Bharat Ratna Awardees

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Sr. No. Name Birth/Death Awarded in Year Notes State/Country
1 Chakravarti Rajgopalachari 1878-1972 1954 Independence Activist, Governor General Tamil Nadu
2 C.V. Raman 1888-1970 1954 Physicist Tamil Nadu
3 Sarvepalli Radhakrishanan 1888-1975 1954 Philosopher, Second President Andhra Pradesh
4 Bhagwan Das 1869-1958 1955 Independence Activist, Author Uttar Pradesh
5 Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya 1861-1962 1955 Civil Engineer, Diwan of Mysore Karnataka
6 Jawaharlal Nehru 1889-1964 1955 Independence Activist, Author, First Prime Minister Uttar Pradesh
7 Govind Ballabh Pant 1887-1961 1957 Independence Activist, CM of UP, Home Minister Uttar Pradesh
8 Dhondo Keshav Karve 1858-1962 1958 Educator, Social reformer Maharashtra
9 Bidhan Chandra Roy 1882-1962 1961 Physician, CM of WB West Bengal
10 Purushottam Das Tandon 1882-1962 1961 Independence Activist, Educator Uttar Pradesh
11 Rajendra Prasad 1884-1963 1962 Independence Activist, Jurist, First President Bihar
12 Zakir Hussain 1897-1969 1963 Scholar, Third President Andhra Pradesh
13 Pandurang Vaman Kane 1880-1972 1963 Indologist and Sanskrit scholar Maharashtra
14 Lal Bahadur Shastri 1904-1966 1966 Posthumous, Independence Activist, Second PM Uttar Pradesh
15 Indira Gandhi 1917-1984 1971 Third Prime Minister Uttar Pradesh
16 V.V.Giri 1894-1980 1975 Trade Unionist and Fourth President Orissa
17 K. Kamaraj 1903-1975 1976 Posthumous, Independence Activist, CM of Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
18 Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa of Calcutta) 1910-1997 1980 Catholic nun, Founder of the Missionaries of Charity West Bengal/Albania
19 Vinoba Bhave 1895-1982 1983 Posthumous, Independence Activist, Social Reformer Maharashtra
20 Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan 1890-1988 1987 First Non Citizen, Independence Activist Pakistan
21 M. Ramachandran 1917-1987 1988 Posthumous, Film Actor, CM of Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
22 B.R. Ambedkar 1891-1956 1990 Posthumous, Chief Architect of Indian Constitution, Politician, economist and scholar Madhya Pradesh
23 Nelson Mandela 1918 1990 Second Non-citizen and First Non-Indian recipient, Leader of the Anti Apartheid movement South Africa
24 Rajiv Gandhi 1944-1991 1991 Posthumous, Sixth PM New Delhi
25 Vallabhbhai Patel 1875-1950 1991 Posthumous, Independence Activist, First Home Minister Maharashtra
26 Morarji Desai 1896-1995 1991 Independence Activist, Fourth PM New Delhi
27 Abul Kalam Azad 1888-1958 1992 Posthumous, Independence Activist, First Minister of Education Saudi Arabia
28 J.R.D. Tata 1904-1993 1992 Industrialist and Philanthropist France
29 Satyajit Ray 1922-1992 1992 Bengali Filmmaker West Bengal
30 A.P.J. Abdul Kalam 1931-2015 1997 Aeronautical Engineer, 11th President of India Tamil Nadu
31 Gulzarilal Nanda 1898-1998 1997 Independence Activist, Interim Prime Minister New Delhi
32 Aruna Asaf Ali 1908-1996 1997 Posthumous, Independence Activist Punjab
33 M. S. Subbulakshmi 1916-2004 1998 Carnatic Classical Singer Tamil Nadu
34 Chidambaram Subramaniam 1910-2000 1998 Independence Activist, Minister of Agriculture Tamil Nadu
35 Jayaprakash Narayan 1902-1979 1999 Posthumous, Independence Activist and politician Bihar
36 Pandit Ravi Shankar 1920-2012 1999 Sitar Player Uttar Pradesh
37 Amartya Sen 1933 1999 Economist, Nobel Laureate West Bengal
38 Gopinath Bordoloi 1890-1950 1999 Posthumous, Independence Activist, CM of Assam Assam
39 Lata Mangeshkar 1929 2001 Playback Singer Madhya Pradesh
40 Ustad Bismillah Khan 1916-2006 2001 Hindustani Classical Shehnai Player Uttar Pradesh
41 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 1922-2011 2008 Hindustani Classical Singer Karnataka
42 C.N.R. Rao 1934- 2014 Scientist Karnataka
43 Sachin Tendulkar 1973 2014 Cricketer Maharashtra
44 Madan Mohan Malaviya 1861-1946 2015 Educationist, Politician, Journalist, Lawyer Uttar Pradesh
45 Atal Bihari Vajpayee 1924- 2015 Politician, 10th Prime Minister Madhya Pradesh
46 Pranab Mukharjee 1935 2019 President of India, Politician West Bengal
47 Bhupen Hazarika 1926-2011 2019 Playback Singer, Lyricist, Musician, Poet Assam
48 Nanaji Deshmukh 1916-2010 2019 Social Activist Maharashtra





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