TOP-READ POETS

1936 -2008 Ahmedabad

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

1931 -2008 Islamabad

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

1933 USA

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

1916 -2006 Lahore

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

1846 -1921 Allahabad

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

1915 -1996 Mumbai

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).

1913 -2000 Mumbai

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.

1877 -1938 Lahore

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'.

1829 -1900 Hyderabad

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

1911 -1955 Lucknow

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

1775 -1862 Delhi

Last Mughal Emperor and contemporary of Ghalib and Zauq.

1935 -2015 Aurangabad

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

1911 -1984 Lahore

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

1896 -1982 Allahabad

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.

1936 Mumbai

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

1878 -1951 Delhi

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".

1931 -2002 Karachi

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

1890 -1960 Moradabad

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

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.

1919 -1999 Barabanki

Popular poet who also penned film lyrics.

1919 -2000 Mumbai

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

1723 -1810 Delhi

One of the greatest Urdu poets. Known as Khuda-e-Sukhan (God of Poetry)

1797 -1869 Delhi

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.

1800 -1852 Delhi

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".

1952 Lucknow

Popular poet having dominating presence in mushairas.

1928 -2006 Lahore

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

1925 -1972 Lahore

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.

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…'.

1910 -1975 United Kingdom

One of the founding-fathers of modern Urdu poetry.

1952 -1994 Karachi

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

1943 Karachi

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

1919 -2001 Lahore

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

1921 -1980 Mumbai

One of the leading Progressive poets and film lyricist.

1947 Karachi

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

1713 -1781 Delhi

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

1846 -1927 Patna

One of the most prominent pre-modern poets.

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.

1933 Lahore

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

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