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List of Bharat Ratan Awardees - 1954-2019

Published on Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Bharat Ratna Award is the Highest civilian award given to the person who serves the nation and was Instituted in the year 1954.

Other facts:

  • Dhondo Keshav Karve was the oldest receiver to receive the Bharat Ratna Award on his 100th birthday.
  • Sachin Tendulkar who aged 40 then, became the youngest receiver of this prestigious award.
  • Bharat Ratna recipients rank seventh in Indian order of priority.
Bharat Ratna Awardee Year Achievements
Nanaji Deshmukh 2019 Nanaji Deshmukh was a social activist from India. He worked in the fields of education, health, and rural self-
reliance. He was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan in 1999.
Bhupen Hazarika 2019 Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam, widely known as Sudhakantha. He also received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1975. Recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padmashri (1977), and Padmabhushan (2001), and awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992).
Pranab Mukherjee 2019 Pranab Mukherjee is an Indian politician who served as the 13th President of India from 2012 until 2017. He was Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012.
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee 2015 Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was elected as the Prime Minister of India for three terms; 1996, 1998, 1999–2004.
Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (Posthumous) 2015 Scholar and educational reformer Malaviya is a founder of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha (1906) and Banaras Hindu University and served as the university's vice-chancellor from 1919 till 1938.
Shri Sachin Tendulkar 2014 Sachin Tendulkar is an Indian Former International Cricketer. He played 664 international cricket matches and have the record to scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in both ODI and Test cricket.
Professor C. N. R. Rao 2014 Professor C. N. R. Rao is an Indian chemist and Recipient of Honorary Doctorates from 63 Universities and authored around 1600 research papers and 48 books
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 2009 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi was a Hindustani classical vocalist, widely known for his Khyal genre of singing with a "mastery over rhythm and accurate notes".
Lata Mangeshkar 2001 Lata Mangeshkar, widely Known as "Nightingale of India". She has sung songs in over 36 languages.
Bismillah Khan 2001 Bismillah Khan is a Shehnai Player. He played this instrument for more than eight decades.
Pandit Ravi Shankar 1999 Pandit Ravi Shankar often considered "the world's best- known exponent of Hindustani classical music".
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi (Posthumous) 1999 Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi is the first Chief Minister of Assam (1946–50)
Professor Amartya Sen 1999 Professor Amartya Sen is an Indian economist and philosopher, done research over several topics including social choice theory, ethics and political philosophy, welfare economics, decision theory, development economics, public health, and gender studies.
Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan (Posthumous) 1999 Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan was Independence activist, social reformer, and commonly referred to as "Lok Nayak". Narayan is better known for "Total Revolution Movement" or "JP Movement" initiated during the mid-1970s.
Shri Chidambaram Subramaniam 1998 Chidambaram Subramaniam was an Independence activist and former Minister of Agriculture of India (1964–66).
Smt M.S. Subbulakshmi 1998 M.S. Subbulakshmi was a Carnatic classical vocalist Subbulakshmi, often hailed as "Queen of songs".
Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam 1997 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was an Aerospace and defence scientist. He also served as the eleventh President of India from 2002 till 2007.
Smt Aruna Asaf Ali (Posthumous) 1997 Aruna Asaf Ali was an Independence activist Ali is better known for hoisting the Indian flag in Bombay during the Quit India Movement in 1942. Post-Independence, Ali was elected as Delhi's first mayor in 1958.
Shri Gulzarilal Nanda 1997 Shri Gulzarilal Nanda:  Two times interim Prime Minister of India (1964, 1966)and deputy chairman of the Planning Commission.
Shri Satyajit Ray 1992 Film-maker Satyajit Ray is credited with bringing world recognition to Indian cinema.
Shri J.R.D Tata 1992 J.R.D Tata was an Industrialist, philanthropist, and aviation pioneer, Tata founded India's first airline Air India.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (Posthumous) 1992 Independence activist, Maulana Abul Kalam was India's first Minister of Education and worked towards free primary education. Widely Known as "Maulana Azad". 
Shri Morarji Desai 1991 Independence activist. Morarji Desai was the sixth Prime Minister of India (1977–79).
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (Posthumous) 1991 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel also called as Iron Man of India and first Deputy Prime Minister of India (1947–50).
Shri Rajiv Gandhi (Posthumous) 1991 Gandhi was the ninth Prime Minister of India serving from 1984 to 1989.
Nelson Mandela 1990 Nelson Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Often called the "Gandhi of South Africa".
Dr B.R Ambedkar 1990 Dr B.R Ambedkar was a Social Reformer and leader of Dalits.
Shri M.G Ramachandran 1988 Actor turned politician Ramachandran served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for three terms; 1977–80, 1980–84, and 1985–87.
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan 1987 Widely known as "Frontier Gandhi", independence activist and Pashtun leader Khan was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. 
Shri Acharya Vinoba Bhave 1983 Shri Acharya Vinoba Bhave was an Indian advocate of nonviolence and human rights. He is best known for his Bhoodan movement, "Land-Gift Movement".
Mother Teresa 1980 "Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta". She was also the Founder of the Missionaries of Charity.
Shri K. Kamaraj (Posthumous) 1976 Independence activist and statesman Kamaraj was a former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for three terms; 1954–57, 1957–62, and 1962–63.
Shri V.V Giri 1975 4th Prime Minister and Independence and Activist.
Smt Indira Gandhi 1971 Indira Gandhi called “Iron Lady of India” and was Prime Minister of India During 1966-77 and 1980-84.
Shri Lal Bahadur Shashtri (Posthumous) 1966 For his Slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” and Second  Prime minister of India in 1964-66.
Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane 1963 He was an Indologist and Sanskrit scholar.
Dr Zakir Husain 1962 Zakir Hussain served as a Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (1948–56) and the Governor of Bihar (1957–62). He was an education philosopher and was third President of India (1967–69).
Dr Rajendra Prasad 1962 Dr Rajendra Prasad was a lawyer, statesman, and scholar and First President of India.
Shri Purushottam Das Tandon 1961 Often titled as "Rajarshi", Tandon was an independence activist and served as speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly (1937–50).
Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy 1961 He was a physician, political leader, philanthropist, educationist, and social worker, Roy is often considered as "Maker of Modern West Bengal".
Dr Dhondo Keshav Karve 1958 Social reformer and Educator
Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant 1957 He was first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (1950–54). He served as Union Home Minister from 1955–61.
Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru 1955 Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru was Independence activist and author, He is the first and the longest-serving Prime Minister of India  (1947–64)
Dr M Visvesvaraya 1955 Civil engineer, statesman, and Diwan of Mysore (1912–18) was a Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire. His birthday, 15 September, is observed as "Engineer's Day" in India.
Dr Bhagwan Das 1955 Bhagwan Das was Independence activist, philosopher, and educationist.
Dr C.V Raman 1954 C.V Raman mainly worked in the field of atomic physics and electromagnetism and was presented Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 1954 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan served as India's first Vice-President (1952–62) and second President (1962–67).
Shri C. Rajagopalachari 1954 Shri C. Rajagopalachari was an Indian independence activist, statesman, and lawyer, and was the only Indian and last Governor-General of independent India.

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