The literature of India

The literature of India
Famous Indian writers and poets, journals of Indian literature, Bengali literature, Urdu literature; a list of websites



Bangla art and literature.

Bangladesh Novels

The Boiwala Online Library
An initiative to digitize the entire Bangla literature and introduce it to the world through this web portal and online library.

Bengali literature *

an online journal of Bengali literature.


Calcutta (Kolkata)

UEA International Creative Writing Course in Calcutta

Kalen Kolkata Literary Meet
Kolkata Literary Meet (Kalam) is the city’s annual date with books and ideas. Browse through the schedule, diarize the dates and look forward to a refreshing festival of literary luminaries.

Chaudhuri, Nirad C. The Nirad C. Chaudhuri Page.


Sanskrit, Tamil and Pahlavi Dictionaries.

Festivals *

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival

Bangalore Literature Festival

Chandigarh Literature Festival

Delhi Poetry Festival

Hyderabad Literary Festival

Jaipur Literature Festival


Hindi authors and poets *

Hindi authors and poets. 
The early period, the middle period, the modern period.

Hindi poets, Hindi authors from the early, middle and modern periods.

Hindi Poetry Books
Vibhom Enterprises – promoting Hindi language, art, literature and culture.


Indian authors, writers, poets. 
Urdu letters of Mirza Ghalib. Hues, a literary magazine.


Journals, magazines and newspapers *

Baseerat Online

Contemporary Literary Review
Poetry, stories, criticism, reviews, non-fiction, and other genres of the best quality from around the world.

The Criterion
A online journal in English. The Criterion encourages interpretative criticism and fresh insights into new and established authors and texts and seeks to generate a serious debate on different academic issues.They also encourage literary contributions in the form of original as well as translated poetry and fiction.

Dialogue is a Bi-annual journal published in June and December at Lucknow. It aims at providing a better understanding of the polyphonic literary text.

Contemporary Literary Review India
Contemporary Literary Review India (CLRI) is a literary journal in English and publishes a wide variety of creative pieces including poems, stories, film reviews, book reviews, essays, criticism, arts, and photography of the best quality of the time from around the world. CLRI is one of the leading journals in India and attracts a wide audience each month.

Muse India
Started and run by a group of writers, Muse India is a literary e-journal with the primary objective of showcasing Indian writings in English and in English translation to a broad-based global readership. The journal publishes both creative and critical writing and offers a wide range of literary forms.


An Indian literary magazine

The Sunday Indian

The Times of India (literary pages)



Mahabharata, Wikipedia entry.

The Mahabharata in Sanskrit. 
Parallel Devanagari and Romanization


Poets *

Poets, philosophers, mystics and teachers from India’s
Namadev, Ekanath Maharaj – Eknath, Guru Gobind Singh
– Sikh, 10th Guru (17th c).
Guru Nanak – Great teacher and poet, Founder of Sikhism
Janabai – A maid who achieved the Highest State while
grinding wheat, a student of Namadev.
Jnaneshwar Maharaj Jnanadeva – Great teacher and poet at the age of 16 (1275-1296).
Kabir – (Book), Great Teacher and poet, a weaver from
Milarepa – (Book) Great teacher of Tibet’s Mahayana Buddhism.
Mirabai –  Mira Bai Rajput, Princess.

Hindi Poetry Books
Vibhom Enterprises – promoting Hindi language, art, literature and culture.

Poets of India
An introduction.

Poet seers of India.
A selection of India’s greatest poets from a wide range and diversity of spiritual traditions.

A list of Indian poets, from Wikipedia.

Urdu Poetry Portal
A collection of Urdu poetry by famous Indian and Pakistani Poets.


Sanskrit literature *

GRETIL: Göttingen Register of Electronic Texts in Indian Languages

Sanskrit Wikibooks

TITUS Indica

Sanskrit Literature
An introduction to classical Sanskrit literature in India: poetry, drama, prose.
Vaishnava literatures with word for word translations from Sanskrit to English.

Clay Sanskrit Library official page
Clay Sanskrit Library, publisher of classical Indian literature with facing-page texts and translations.

Sanskrit literature, Wikipedia entry.


English translations at The Sacred Text Archive.

Wikipedia entry.

Urdu poetry *

The site offers an exhaustive collection of Urdu poetry in three scripts Roman, Devnagri and Urdu. The site has many unique features including a powerful search engine and meaning for each word to help users understand the essence of poetry beyond language barrier. Most of the Ghazals are recited by poets and professionals to help users understand the style of reading in correct diction. The site has also been made very interactive so users can comment, give inputs, correct texts and upload their own contents. The website is free and is dedicated to the service of Urdu poetry and bringing its richness to the wider audience beyond language barriers.

Urdu Poetry Archive
An Urdu poetry archive with ghazals, nazms, articles, mailing lists and links to related websites.
Famous Urdu Poets from Pakistan.

Shayari, Urdu Shayari, Urdu SMS, Urdu Poetry

Urdu Poetry
Rekhta has a large collection of famous Urdu poems, with Ghazal, Nazm and books.

Baseerat Online
The Urdu newspaper, in Urdu & English

Wikipedia entry.

Wikipedia entries on Indian, Hindu, Sanskrit, Tamil literature.

Indian Writers, Poets *

A list of Indian writers, from Wikipedia.


Desai, Anita

Anita Desai
An introduction.

Anita Desai
Wikipedia entry.

Anita Desai
Anita Desai at Contemporary



Translations of Shakuntalaand and Other Works, by Arthur W. Ryder.

Biography of Kalidasa

Works by Kalidasa.
Project Gutenberg


Narayan, R K

R. K. Narayan

Nasrin, Taslima

Taslima Hasrin

Nazrul, Kazi

Nazrul Islam

Nivedita, Charu

Charu Nivedita. Wikipedia

Charu Online


Roy, Arundhati

Arundhati Roy, Booker Prize Winner

Rushdie, Salmon

Salman Rushdie, Wikipedia entry.


Seshendra, Sarma

Seshendra Sarma
Gunturu Seshendra Sarma

Seth, Vikram

Vikram Seth
Wikipedia entry.


Tagore, Rabindranath

Rabindranath Tagore
Collection of Tagore poems.

The Works of Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore
Wikipedia entry.