This is a list of famous and
notable people from Uttar Pradesh, a state in India. The criteria of this list includes those persons who were born in the state of Uttar Pradesh and that part of the former United Provinces that now are part of the modern state of Uttar Pradesh. Though their fame could be brief, what matters is that they were well known during the peak of their popularity.
Deities and avatars
Deities of Shri Sita (far right), Shri Rama (center), Shri Lakshmana (far left) and Shri Hanuman (below seated) at
, a temple in Watford England
Neminatha (stone).Chahaman, 11th century AD, Narhad,
Rama (Birthplace: Ayodhya), is a legendary or historical king of Ancient India. In Hinduism, he is considered to be the seventh Avatar of Vishnu.
Krishna (Birth Place: Mathura), is a deity worshiped across many traditions of Hinduism.
Neminath (Birth Place: Mathura), was 22nd Teerthanks of Jainism.
Lakshmana (Birthplace: Ayodhya), was the brother and close companion of Rama, and himself a hero in the epic ' Ramayana'
Parashuram (Birth Place: Ghazipur), was an avatar of Vishnu.
Shreyansnath (Birth Place: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh), was 11th Teerthankar of Jainism.
Shantinath (Birth Place: Hastinapur, Uttar Pradesh), was 16th Teerthankar of Jainism.
Kunthunath (Birth Place: Hastinapur, Uttar Pradesh), was 17th Teerthankar of Jainism.
Aranath (Birth Place: Hastinapur, Uttar Pradesh), was 18th Teerthankar of Jainism.
Parsvanatha(Birth Place: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh), was 23rd Tirthankara of Jainism.
Authors of the great epics
Yogis, Sufi poets and mystics
Poet-saints and religious figures
Akhaṇḍānanda Sarasvatī, scholar of Vedanta, Bhakti and Bhagavata Purana in the 20th century, Varanasi
Jagadguru Rāmabhadrācārya, Vaishnava scholar and Sanskrit commentator on the Prasthanatrayi, Jaunpur
Rāmānanda, founder of the Rāmānandī sect, Prayag
Sant Ravidas, poet and Saint, Varanasi
Shiv Dayal Singh, Guru Maharaj of Radhasoamis, Agra
Shriram Sharma Acharya, founder Gayatri Parivar, Anwal Kheda in the District of Agra
Surdas was a blind Hindu poet, sant and musicianborn in Runkata near Agra
Svāmīnārāyaṇa, founder of the Swaminarayan sect, Gonda
Svāmī Karapātrī, teacher of Advaita popularly known as Dharma Samrat, Gorakhpur
Tulasīdāsa, composer of the Ramcharitmanas, Bandabut it is also said to had born in Soron (Shukar kschetra) in the District of Etah
Malik Mohammad Jayasi
Devraha Baba, Yogi Allahabad
Indian Rebellion of 1857
Later 19th, and 20th, centuries
Raja Mahendra Pratap, King of Hathras Princely State known as 'Aryan Peshwa'.
Chandra Shekhar Azad, Indian independence fighter, member of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association.
Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, independence fighter, journalist
Ram Prasad Bismil, Indian independence fighter and socialist.
Govind Ballabh Pant, Indian independence fighter and politician, became Chief Minister of the United Provinces. Also Bharat Ratna recipient. 2
Munishwar Dutt Upadhyay of Pratapgarh, Indian Independence fighter and two time Member of Parliament.
Ashfaqullah Khan of Kakori, Indian independence fighter, member of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. He was close associate of Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad.
Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Indian independence fighter and socialist.
Acharya Narendra Dev, socialist
Ram Manohar Lohia, socialist
Hasrat Mohani, independence fighter and poet
Asaf Ali, independence fighter
Chittu Pandey, independence fighter
Rajendra Lahiri, independence fighter
Laxmi Raman Acharya, freedom fighter accused of the Agra Conspiracy case.
Maulana Mohammad Ali, independence fighter
Purushottam Das Tandon, independence fighter
Mitthulal Agrahari, independence fighter
Maulana Shaukat Ali, independence fighter
Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari, independence fighter Ghazipur
Mahavir Tyagi, independence fighter
Swami Sahajanand Saraswati Freedom Fighter
Param Vir Chakra
Maha Vir Chakra
Bhagwan Das, philosopher and Freedom Fighter, Varanasi Rajrishi
Purushottam Das Tandon, Freedom Fighter, Allahabad
Lal Bahadur Shastri, Freedom Fighter, Former Prime Minister belonged to Varanasi & Allahabad
Ravi Shankar, Sitar Maestro, Ghazipur
Ustad Bismillah Khan, Shehnai Maestro, Varanasi
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, eleventh Prime Minister of India
Dada Saheb Phalke Award
Science and medicine
Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 4
Harish-Chandra, (Mehrotra), mathematician who did fundamental work in representation theory, especially Harmonic analysis on semisimple Lie groups.
Ravindra Khattree, statistician who worked in statistical inference, multivariate analysis, experimental designs, biostatistics and quality control.
Zahoor Qasim, oceanographer, leader of first Indian Expedition to Antarctica Prof.
Prem Chand Pandey, scientist, physicist, meteorologist, oceanographer
Syed Ziaur Rahman, medical pharmacologist
P. K . Sethi, inventor of "Jaipur Foot"
Kamla Kant Pandey, plant geneticist
Lalji Singh, molecular biologist Dr.
Hari Om Srivastava, Broadcast scientist
Holders of high offices
Syed Sibtey Razi, Governor of Jharkhand
Khurshid Alam Khan, former Governor of Karnataka
Mohammad Yunus Saleem, former Governor of Bihar
A R Kidwai, Governor of Haryana
Mohammad Fazal, former Governor of Maharashtra
Girish Chandra Saxena, former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir
K.M. Seth, former Governor of Chhatisgarh
Virendra Verma, former Governor of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh
Ram Naresh Yadav, Governor of Madhya Pradesh
Triloki Nath Chaturvedi, former CAG and former Governor of Karnataka
Govind Ballabh Pant
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya
Ram Manohar Lohia
Choudhary Charan Singh
Narayan Dutt Tiwari
Laxmi Raman Acharya
Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna
Pandit Prakashvir Shastri
Rafi Ahmed Kidwai
Ram Naresh Yadav
Shanti Swaroop Tyagi
Mahendra Singh Tikait, Kisan leader
Mulayam Singh Yadav,
Rajeev Shukla, journalist and political leader
Arif Mohammad Khan, political leader
Chaudhary Ajit Singh, political leader
Beni Prasad Verma, former minister and leader
Shriprakash Jaiswal, Union Minister
Akhilesh Das, Union Minister
Raj Babbar, Member of Parliament
Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Gandhian, first lady Minister of India
Kamal Nath, politician
Prakash Vir Shastri, Member of Parliament and advocate of the Arya Samaj movement
Kailash Nath Katju, Former Union Home Minister and lawyer
Satyapal Singh Yadav former union minister
Shyama Charan Gupta, politician, entrepreneur
Rajendra Kumari Bajpai (1925–1999), Former cabinet minister 5
Om Prakash Singh
Manohar Lal (b. 1938), UP MLA, cabinet minister 6
Maharaj Sanjay Singh, King of Amethi
Ram Govind Chaudhary
Vishnu Sarma, author of Panchtantra
Ayodhya Prasad Upadhyay, Hindi writer
Swami Sahajanand Saraswati books on sociology, religion, freedom struggle, peasant movement, autobiography etc.
Malik Muhammad Jayasi, author of Padmavat
Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan, polyglot
Munshi Prem Chand, novelist
Vibhuti Narain Rai Hindi writer
Amitabh Thakur Hindi writer
Bharatendu Harishchandra, Hindi writer
Amritlal Nagar, Hindi writer
Acharya Chatursen (1891–1960), Hindi writer
Bhagwati Charan Verma, Hindi writer
Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan
Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi writer
Babu Gulabrai, Hindi writer
Dushyant Kumar Tyagi,Hindi Writer & Gazal Poet
Yashpal, Hindi writer
Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Hindi novelist
Rajendra Yadav, Hindi novelist
Ravindra Prabhat,Hindi novelist
Baldev Upadhyaya, Hindi scholar and writer
Vidya Niwas Mishra, Hindi scholar
Rahi Masoom Raza, author of 'Topi Shukla' and 'Adha Gaon'
Vinod Kumar Shukla, writer
Shrilal Shukla, writer of 'Raag Darbari'
Acharya Ram Chandra Shukla, Hindi writer and historian
Sri Krishna Rai Hridyesh
Acharya Kuber Nath Rai
Ram Avatar Tyagi, Hindi Poet
Mir Taqi Mir
Mirza Ghalib, classical Urdu and Persian poet
Mir Anis, Urdu Marsiya poet
Maulana Hali, Urdu poet, biographer of Ghalib's life, and a commentator of his poetry
Firaq Gorakhpuri, Urdu poet, winner of Jnanpith award 7
Kaifi Azmi, Urdu and Hindi lyricist, poet and songwriter
Safi Lakhnavi, Urdu poet
Majrooh Sultanpuri, poet and lyricist
Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet
Firaq Gorakhpuri, Urdu poet
Jigar Moradabadi, Urdu poet
Ali Sardar Jafri, Urdu poet
Khumar Barabankvi, Urdu poet
Daya Shankar Kaul Nasim, Urdu poet
Brij Narayan Chakbast, Urdu poet
Akbar Allahabadi, poet
Majaz, Urdu poet
Kedarnath Singh, major works are "baagh", "toota truck", tolstoy aur cycle", etc.
Ayodhya Prasad Upadhyay, major works are "Hindi Bhasha Aur Uske Sahitya Ka Vikas", Karam Veer", Ek Boond", "Phool aur Kanta", "Vaidehi Vanvas", "Priy Pravas", "Parijat", "Kalplata", "Fool Patte"
Jaishankar Prasad, one of four major pillars of the School of Hindi. Chhayavaadi
Harivansh Rai Bachchan, writer and poet.
Harikrishna Prasad Gupta Agrahari, poet
Mahadevi Varma, a major poet of the Chhayavaadi generation, a period of romanticism in Modern Hindi poetry. She won the Jnanpith award in 1982. 7
Sumitranandan Pant, one of four major pillars of the Chhayavaadi School of Hindi.
Maithilisharan Gupt, modern Hindi poet
Gopal Das Neeraj, Hindi poet
Kaka Hathrasi, humorous Poet
Shivmangal Singh Suman
Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala'
Subhadra Kumari Chauhan
Guru Bhakt Singh 'Bhakt'
Acharya Kuber Nath Rai Lit Nibandh
Founders of educational institutions
Civil Service / Diplomacy
Indian Foreign Service
Dharma Vira, ICS, cabinet secretary and governor of West Bengal, Mysore.
Isha Basant Joshi, first woman to be appointed IAS officer Sir
Chandrika Prasad Srivastava, bureaucrat
Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner of India
Vinod Rai, CAG
Neera Tyagi Yadav, Chief Secretary,UP
Shiromani Sharma, Home Secretary-India
Music and dance
Ashutosh Bhattacharya (1917–2004) Tabla player, music educator from Varanasi, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (1966)
Begum Akhtar, Ghazal singer Dr.
Gopal Shankar Misra, Vichitra Veena player Dr.
Lalmani Misra was an Indian classical musician. Dean & Head, Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and his son
Hari Prasad Chaurasia, bansuri player
Kishan Maharaj, Tabla Maestro
Naushad Ali, music director, was awarded the for his contributions to Dadasaheb Phalke Award Indian cinema.
Pandit Ravi Shankar, classical Sitar player, awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1999. He has also won three 2 Grammy awards
Pandit Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, musician Sir
Cliff Richard, the English singer
Ustad Bismillah Khan, Shehnai maestro, awarded the Bharat Ratna, (2001) 2
Girija Devi, is an Indian singer and represents the Banaras Gharana of singers.
Rinku Singh, One of the first two Indians to sign a professional baseball contract in the United States.
Dinesh Patel, One of the first two Indians to sign a professional baseball contract in the United States.
Ashish Zaidi, cricketer
Manoj Prabhakar, cricketer
Arun Lal, former Test cricketer
Mohammed Kaif, international cricketer
Suresh Raina, international cricketer
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, international cricketer
R. P. Singh, international cricketer
Chetan Chauhan, former Test cricketer
Hemlata Kala, member Indian Women's Cricket team
Gyanendra Pandey, cricketer
Ravikant Shukla, U-19 captain
Umesh Yadav, Deoria (U.P)- Present Indian Cricketer
Mohammed Shami, international cricketer
Sahu Ramesh Chandra Jain, Times of India & Navbharat Times
Manikonda Chalapathi Rau, Indian journalist and an authority on Nehruvian thought
Feroze Gandhi, managing editor of National Herald
Dharamvir Bharati, former editor of Dharamyug magazine
Arun Nehru, former Minister and columnist
Saeed Naqvi, journalist and TV producer
Vinod Mehta, editor
Narendra Mohan, Dainik Jagran
Aniruddha Bahal, investigative journalist
Pankaj Mishra, journalist
Ram Bahadur Rai, magazine editor
Parichay Das, former Editor, INDRAPRASTH BHARTI Hindi literary Magazine and former Editor, PARICHHAN MAITHILI-BHOJPURI MAGAZINE, Delhi
Satire, comedy, cartoons
Cinema and theatre
Actors and actresses
Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood actor awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2001.
Naseeruddin Shah, actor (He was born in barabanki district of Lucknow division U.P)
Aditya Srivastava, actor and voiceover artist, ( CID)
Kadar Khan, actor
Chandrachur Singh, actor
Marc Zuber, actor
Nargis, was an actress best known for her role in the Oscar-nominated film Mother India
Nimmi, film actress in the 1950s
K.N. Singh, actor
Tuntun, comedy actress
Sushant Singh, actor
Ravi Kishan, Bhojpuri film actor
Saurabh Shukla, Bollywood actor
Sonal Chauhan, Bollywood actress
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, actor, ( ) Gangs of Wasseypur
Vedita Pratap Singh, model & actress
Surinder Pal, actor
Zoya Afroz,Bollywood actress
Shweta Tiwari,Indian famous Television Actres
K. Asif, film director, film producer and screenwriter who worked on the Hindi epic motion picture, Mughal-e-Azam
Shaad Ali, film director
Kamal Amrohi, director
Prakash Mehra, director
Prasoon Pandey, director
Vishal Bhardwaj, Omkara director
Anurag Kashyap, director
Abhinav Kashyap, director
Tigmanshu Dhulia, director
Abhishek Chaubey, director
Manto Pashupatinath, A DAUGHTER'S DREAM Film Director
Nawabs of Awadh