Poets/Writers From Uttar pradesh

Total: 2289

Akbar Allahabadi

1846 - 1921

The greatest Urdu poet of humour and satire who was a Sessions judge at Allahabad.

Ameer Khusrau

1253 - 1325

First Poet of Rekhta/Hindvi. Musician and Disciple of Sufi Saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. Known for his "pahelis", which form part of Indian folklore. He is famous for inventing two most important musical instruments tabla & sitar. Wrote "Ze-hal-e-miskin…" one of the earliest prototypes of Urdu ghazal written in Persian & Hindvi.

Firaq Gorakhpuri

1896 - 1982

One of the most influential Pre-modern poets who paved the way for the modern Urdu ghazal. Known for his perceptive critical comments. Recipient of Gyanpeeth award.

One of most firebrand poets of Lucknow. Contemporary of Meer Taqi Meer. His rivalry with Mushafi is well-recorded. He had also written rekhta poetry and 'Raani Ketki ki kahani" in prose.

Intizar Hussain

1925 - 2016

Most prominent fiction writer, known for his stories woven around the experience of Partition and for his individual style of telling tales. The first Urdu writer to have been shortlisted for Man Booker prize.

Most prominent linguist and lexicologist, mentor of Mir and Mir Dard

Maulwi Abdul Haq

1872 - 1961

Meer Anees

1803 - 1874

One of the most prominent classical poets at Lucknow, who excelled in Mersia poetry. Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib.

Meer Hasan

1717 - 1786

Considered to be the foremost poet of mathnawi.

Meer Taqi Meer

1723 - 1810

One of the greatest Urdu poets. Known as Khuda-e-Sukhan (God of Poetry)

Mirza Ghalib

1797 - 1869

Great Urdu poet occupying a place of pride in world literature. Also one of the most quotable poets having shers for almost all situations of life.

One of the most prolific 18th century poets, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.

One of the most prominent classical Urdu poets who wrote extensively on Indian culture & festivals. Contemporary of Miir Taqi Miir.Famous for his poems on Holi, Diwali and other festivals.

Qayem Chaandpuri

1725 - 1794

Prominent 18th century poet, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.

One of the greatest 18th century poets, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.

Prominent post-modern poet who went missing in 1996

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

One of the leading Pakistani poets known for his layered poetic expression.

Prominent Lucknow poet who was very close to the royal family. Moved to Kolkota and stayed with Hamid Ali Kaukab, the Crown prince of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah in exile.

Ahmad Hamesh

1940 - 2013

Prominent modernist poet, story writer, one of the first poets to write prose poems; also edited important journal "Tashkeel".

Akhtarul Iman

1915 - 1996

One of the pillars of modern Urdu Nazms & Dialogue writer. Wrote dialogues for more than hundred films including "Waqt" & "Qanoon". (Jin ke ghar sheeshe ke hote hain wo doosron par pather nahin phenkte-One of his dialogues made famous by Rajkumar in Film Waqt).

Ali Sardar Jafri

1913 - 2000

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.

Ambar Bahraichi

1949 - 2021

Well-known Sanskrit scholar, Sahitya Academy award winner.

Ameer Minai

1829 - 1900

Eminent Urdu Poet and contemporary of Dagh Dehlvi. Famous for penning ghazal "Sarakti jaye hai rukh se naqaab aahista aahista".

Asad Badayuni

1952 - 2003

Leading poet who taught Urdu literature at AMU, Aligarh, also published a literary magazine 'Daairay'

Asghar Gondvi

1884 - 1936

One of leading pre-modern poets known for the mystic content of his poetry, close associate of Jigar Moradabadi

One of the most famous Progressive poets known for romantic & revolutionary poetry. He was maternal Uncle to film lyricist Jawed Akhtar.

Athar Nafees

1933 - 1980

Prominent Pakistani exponent of new Urdu ghazal, famous for his ghazhal 'Wo ishq jo hum se rooth gaya' sung by many singers.

Auj lakhnavi

1853 - 1917

A prominent poet of Lucknow, son of Mirza Dabeer, also known for his book on 'Arooz' called 'Miqyas-ul-Ashaar'

Bedam Shah Warsi

1876 - 1936

Sufi poet famous for his devotional poetry

Considered by some critics as the first Urdu novelist

Dilawar Figar

1929 - 1998

Renowned Urdu poet of humour and satire.

Ehsan Danish

1914 - 1982

One of the most popular poets in the fourth and fifth decades of 20th century, contemporary of Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

Fahmida Riaz

1946 - 2018

Woman poet from Pakistan, known for strong feminist and anti-establishment leanings.

Fani Badayuni

1879 - 1941

One of the most prominent post-classical poets famous for his pessimistic view of life.

Prominent post modern poet.

Prominent desciple of Nasikh who served in the armies of Maratha ruler Yashwant Rao Holkar at Indore and Ghaziuddin Haider, Nawab of Awadh

Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib, Aatish was one of the shining stars of 19th century Urdu Ghazal.

Hasrat Mohani

1878 - 1951

Freedom fighter, member of constituent assembly which drafted Indian Constitution. He gave the slogan "Inquilab Zindabad" during freedom movement. He was a devotee of Shri Krishna. He wrote the famous ghazal "chupke chupke raat din".

One of the most prominent Pakistani poets, famous for his cultural romanticism.

One of the most prominent and trend-setter classical poets from Lucknow. Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib.

Irfan Siddiqi

1939 - 2004

One of the most-prominent modern poets, famous for his neo-classical poetry.

Ismail Merathi

1844 - 1917

Most famous Urdu poet writing poetry for children.

Jaleel Manikpuri

1866 - 1946

One of the most popular post-classical poets and disciple of Ameer Minai and succeeded Dagh as court poet of Hyderabad.

Jaun Eliya

1931 - 2002

One of the most prominent modern Pakistani poets, popular for his unconventional ways.

Jawaharlal Nehru

1889 - 1964

Jigar Moradabadi

1890 - 1960

One of the most prominent pre-modern poets who enjoyed stunning popularity and fan-following.

Josh Malihabadi

1898 - 1982

One of the most fiery progressive poets who is known as Shayar-e-Inquilab (revolutionary poet)

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