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List of famous Indians

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List of famous Indians


This is a list of famous and notable people from India The Republic of India, is the second most populous country in the world and is the world's largest democracy, with over one billion people speaking about 800 distinct languages. The Indian economy is the fourth-largest in the world, in terms of purchasing power parity.
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. This would include persons who are known to a large number of people and is not based on the extent of their popularity. Neither is the list viewed from the context of the present. Their fame could be brief, what matters is that they were well-known during the peak of their popularity. For important Native Americans, formerly also known as Indians, see List of Native Americans
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  • Amrita Sher-Gil, painter
  • Birju Maharaj Pandit Birju Maharaj (born February 4, 1937) is an accomplished Kathak dancer from India. Even though dancing is his first love, he also has good command over Hindustani classical music and is a good singer as well. He took Kathak to new heights by fusing Kathak with dance dramas. He has toured extensively across the globe for dance performances.
Birju Maharaj has won many accolades, including
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Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra (January 8, 1926 - April 7, 2004) was a dancer, guru and proponent of Odissi dance.
Kelucharan Mohapatra was born in Raghurajpur, a village near the temple town of Puri, Orissa, India. He learnt to paint, sculpt and play the khol drum at an early age. He started playing in folk theatre groups from the age of nine. He married dancer Laxmi Priya with whom he often co-acted.
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, Odissi Odissi (or Orissi) is the traditional style of dance which originated in the temples of the state of Orissa in Eastern India, where it was performed by the devdasis. It is one of the oldest surviving forms of dance, with depictions of Odissi dancing dating back as far as the 1st century BC.
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, dancer and teacher, was one of the most popular proponents of Odissi.
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  • Mallika Sarabhai Mallika Sarabhai is one of the most renowned Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancers in India today. Multi-faceted Malika holds a MBA and a doctorate from IIM Ahmedabad and has experience in acting, film-making, editing and television anchoring.
Mallika is the daughter of reputed dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai and renowned scientist Vikram Sarabhai. She started to learn dancing when she was quite young and started her film career in parallel, when she was just 15. Mallika played the role of Draupadi in the Peter Brooke's movie Mahabharata.
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  • M.F. Hussain, Painter
  • Protima Bedi, dancer
  • Raja and Radha Reddy, Kuchipudi dancers
  • Raja Ravi Varma, Painter
  • PC Sorcar, Magician
  • Sudha Chandran, dancer

Business and Industry

   See also: Influential businessmen of India India's biggest and most influential business families include:
  • The Tatas : Jamshedji Tata, JRD Tata, Ratan Tata.
  • The Birlas : GD Birla, Aditya Birla, KK Birla, Kumaramangalam Birla
  • The Ambanis : Dhirubhai Ambani, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani.
  • The Hindujas
  • The Bajajs : Jamnalal Bajaj
  • Nusli Wadia
Famous CEOs from India include:
  • N.R. Narayana Murthy of Infosys
  • Azim Premji and Vivek Paul of Wipro
  • Ratan Tata of Tata Group of Companies.
  • Ramalinga Raju of Satyam

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  • Amar Bose Amar Gopal Bose (born 1929) is an American-born Indian electrical engineer. After receiving a Ph.D from MIT, he started doing research on speaker technology, in 1956.
In 1964, he founded the Bose Corporation, which specializes in designing and producing high quality sound systems.
In addition to running his company, Bose is a professor of electrical engineering at MIT.


..... Click the link for more information. , founder Bose Corporation The Bose Corporation is an American manufacturer of high end audio equipment, particularly speakers. The company was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, a professor of electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. As of 2003, the company employeed about 8,000 people worldwide and had revenues of over $1 billion. Dr. Bose remains the CEO today.
The company is known for making small speakers with exceptional acoustic characteristics.
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  • Arjun Malhotra, co-founder, HCL Technologies
  • Dewang Mehta, ex-chief of NASSCOM
  • J.R.D. Tata Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (July 29, 1904 - November 29, 1993) was a pioneer aviator and important businessman of India.
J.R.D. Tata was born to an Indian father and a French mother in Paris, France, and was inspired by aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot. In 1929 Tata got the first pilot licence issued in India, and became known as the father of Indian civil aviation. He founded India's first commercial airlines, Tata Airlines, in 1932, which in 1946 became Air India.
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, Industrialist, Tata Tata may mean:
    • Tata Group, a company in India
    • Tata Steel, an important component of the group
    • J. R. D. Tata, pioneer aviator and founder of companies
    • Jamshetji Tata, known as the father of Indian industry
    • Tata Airlines, now Air India
    • Tata family, an influential family of India
    • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
    • Tata, a province of Morocco
    • Tata, an elf of Middle-earth
    • 1109 Tata, an asteroid
    • TATA box, a DNA sequence

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Shri Ghanshyam Das "GD" Birla (April 10,1894 - January 11,1983) was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. He advised Gandhiji on economic policies.
Birla's grandfather Shiv Narayan Birla wanted to diversify from the traditional marwari business of lending money against pawned items. He left Pilani, his hometown in Rajasthan with a modest capital to Bombay to establish a business in cotton dealership. The venture was successful and he came back to Pilani to build a huge mansion (or Haveli), which still stands by the name Birla Haveli.
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, Industrialist, Birla Birla could refer to
    • Aditya Birla Group of companies
    • Aditya Birla
    • Birla family
    • Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla

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N.R. Narayana Murthy (b. August 20, 1946, Karnataka, India) is a software engineer and the founder of Infosys.
He graduated in electrical engineering from National Institute of Engineering ,Mysore in 1967 and got his master's degree from IIT Kanpur in 1969.
In 1981, he founded Infosys with six software professionals. He served as President of National Association of Software and Service Companies, India from 1992 to 1994.
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, co-founder Infosys Infosys Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:INFY) is a billion U.S. dollars (in revenue) Indian software house based in Bangalore, India, founded in 1981. It became a public limited company in India in 1992 and successfully completed an IPO in 1993. It is listed at Bombay Stock Exchange, National Stock Exchange of India, NASDAQ and Bangalore Stock Exchange.
Seven IT professionals formed the company during the IT boom - N.R. Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilekani, N.S. Raghavan, S. Gopalakrishnan, S.D. Shibulal and K. Dinesh. Nandan Nilekani is the Managing Director, President and CEO. Narayana Murthy is the Chief Mentor.
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He was born in Chandigarh, India. After a brief two year stint at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, he transferred to the California Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor's degree. He received his Master's degree from Stanford University, and worked briefly for Firepower Systems. He then joined Apple Computer where he met Jack Smith, the other future co-founder of Hotmail.
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, co-founder Hotmail Hotmail is one of the popular free 'webmail' email services, which are accessible from anywhere on the planet via a standard web browser. It was founded by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia in 1995, and was commercially launched on July 4, 1996, Independence Day in the U.S., symbolically representing freedom from ISPs.
Jack Smith first had the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters "HTML" - the markup language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.
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  • Sanjiv Sidhu, founder i2 Technologies
  • Shantanurao Laxmanrao Kirloskar, Kirloskar Group
  • Subrata Roy Subrata Roy is the chairman and "managing worker" of the Sahara Group of Companies.

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  • Verghese Kurien Dr. Verghese Kurien (born November 26, 1921) is called the "father of the white revolution" in India. He is credited with architecting Operation Flood -- the largest dairy development program in the world. Dr. Kurien, set up the Anand model of cooperative dairy development, engineered the White Revolution in India, and made India the largest milk producer in the world.


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Microsoft Corporation, headquartered in Redmond, Washington, is the world's largest software company (with over 50,000 employees in various countries, as of May 2004). It trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol 'MSFT'. Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of software products for various computing devices. Its best known product is the Microsoft
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Vinod Khosla is a venture capitalist considered one of the most successful and influential personalities in Silicon Valley. He was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems and is currently a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, where he has been since 1986.

Background and Education

Khosla's career motivations began when reading about the founding of Intel in Electronic Engineering Times at the age of sixteen. Khosla went on to receive degrees from the IIT Delhi (Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering ), Carnegie-Mellon University (Masters in Biomedical Engineering), and Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA).
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Sun Microsystems is a Silicon Valley-based computer, semiconductor and software manufacturer.
Sun's products include computer servers and workstations based on the SPARC processor, the SunOS and Solaris operating systems, the NFS network file system, the Java platform, and (together with AT&T) the standardization of Unix System V Release 4. Its less successful ventures include the NeWS window system and the OpenLook graphical user interface.
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  • Vivek Paul Vivek Paul (born 1962 or 1961), A former BITSian, is the CEO of Wipro Technologies in India. Azim Premji hired Paul from General Electric to manage his Wipro.
    ..... Click the link for more information. , CEO of Wipro Wipro is one of the top ten companies of India. It is listed at the Bombay Stock Exchange as well as New York Stock Exchange. Wipro Technologies is the global services information technology division of Wipro. =History= Wipro beginnings date to 1945 with the incorporation of Western India Vegetable Products Limited in Maharastra state, India. In the '70s Wipro embarked on an ambitious phase of expansion and diversification. = = Wipro Limited has achieved a PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certification as an IT Services Company. =Wipro Businesses=

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  • Abu Abraham, in The Guardian The Guardian is a British newspaper published by Guardian Newspapers Limited. It is a serious broadsheet newspaper with relatively left wing politics. Until 1959 it was called The Manchester Guardian, and the paper is still sometimes referred to by this name, especially in North America. The Guardian has a daily circulation of around 400,000 (2002), compared to 620,000 for The Times, 920,000 for the Daily Telegraph and 230,000 for The Independent. The paper is also sometimes known as the Grauniad, due to the frequent typographical errors for which it became infamous, though which are now uncommon.
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  • Ajit Ninan, in the India Today India Today is one of the India's best-selling and most widely circulated weekly magazines, and is run by Aroon Puri.
The India Today group was founded in 1975 and now includes includes 13 magazines, 3 radio stations, 2 TV channels, 1 newspaper, a classical music label, book publishing and India's only book club.
India Today website: http://www.india-today.com
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  • Bal Thackeray Bal Thackeray (born January 23, 1927) is the founder and supremo of the political party Shiv Sena in India.
He started his career as a cartoonist in the Free Press Journal, Mumbai. His cartoons were also published in the Sunday edition of The New York Times.
He likes to refer to himself as a hard-core nationalist. People of his party - the Shiv Sena - and some others refer to him as Hindu Hridaysamrat (Ruler of the heart of the Hindu).
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  • Jug Suraiya
  • Kesav, in The Hindu The Hindu is an Indian English language newspaper published weekly since 1878 and daily since 1889. It has grown steadily to the current circulation of more than 850,000 copies and a readership of over 3 million, both in India and abroad.
The Hindu enjoys considerable popularity, especially in South India, for its traditionally moderate and independent editorial stand and for its reliable and balanced presentation of the news, with a positive attitude that shuns sensationalism.
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  • Mario Miranda
  • Ranga
  • R. K. Laxman, in the Times of India The Times of India is India's leading English language daily newspaper, subsidiary of The Times Group and the world's largest circulated English daily broadsheet. It is published from ten cities across India, has a circulation of over 2.14 million copies, and is read by over 4.42 million people.
It was founded in 1838 as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, and served the British residents of western India. It adopted its present name in 1861. It is owned by India's largest media group, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd, which also publishes The Economic Times, the Navbharat Times, the Maharashtra Times, Femina, and Filmfare.
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  • Shanker, in the Illustrated Weekly of India
  • Yesudasan, in The Week

Fashion, modelling and beauty

    For a list of women who have won the Miss India titles see : Miss India Here is a list of women who have won the Miss India title. The names of those who have won the competition at the international level (Miss Universe, Miss World, etc.) are mentioned in bold.
  • Miss India Universe - Tanushree Dutta
  • Miss India World - Sayali Bhagat
  • Miss India Earth - Jyoti Brahmin
  • Miss India Universe - Nikita Anand
  • Miss India World - Ami Vashi, later third runner-up Miss World
  • Miss India Earth - Swetha Vijay
  • Miss India Asia-Pacific - Shonal Rawat, later first runner-up Miss Asia Pacific, 2003

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  • Dino Morea, model and actor
  • John Abraham, model and actor
  • Madhu Sapre
  • Manish Malhotra, designer
  • Milind Soman, model and actor
  • Nafisa Joseph, model and VJ
  • Ritu Beri, designer
  • Rohit Bal, designer


Mass Media

  • Aniruddha Bahal, writer and Tehelka journalist
  • Deepak Chaurasia, consulting editor and anchor, Doordarshan News
  • Khushwant Singh
  • M. J. Akbar, chief editor, Asian Age
  • Prannoy Roy, president, NDTV
  • Arun Shourie, journalist
  • Pritish Nandy
  • Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, research coordinator, Doordarshan
  • Saeed Naqvi
  • Sanjay Pugalia, director, STAR News
  • Sanjay Gupta, Anchor, CNN CNN Page on Sanjay Gupta
  • Veer Sanghvi, editor, Hindustan Times




  • Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd. (ABCL)
  • Aziz Mirza, Dreamz Unlimited
  • Boney Kapoor, Narsimha Enterprises
  • Dev Anand, Navketan Films
  • Juhi Chawla, Dreamz Unlimited
  • K.T. Kunjumon, Gentleman Films
  • Mira Nair, Mirabai Films
  • Mohanlal, Pranavam Arts
  • Mukesh Bhatt, Vishesh Films
  • Pooja Bhatt, initially Pooja Bhatt Productions, Fish Eye Network
  • Raj Kapoor, R.K. Films
  • Ram Gopal Varma, Varma Corporation Ltd.
  • Shahrukh Khan, Dreamz Unlimited
  • Sooraj Barjatya, Rajshri Films
  • Subhash Ghai, Mukta Arts
  • Sunil Dutt, Ajanta Arts
  • Yash Chopra, Yashraj Films
  • Yash Johar, Dharma Productions








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