List of Bengalis

This article provides lists of famous and notable Bengali people in the South Asian subcontinent, mainly what is today Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, and people with Bengali ancestry or people who speak Bengali as their primary language.


Pala DynastyEdit

Chronological order

Chandra DynastyEdit

Deva DynastyEdit

Ilyas Shahi dynasty (1352–1414)Edit

Name Reign Notes
Shamsuddin Ilyas Shah 1352–1358 Became the first sole ruler of whole Bengal comprising Sonargaon, Satgaon and Lakhnauti.
Sikandar Shah 1358–1390 Killed in battle with his son and successor, Ghiyasuddin Azam Shah
Ghiyasuddin Azam Shah 1390–1411 Patron of the first recorded Bengali poet Shah Muhammad Saghir
Saifuddin Hamza Shah 1411–1412
Nasiruddin Mahmud Shah 1435-1459
Rukunuddin Barbak Shah 1459-1474
Shamsuddin Yusuf Shah 1474-1481 Patron of Bengali poet Zainuddin
Nuruddin Sikandar Shah 1481
Jalaluddin Fateh Shah 1481-1487

House of GaneshaEdit

Hussain Shahi dynasty (1494–1538)Edit

Name Reign Notes
Alauddin Hussain Shah 1494–1518 His witnessed a remarkable development of Bengali literature.
Nasiruddin Nasrat Shah 1518–1533
Alauddin Firuz Shah 1533
Ghiyasuddin Mahmud Shah 1533–1538


A 19th century sketch of Isa Khan, a Muslim Rajput leader of Bengal.

Nobel laureatesEdit


Abdul Malik was Pakistan's first cardiologist.

Actors and entertainersEdit

Khalil Ullah Khan earned Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gunda in 1976.

Artists and designersEdit

Bharat RatnaEdit

Bloggers / media artistsEdit

  • Hasan M. Elahi, interdisciplinarysciplinary media artist
  • Pritish Nandy, poet, author, editor in chief, The Illustrated Weekly of India and Publishing Director and Managing Editor, The Times of India Group 1982-1991
  • Reihan Salam, journalist, blogger at The American Scene and associate editor of The Atlantic Monthly

Business and industryEdit


Business leadersEdit


Sahitya Akademi AwardEdit

Cartoonists / comics creatorsEdit



Dadasaheb Phalke Award winnersEdit



In 1994, Saifur Rahman was elected governor of the golden jubilee conference of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Madrid, Spain.[5]

Fellows of the Royal SocietyEdit

Fictional charactersEdit


Grammy winnersEdit





United KingdomEdit







Bangla rockEdit

Bangladeshi film industryEdit


Classical and folk musiciansEdit

Hindi rockEdit






Padma VibhushanEdit



British IndiaEdit

Nawab Syed Shamsul Huda was a patron, and donated immensely towards education for the Muslim students of Bengal during a difficult period.
Abul Kalam Azad was India's first Minister of Education, and his birthday is now recognised as National Education Day across the country.


West BengalEdit






United KingdomEdit

Anwar Choudhury was the first non-white British person to be appointed in a senior diplomatic post.


United States of AmericaEdit


I'tisam-ud-Din was the first educated Bengali and South Asian to have travelled to Europe.

Ramon Magsaysay AwardEdit

Religion and spiritualityEdit

Swami Vivekananda in Bushnell Studio in San Francisco, 1900[23]





Shah Ahmad Shafi in 2019
Ajmal Masroor was nominated for the Religious Advocate of the Year award at the 2013 & 2015 British Muslim Awards.



Freedom Fighters and RevolutionariesEdit

Science and technologyEdit

Seated (L to R): Meghnad Saha, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Jnan Chandra Ghosh. Standing (L to R): Snehamoy Dutt, Satyendranath Bose, Debendra Mohan Bose, N R Sen, Jnanendra Nath Mukherjee, N C Nag.





Abdus Suttar Khan invented more than forty different alloys for commercial application in space shuttles, jet engines, train engines and industrial gas turbines.
  • Sadhan Basu, Palit professor at Calcutta University and Bhatnagar Award, CV Raman recipient
  • Asima Chatterjee, known for her work in the fields of organic chemistry and phytomedicine; her most notable work includes those on vinca alkaloids, and the development of anti-epileptic and anti-malarial drugs
  • Jnan Chandra Ghosh, chemist, known for anomaly of strong electrolytes
  • Abul Hussam, chemist, inventor of Sono arsenic filter and the gold winner of the 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability
  • Abdus Suttar Khan, chemist, inventor of alloys for use in commercial jets, U.S. fighter planes, gas turbines, train engines, and space shuttles
  • Nurul Haque Miah, chemist, former professor at Dhaka College, textbook author
  • Jnanendra Nath Mukherjee, chemist, specialised in the fields of electrochemistry, colloids and soil science
  • Prafulla Chandra Roy, pioneer in the field of pharmaceutical and chemical works (discovered mercurous nitrite), The Royal Society of Chemistry honoured him with the first ever Chemical Landmark Plaque outside Europe, founder of Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, India's first pharmaceutical company

Doctors and physiciansEdit



Architects, archaeologists and engineersEdit

Social reformers and position holdersEdit

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG receiving the Thomas Francis Jr Medal in Global Public Health award from the University of Michigan (April 2016)


Brojen Das was the first Asian to swim across the English Channel.





Bodybuilding, boxing, rugby and wrestlingEdit




Golf and snookerEdit


  • Mabia Akhter, Commonwealth gold medalist, South Asian Games gold medalist
  • Dipa Karmakar, first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics
  • Margarita Mamun, Russian gymnast of half-Bangladeshi origin

Cycling and mountaineeringEdit



Table tennisEdit



Rabindranath Tagore is the first Indian as well as Asian Nobel laureate.
Al Mahmud is considered one of the greatest Bengali poets to have emerged in the 20th century.[27]
Hason Raja, mystical poet and songwriter


See alsoEdit


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