Rainis (real name: Janis Plieksans, 1865-1929), the most distinguished Latvian writer of all time who is the author of a number of poetry collections. Rainis is also acknowledged as the "Man of the 20th Century of Latvia".
Imants Zemzaris (1951) - contemporary composer
Peteris Vasks - contemporary composer
Lucija Garuta (1902-1977) - composer
Raimonds Pauls - popular composer, best known in Russia
Jukums Vacietis - the first commander of Soviet Army
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