One of the founders of modern Urdu criticism.

1911 -2002

Prominent poet who mastered the poetic idiom of Lucknow poetry.

1896 -1978

A prominent scholar, author, translator, and novelist of twentieth century. Had a keen eye on the socio-cultural life of Lucknow.

1860 -1926

Known for his acute observations of social realities among the contemporary fiction writers and their representation in his fiction.


One of the front-rank leaders of Indian freedom movement and a well-known scholar.

1888 -1958

One of the most prominent contemporary Pakistani poets


Well-known critic, poet, and Urdu faculty at Jamia Millia Islamia, known for his critical book on MeerTaqi Meer


One of the most celebrated progressive poets, literary critic, public intellectual and editor.Contemporary of Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Recipient of Gyanpeeth Award. Produced documentaries on Urdu poetry.

1913 -2000

One of the founders of Urdu criticism. Outstanding pre-modern poet. Famous for writing Yaadgar-e-ghalib the first biography of Mirza Ghalib.

1837 -1914

One of the prominent new generation Indian Urdu poets.


Prominent Urdu fiction writer from Pakistan who also occasionally writes poetry


Prominent among the later poets of Lucknow School, known for his individual signature. Also served as Additional Commissioner, Education Minister, Home Minister, and officiating Prime Minster in the Government of Kashmir.

1885 -1967

Prominent Pakistani fiction writer, famous for the story “Gadaria”.

1925 -2004

One of prominent short story writers, known for his literary journalism.

1959 -2020