FAMOUS INDIAN PERSONALITIES

Famous Indian Personalities

Introduce your kid to some great and famous Indian personalities and their nicknames to have ever walked on our incredible land. There have been plenty of inspiring people like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Mother Teresa, Dr. Ambedkar,  Maharana Pratap, who have done extraordinary service to our nation.

These are the people who have shaped the present day India – fought hard for its freedom from the British rule and set independent India on the path of growth and glory, fruits of which we are reaping today. These are the real inspirational role models which our younger generation need to know about and idolize to draw inspiration from. 

So read below about these Famous Indian personalities and their nicknames, their lives, childhood, achievements and some popular quotes of these greatest Indians ever. Alternatively, listen to their life stories in audio format on our “Famous Indian Personalities – Everyone Should Know About”. Podcast is also available in our free mobile app – available on Google and Apple App stores. 

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Personality Nickname

Mahatma Gandhi

Father of the Nation, Bapu, Mahatma

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also well-known by Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd of October in Gujarat, Porbandar. He followed the path of Ahimsa for Indian Independence.

Some of Gandhi’s famous movements are: Civil Disobedience Movement, Hind Swaraj, Dandi March, Swadeshi Movement, Satyagraha, etc. He always showed the path of truth and goodwill to his countrymen…. Read more about him >>

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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Iron Man of India

The First Deputy Prime Minister of India was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Popularly known as Sadar Patel, he was born on 31st October 1875 in Nadiad, Gujarat. He was greatly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi.

Sardar Patel is well-known for the post-independence unification of India. In 1947 when India got back her freedom, she was divided into 562 princely states and every state wanted… Read more about him >>

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B.R. Ambedkar

Baba Saheb

Can you guess the person who was denied an education but still fought his ways to become the law minister of India? It was Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution. Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar was born on 14th April 1891 in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh.

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was the first Indian to complete his Ph.D. in Economics from abroad. He served as British India’s Minister of Labour in the Viceroy’s Executive Council, as Chairman of the Constituent Drafting Committee, and as independent India’s first Minister of Law and Justice.  Read more about him>>

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Mother Teresa

Saint of the Gutters

Long back, a little girl was born in a wealthy family with all the privileges but sacrificing all she chose to serve the poor and the sick. She preached the message of kindness, humanity, empathy, and peace. She was Mother Teresa.

Born on 26th August 1910 in Skopje, North Macedonia to a merchant familym, she was a Roman Catholic and her birth name was Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. Read more about her>>

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Subhas Chandra Bose

Netaji

In this episode of “Famous Indian Personalities”, let us talk about that gem of India who wore round glasses on his eyes, a military uniform on his body, and a tilted army cap on his head.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose a true patriotic personality who fought for his motherland during the time of Independence. He was an Indian nationalist whose fierce patriotism earned him the title of hero in his home country- India. Read more about him>>

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Sarojini Naidu

Nightingale of India

In this episode of “Famous Indian Personalities”, let us talk about that Nightingale of India- Sarojini Naidu.

Sarojini Naidu was an Indian poet and political activist. She played a key role in India’s movement for independence from colonial authority, advocating for civil rights, and women’s empowerment. Because of the lyrical nature of her writing, Naidu was termed “the Nightingale of India” by Mahatma Gandhi, or “Bharat Kokila. Read more about her>>

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Bhagat Singh

Shahid-e-Azam

In this episode of “Famous Indian Personalities”, let us talk about one of the earliest Marxists of India- Bhagat Singh.

Bhagat Singh was a revolutionary freedom fighter who was hanged by the British at a very prime age. He became a national hero of the Indian liberation struggle against British rule due to his early execution. Many consider him to be one of India’s first Marxists, and he is known as Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Read more about him>>

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Lokmanya Tilak

From childhood, Tilak followed the path of honesty. He is one of the main Indian independence activists and social reformers. Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was the first leader of the Indian Independence Movement. He was born on 23rd July 1856 in Ratnagiri.

In 1916 he was given the title of “Lokmanya”. Mahatma Gandhi called him “The Maker of Modern India” and Nehru called him “The Father of the Indian Revolution”. Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was one of the strongest advocates of Indian Independence. Read more about him>>

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Rabindranath Tagore

Gurudev, Kaviguru

Rabindranath Tagore is India’s first noble laureate who has bestowed all the fellow Indians and the people in the world, the art of literature. “Jana Gana Mana” the song written by Tagore is the national song of our country.

He was a poet, writer, composer, philosopher, and painter. He was born on 7th May 1861 in Calcutta. He never attended any physical school as his father believed in the theory of “Free flow of education”. Read more about him>>

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Swami Vivekananda

Swami

Swami Vivekananda was born on 12th January 1863 in Calcutta.  He was a very sharp student since his childhood and, was the only student to receive a first-division in the entrance examination of Presidency College.  He loved reading a wide range of subjects like philosophy, religion, history, social science, ancient scriptures like the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and more, which he then translated into the Bengali language. 

In 1880, he came in contact with the Brahmo Samaj and that was the start and breakthrough of his spiritual journey. Read more about him>>

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Rani Lakshmi Bai

Manu

As the wife of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao, Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, served as Maharani consort of the Maratha princely state of Jhansi from 1843 until 1853. Manikarnika Tambe was the name given to Rani Laxmi Bai, who was also known by the nickname Manu.

She was a key figure in the 1857 Indian Rebellion. She was a symbol of rebellion to the British Raj for Indians. Read more about her>>

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Lala Lajpat Rai

Punjab Kesari

Lala Lajpat Rai or the Lion of Punjab was an inspirational leader, orator, journalist, author, and fierce freedom fighter. He was born on 28th January 1865 in Firozpur, Punjab. Lala Lajpat Rai studied law in Lahore where he met many freedom fighters.

He was influenced by the movement of Swami Dayanand Saraswati and became part of Arya Samaj. He later joined Indian National Congress and in 1884 he moved to Hisar which was the changing point of his life. He established a branch of the Indian National Congress in Hisar. Read more about him>>

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Jawaharlal Nehru

Chacha, Pandit ji

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India. He was quite popular among children and they called him Chacha Nehru. He was born on 14th November 1889 in Allahabad.

In 1912, Nehru attended an annual session of the Indian National Congress in Patna and joined Indian politics. He took an active part in movements like Home Rule Movement, Non-Cooperation Movement, and many more. Read more about him>>

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Khudiram Bose

Shaheed Khudiram

Khudiram Bose was one of India’s youngest revolutionaries. He was born on December 3rd, 1889, in Medinipur, district of Bengal. His parents died when he was a newborn, so he was raised by his older sister and her husband.

Sri Aurobindo and Sister Nivedita visited Midnapore in 1903 when Khudiram heard their speech in which they urged India’s youth to join the independence movement. Bose was so inspired by their speech that he actively took part in Sri Aurobindo’s secret planning in the freedom movement. Read more about him>>

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Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Morning Star of India Renaissance

Raja Ram Mohan Roy was one of the founders of the Brahmo Sabha.  He was an educator and social reformer. He was born in Hoogly, West Bengal, on the 22nd of May 1772. Ram Kanta was his father, and Tarini Devi was his mother. In the village path-shala, Ram Mohan began his formal education. In his childhood, he studied Bengali, Persian, and Sanskrit.

He began organizing meetings on women’s empowerment, women’s rights, women’s education, and the abolition of child marriages in the 1820s. He began educating people about social evils such as polygamy, the caste system, child marriage, superstitions, and other traditions.  Read more about him>>

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Aurobindo Ghose was an Indian philosopher, yogi, and Indian nationalist. He is popular as Sri Aurobindo. Aurobindo Ghose was born in Calcutta on 15 August 1872. His father, Krishna Dhun Ghose was a doctor and a former member of Brahmo Samaj. And his mother Swarnalata Devi. Sri Aurobindo’s English proficiency was very fluent because of his schooling in  Darjeeling which was a center of British life in India back at that time.

Sri Aurobindo was also involved in the controversy of the Alipore Bombing in 1908 but no hard evidence was found against him. Later he was sent to jail for writing in the press against the Britishers. Read more about him>>

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Maharana Pratap

Mewari Rana

Maharana Pratap was the king of Mewar in Rajasthan.  He was the first son of Raja Uday Singh, thus he was trained to become a king since childhood. As a child, Maharana Pratap was very friendly and good-natured. While on expeditions with his father he made many friends with local tribal kids who taught him surviving skills for hard times. After passing away from his father, Maharana Pratap became the king.

He is involved in the the famous battle of Haldighati against Akbar, who was the Mughal King back at that time. This extensive battle was won by the Mughals. Read more about him>>

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Chandra Shekhar Azad

Azad

Chandra Shekhar Azad was an Indian revolutionary who reorganized the Hindustan Republican Association (HRA) and preserved the name “Azad,” which means “freedom.” Azad was born as Chandra Shekhar Tiwari on July 23, 1906, in Alirajpur. His father was Sitaram Tiwari, and his mother was Jagrani Devi. In 1921, he was sent to Banaras to study Sanskrit. He was arrested after joining the Non-Cooperation Movement at the age of 15.

When he was brought before the district magistrate, he gave his name as “Azad,” his father’s name as “Swatantrata,” and his residence as “Jail.” From that day forward, he was known as Chandra Shekhar Azad among the people. Read more about him>>

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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

Ocean of Kindness

In this episode let us hear about the famous educationist of 19th century Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. He was an Indian educator and social reformer. Ishwar Chandra Bandyopadhyay was born on 26th  September 1820. He completed his schooling by 9 years of age. After this, he was sent to Kolkata to study Sanskrit.

At the age of twenty-one years, Ishwar Chandra started working at Fort William College and then Sanskrit College in Kolkata.  Alongside he started working on social reforms like Widow Remarriage, Abolition of polygamy. Read more about him>>

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Aruna Asaf Ali

Grand Old Lady

Aruna Asaf Ali is popularly known as the ‘Grand Old Lady’ was one of the leading female figures of India’s freedom movement. Aruna Asaf Ali was born (on 16 July 1909 in Kalka, Punjab. She was the daughter of Upendranath Ganguly and Ambalika Devi. After her schooling in Lahore, she started teaching in Kolkata and got married to Asif Ali, in 1928.

Asif Ali was a senior member of the Indian National Congress. was sent to prison for processing in the Salt Satyagraha movement. Read more about her>>

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The Dalai Lama, who was born in Tibet and calls himself the Son of India, is a person of charming personality. He is Tibetan Buddhism’s spiritual leader. Lhamo Thondup was his birth name. He began his religious study under the leadership of other Tibetan monks.

He also founded multiple Tibetan monastic institutions, participated in various interfaith summits, gave public speeches, and conducted teaching activities on world peace, among other things. He also began a nonviolent campaign in Tibet to halt Chinese dominance, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Read more about him>>

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Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was an Indian physicist who was most recognized for his work on light scattering. He is the first Asian to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the scattering of light and the discovery of the effect named after him in 1930.

Sir C.V. Raman, was born to a Tamil family on 7th November 1888. His father was Chandrasekhara Ramanathan Iyer, and his mother Parvathi Ammal. Since childhood, he was very keen on pursuing science and later became one of the eminent scientists of India. Read more about him>>

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Mangal Pandey was an Indian soldier who played a key part in the Indian rebellion of 1857. He was a sepoy in the Sepoy Mutiny who rebelled against British control and led the revolt.

Mangal Pandey was a progressive and ambitious young man who was born in the Ballia district on July 19, 1827. He joined in the British East India Company army at the age of 22 in 1849. He served in the British East India Company’s 34th Bengal Native Infantry (BNI) regiment as a sepoy. Read more about him>>

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Chhatrapati Shivaji

The Mountain Rat

In this episode of “Famous Indian Personalities”, we are going to talk about the popular Maratha ruler Shivaji Bhinsle, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He was an Indian ruler and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan.

Shivaji was born on 19 February 1630 in Shivneri. His father Shahji Bhinsle was a general in Deccan Sultanate, and his mother was Jijabai. Those were the days when Mughals used to rule our country. Shivaji and his father served for them. As Shivaji grew older, he and his mother were moved to Pune where he got trained and, educated.  Read more about him>>

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian academic, professor, philosopher, and politician who served as the first Vice President of India and the second President of India. He was born in Tiruttani . His father’s name was Sarvepalli Veeraswami and his mother’s name was Sarvepalli Sita.

Radhakrishnan was awarded scholarships throughout his academic life. He went to Vellore for higher education. Radhakrishnan studied philosophy. Sarvepalli wrote his bachelor’s degree thesis on “The Ethics of the Vedanta and its Metaphysical Presuppositions”. Read more about him>>

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Do you who is called the Missile Man of India? It is India’s former President, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, commonly called, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He was an Indian aerospace scientist who served as the 11th president of India from 2002 to 2007. He was born on 15th October 1931 in Tamil Nadu. His family belonged to a very humble economic background.

Through outt his life, Abdul Kalam have always been a bright hardworking student. He graduated in Physics in 1954 and then pursued aerospace engineering from MIT. Read more about him>>

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