Poets/Writers From Lucknow
Insha Allah Khan Insha
- Born : Murshidabad
- Domicile : Delhi
- Died : Lucknow
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.
One of the most prominent classical poets at Lucknow, who excelled in Mersia poetry. Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib.
Considered to be the foremost poet of mathnawi.
Meer Taqi Meer
One of the greatest Urdu poets. Known as Khuda-e-Sukhan (God of Poetry)
Mushafi Ghulam Hamdani
One of the most prolific 18th century poets, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.
Sauda Mohammad Rafi
One of the greatest 18th century poets, contemporary of Mir Taqi Mir.
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.
Well-known Sanskrit scholar, Sahitya Academy award winner.
Eminent Urdu Poet and contemporary of Dagh Dehlvi. Famous for penning ghazal "Sarakti jaye hai rukh se naqaab aahista aahista".
Asrarul Haq Majaz
One of the most famous Progressive poets known for romantic & revolutionary poetry. He was maternal Uncle to film lyricist Jawed Akhtar.
A prominent poet of Lucknow, son of Mirza Dabeer, also known for his book on 'Arooz' called 'Miqyas-ul-Ashaar'
Goya Faqir Mohammad
Prominent desciple of Nasikh who served in the armies of Maratha ruler Yashwant Rao Holkar at Indore and Ghaziuddin Haider, Nawab of Awadh
Haidar Ali Aatish
Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib, Aatish was one of the shining stars of 19th century Urdu Ghazal.
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 Pakistani poets, famous for his cultural romanticism.
Imam Bakhsh Nasikh
One of the most prominent and trend-setter classical poets from Lucknow. Contemporary of Mirza Ghalib.
One of the most-prominent modern poets, famous for his neo-classical poetry.
Jurat Qalandar Bakhsh
Known for depicting romantic encounters with the beloved in lurid details. Lost his eye sight in the prime of youth
Khwaja Mohammad Wazir
Prominent 19th Century poet at Lucknow.
Son and crown prince of the last nawab of Awadh Wajid Ali Shah
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
Rangin Saadat Yaar Khan
Known for Rekhti, a form of Urdu poetry where a poet speaks in language of women.
Ratan Nath Sarshar
Translator, Storyteller and poet, Known for his book Fasana-e-Azad
Nawab of Lucknow, a pupil of Aatish.
One of most inspiring pre-modern poets who laid foundations for modern ghazal. Known for his sustained denunciation of Mirza Ghalib and contemporary poetry in Lucknow.
A prominent poet and scholar of Lucknow, a disciple of Dagh and Natiq Gulawathhi, known for his annotations of Ghalib and Hafiz, and editing the works of the earliest women poets of Urdu
Popular poet of humour and satire, famous for his intersting way of recitation.
Hanuman Prasad Sharma Aajiz Matvi is a well-known Persian and Arabic Scholar
A pre-modern poet who wrote both Ghazals and Nazms; also wrote poems for children
Ali Jawwad Zaidi
Well-known poet and critic known for his book 'Do Adabi School'
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.
Aziz Bano Darab Wafa
Renowned woman poet known from Lucknow and a companion of Qurratulain Hyder
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.
Bharat Bhushan Pant
One of the most prominent contemporary ghazal poets in India