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Poets/Writers From Mumbai

Total: 53

Krishn Chander

1914 - 1977

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

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.

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.


1912 - 1949

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

Rind Lakhnavi

1797 - 1857

Nawab of Lucknow, a pupil of Aatish.

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.

Balwant Gargi

1916 - 2003

Dramatist, Theatre director, Novelist, and short story writer of the Punjabi Language

Baqar Mehdi

1927 - 2006

Radical Urdu critic who wrote unconventional poetry.

Ejaz Siddiqi

1913 - 1978

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

Rahi Masoom Raza

1927 - 1992

Well-known fiction and film writer known for his dialogues in TV serial "Mahabharat".

Gulshan Nanda

1929 - 1985

Novelist and Screenwriter

Mahshar Amrohwi

1901 - 1983

Ramanand Sagar

1917 - 2005

director, producer, writer and an editor. He is best known for making the television show Ramayan

Abdullah Nasir

1902 - 1965

Daud Ghazi

1932 - 1963

A poet influenced by progressive thoughts, committed suicide at an early age

Ismat Chughtai

1915 - 1991

One of the most prominent fiction writers of the non-traditional kind, well known for her stories 'Lihaf' and 'Tedhi Lakeer'.


1927 - 2019

Labib Taimuri

1883 - 1946

Mahmood Sarosh

1911 - 1992

Maulwi Charagh Ali

1844/1846 - 1895

Namdeo Dhasal

1949 - 2014

Nizamuddin Nizam

1951 - 1999

Rafie Ajmeri

1907 - 1939

Well-known poet of humour and satire. Famous film lyricist.

One of the most prominent short story writers and novelists of Urdu, a contemporary of Manto, known for his narratives representing Indian ethos and use of mythological references. He also wrote plays and penned dialogues and stories for films.

Rejendra Mehta

1934 - 2019

Rishi Patialvi

1917 - 1999

Salma Siddiqi

1931 - 2017

A notable writer of romantic stories; also the wife of famous fiction writer Krishna Chandra.

Sarshar Sailani

1914 - 1969

Sufi Bankuti

1919 - 1976

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