Poets/Writers From Delhi
Abroo Shah Mubarak
One of the founding fathers of Urdu poetry, contemporary of Meer Taqi meer.
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.
Last of classical poets who celebrated life and love. Famous for his playfulness of words (idioms/ phrases).
Insha Allah Khan Insha
- Born : Murshidabad
- Domicile : Delhi
- Died : Lucknow
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.
Khan Arzoo Sirajuddin Ali
Most prominent linguist and lexicologist, mentor of Mir and Mir Dard
Khwaja Meer Dard
Sufi poet, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir, known for his deep knowledge of Indian music.
Meer Taqi Meer
One of the greatest Urdu poets. Known as Khuda-e-Sukhan (God of Poetry)
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.
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 earliest poets at Delhi who laid the foundations of Urdu poetry. He witnessed the destruction Delhi during Nadir Shah's invasion.
Sauda Mohammad Rafi
One of the greatest 18th century poets, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.
Sheikh Ibrahim Zauq
Poet laureate of the Mughal Court and mentor of Bahadur Shah Zafar. His 'poetic' rivalry with Ghalib is well known.
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.
Altaf Hussain Hali
One of the founders of Urdu criticism. Outstanding pre-modern poet. Famous for writing Yaadgar-e-ghalib the first biography of Mirza Ghalib.
One of the most prominent modern poets and also a critic. He had deep interest in Indian philosophy and music. He was also a broadcaster associated with All India Radio.
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 leading modern poets and short story writer, who made outstanding contribution to modern Urdu Nazm in India.
Deputy Nazir Ahmad
Considered by some critics as the first Urdu novelist
One of the most prominent Urdu poets of pre-Mir era, who laid the foundation of Urdu poetry
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".
Inamullah Khan Yaqeen
Known as a rival to Mir Taqi Mir. His father killed him for unknown reasons.
Mazhar Mirza Jaan-e-Janaan
Religious scholar of Sufistic temperament who was assassinated due to religious reasons
Meer Mehdi Majrooh
Prominent later classical poet and a beloved desciple of Ghalib.
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
Rajinder Manchanda Bani
One of the most powerful voices of the post-independence Urdu ghazal
Pandit Amar Nath Sahir one of the most prominent poets of Kashmiri Pandit community in Delhi famous for combining Sufi and Vedantic mysticism in his poetry.
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
Abul Kalam Azad
One of the front-rank leaders of Indian freedom movement and a well-known scholar.
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.