Abdul Majeed Salik
The greatest Urdu poet of humour and satire who was a Sessions judge at Allahabad.
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'.
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.
Asrarul Haq Majaz
One of the most famous Progressive poets known for romantic & revolutionary poetry. He was maternal Uncle to film lyricist Jawed Akhtar.
Chiragh Hasan Hasrat
A poet and Journalist. Famous especially for his humorous columns.
Last of classical poets who celebrated life and love. Famous for his playfulness of words (idioms/ phrases).
Diwan Singh Maftoon
One of the most popular poets in the fourth and fifth decades of 20th century, contemporary of Faiz Ahmad Faiz.
Faiz Ahmad Faiz
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.
Popular romantic poet made famous by Malika Pukhraj by singining ghazal "abhi to main jawan huun". Wrote the National Anthem of Pakistan.
Noted Pakistani story writer and journalist; also wrote plays and travelogues.
Insha Allah Khan 'Insha'
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.
Jagan Nath Azad
Renowned Urdu scholar famous for his works on Iqbal. Wrote the first National Anthem of Pakistan.
One of the most prominent pre-modern poets who enjoyed stunning popularity and fan-following.
One of the most fiery progressive poets who is known as Shayar-e-Inquilab(revolutionary poet
Jurat Qalandar Bakhsh
Known for depicting romantic encounters with the beloved in lurid details. Lost his eye sight in the prime of youth
Kanhaiya Lal Kapoor
Popular humorist and satirist; known for his linguistic finesse and representations of social inequalities.
Kunwar Mahendra Singh Bedi Sahar
Progressive poet. Some of his poetry popularly fame through films like "Baazar", "Gaman".
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.
Prominent writer of humour/satire, famous for his column 'khama-bagosh.'
One of the most popular poets ever and film lyricist. Famous for his ghazal 'Garmi-e-hasrat-e-nakaam se jal jate hain'.
Prominent humour writer, novelist, journalist, columnist who enjoyed wide popularity in the subcontinent. Honoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.