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Poets/Writers From Banaras

Total: 71


1440 - 1518

Prominent saint-poet of the Nirguna tradition of medieval Bhakti-literature. Known for his rebellious views on caste and untouchability.


1880 - 1936

The first prominent Hindi-Urdu fiction writer who gave artistic expression to social concerns through his novel and stories.

Most prominent playwright and poet who strengthened the tradition of play writing in Urdu language

One of the most powerful campaigners of Hindi revivalism who wrote Urdu ghazals in classical style.

Hafeez Banarasi

1933 - 2008

Kabir Ajmal

1967 - 2020

Crown prince of the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam who migrated to Lucknow and then to Varanasi due to political turmoil at Delhi Court

Nazeer Banarasi

1909 - 1996

Towering 19th century fiction writer, famous for his magnum opus Fasana-e-Ajaaib.

Shahab Jafri

1930 - 2000

Prominent progressive poet and theatre artist

Faryad Aazar

1956 - 2024

Prominent scholar,columnist, poet and critic.

Assistant Professor, MMV, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Anand Banarasi

1889 - 1969

Asif Banarsi

1901 - 1977

Haneef Naqvi

1938 - 2011


1915 - 1937

Jaddan Bai was an Indian singer, composer also famous as the mother of yesteryear actress, Nargis. She was the first woman to be a film music director in India.

Nationalist and patriotic poet, Known for his nazm “Baghi Ka Tarana’’ Once Pandit Nehru said his nazm titled “Gharibon Ka Geet” is India's dream

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