List of people from Kolkata

List of notable people from Kolkata, that is, people born in or associated with the city. Kolkata has been regarded as the cultural capital of India.[1]

Poets and writersEdit

List in order of surname.

Philosophers and religious teachersEdit

The most famous religious figure of Kolkata is, without a doubt, Mother Teresa. Others are (in order of surname):


List in order of surname.

Gallantry Awards winnersEdit

Ashoka Chakra

Maha Vir Chakra

Bankers and business peopleEdit

Freedom fightersEdit

Performing artsEdit



Satyajit Ray, who won the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1992, lived in Kolkata and is considered among the greatest directors of film history.

Other notable filmmakers from Kolkata include:

Cinema actorsEdit

Theatre figuresEdit



Hindustani classical singers/maestrosEdit

Other singersEdit

Contemporary Bollywood musiciansEdit


Prominent dancers of the city include:


Kolkata is the magic capital of India and has produced internationally famous magicians and performers, including:


Nobel laureatesEdit

Six Nobel Prize winners have been associated with Kolkata:

Ramon Magsaysay Award winnersEdit

The Ramon Magsaysay Award, sometimes called "Asia's Nobel Prize", is given "to perpetuate his example of integrity in government, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society." Kolkata winners include:

  • Mother Teresa (1910—1997) — Peace and International Understanding, 1962.
  • Satyajit Ray (1921—1992) — Journalism, Literature, and the Creative Communication Arts, 1967.
  • Gour Kishore Ghosh (1923—2000) — Journalism, Literature, and the Creative Communication Arts, 1981.
  • Mahasweta Devi (1926—2016) — Journalism, Literature, and the Creative Communication Arts, 1997.



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  2. ^ "Shanu Lahiri dead". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  3. ^ "A Tale Of Two Women: In search of their own songs". The Telegraph. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Katha Kavya Abhinaya". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.