Bharat Ratna Award Winners List from 1954 to 2024 – Full List

Bharat Ratna Award List from 1954 to 2024 – All Winners Full List, The Bharat Ratna Award in India is the highest civilian award. Bharat Ratna is always awarded for the highest degrees of national service. The Bharat Ratna Award was started in 1954. As per the Indian Government, the Bharat Ratna award is always given to any candidate for the highest order of performance in any field of human endeavour in India. Every time the prime minister gives the recommendation for the Bharat Ratna award to the president in Rashtrapati Bhavan.  Bharat Ratna Award Winners List from 1954 to 2023 – Full List

Bharat Ratna Award Winners List
Bharat Ratna Award Winners List

Bharat Ratna Award Winners List from 1954 to 2024 – Full List

Bharat Ratna Award is the highest civilian award in the country of India. The Bharat Ratna Award List is given below check here. List of Government Banks in India | Govt. Banks List India

Sr. No. Recipient of Bharat Ratna Award Awarded In Year Brief Description
1 C.Rajagopalachari
(First recipient of Bharat Ratna Award)
  • C. Rajagopalachari was an Indian independence activist, statesman and lawyer.
  • Rajagopalachari was the only Indian and the last Governor-General of independent India.
  • He was Chief Minister of Madras Presidency (1937–39) and Madras State (1952–54) and founder of the Indian political party Swatantra Party.
2 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
(First recipient of Bharat Ratna Award)
  • Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan served as India’s 1st Vice-President from 1952 to 1962 and 2nd President of India from 1962 to 1967.
  • Since 1962, his birthday on 5 September is observed as “Teachers’ Day” in India.
3 C. V. Raman
(First recipient of Bharat Ratna Award)
  • C. V. Raman is widely known for his work on the scattering of light and the discovery of the effect, better known as “Raman scattering”.
  • Raman mainly worked in the field of atomic physics and electromagnetism.
  • He was presented Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
4 Bhagwan Das 1955
  • Bhagwan Das was an Independence activist, philosopher, educationist, and co-founder of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapithand and worked with Madan Mohan Malaviya for the foundation of Banaras Hindu University.
5 M. Visvesvaraya 1955
  • M. Visvesvaraya was a Civil Engineer, Statesman, and Diwan of Mysore (1912–18), and was a Knight Commander of the order of the Indian Empire.
  • His birthday, 15 September, is observed as “Engineer’s Day” in India.
6 Jawaharlal Nehru 1955
  • Jawaharlal Nehru was an Independence activist and author.
  • He was the 1st and the longest-serving Prime Minister of India (1947–64).
7 Govind Ballabh Pant 1957
  • Govind Ballabh Pant was an Independence activist and was the premier of the United Provinces (1937–39, 1946–50) and 1st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (1950–54).
  • He served as Union Home Minister from 1955–61.
8 Dhondo Keshav Karve 1958
  • Dhondo Keshav Karve was a social reformer and educator.
  • He is widely known for his works related to woman’s education and remarriage of Hindu widows.
  • He established the Widow Marriage Association (1883), and Hindu Widows Home (1896), and started Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University in 1916.
9 Bidhan Chandra Roy 1961
  • Bidhan Chandra Roy was a physician, political leader, philanthropist, educationist, and social worker.
  • He is often considered as “Maker of Modern West Bengal”.
  • He was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal (1948–62) and his birthday on 1 July is observed as “National Doctors’ Day” in India.
10 Purushottam Das Tandon 1961
  • Purushottam Das Tandon is often titled as “Rajarshi”.
  • He was an independence activist and served as speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly (1937–50).
  • He was actively involved in a campaign to get official language status to Hindi.
11 Rajendra Prasad 1962
  • Rajendra Prasad was an independent activist, lawyer, statesman, and scholar, Prasad was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi in the non-cooperation movement for Indian independence.
  • He was later elected as the 1st President of India (1950–62).
12 Zakir Husain 1963
  • Zakir Husain was an Independence activist and education philosopher, Zakir Husain served as a Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (1948–56) and the Governor of Bihar (1957–62).
  • Later, he was elected as the 2nd Vice-President of India (1962–67) and went on to become the 3rd President of India (1967–69).
13 Pandurang Vaman Kane 1963
  • Pandurang Vaman Kane was an Indologist and Sanskrit scholar.
  • He is best known for his five-volume literary work, history of Dharmasastra: Ancient and Medieval Religious and Civil Law in India; the “monumental” work that extends over nearly 6,500 pages and was published from 1930 to 1962.
14 Lal Bahadur Shastri 1966
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri is known for his slogan “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” (“Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer”).
  • He was an Independence activist Shastri served as the second Prime Minister of India (1964–66) and led the country during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
15 Indira Gandhi 1971
  • She is known as the “Iron Lady of India”. Indra Gandhi was the 1st female Prime Minister of India from 1966 to 1977 and from 1980 to 1984.
  • During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, her government supported Bangladesh Liberation War which led to the formation of a new country, Bangladesh.
16 V. V. Giri 1975
  • While studying at the University College Dublin, V.V. Giri was involved in the Irish Sinn Fein movement.
  • Returning to India, he organized labour unions and brought them to take active participation in the Indian freedom struggle.
  • He was elected as the first President of the All India Trade Union Congress in 1926.
  • Post-independence, V.V. Giri held positions of Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Mysore and various other cabinet ministries.
  • He became the first acting President and was eventually elected as the fourth President of India (1969–74).
17 K. Kamaraj 1976
  • K. Kamaraj was an Independence activist and statesman. He was a former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for three terms; (1954–57), (1957–62), and (1962–63).
18 Mother Teresa  1980
  • “Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta” was a catholic nun and the founder of the Missionaries of Charity.
  • She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work in 1979 and was beatified on 19 October 2003 by Pope John Paul II and canonized on 4 September 2016 by Pope Francis.
19 Vinoba Bhave 1983
  • He was an Independence activist, social reformer, and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave is best known for his “Bhoodan Movement”, and “Land-Gift Movement”. He was given the honorific title “Acharya” (“teacher”) and was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1958) for his humanitarian work.
20 Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan 1987
  • Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan is widely known as “Frontier Gandhi”, independence activist and Pashtun leader Khan was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He joined the Khilafat Movement in 1920 and founded Khudai Khidmatgar (“Red Shirt movement”) in 1929.
21 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).
22 B. R. Ambedkar 1990
  • B. R. Ambedkar was a social reformer and leader of the Dalits (Untouchables), B.R. Ambedkar was the Chief Architect of the Indian Constitution and also served as the first Law Minister of India.
  • Ambedkar predominantly campaigned against social discrimination with Dalits, the Hindu varna system.
  • He was associated with the Dalit Buddhist movement and accepted Buddhism as a religion along with his close to half a million followers on 14 October 1956.
23 Nelson Mandela 1990
  • Nelson Mandela was a leader of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa, Mandela was the President of South Africa (1994–99). He is often called as the “Gandhi of South Africa”, Mandela’s African National Congress movement was influenced by Gandhian philosophy. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
24 Rajiv Gandhi 1991
  • Rajiv Gandhi was the 9th Prime Minister of India serving from 1984 to 1989.
25 Vallabhbhai Patel 1991
  • Vallabhbhai Patel is widely known as the “Iron Man of India”,
  • He was an independence activist and the first Deputy Prime Minister of India (1947–50).
  • Post-independence, Sardar Patel (Leader) worked with V. P. Menon towards dissolving 555 princely states into the Indian Union.
26 Morarji Desai 1991
  • Morarji Desai was an Independence activist.
  • He was the 6th Prime Minister of India (1977–79).
  •  He is the only Indian national to be awarded the Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civilian award given by the Government of Pakistan.
27 Abul Kalam Azad 1992
  • Abul Kalam Azad was an Independence activist. He was India’s 1st Minister of Education and worked towards free primary education. He is widely known as “Maulana Azad” and his birthday on 11 November is observed as National Education Day in India.
28 J. R. D. Tata 1992
  • J. R. D. Tata was an industrialist, philanthropist, and aviation pioneer, Tata founded India’s first airline Air India. He is the founder of various institutes including Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Tata Memorial Hospital, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tata Motors, TCS, National Institute of Advanced Studies, and National Centre for the Performing Arts.
29 Satyajit Ray 1992
  • Satyajit Ray was having debuted as a director with Pather Panchali in 1955, Film-Maker Ray is credited with bringing world recognition to Indian cinema. In 1984, Ray was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema.
30 Gulzarilal Nanda 1997
  • Gulzarilal Nanda was an Independence activist. He was two times Interim Prime Minister of India (1964, 1966) and two times deputy chairman of the Planning Commission.
31 Aruna Asaf Ali 1997
  • Aruna Asaf Ali was an Independence activist. He 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 1st Mayor in 1958.
32 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 1997
  • Aerospace and Defense Scientist, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was involved in the development of India’s first satellite launch vehicle SLV III and was the architect of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
  • He worked for the Indian National Committee for Space Research, the Indian Space Research Organization, Defense Research and Development Laboratory and was appointed as the Scientific Advisor to the Defense Minister, Secretary to the Department of Defense Research and Development and Director General of the Defense Research and Development Organization.
  • Later, he served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.
33 M. S. Subbulakshmi 1998
  • M. S. Subbulakshmi was a Carnatic classical vocalist. She was often hailed as the “Queen of songs”, and was the 1st Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
34 Chidambaram Subramaniam 1998
  • Chidambaram Subramaniam is an Independence activist and former Minister of Agriculture of India (1964–66), Subramaniam is known for his contribution towards the Green Revolution in India. During the late 1970s, he worked for the International Rice Research Institute, Manila, and the International Maize and Wheat Research Institute, Mexico.
35 Jayaprakash Narayan 1999
  • Jayaprakash Narayan was an Independence activist, social reformer, and commonly referred to as “Lok Nayak” (“People’s Hero”), He is better known for the “Total Revolution Movement” or “JP Movement” initiated during the mid-1970s to “overthrow the corrupt and exploitative Congress Government”.
36 Amartya Sen 1999
  • Amartya Sen was the winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1998), He has done research on several topics including social choice theory, ethics and political philosophy, welfare economics, decision theory, development economics, public health, and gender studies.
37 Gopinath Bordoloi 1999
  • Gopinath Bordoloi was an Independence activist. He was the 1st Chief Minister of Assam (1946–50). His efforts and association with the Minister of Home Affairs, Vallabhbhai Patel were widely acknowledged while keeping Assam united with India when parts of it were to merge with East Pakistan.
38 Ravi Shankar 1999
  • Ravi Shankar was the winner of four Grammy Awards and is often considered “the world’s best-known exponent of Hindustani classical music”, sitar player Shankar is known for his collaborative work with Western musicians including Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison.
39 Bhimsen Joshi 2009
  • Bhimsen Joshi was a Hindustani Classical Vocalist, He was a disciple of Kirana gharana, an Indian musical school. He is widely known for the Khyal genre of singing with a “mastery over rhythm and accurate notes”.
40 Lata Mangeshkar 2001
  • Lata Mangeshkar is widely credited as the “Nightingale of India”, She started her career in the 1940s and has sung songs in over 36 languages. In 1989, Mangeshkar was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema.
41 Bismillah Khan 2001
  • Bismillah Khan was a Hindustani Classical Shehnai Player, He played the instrument for more than eight decades and is credited to have brought the instrument to the centre stage of Indian music.
42 C. N. R. Rao 2014
  • C. N. R. Rao was the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from 63 Universities including Purdue, IIT Bombay, and Oxford, chemist and professor.
  • He has worked prominently in the fields of Solid State and Materials Chemistry, Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure.
  • He has authored around 1600 research papers and 48 books.
43 Sachin Tendulkar 2014
  • Sachin Tendulkar played 664 international cricket matches in a career spanning over two decades.
  • He holds various cricket records including the only player to have 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.
44 Madan Mohan Malaviya 2015
  • Madan Mohan Malaviya was a scholar and educational reformer.
  • He was the founder of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha (1906) and Banaras Hindu University and served as the university’s vice-chancellor from 1919 to 1938.
  • He was the President of the Indian National Congress for four terms and was the Chairman of Hindustan Times from 1924 to 1946.
45 Atal Bihari Vajpayee 2015
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a parliamentarian for over four decades, Vajpayee was elected nine times to the Lok Sabha, twice to the Rajya Sabha and served as the Prime Minister of India for three terms; 1996, 1998, 1999–2004.
  • He was minister of External Affairs during 1977–79 and was awarded the “Best Parliamentarian” in 1994.
46 Pranab Mukherjee 2019
  • Pranab Mukherjee is an Indian politician who served as the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017.
  • He has been a senior leader in the Indian National Congress and has occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government of India.
  • Before he was elected President, he was Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012.
47 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 a member of RSS, a leader of the Bhartiya Jana Sangh and also a member of the Rajya Sabha.
  • He was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan in 1999.
  • India’s first Saraswati Shishu Mandir was established by him at Gorakhpur in 1950.
48 Bhupen Hazarika 2019
  • Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and filmmaker from Assam.
  • He is widely known as Sudhakantha. Before he got Bharat Ranta (India’s highest civilian award), he received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1975 and recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padmashri (1977), and Padmabhushan (2001), and also awarded with Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992).
49 Karpoori Thakur 2024
50 L K Advani  2024
51 P V Narshima Rao 2024
52 Chaudhary Charan Singh  2024
53 M S Swaminathan 2024

FAQ: Bharat Ratna Award Winners List from 1954 to 2024

What is the first highest civilian award in India?

Ans: Bharat Ratna is the Highest Civilian Award.

Who Won the Bharat Ratna Award in 2024?

Ans: A total of 5 Persons who be awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2024 By the PM Modi Government. They Are The Following.

  • Karpoori Thakur
  • L K Advani
  • P V Narshima Rao
  • L K Advani
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh
  • M S Swaminathan

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