Poets/Writers From Lucknow
Abdul Halim Sharar
A prominent scholar, author, translator, and novelist of twentieth century. Had a keen eye on the socio-cultural life of Lucknow.
Agha Hajju Sharaf
- Born : Lucknow
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.
Eminent Urdu Poet and contemporary of Dagh Dehlvi. Famous for penning ghazal "Sarakti jaye hai rukh se naqaab aahista aahista".
A prominent poet of Lucknow, son of Mirza Dabeer, also known for his book on 'Arooz' called 'Miqyas-ul-Ashaar'
One of the most prominent Pakistani poets, famous for his cultural romanticism.
Khwaja Mohammad Wazir
Prominent 19th Century poet at Lucknow.
Mirza Shauq Lakhnavi
Known for his iconic Masnavi 'Zahr-e-Ishq' a romantic tale written in lyrical verse
Prominent short story writer, known for writing fictional narratives of the traditional mores of Lucknowi life and times. Also wrote critical and autobiographical books.
Pandit Daya Shankar Naseem lakhnavi
One of the most celebrated 19th century Lucknow poets, author of the renowned masnavi gulzaar-e-naseem
Ratan Nath Sarshar
Translator, Storyteller and poet, Known for his book Fasana-e-Azad
Famous for his musical play 'Inder Sabha', contemporary of the last Nawab of Avadh, wajid Ali Shah.
Anand Narayan Mulla
A leading Judge of the Allahabad High Court. Member of the 4th Lok Sabha
Well-known fiction writer, poet and critic; wrote novels in the backdrop of Lucknow’s cultural life
Eminent contemporary Pakistani Urdu fiction writer, critic,editor & academician. Father of writer & translator Asif Farrukhi.
One of the most prominent masters of Classical ghazal from Lucknow
Famous for his ghazal " ai jazba-e-dil gar main chahun har cheez muqaabil aa jaye" sung by many singers.
One of the most prominent later classical poets at Lucknow who was associated with Rampur State.
Krishn Bihari Noor
Popular poet, a fine exponet of the language and culture of Lucknow.
Meer Kallu Arsh
Son of the legendary poet Mir Taqi Mir.
Mirza Raza Barq
Prominent classical poet of Lucknow School/ Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Awadh was his disciple
Known for his Urdu translation of Bhagwat Geeta in verse titled- Naseem-e-Irfaan.
Munshi Naubat Rai Nazar Lakhnavi
Poet, Editor of several literary magazines like Khandag-E-Nazar,Zamana Kanpur and Adeeb
Famous music director and Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner. He published a book of Urdu poetry titled Aathwaan Sur ("The Eighth Note").
Rajab Ali Beg Suroor
Towering 19th century fiction writer, famous for his magnum opus Fasana-e-Ajaaib.
Prominent later classical poet who enjoyed wide popularity
Salman Akhtar is the son of Jan Nisar Akhtar. He is an author and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.
Known for his novel expression in poetry
Wajid Ali Shah Akhtar
The last Nawab of Awadh.Great promoter of Indian music, dance and theatre.
Urdu and Persian Poet, Known for Humorous and satire poetry apart from his unconventional way of telling poetry
One of the leading pre-modern poets at lucknow, contemporary of Jigar Moradabadi.