December 20 - Vakkom Majeed (S. Abdul Majeed) was born in Travancore Princely State, Madras Presidency, British India. He was a freedom fighter, politician and a former member of the Travancore-Cochin State Assembly.
January 27 - R. Venkataraman (Ramaswamy Venkataraman) died at the age of 98 in New Delhi. He was a lawyer, freedom fighter and politician. He was the eighth President of India. He also served as Vice President of India, Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Finance.
April 9 - Shakti Samanta died at the age of 83 in Mumbai. He was a film director and producer who founded Shakti Films and produced many super hit Bollywood films.
April 21 - Harris Sam Sahayam Lawrence died. He was the Special Officer for restructuring Educational Pattern in Tamil Nadu and as Director of School Education, he planned and implemented the All India 10+2+3 pattern of education in 1978. He was conferred the title of "Father of Vocational Education in Tamilnadu".
May 18 - Krishna Pattabhi Jois died at the age of 93. He was a yoga teacher. He was a student of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, and taught at his school, the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore.
June 8 - Habib Tanvir died at the age of 85 in Bhopal. He was a famous Urdu, Hindi theatre director, poet and actor. He is the writer of famous plays such as Agra Bazar and Charandas Chor.
July 21 - Gangubai Hangal died at the age of 96 at Hubli, Karnataka. He was a singer of the khyal genre of Hindustani classical music. He belonged to the Kirana gharana.
December 5 - Satyananda Saraswati was born. He was a yoga teacher and spiritual guru. He founded the International Yoga Fellowship and the Bihar School of Yoga. He wrote Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, which is one of the most systematic yoga manuals.
December 19 - Giridharilal Kedia, a social entrepreneur was died in Cuttack aged 73. He was the Working President and Trustee of Kala Vikash Kendra, Cuttack for 12 years.