Famous Personalities of Uttar Pradesh
The State of Uttar Pradesh
has been virtually the haloed ground where a large number of eminent personalities have taken birth. Two Vice-Presidents of the country namely Shri Gopal Swaroop Pathak and Shri Hamid Ansari are from Uttar Pradesh.
This state has also the birth place of eight Prime Minister of the country. Taking them chronologically, the first one was the charismatic Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Then there was Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, the third Prime Minister of the country. He was followed by Smt Indira Gandhi the fourth Prime Minister. All three of these were Bharat Ratna Awardees. The fifth Prime Minister was Choudhary Charan Singh. Rajiv Gandhi was the sixth Prime Minister and he was also awarded the Bharat Ratna. The eighth Prime Minister was Vishwanath Pratap Singh, the ninth was Chandra Shekhar and then was the eleventh Prime Minister from Uttar Pradesh was Atal Bihari Vajpayee. These were among the eminent statesmen produced by the state.
The state has also contributed several historical personalities. Among these exalted beings are Valmiki the author of the epic Ramayana
. Amir Khusro, the prominent Sufi poet was from Uttar Pradesh. Kabir the reformist and eminent composer and poet were from here. Begum Hazrat Mahal, the Mughal Queen was also born in Uttar Pradesh. Mangal Pandey and Chandra Shekhar Azad have both been immortalized as harbingers of the country’s Independence. Other notable personalities are Manoj Kumar Pandey, Qurratulain Hyder and Dhyan Chand. All these people have made a name for themselves in the field of the arts and sports. Other people who have contributed to these fields are Firaq Gorakhpuri, Harivansh Rai Bachan and Ali Sardar Jufoor. All of them had reached the pinnacle of success in their chosen fields. Irfan Habib and Rahul Shivasan each of them an excellent personality who ruled the hearts of men by their sheer charismatic opportunity.
Eminent Sportspersons of Uttar Pradesh
In the sports area there have been several such players who have made a tremendous name for themselves. Some of the leading lights in Uttar Pradesh sports are shooters namely Moraad Ali Khan and Jaspal Singh.
Then there are the international hockey players namely Zafar Iqbal who was Captain and chief coach of the Indian Hockey team. K.D. Singh was an Olympian player Mohammad Shahid had led the Indian team to the Gold in the 1980s. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1980 and went on to be decorated in 1986 with the Padma Shri. Jagbir Singh was also captain of the football team and awarded the Arjuna Award in 1990.
Baseball has had some great professional players like Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel Uttar Pradesh has also contributed a number of amazing players to the field of cricket. Some of these cricketers are Ashish Zaidi, Manoj Prabhakar, Arun Lal, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Bhavesh Kumar, R.P. Singh, Chetan Chauhan, Piyush Chawla, Gyanender Pandey, Narender Harwan, Surinder Amarnath, Raman Lamba all were national and international level players. Hemlata Kala a women cricket team members is also from Uttar Pradesh.
Performing Arts and Celluloid Personalities
The artistes of Uttar Pradesh have regaled audiences the world over on the stage as well as on celluloid. These include poet and satirist Akbar Allahabadi and Kaka Hathrasi besides comedians like Tun Tun and Raju Srivastava.
On the celluloid screen there have been several great actors who have taken Bollywood to great heights. The greatest ones being Amitabh Bachan, Kadar Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Marc Zuber, Nargis, Aditya Srivastav, Nimmi, Sunidhi Chauhan (the singer).
There have been several lyricists like Indeevar, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kaifi Azmi, Sameer, Shakeel Badayuni, Kumar Barabankvi, Ali Sardar Jafri, Anjaan. While there have also been several composers like Anand Milind, Nausahd Ali and Shantanu Moitra.
Prominent Businessmen of Uttar Pradesh
The business community has seen several eminent names like the founder of the huge Sahara India group, Subroto Roy as also the President of the DLF Universal Group, K.P. Singh. There is also Shyama Charan Gupta who is the founder of the Shaym Group besides several others who have greatly contributed towards boosting the economy of Uttar Pradesh.
Thus the who’s who of Uttar Pradesh is a fascinating spectrum of innumerable eminent personalities.