The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Indore, India, or the surrounding towns.

Artists and literary figureEdit

  • Ustad Amir Khan (born 1912), celebrated Hindustani classical vocalist; referred to his unique style of khyal singing as "Indore Gharana"; born in Indore
  • Celina Jaitley, Shimla-born Indian actress; mainly appears in Bollywood films; her parents live in the army town of Mhow in the Indore district
  • Digvijay Bhonsale, Rock/Metal Musician, Lead Vocalist/Guitarist of Nicotine, Metal band from Indore; studied at Daly College, Indore
  • Hussain Haidry, poet, writer and lyricist; born and brought up in Indore; studied at Indian Institute of Management Indore and Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore
  • Johnny Walker, comic actor; born in Indore
  • Kiran Kumar, Mumbai-based Kashmiri Indian actor; studied at Daly College, Indore
  • Kishore Kumar, playback singer and actor; belonged to Khandwa; studied at the Indore Christian College and used to stay in the hostel
  • Kunwar Amarjeet Singh, hip-hop and contemporary style dancer; played lead role in Dil Dosti Dance
  • Lata Mangeshkar, playback singer; born in Indore to Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar
  • Mahadevi Varma, Hindi poet; freedom fighter; was married to Dr Swarup Narain Varma in Indore
  • Meghdeep Bose, Indian music composer, producer, arranger and singer
  • M.F. Husain, painter; spent his childhood in Indore
  • Palak Muchhal, Indian playback singer; born and brought up in Indore
  • Palash Muchhal, Musical composer; born and brought up in Indore
  • Puru Dadheech, Kathak scholar, Dancer; Holder of the first Doctorate in Kathak Classical Dance in the world; Attended High School in Indore and returned to settle since 1988.
  • Rahat Indori, Urdu poet and songwriter in Hindi films
  • Rais Khan (born 1938), Indian sitar maestro; born in Indore
  • Salman Khan, Indian film actor; appears in Bollywood movies; born in Indore
  • Shubhangi Atre, Indian television actor, a lead role in Bhabhiji Ghar par hai, born and brought up in Indore
  • Sneha Khanwalkar, Indian music director; works in Bollywood; was brought up in Indore
  • Swanand Kirkire, lyricist-singer-writer, born in Indore
  • Vijayendra Ghatge, actor in the Hindi film industry; son of Sita Raje Ghatge, who was the daughter of Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar III of Indore (reigned 1903–-1926)
  • Wajid Khan (artist), guinness and limca book record holder artist wajid khan, born in Indore
  • Zakir Khan,comedian, born and brought up in Indore; currently living in Mumbai

Rulers, nationalists, and politiciansEdit

Sports personsEdit

  • Sandhya Agarwal, former captain of Indian women's cricket team
  • Captain Syed Mushtaq Ali (1914–2005), Indian international cricketer; Colonel Nayudu's teammate in the Holkar team and in the Indian team; popularly known as the 'Errol Flynn' of Indian cricket; born and died in Indore[1]
  • Minoti Desai (born 1968), Indian cricketer, represented Indian women's team; born in Indore
  • Rahul Dravid, Indian cricketer and former cricket captain; born in Indore
  • Raj Singh Dungarpur, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India; former Indian cricket selector; ex-student of Daly College, Indore
  • Narendra Hirwani, leg spin bowler and former member of Indian cricket team; moved to Indore as a teenager
  • Sanjay Jagdale, former state cricketer; presently a national selectors for the senior all-India teams and the honorary secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association; director of the Cricket Club of Indore
  • Shankar Lakshman (1933–2006), goalkeeper of the Indian hockey team in the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics and won two golds and a silver; captain of the team which won the gold in the 1966 Asian Games; belonged to Mhow and lived his retired life here until his death
  • Colonel C.K. Nayudu, first Indian Test Captain in cricket; led India between 1932 and 1934
  • Mir Ranjan Negi, hockey goalkeeper and coach of Indian women's team; won Asian Championship
  • Naman Ojha, Indian wicket-keeper, stays and practices in Indore
  • Chandu Sarwate, former Indian cricketer and former Indian cricket selector; lived and died in Indore in 2003
  • Jalaj Saxena (born 1986), cricketer who plays as an all rounder for the India A cricket team; born in Indore
  • Akshat Khamparia (born 1989),is an Indian chess International Master.He is the first player from Central India to hold an 'International Master' Title

Academia, business and professionalsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Mushtaq Ali".