January to June
- 2 January - Chandrashekhara Kambara, poet, playwright, folklorist and film director.
- 22 February - Sabitri Chatterjee, actress.
- 9 June - Ramchandra Gandhi, philosopher, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi (d.2007).
- 24 June - Anita Desai, novelist.
July to December
- 24 July - Manoj Kumar, actor and director.
- 6 November - Yashwant Sinha, politician and Minister.
- 8 November - Bharath Gopi, actor, director and producer (d.2008).
- 3 December - Binod Bihari Verma, writer (d.2003).
- 28 December - Ratan Naval Tata, businessman, Chairman of the Tata Group.