TOP-READ POETS

One of the leading modernist poets who broke many conventions. Wrote poetry in Urdu and Gujarati. He was also a famous calligrapher and playwright

Pakistani poet, only second to Faiz Ahmad Faiz in popularity. Rose to iconic stature powered by his seductively romantic and anti-establishment poetry.

One of the leading and reputed Pakistani poets known for his neo-classical tone, equally well-known in India, lives in Houston USA.

Most outstanding Pakistani, Progressive poet. Also counted among leading fiction-writers. Edited an important literary magazine Funoon.

The greatest Urdu poet of humour and satire who was a Sessions judge at Allahabad.

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).

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.

One of the greatest Urdu Poets.National poet of Pakistan who penned 'Saare jahan se achaa hindustaan hamara', and 'Lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tamanna meri'.

Eminent Urdu Poet and contemporary of Dagh Dehlvi. Famous for penning ghazal "Sarakti jaye hai rukh se naqaab aahista aahista".

One of the most famous Progressive poets known for romantic & revolutionary poetry. He was maternal Uncle to film lyricist Jawed Akhtar.

Last Mughal Emperor and contemporary of Ghalib and Zauq.

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

Dagh Dehlvi

1831 -1905 Delhi

Last of classical poets who celebrated life and love. Famous for his playfulness of words (idioms/ phrases).

One of the most celebrated and popular poets. Faced political repression for his revolutionary views.

One of the most influential Pre-modern poets who paved the way for the modern Urdu ghazal. Known for his perceptive critical comments. Recipient of Gyanpeeth award.

Film-maker, lyricist and fiction writer. Famous for his tele-serial on Mirza Ghalib. Recipient of Sahitya Academy and Dada Sahab Phalke award.

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".

One of the most prominent modern Pakistani poets, popular for his unconventional ways.

One of the most prominent pre-modern poets who enjoyed stunning popularity and fan-following.

Kaifi Azmi

1918 -2002 Mumbai

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

Popular poet who also penned film lyrics.

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

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.

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".

Popular poet having dominating presence in mushairas.

One of the most outstanding modern poets who wrote both in Urdu and Punjabi. Also a film lyricist.

One of the founders of modern ghazal.Born at Ambala in India, he migrated to Pakistan and wrote extensively on the pain and sufferings of partition.

Nida Fazli

1938 -2016 Mumbai

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 founding-fathers of modern Urdu poetry.

One of the most popular woman poets who gave expression to feelings and experiences specific to women.

Pakistani poet known for the ghazals laced with social and political satire

One of the most popular poets ever and film lyricist. Famous for his ghazal 'Garmi-e-hasrat-e-nakaam se jal jate hain'.

Popular poet and film lyricist.

One of the leading Progressive poets and film lyricist.

Well-known poet from Pakistan famous for his ghazal "main khayaal hoon kisi aur ka…"

One of the greatest 18th century poets, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.

One of the most prominent pre-modern poets.

Shahryar

1936 -2012 Aligarh

One of the most prominent modern Urdu poets and lyricist. Wrote songs for the movie "Umrao Jaan". Recipient of the Bhartiya Gyan Peeth award.

One of the most prominent and trend-setter poet of new Urdu ghazal having a vast following.