July 15 - BEST (Best Electric Supply and Transport) buses started in Bombay.
November 24 - Sri Aurobindo retired into seclusion and the Mother (Mirra_Alfassa) founded his ashram (Sri Aurobindo Ashram). She became the spiritual guide of the community.
January 8 - Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra was born in Raghurajpur, Puri, Orissa. He was a guru and proponent of Odissi dance who is credited for its revival. He has received many awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, Padma Vibhushan, and Kalidas Samman.
January 13 - Shakti Samanta was born in Burdwan, British India. He was a film director and producer who founded Shakti Films and produced many super hit Bollywood films.
January 16 - O. P. Nayyar (Omkar Prasad Nayyar) was born in Lahore. He was a film music director and composer.
January 20 - Jamiluddin Aali (Nawabzada Mirza Jamiluddin Ahmed Khan) was born in Delhi. He is a Urdu poet, critic, playwright, essayist, columnist, and scholar. He now lives in Pakistan.
January 23 - Bal Thackeray (Bal Keshav Thackeray) was born in Pune, Bombay Presidency. He founded the Shiv Sena party in Maharashtra. He began his professional career as a cartoonist.
February 18 - Nalini Jaywant was born. She was a Bollywood actress who acted in films in the 1940s and 1950s.
May 26 - Sukumar Azhikode was born. He was a writer, critic and orator. He was a scholar in Sanskrit, Malayalam, and English languages.
August 11 - Dr Ekkirala Krisnamacharya (Master E K) was born at Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh. He is a author whose works include science of ayurveda, homeopathy, astrology, yoga etc.
August 15 - Sukanta Bhattacharya was born. He was a Bengali poet and playwright. He is one of the prominent figures of modern Bengali poetry.
September 3 - Uttam Kumar (Arun Kumar Chatterjee) was born in Calcutta. He was a prominent Bengali film actor. He is known as Mahanayak (The great hero). He was also a director, producer, singer and music director.
October 8 - Raaj Kumar (Kulbushan Pandit) was born. He was a Bollywood actor. He acted in more than 70 films.
November 11 - Johnny Walker (Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi) was born in Indore. He was a Bollywood actor famous for his comedy roles. He acted in more than 300 films.
November 21 - Prem Nath (Premnath Malhotra) was born in Peshawar. He was a Bollywood actor who acted mainly in negative roles.
November 23 - Sri Sathya Sai Baba (born as Sathyanarayana Raju) was born in Puttaparthi, Madras Presidency, British India. He was a spiritual guru. He claimed to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi. He had ashrams in 126 countries and also ran a network of hospitals, clinics and schools that were often free.
November 26 - Yash Pal was born. He is an scientist and educator. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.
December 31 - Syed Zahoor Qasim was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He is a prominent marine biologist. He lead India's exploration to Antarctica and guided the other seven expeditions from 1981 to 1988. He was a Member of the Planning Commission of India from 1991 to 1996. He received Padma Shri and Padma Bushan.
December 31 - Jaggaiah (Kongara Jaggaiah) was born in Tenali, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. He was a noted Telugu film and theater actor. He received Padma Bhushan from Government of India.