(born 1946), Indian poet, essayist, Professor.
  • Abul Kasem Rahimuddin(born 1944), Indian poet,
  • Abul Bashar (born 1951), poet and writer
  • Pranabkumar Mukhopadhyay(born1953), poet and editor
  • Sayed Hasmat Jalal (born 1957), poet, short-story writer and journalist
  • Subhas Sarkar, (born 1956), poet, writer, editor
  • Joy Goswami (born 1954), Indian poet (a man)
  • Syed Kawsar Jamal (born 1950), Indian poet and essayist
  • Mallika Sengupta (born 1960), poet and writer
  • Anjali Das (born 1957), poet
  • Ishita Bhaduri (born 1961), Indian poet and writer
  • Jamil Sayed (born 1956), Indian poet
  • Debiprasad Bandyopadhyay(born 1956), Indian poet, writer, critic,
  • Ananda Ghosh Hazra(born 1947),Indian Poet,short-story writer,essayist and novelist.
  • Sankha Subhra Devbarman(born 1967),Indian poet,short-story writer,essayist and novelist
  • Tuhin Chattopadhyay(born 1970), Indian poet, short-story writer, critic, editor and photographer
  • Subrata Sarkar (born 1956)
  • Sutapa Sengupta (born 1956)
  • Bijesh Saha (born 1956)
  • Ankur Saha (born 1956)
  • Anupam Mukhopadhyay (born 1979 ), Indian poet , critic

 Indian poets writing in English

  • Agarwal Nilanshu K.
  • Agarwal Smita
  • Agha Shahid Ali (आगा शाहीद अली) (4 February 1949, New Delhi – 8 December 2001, Amherst, Massachusetts)
  • Amit Chaudhuri (born 1962), author and poet
  • Arvind Krishna Mehrota[2]
  • Sri Aurobindo (Bengali: শ্রী অরবিন্দ Sri Ôrobindo) (1872–1950)
  • R. Bartholomew[3]
  • G. S. Sharat Chandra[3] (1935–2000), author and poet
  • Deb Kumar Das[3]
  • Dilip Chitre (born 1938) poet and writer in Marathi and English, also a painter and filmmaker
  • Dilip Sankarreddy [4]
  • Easterine Iralu[5]
  • Kamala Das also known as “Kamala Suraiya” (born 1934), writer and poet in English and Malayalam
  • Keki Daruwalla[3]
  • Henry Derozio (1809–1831)[6]
  • Eunice De Souza (also “Eunice de Souza”[3]) (born 1940) poet, literary critic and novelist
  • Tishani Doshi (born 1975), poet, journalist, and dancer
  • Michael Madhusudan Dutt (also known as “Madhusudan Dutt”[3]) (1827–1873) [6]
  • Romesh Chundar Dutt (1848–1909)[6]
  • Toru Dutt (1856–1877)[6]
  • Nissim Ezekiel(1924 – 2004), poet, playwright and art critic
  • Manmohun Ghose (birth year unknown – 1924)[6]
  • Indira Goswami (born 1942), also known as “Mamoni Raisom Goswami” and, popularly, “Mamoni Baideo”, poet, novelist and academic
  • Ranjit Hoskote (born 1969) is a poet, art critic, cultural theorist and independent curator
  • Adil Jussawalla[3]
  • Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih http://india.poetryinternationalweb.org/piw_cms/cms/cms_module/index.php?obj_id=6289
  • Kersey Katrack (also known as “K. D. Katrak”)[3]
  • Tabish Khair, poet and academic
  • Arun Kolatkar (Marathi: अरुण बालकृष्ण कोलटकर, 1932–2004), writings in English and Marathi
  • Gopi Kottoor (born 1956),Poet, novelist, Playwright, translator, Poetry editor
  • Shiv Kumar[3]
  • P. Lal (born 1929), poet, essayist, translator, professor and publisher; also the founder and publisher of Writer’s Workshop in Calcutta
  • Jayanta Mahapatra (born 1928 in poetry), poet who also writes in the Oriya language, and an academic
  • Keshav Malik (born 1924) poet, critic, arts scholar, and curator
  • Rooma Mehra, (born 1967), Poet, Artist, Writer
  • Lawrence Bantleman[3]
  • Subhash Misra
  • Dom Moraes (1938–2004), Goan writer, poet and columnist writing in English
  • Prithwindra Mukherjee (born 1936), poet and writer
  • Raman Mundair, poet, writer, artist and playwright
  • Sarojini Naidu (1879–1949)[6]
  • Rukmini Bhaya Nair
  • Pritish Nandy (born 1951), poet, journalist, politician, television personality and film producer
  • Robin S Ngangom [7]
  • R. Parthasarathy[3]
  • Gieve Patel (born 1940), poet, playwright and self-taught artist; practised to be a general physician
  • Tapan Kumar Pradhan (born 1972), writer and poet in English, Hindi and Oriya
  • U. K. Rajesh (born 1968), poet[8]
  • A. K. Ramanujan (1929–1993), poet, writer, academic, philologist, folklorist, translator, and playwright who wrote in English and Kannada
  • Som Ranchan (born 1932), poet and novelist
  • Srinivas Rayaprol[3]
  • Santan Rodrigues[3]
  • Sudeep Sen, poet and editor
  • Ram Sharma (1837–1918), poet and journalist
  • Manohar Shetty[3]
  • Melanie Silgardo[3]
  • C P Surendran, poet, novelist and editor
  • Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941)[6]
  • V.D. Trivadi 1927 – 1985} poet, novelist, playwright, well-known journalist
  • Shreekumar Varma (born 1955), newspaper columnist, poet, novelist
  • Vikram Seth (born 1952), poet and novelist

 Gujarati

In alphabetical order by last name:

  • Akho (1591–1659), poet, Vedantist and radical[9]
  • Bai Astor (fl. 19th century), a woman[9]
  • Badarayan (1905–1963)[9]
  • Balashankar (1858–1899)[9]
  • Sundarji Betai (1905–1989)[9]
  • Bhojo Bhagat (1785–1850), devotional poet[9]
  • Niranjan Bhagat (born 1926), poet and academic[10]
  • Bhalan (c. 1426–1500)Known as Adi Kavi-First Gujarti Poet- [9]
  • Kavi Botadkar (1870–1924)[9]
  • Raghuvir Chaudharay (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Suresh Dalal (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Dalpatram (1820–1898), father of Nanalal Dapatram Kavi[9]
  • Balmukund Dave (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Makarand Dave (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Harindra Dave (1930–1995, editor of the daily Janshakti (1951-1962), poet[10]
  • Yagnesh Dave (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Dayaram (1757–1852)[9]
  • Deepakba Desai (1881–1955), woman poet who wrote khandakavyas[9]
  • Mahadev Desai (1892–1942), writer in English, Gujarati and Bengali, who translated poetry and prose into Gujarati; also Gandhi’s private secretary for many years and called “Bapu’s Boswell”[9]
  • Ramanlal V. Desai (1890–1954), novelist and short-story writer, published a couple of volumes of poetry[9]
  • Sanskritirani Desai (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Dhiro (1753–1825), devotional poet[9]
  • Saroop Dhruv (born 1948)[9]
  • Chaitanya Divatia (born1908), a woman[9]
  • Bhogilal Gandhi (fl. 20th century), writer and poet[9]
  • Mansukhlal Jhaveri (1907–1981)[9]
  • Anil Joshi (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Suresh Joshi (1921–1986), novelist, short-story writer, critic, poet and writer[9]
  • Umashankar Joshi – see listing under “Umashankar”, below
  • Kalapi (1874–1900)[9]
  • Kant (1867–1923), writer and poet who wrote khandakavyas (narrative poems) and ghazals
  • Ardoshir Faramji Kharbardar (1881–1953), Parsi
  • Manoj Khanderia (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Nanalal Dalpatram Kavi (નાનાલાલ દલપતરામ કવિ), full name: Nanalal Dapatram Kavi, (1877–1946), author and poet, son of Dalpatram (1820-1898)
  • Yoseph Macwan (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Beheramji Malabari (late 19th century to early 20th century) [9]
  • Priyakant Maniyar (1927–1976), businessman and poet[10]
  • Adil Mansuri (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Jaya Mehta (1929)[9]
  • Meerabai (मीराबाई) (1498-1547), alternate spelling: Meera, Mira, Meera Bai; Hindu poet-saint, mystical poetess whose compositions, extant version of which are in Gujarati and a Rajasthani dialect of Hindi, remain popular throughout India
  • Jhaverchand Meghani (1896–1947), novelist, poet, short-story writer, folklorist
  • Narsinh Mehta, alternate spelling: Narasingh Mehta (c. 1414 – c. 1481), Hindu poet-saint notable as a bhakta, an exponent of Hindu devotional religious poetry; acclaimed as Adi Kavi (Sanskrit for “first among poets”) of Gujarat, where he is especially revered
  • Sumatiben Mehta (1890–1911), a woman[9]
  • Chinu Modi (born 1939), novelist, short-story writer, critic, lecturer, scriptwriter, freelancer in advertising and poet associated with the Hotel Poets Group; has been editor of Hreigh Kruti and Unmoolan[10]
  • K. M. Munshi (1887–1971), novelist, playwright, writer, politician and lawyer
  • Tapigauri Munshi (fl. 19th century), mother of K. M. Munshi
  • Panna Naik (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Narasinghrao, (1859–1937) poet and writer[9]
  • Narmad (1834–1886)[9]
  • Diwaliben Nathalal (fl. 19th century), a woman[9]
  • Padmanabh (fl. 15th century)[9]
  • Alibai Palankat (fl. 19th century), a woman[9]
  • Savitagauri Pandya (1850–1925), a woman[9]
  • Ramesh Parekh (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Gita Parikh (1929[9]
  • Prabod Parikh (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Vipin Parikh (born 1930)[10]
  • Jayant Pathak (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Hasmuth Pathak (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Heeraben Pathak (fl. 20th century), a woman, poet and wife of Ramanayan Pathak[9]
  • Ramanayan Pathak (1887–1955), poet and husband of Heeraben Pathak[9]
  • Jaimangauri Pathakji (1901–1984), a woman[9]
  • Premanand (poet) (1640–1700) nonreligious poet who wrote originally in Hindi, but when reprimanded by his guru, switched to Gujarati, which he vowed to develop into a language of fine literary expression[9]
  • Radheshyam (fl. 20th century) poet and critic[9]
  • Rajendra Shukla
  • Madhav Ramanuj (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Khaki Praveenchandra Ruparel ([fl.] 20th century), writer and poet[9]
  • Anniben Saraiya (1917–1983)[9]
  • Gulam Muhammad Shaikh (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Gulammohammed Sheikh (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Chandrakant Sheth (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Rajendra Shah (born 1913)[9]
  • Jyotsna Shukla (1892–1976), a woman[9]
  • Rajendra Shukla (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Sitanshu (fl. 20th century), poet, critic and playwright [9]
  • Sneharashmi, pen name of Jhinabhai Desai, 20th-century poet who popularized haiku in Gujarati literature[10]
  • Sundaram (1909–1990), poet, short-story writer, travel writer, biographer and critic[9]
  • Swapnastha (fl. 20th century)[9]
  • Labhshanker Thacker ([fl.] 20th century)[10]
  • Udayan Thakker (fl. 20th century)[10]
  • Balawantrai Thakore (1869–1952), the first Imagist and formalist poet in Gujarati literature; introduced into Gujarati the sonnet and prithvi meter, “which is closest to English blank verse”, according to The Handbook of Twentieth-Century Indian Literature[9]
  • Chandrakant Topiwala[9]
  • Govardhanram N. Tripathi (1855–1907), novelist and poet[9]
  • Umashankar Joshi (1911–1988), novelist, poet, playwright, writer and academic; surname: Umashankar[9]
  • Pushpa Vakil (1908–1985), a woman[9]
  • Sitanshu Yashashchander (born 1941)[9]
  • Harshad Trivedi(born1958 in poetry 1984

Kannada

Main article: List of Kannada language poets

[edit] Kashmiri

  • Abdul Ahad Azad (1903–1948)
  • Amin Kamil (born 1924)
  • Arnimal (died 1800)
  • Ghulam Ahmad Mahjur (1885–1952)
  • Habba Khatun (16th century)
  • Lalleshwari लल्लेश्वरी also known as “Lalla” or “Lal Ded”[11]
  • Mahmud Gami (1765–1855)
  • Maqbool Shah Kralawari (1976)
  • Nund Reshi (1377–1440)
  • Paramananda (Kashmiri poet) (1791–1864)
  • Rasul Mir (died 1870)
  • Rehman Rahi (born 1925), poet, translator and critic
  • Muzaffar Aazim[citation needed]
  • Rupa Bhavani (1621–1721)
  • Zinda Kaul ‘Masterji’ (1884–1965)
  • Moti Lal Saqi (1936–1999), poet, writer, folklorist and researcher

 Konkani

  • Poet Borkar Balakrishna Bhagwant Borkar and also known as “Baki-baab” (1910–1984) wrote mostly in Marathi but with numerous works in Konkani

 Maithili

  • Acharya Ramlochan Saran (1889–1971), littérateur, grammarian, publisher and poet
  • Jayamant Mishra, Sanskrit scholar and Maithili poet
  • Nagarjun, called Janakavi, the “people’s poet” (1911–1998), Hindi and Maithili poet, novelist, short-story writer, biographer and travel writer
  • 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

 Malayalam

Main article: Malayalam literature#Poetry

Medieval Poets

  • Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan തുഞ്ചത്തു രാമാനുജന്‍ എഴുത്തച്ഛന്‍, called the “Father of the Malayalam language” (fl. 16th century)
  • Arnos Paathiri, also known as “Johann Ernst Hanxleden” (1681–1732), a German Jesuit priest, missionary in India and a Malayalam/Sanskrit poet, grammarian, lexicographer, and philologist
  • Poonthanam Namboothiri (fl. 16th century), devotional poet
  • Kunchan Nambiar (1705–1770)
  • Unnayi Warrier
  • Irayimman Thampi ഇരയിമ്മന്‍ തമ്പി (1783–1862), court poet and musician
  • Moyinkutty Vaidyar (1857–1891)

Renaissance Poets

  • Kumaran Asan (1873–1924)
  • Kerala Varma Valiya Koyithampuran, also known as Kerala Varma (1845–1914), poet and translator who had an equal facility in writing in Mayalayam, English and Sanskrit[12]
  • Kattakkayathil Cherian Mappila (1856–1936)[12]
  • Vallathol Narayana Menon (1878–1958)
  • Venmani Acchen Nambudiri (1817–1891), associated with the Venmani School of poetry[12]
  • Venmani Mahan Namboodiri (1844–1893), poet associated with the Venmani School of poetry[12]
  • V. C. Balakrishna Panikker (1889–1915)[12]
  • Ulloor S Parameswara Iyer (1877–1949)
  • K. V. Simon, (1883–1943)[12]
  • Irayimman Tampi (1753–1856), poet in the court of Swati Tirunal Rama Varma; wrote Omana tinkal kitjavo, a “cradle song” (or lullaby) still popular in Malayalam[12]
  • Kunjikuttan Thampuran (1865–1913)[12]
  • K.C. Kesava Pillai (1868–1914)
  • Perunnelli Krishnan Vaidyan (1863–1894)[12]
  • Velutteri Keshavan Vaidyar (1839–1897)[12]
  • A. R. Raja Raja Varma (1863–1918) poet, grammarian, scholar, critic and writer; nephew of Kerala Varma Valia Koyittampuran[12]

Romantic Poets

  • Changampuzha Krishna Pillai (1911–1948), poet and translator[12]
  • Edappalli Raghavan Pillai (1909–1936)[12]
  • P. Kunhiraman Nair (1906–1974)
  • Balamaniyamma (1909–2004), a woman
  • Sanjayan, pen name of M. R. Nayar (1903–1943)[12]

Neo-Romantic Poets

  • G. Sankara Kurup, aka “Sankara Kurup” (died 1978)[12]
  • Vyloppilli Sreedhara Menon, aka “Vailoppilli Sreedhara Menon” (1911–1985)[12]
  • Edasseri Govindan Nair (1906–1974))[12]
  • N.V. Krishna Warrier (1916–1989),poet and scholar
  • Thirunalloor Karunakaran (1924–2006),poet and scholar
  • P. Bhaskaran, (born 1924–2007), poet and film songwriter[12]
  • Vayalar Ramavarma, also spelt Vayalar Rama Varma, (1928–1975)[12]
  • O.N.V. Kurup (born 1931)
  • Sugathakumari (born 1934), poet, environmental and women’s rights activist
  • Vishnunarayanan Namboothiri (born 1939)
  • Kunjunni (died 2006)

Modernist Poets

  • M. Govindan (1919–1988)[12]
  • Sugatha Kumari (born 1934)[12]
  • K. Ayyappa Panicker, also spelt Ayyappa Paniker, Indian[12] (1930–2006)
  • Attoor Ravi Varma
  • Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan, popularly known as Kadammanitta (1935–2008)
  • Satchidanandan (born 1946), critic (writing in Malayalam and English), poet (in Malayalam), academic, editor, translator and playwright
  • D. Vinayachandran
  • A. Ayyappan (born 1949)
  • Balachandran Chullikkad (born 1957), poet and actor
  • K.G.Shankara Pillai (born 1946)

Postmodern Poets

  • Anwar Ali (Malayalam poet)
  • Anitha Thampi (born 1968)
  • P. Raman (born 1962)
  • P. P. Ramachandran
  • T. P. Rajeevan (born 1959), poet, novelist and literary critic; also writes in English
  • V. M. Girija (born 1961), a woman

 Manipuri

  • Nongthombam Biren Singh, politician, poet and former journalist
  • Abdul Hamid
  • Robin S Ngangom (born 1959), poet who writes in English and Manipuri[13]
  • Hijam Anganhal Singh[14]
  • Angom Gopi

 Marathi

  • Sant Dnyaneshwar ज्ञानेश्वर, also known as “Sant Jñāneshwar” and “Jñanadeva” ज्ञानदेव (1275–1296) saint, poet, philosopher and yogi
  • Sant Eknath संत एकनाथ or Eknāth; the epithet “sant” संत is traditionally given to persons regarded as thoroughly saintly (1533–1599), poet and scholar
  • Sant Tukaram संत तुकाराम (birth-year estimates range from 1577–-1609 – died 1650)
  • Keshav Pandit, also known as Keshav Pandit or Keshav Bhat Pandit (died 1690), religious official under Chhatrapati Shivaji, poet and Sanskrit scholar
  • Raghunath Pandit
  • Suresh Bhat सुरेश भट, 1932–2003), known as Ghazal Samrat (Emperor of ghazals) for his exposition of that form
  • Namdeo Dhasal (born 1949), poet, writer, journalist, editor and Dalit activist
  • Arun Kolatkar अरुण बालकृष्ण कोलटकर, (born 1931 or 1932), poet who wrote both in Marathi and English; also a graphic designer
  • Bahinabai Chaudhari बहिणाबाई चौधरी (1880–1951), illiterate poet whose son wrote down her poems for her
  • Vilas Sarang (born 1942), writer, critic, translator and poet
  • Kusumagraj कुसुमाग्रज, pen name of Vishnu Vāman Shirwādkar विष्णु वामन शिरवाडकर (1912–1999), poet, writer and humanist
  • P. S. Rege (1910–1978), poet, playwright, fiction writer and academic
  • Shanta Shelke शांता शेळके (1922–2002), poet, journalist, a professor, composer, story writer, translator, writer of children’s literature (a woman)
  • Shridhar Tilve (born 1964), poet and critic
  • G. D. Madgulkar गजानन दिगंबर माडगूळकर or ग. दि. माडगूळकर , popularly known in his home state of Maharashtra by his initials, Ga Di Ma गदिमा (1919–1977), poet, lyricist, writer and actor; older brother of writer Venkatesh Madgulkar
  • Poet Borkar Balakrishna Bhagwant Borkar and also known as “Baki-baab” (1910–1984) wrote mostly in Marathi but with numerous works in Konkani

 Konkani dialect

  • Felix Paul Noronha (born 1916)[14]

 Oriya

  • Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja (born sometime from 1670 to 1688), poet and member of the royal family of a princely state
  • Fakir Mohan Senapati ଫକିର ମୋହନ ସେନାପତି (1843–1918), short-story writer, novelist, poet, writer, government official and social activist who has variously been called the “Father of Modern Oriya Literature” and Vyasakabi or “founder poet” of the language. He wrote what is regarded as the first short story in the Oriya language, whose preservation he championed.
  • Gangadhar Meher (1862–1924), poet and prose author
  • Kabibar Radhanath Ray (1848–1908), modernist poet, essayist and translator who introduced into Oriya literature new forms of and topics in poetry, including blank-verse, satire in the manner of Dryden and Pope, concern with social problems, and patriotic sentiments
  • Gopabandhu Das called Utkal Mani (“Gem of Orissa”), (1877–1928), social worker, political activist, writer, novelist and poet

Contemporary poets

  • Ramakanta Rath (born 1934), modernist poet and government official

Rajasthani

  • Abdul Vaheed `Kamal’
  • Bankidas Asiya
  • Chand Bardai
  • Kanhaiyalal Sethia कन्हैयालाल सेठिया (1919–2008), Rajasthani and Hindi poet and social activist
  • Kripa Ram Barath
  • Dr.Lakshmi Kumari Chundawat
  • Dr. Narayan Singh Bhati
  • Sūdan
  • Vijaydan Detha
  • Dr.Zahoor Khan Mehar

 Sanskrit

Ancient Poets

  • Valmiki, (author of Ramayana)
  • Vedavyasa, (author of Mahabharata)
  • Kālidāsa,(Ist Century,BC), Classical Sanskrit poet and dramatist, author of Abhijnana-Sakuntalam drama.
  • Bharavi (author of Kiratarjuniya)
  • Magha (author of Sisupalavadha known as ‘Magha-Kavya’.
  • Sriharsha (author of Naishadhacharita, 1200 A.D.
  • Jayadeva (author of Gita Govinda,1200 AD)
  • Bhaṭṭi (author of Bhaṭṭikāvya known as Rāvaavadha.
  • Vedanta Desika (1269–1370), Sri Vaishnava writer, poet, devotee, philosopher and teacher.
  • Krishnadevaraya (died 1529), king of the Vijayanagara empire and poet

Modern Poets

  • Ram Karan Sharma
  • Harekrishna Meher, author of the modern Sanskrit work Matrigitikanjalih

 Tamil

Ancient Sangam and Medieval

  • Thiruvalluvar திருவள்ளுவர் ([fl.] c. 2nd century B.C. – 8th century A.D.) poet who wrote the Thirukkural, an ethical work
  • Avvaiyar the name of more than one poet who was active during different periods of Tamil literature; Auvaiyar I lived during the Sangam period (c. first and second century C.E.)
  • Ilango Adigal
  • Kaniyan poonguntranar Who wrote the famus “யாதும் ஊரே யாவரும் கேளீர்”, one of the Pura naanuru song
  • Kamban (poet) கம்பர் (fl. 12th century), medieval poet who wrote Kamban ramayanam), the Tamil version of Ramayana
  • Sekkizhar (fl. 12th century), poet and scholar
  • Nakkeerar (fl. c. 9th century)

see also Sangam literature

Bakthi

  • 12 Alvars
  • 63 Nayanmars

Patriots

  • Subramanya Bharathi சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதி, called Mahakavi Bharati (“Great Poet Bharati”) (1882–1921) poet, writer, independence advocate and reformer
  • Subramanya Siva (1884–1925), poet and independence advocate
  • Bharathidasan பாரதிதாசன், also spelt Bharatidasan (1891–1964), poet, playwright, screenwriter, short-story writer and essayist

Modern

  • Kannadasan கண்ணதாசன் (1927–1981 in poetry), poet and lyricist
  • Na. Muthukumar நா. முத்துக்குமார், poet and songwriter for films
  • Vairamuthu (born 1953), poet and song lyrics writer
  • Vaali (poet) வாலி (born 1931), poet and song lyrics writer
  • Pudhumaipithan
  • Prof. Karmegha Konar
  • Pa. Vijay பா. விஜய், poet who writes song lyrics for films
  • Mu Metha, poet and songwriter
  • L. S. Kandasamy
  • V. Akilesapillai (1853–1910), Sri Lankan scholar, poet and writer

 Telugu

This list is in alphabetical order by family name (surname). The position (first, second, last place) in a Telugu name is complicated. Traditionally, most Telegu family names have been given first, followed by the given name. For men, the two names are often followed by a caste title, such as Reddy, Sastri or Raju. In the 20th century, caste titles have been replaced by secondary given names such as Rao, Babu and Baba. Women may have only two-part names or an extension of the given name, such as Devi or Amma. Christian names follow the same order, but Muslim names often have the family name at the end. Many poets use one- or two-word pen names.[15]

  • Annamacharya శ్రీ తాళ్ళపాక అన్నమాచార్య (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[16]
  • Chaganti Somayajulu (1915–1993), short-story writer and poet
  • Chellapilla Venkata Sastry[17]
  • Devulapalli Krishna Sastry (1887–1981), poet and writer of radio plays, known as “Andhra Shelly”
  • Divakarla Tirupati Sastry[17]
  • Errana ఎఱ్ఱన్న 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;[18] belonged to Srivatsa gotram and Apastambha sutram of the Brahmin caste
    • Gurajada Apparao గురజాడ అప్పారావు (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 జ్వాలాముఖీ , 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[17]
  • 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[17]
  • C. R. Reddy[17]
  • Sri Rangam Srinivasa Rao popularly known as Sri Sri
  • 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 తిక్కన్న 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 వేమన (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

  • C. Narayana Reddy సి.నారాయణరెడ్డి (born 1931), poet, academic and songwriter
  • Ismail, popular name of Mohammad Ismail (born 1928)[19]

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