Allahabad – A City of Culture

Ganga ji in prayagFrom Sangam of Ganga Jamuna Saraswati to prestigious educational institutes, from famous personalities to famous guavas, Allahabad has got this all and much more. It’s one of the one of the largest cities in the state of Uttar Pradesh and believed to get the name Allahabad from The Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great in 1583. Its English rendering is Allahabad, implying a naming based on Allah (“the god” or “God”), God’s Arabic reference in Islam. 
Allahabad is the second oldest city after Varanasi in India and plays an important role in Hindu scriptures, it is famous in worldwide for hosting the yearly Kumbh Mela which is a Hindu pilgrimage that occurs four times every twelve years and rotates among four locations: Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. Each twelve-year cycle includes one Maha Kumbh Mela (Great Kumbh Mela) at Prayag, which is attended by millions of people, making it the largest gathering anywhere in the world. After visiting the Kumbh mela of 1895, Mark Twain wrote: “It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites.” “

Allahabad is very historical place. Its history lies embedded everywhere in its fields, forests and settlements. Allahabd is a very well known centre for education. Allahabad university was established on 18 september 1887. It is the fourth oldest university of India after Calcutta,Bombay and Madras University. Allahabad University earned the epithet of ‘Oxford of the East’.Glimpse of Allahabad

You would be curious to know my interest in the city. I am a resident of Allahabad and have felt the purity of this city to the deepest. I feel privileged to belong to this city where such great people took birth. I wish to share my thoughts about this beautiful city where I took birth!

Famous Personalities of Allahabad
1.) Jawahar Lal Nehru, Former Prime Minister of India*
2.) SuryaKant Tripathi,One of top four poets of Modern Hindi.Also known as MahaKavi “Nirala”.*
3.) Indira Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India*
4.) Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Founder, Banaras Hindu University*
5.) Upendra Nath ‘Ashk’, Poet*
6.) Kalajaha, Hmar alljali*
7.) V. P. Singh, Former Prime Minister of India*
8.) Rajiv Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India*
9.) Syed Abbas Husainy, Publisher*
10.) Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Poet*
11.) Dhyan Chand, Hockey player*
12.) Firaq Gorakhpuri, Poet*
13.) Mahadevi Varma, Poet*
14.) Munshi Premchand, Literateur*
15.) Suryakant Tripathi Nirala, Poet*
16.) Dhananjaya Kumar, Yogacharya, Poet*
17.) Zameer Hassan Kazmi, Writer in English*
18.) Meghnad Saha, Scientist*
19.) Harish Chandra, Scientist*
20.) Allama Hakim Ahmad Hussain Al-Usmani, Founder, Unani Medical College, Allahabad*
21.) Hakim Ahmad Usmani, Shefa-ul-Mulk, Unani Physician*
22.) Hakim Hammad Usmani, Unani Physician and Philosopher*
23.) Hariprasad Chaurasia, Classical Musician*
24.) Nargis, Film actress *
25.) Amitabh Bachchan, Film Actor*
26.) Purushottam Das Tandon, Freedom Fighter*
27.) Ram Chandra Shukla, Artist*
28.) Mohammed Kaif, Cricketer*
29.) Badruddin Siddiqui, Freedom Fighter*
30.) Abdul Rasheed, Freedom Fighter*
31.) Madan Lal Khurana, Politician*
32.) Murli Manohar Joshi, Former Union Human Resources Development Minister of India*
33.) Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, Politician*
34.) Vivek Mushran, Bollywood Actor*V
35.) ikas Bhalla, Hindi Pop Singer*
36.) Shubha Mudgal, Singer*
37.) Makam Venkat Satya Bharat Gupta, Classical Singer*
38.) Dr. Kailash Nath Katju, Former Union Home Minister and Lawyer*
39.) Justice R. S. Pathak, Former Chief Justice of India and Judge at World Court*
40.) Justice V. N. Khare, Former Chief Justice of India*
41.) Abhinn Shyam Gupta, International Badminton Player*
42.) Professor Muhammad Naeemur Rehman, Department of Arabic & Persian, Allahabad University 1926 to 1950*
43.) Zahoor Qasim, Marine scientist*
44.) Vishal ,Singer*
45.) Shamshur Rahman Faruqi, Urdu Poet and Critic*
46.) Manu Katyal,Telecom Engineer*

Please add if i missed any Names of famous Allahabad Personalities

14 thoughts on “Allahabad – A City of Culture

  1. बहुत अच्छी जानकारी दी आपने रोहित। एक संशय है कि पूर्व प्रधानमंत्री विश्वनाथ प्रताप सिंह मांडा के हैं पर आपने इलाहाबाद का बताया है। तो क्या मांडा इलाहाबाद में ही आता है?लिखते रहें। और जब इलाहाबाद के हैं जो महादेवी वर्मा की नगरी है तो हिन्दी से परहेज क्यों भाई? चलो फटाफट हिन्दी में भी लिखना शुरु करो। < HREF="" REL="nofollow">॥दस्तक॥<>


  2. It is really good that u provided the names of the personalities originating from the Holy city of ‘Prayag’ also called Allahabad.I am too from Allahabad…


  3. good going rohit, but the list of greats from our city and our own OXFORD OF EAST ALLAHABAD UNIV is a live one and you've not added leading civil servants,top jurists,lawyers,NRIs',techies,film industry guys,media people ( you will be surprised to know that most of the top leadership here is from our soil,pls keep on adding new names to it. Here is my reccomendations1. Vikas Swarup (author of Q&A Novel)so we can safely say that AGAIN it was an ALLAHABADI who scripted India's OSCAR legend…cheers)2. RN Kao – founder of RAW intelligence agency3. Anirudh Behal -of TEHELKA fame4.Prabhat Kumar – fmr Cabinet Secretary5. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi – PITAMAH of Indian Journalism6.Subhadra kumari Chauhan – Khoob ladi madani vo to Jhansi wali rani thi ….7.Syeed Jafri – Actor8. Tigmanshu Dhulia – film Director (Haasil fame )9.Naresh Chandra – fmr Cabinet Secretary and ambassador to USA10.Subhash Kashyap- fmr Secretary General Lok sabha and Constitutional Expert11.Gari Saxena -Fmr Governor j&k,fmr Chief of RAW12.Capt MN Mulla MVC of INS Khukri fame13.Sushmita Sen -Actress14.Poet Pradeep – 15.Syed Zahoor Quasim- Leader of First Indian team that landed and planted Tricolor in Antartica,Fmr member- Planning Commission,16.Ashok Singhal – Int Chairman VHP17.Prof Rajinder Singh -Fmr Chief RSS18.Vinod Dham- maker of Pentium chip19.Shweta Tiwari -TV Actress20.Justice Rangnath Mishra -fmr CJI21.Justice -JS Verma – fmr CJI22.Justice RS Pathak -fmr Vice President of India23.Gujari lal Nanda-Fmr Prime Minister of India24.Shankar Dayal Sharma -fmr President of India25.Kamleshwar – sahityakar,patrakar,filmkaar26.Dharamveer Bharti -sahitykar,patrakar27.RC Srivastava – founder of Shipping industry in the country28.Sharmila Mukherji- first woman to join Indian Merchant Navy29.Firoz Gandhi- journalist & politician30.Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


    accha laga pad ke likhte rahiye intezar rahega.
    Rds.syed Tariq jafri (Allahabad)


  5. Hi Rohit, thanks for updating the world specially overseas Allahabadis like me.Since last few years I am observing some consperacy is going on against Allahabad like portraying Alld as a Bhojpori/Poorvanchali region. They are making their all efforts to include Alld in Poorvanchal region which is suppose to be become a new State soon. We should immediately do something to stop these misunderstanding created by greedy people.If we react late then their case will become so solid we will not be able to do UNDO.Save Allahabad.


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