Poets/Writers From Delhi
Last of classical poets who celebrated life and love. Famous for his playfulness of words (idioms/ phrases).
Khwaja Meer Dard
Sufi poet, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir, known for his deep knowledge of Indian music.
Considered to be the foremost poet of mathnawi.
Mohammad Husain Azad
The most prominent stylist of Urdu prose and author of "Aab-e-Hayaat". Himself a poet, he was a major force behind the movement for the new Nazm in Urdu.
Momin Khan Momin
Contemporary of Ghalib and Zauq. He was also a physician, astrologer and chess player. Mirza Ghalib is said to have offered his complete diwan for his sher "tum mere paas hote ho goya, Jab koi doosra nahin hota".
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.
Sauda Mohammad Rafi
One of the greatest 18th century poets, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.
Taban Abdul Hai
Famous for his good looks apart from poetry. Died at a young age.
One of the most vocal critics of Ghalib's poetic style.
Well-known and popular Urdu poet. Also a film lyricist, famous for his lyrics in films like Prem Rogand Ram Teri Ganga Maili.
Ashraf Ali Fughan
One of the prominent 18th Century poets / Contemporary to Mir Taqi Mir
Bahadur Shah Zafar
Last Mughal Emperor and contemporary of Ghalib and Zauq.
One of the most prominent Urdu poets of pre-Mir era, who laid the foundation of Urdu poetry
Inamullah Khan Yaqeen
Known as a rival to Mir Taqi Mir. His father killed him for unknown reasons.
Meer Mohammadi Bedar
Prominent contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir who had deep involvement with Sufism. Died and buried at the shrine of Sheikh Saleem Chishte, Agra
Mufti Sadruddin Aazurda
Chief Mufti of Delhi and a close friend to Mirza Ghalib who was imprisoned for anti-British activities with his entire property confiscated
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…'.
One of the earliest prose writers in Urdu whose works made way for fictional narratives; also known as a portrayer of pain and suffering.
Former IPS officer, who had quit service in the midst of his career.
Zain-ul-Abideen Khan Arif
A noteworthy poet of classical temper, nephew of Ghalib's wife, whom Ghalib had adopted as a son after the premature demise of all his seven children. Ghalib was one of the admirers of his poetry
Aftab Shah Alam Sani
Mughal emperor, who introduced Urdu poetry in the Red Fort and his court.
Agha Shayar Qazalbash
One of the prominent later classical Delhi poets. Desciple of Dagh Dehlavi.
Prominent later classical poet and disciple of Zauq & Ghalib who had written many oft quoted shers.
A later descendant of Delhi’s poetry tradition, known for his play 'Krishna Avataar'
Prominent Delhi poet known for his sher 'Mohabbat ke liye kuch khaas dil makhsus hote hain…'
Meerza Jawan Bakht Jahandar
Crown prince of the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam who migrated to Lucknow and then to Varanasi due to political turmoil at Delhi Court
Prominent later-classical poet who was related to Nawab of Loharu. His name was suggested by Mirza Ghalib. He was son-in-law of Dagh Dehlavi
Shaanul Haq Haqqi
Prominent scholar, linguist, translator and poet who rendered Oxford Dictionary into Urdu