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Poets/Writers From Maharashtra

Total: 434

Celebrated poet, novelist, song and scriptwriter. Acclaimed for directing tele-serial on Mirza Ghalib. Recipient of Sahitya Academy and Dada Sahab Phalke awards

Krishn Chander

1914 - 1977

A contemporary of Manto, associated with the Progressive Writers Movement, known for his stories of romance and social realism.

Sufi poet known for his widely sung ghazal 'Khabar-e-tahayyur-e-ishq'

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.

Jan Nisar Akhtar

1914 - 1976

Progressive poet & lyricist. Father of noted lyricist Jawed Akhtar

Kaifi Azmi

1918 - 2002

One of prominent progressive poets with popular appeal. Also film lyricist famous for his lyrics in films like Heer Ranjha, Kaghaz ke Phool etc.

One of the most lyrical of ghazal poets associated with progressive movement. Outstanding film lyricist. Recipient of Dada Sahab Phalke award.

Meeraji

1912 - 1949

One of the founding fathers of modern Urdu nazm. Known for his mystical association with Indian metaphysical tradition. Died young.

Natiq Gulavthi

1886 - 1969

Prominent pre-modern poet who was also involved in politics. Elected to the Central Assembly in 1936 and remained member of Nagpur Municipal Committee for 20 years.

Nida Fazli

1938 - 2016

One of the most prominent modern poets with wide popular appeal. Well-known film lyricist, prose writer. Famous for his ghazal 'Kabhi kisi ko mukammal Jahan nahin milta…'.

Qaisarul Jafri

1926 - 2005

Famous for his ghazal "Divaron se mil kar rona achcha lagta hai".

Qazi Saleem

1930 - 2005

Prominent poet of New Nazam in India. Also a political activist and member of Parliament (Lok Sabha)

Sahir Ludhianvi

1921 - 1980

Leading progressive Indian poet and celebrated film-lyricist. Popular for his writings against social injustice and backwardness in society

Shakeel Badayuni

1916 - 1970

Famous poet and film lyricist

Zoe Ansari

1925 - 1991

Abdul Ahad Saaz

1950 - 2020

Prominent poet from Mumbai, well-known to connoisseurs of serious poetry.

Adil Rasheed

1920 - 1972

One of the prominent new generation Indian Urdu poets.

Aziz Qaisi

1931 - 1992

One of the most prominent progressive poets / known for his pungent intensity

Baqar Mehdi

1927 - 2006

Radical Urdu critic who wrote unconventional poetry.

Bashar Nawaz

1935 - 2015

One of the prominent progressive poets, critic and lyricist Known for writing lyrics ‘karoge yaad to har baat yaad…’ for ‘Bazaar’.

Ejaz Siddiqi

1913 - 1978

Prominent Urdu poet who edited the literary Journal 'Shaair'. Son of Seemab Akbarabadi

Fuzail Jafri

1936 - 2018

Prominent modern critic from Mumbai

Habib Tanvir

1923 - 2009

One of the most well-known contemporary Drama personality, famous for his play "Agra-Baazar".

Hasrat Jaipuri

1922 - 1999

Poet & lyricist, famous for his long assoiciation with Raj Kapoor.

Film Lyricist, famous for his lyrics in the film 'Kaho na pyar hai'

Bollywood screenwriter, lyricist and poet. Famous for co-writing films like 'Sholay' & 'Deewar'

Poet and lyricist. Famous for his nazm "baat niklegi to phir door talak jayegi" sung by Jagjit Singh.

Meena Kumari Naz

1933 - 1972

Film actress known as "The tragedy queen". She published a book of poetry "Tanha Chaand".

Naushad Ali

1919 - 2006

Famous music director and Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner. He published a book of Urdu poetry titled Aathwaan Sur ("The Eighth Note").

Popular poet depicting social realities

One of the most prominent post-modern poets, living in Gujrat.

Sabir Dutt

1938 - 2000

Renowned poet from Haryana.

Shahid Kabir

1932 - 2001

Poet and film lyricist.

Prominent post-modern poet from Mumbai having an unconventional style.

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