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Famous Indians

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

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  • Zakir Hussain former president
  • Kazi Nazrul Islam poet, musician, revolutionary
  • Shah Jahan former Mughal emperor
  • Hasrat Jaipuri poet, lyricist
  • Balshastri Jambhekar journalist, social activist
  • Pandit Jasraj classical vocalist
  • Basappa Danappa Jatti politician
  • Bhimsen Joshi singer
  • Manohan Shyam Joshi writer, journalist, scriptwriter
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  • Anil Kakodkar nuclear scientist
  • A. P. J. Abdul Kalam scientist, former president
  • Swami Vive Kanada spiritual leader of Vedanta philosophy
  • Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane indologist, scholar
  • Raj Kapoor actor, director, producer
  • Syed Ahmed Khan educator, judge, political leader
  • Devaki Nandan Khatri novelist
  • Balamurali Krishna vocalist, composer
  • Yamini Krishnamurthy dancer
  • Jiddu Krishnamurti public speaker, author, philosopher
  • Kishore Kumar king of Indian music
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  • Padma Lakshmi actress, author
  • Sahir Ludhianvi poet, lyricist
  • Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis scientist, statistician
  • Lata Mangeshkar singer
  • Gulzarilal Nanda former prime minister
  • Jawaharlal Nehru former prime minister
  • Tyeb Mehta artist
  • Anjolie Ela Menon artist
  • Ismail Merchant director, producer
  • Mirabai poet
  • Rohinton Mistry writer
  • Binod Behari Mukherjee artist
  • Pervez Musharraf military leader, politician
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  • Sarojini Naidu activist, political leader, poet
  • R. K. Narayan journalist, author
  • Kocheril Raman Narayanan former president
  • Jawaharlal Nehru former prime minister, lawyer, statesman
  • Motilal Nehru lawyer, activist
  • Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala' writer
  • Asra Nomani women's rights activist, academic, author, blogger, journalist
  • Tenzing Norgay mountaineer
  • Osho guru
  • Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit diplomat
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  • Sumitranandan Pant writer, poet
  • Ramakrishna Paramhansa Hindu spiritual leader
  • Pratibha Patil president
  • Medha Patkar social activist
  • Jyotiba Phule activist, thinker, reformer
  • Sam Pitroda prime minister advisor
  • Jaishankar Prasad novelist, poet, playwright
  • Dr. Rajendra Prasad educator, former president
  • Premchand literary
  • Amrita Pritam novelist, poet, essayist
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  • Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan former president
  • Aishwarya Rai former Miss World, actress
  • Raja Ram Mohar Rai women's rights activist, philosopher, religious leader, educational reformer
  • G. N. Ramachandran scientist
  • Venkataraman Ramakrishnan structural biologist
  • C. V. Raman physicist, nobel laureate
  • Raja Ramanna nuclear scientist, nuclear physicist
  • Srinivasa Ramanujan mathematician
  • Saraswati Abdul Rane singer
  • Kotcherlakota Rangadhama Rao physicist
  • P. V. Narasimha Rao former prime minister
  • S H Raza painter
  • Dr. K. Anji Reddy pharmaceutical research pioneer, philanthropist
  • Neelam Sanjiva Reddy former president
  • Vishwanath Rao Ringe singer
  • Jamini Roy painter
  • Salman Rushdie author
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  • Meghnad Saha scientist
  • Raghuvir Sahay poet
  • Birbal Sahni paleobotanist
  • Rahul Sankrityayan writer, scholar, nationalist, traveler, polymath, polyglot

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.