List of “Bharat Ratna”-Award Recipients From 1954 Till Date

List of “Bharat Ratna”-Award Recipients From 1954 Till Date

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The “Bharat Ratna” Award is the highest Civilian Award in India. The Award was established on 2nd January 1954 by the first  President of India  Babu Rajendra Prasad along with the following 3 “Padma Awards”:

  • Padma Vibhusan
  • Padma Bhusan
  • Padma Shri


Bharat Ratna Award

The Following is the List of “Bharat Ratna”-Award Recipients-  From the Year 1954 Till Date::-

1954 (6):


Dr. S.Radhakrishnan was a Philosopher from Tamilnadu. He had been the First Vice President of India and the Second President of India. His birthday (5th September) is commemorated as “Teachers’ Day”.



Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari is known as ‘Rajaji’. He was an Indian Freedom Fighter from Tamilnadu. Rajaji was the last Governor General of British India.

Raja Gopalachari

3.SIR C.V.RAMAN ( 1888–1970)

Sir C.V.Raman was a Physicist from Tamilnadu.Sir C.V.Raman

1955 (1):-
4. DR.BHAGAVAN DAS  (1869–1958)
Dr.Bhagavan Das was a Man of Literature and an  Indian  Freedom Fighter  belonging to Uttar Pradesh
Dr.Bhagavan Das


Dr. Visvesvarayya was a Diwan of the Princely State of Mysore -Karnatak. He was an Indian  Civil Engineer &  Dam Architect,

Sir M.Visvesvaraya

 6. PANDIT JAWAHARLAL NEHRU (1889–1964)- The First Prime Minister of India and an Indian  Freedom Fighter and  Writer belonging to Uttar Pradesh

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
1956: None
1957 (1):
7. MR. GOVIND BALLBH PANT  (1887–1961)- An Indian Freedom Fighter and Home Minister of Indian Union belonging to Uttar Pradesh, now Uttarakhand
Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant

1958 (1):
8. DHONDO KESHAV KARVE (1858–1962) –An Educationist and a Social Reformer belonging to Maharashtra- Awarded Bharata Ratna in his birth centenary year 1958


1959 and1960: None
1961 (2):
9. DR.B.C.ROY (1882–1962)_ A Physician, Politician and Former Chief Minister of West Bengal belonging to West Bengal

Dr. B.C.Roy

10. MR.PURUSHOTTAM DAS TANDON  (1882–1962)- An Indian- Freedom Fighter and an   Educationist belonging to Uttar Pradesh


1963 (3):
11. DR. BABU RAJENDRA PRASAD  (1884–1963)- The first President of India, a Freedom Fighter and a Jurist belonging to Bihar

Babu Rajendra Prasad

12. DR ZAKIR HUSSAIN (1897–1969)-Former President of India and a Scholar  belonging to Andhra Pradesh

Dr. Zakir Hussain

13.  MR. PANDURANG VAMAN KANE  (1880–1972)- Ideologist and Sanskrit scholar   belonging to Maharashtra


1964 and 1965: None
1966 (1):

14. LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI (1904–1966)–The Second Prime Minister of India a Freedom Fighter belonging to Uttar Pradesh- Awarded Posthumously

Lal Bahadur Shastri

From 1967 To 1970:  None
1971 (1):

15. MRS. INDIRA GANDHI(1917–1984)- Former and the first and the only Lady Prime Minister of India/Daughter of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, belonging to Uttar Pradesh

Indira Gandhi

From 1972 To 1974: None
1975 (1):

16. MR.V.V.GIRI  (1894–1980)- Former President- Trade Unionist originally belonging to Orissa /Oddisha-  (Born in Orissa /Odissha and later settled in Tamilnadu after his 21st year of age)


1976 (1):

17. MR.K.KAMARAJ (1903–1975)–A Freedom Fighter-Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu belonging to Tamil Nadu – Awarded Posthumously 


1977 To 1979:None
The ‘Bharat  Ratna” award  had been  kept suspended by the Government of  India,from  13th July 1977 to 26th January 1980.

1980 (1):
18 . MOTHER TERESA 1910–1997)- A Nobel Laureate (For Peace, 1979) A foreigner belonging to the Republic of Macedonia-  dedicated to the Sick people of India especially for those who were affected by Leprosy

Mother Teresa

1981 and 1982: None
1983 (1):
19. ACHARYA VINOBA BHAVE (1895–1982)– A Social  Reformer and a Freedom Fighter belonging to Maharashtra-Awarded Posthumously

Vinoba Bhave

From 1984 To 1986:- None
1987 (1):
20. MR.KHAN ABDUL GHAFFAR KHAN / “Frontier Gandhi“, (1890–1988)-

The first non-citizen awarded Bharata Ratna- A Freedom Fighter belonging to Pakistan

Frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

1988 (1):
21. MR.M.G.RAMACHANDRAN /MGR (1917–1987)- -Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu- Popular Cinema Actor belonging to Tamil Nadu- Awarded Posthumously 

Puratchi Thalaivar M.G.R.

1990 (2):
22. DR.B.R.AMBEDKAR (1891–1956)- An Architect who  played a key role in the formation of the Indian Constitution, a Social Reformer, Economist and Scholar belonging to Maharashtra-

Awarded Posthumously-


23.  DR. NELSON MANDELA (1918-2013) –  The Second non-citizen and the first non-Indian awarded Bharat  Ratna- A Leader of Anti-Apartheid movement belonging to South Africa

Nelson Mandela
1991 (3):
24. MR.RAJIV GANDHI (1944–1991)- – Former Prime Minister of India/Son of Mrs.Indira Gandhi/Grand-son of  Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru- belonging to New Delhi –Awarded Posthumously
Rajiv Gandhi

25. SARDAR VALLBHBHAI PATEL(1875–1950)- An Indian  Freedom  Fighter and the First Home Minister of India belonging to Gujarat-Awarded Posthumously-

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
26. MR. MORARJI DESAI  (1896–1995)- A Former Prime Minister of India  and an Indian  Freedom
Fighter belonging to Gujarat. He was the First Ever Non-Congress Prime Minister of India.

Morarji Desai
1992 (3):
27 MR.MAULANA ABDUL KALAM AZAD  (1888–1958) – AFreedom Fighter and the First Education Minister of India belonging to WestBengal-Awarded Posthumously
Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad
28. MR..J. R. D. TATA (1904–1993)- An Industrialist and a philanthropist  belonging to Maharashtra
29. MR.SATYAJIT RAY  (1922–1992)- A popular Bengali -Film Director-An Oscar Award-winner
Satyajit Ray

From 1993 To 1996: None
1997 (3):
30.   DR.A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM ( 1931-2015) -A Former President of India- Atomic Scientist belonging to Tamil Nadu

A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

31. MR.GULZARLAL NANDA  (1898–1998)-An Indian  Freedom Fighter and a former(Acting) Prime Minister of India belonging to Punjab

Gulzarilal Nanda

32.  MS.ARUNA ASAF ALI (1908–1996) An Indian  Freedom Fighter belonging to West Bengal-Awarded Posthumously

Aruna Asaf Ali

1998 (2):

33 .MRS.M.S.SUBBULAKSHMI  (1916–2004)- A Carnatic music vocalist  belonging to Tamil Nadu

34. MR. CHIDAMBARAM /C.S. (1910–2000)- An Indian  Freedom Fighter and former Indian Union Minister of Agriculture – belonging  to Tamil Nadu

35 MR. JAYAPRAKASH NARAYAN  (1902–1979)- A Freedom -Fighter and a Social Reformer belonging to Bihar- Awarded Posthumously
Jayaprakash Narayan

Recipients of 1999 (3):

36 . PANDIT RAVI SHANKAR  (1920-2012) A Classical-Sitarist  belonging to Uttar Pradesh.

Pandit Ravi Shankar

37.  DR. AMARTYA SEN ( Born in 1933 ) An Indian Economist  and a Nobel Laureate ( For Economics, 1998),-belonging to West Bengal

Dr.Amartya Sen
38.  MR. GOPINATH BORDOLOI (1890–1950)– An Indian freedom  fighter belonging to Assam- Awarded Posthumously
Gopinath Bordoloi

2001 (2):

39.  MS.LATA MANGESHKAR ( Born in 1929)  A Hindi -Cinema-Play back Singer belonging  to Maharashtra

Lata Mangeshkar

40.  USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN  (1916-2006)- A Classical Shehnai- Maestro belonging to Bihar

Ustad Bismillah Khan

From 2002 To 2007:None
2008 (1):

41PANDIT BHIMSEN GURURAJ JOSHI (1922-2011)  A Hindustani classical vocalist belonging to Karnataka.

From 2009 To 2012: None
42.  MR. SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR  (Born in the year 1973)- Indian Sports Person / Cricketer


43.  DR.C.N.RAO – Indian Chemist- the man behind India’s maiden ‘Mars’-Mission 


44)  MR.ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE  (Born on 24th December 1924-) 90 years old, former Prime Minister of India.

45)  MR.MADAN MOHAN MALAVIAYA (1861-1946)- Indian politician and the founder of Banaras Hindu University / BHU- Awarded posthumously



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31 Responses to "List of “Bharat Ratna”-Award Recipients From 1954 Till Date"

  1. I salute all The 41 Indian freedom fighter and including three foreigner , who recived the highest civilian award of India ,called gem of India. and I have a great regard to all of them . mother Theresa and Mrs.Indira Gandhi ,both are my idol lady .i have a great regard for all of them for art, liturature and,science and social work.
    Santosh Sharma

  2. One family has been awarded three (3) Bharat Ratna by the Govt. of India in the past years; Nehruji, Indiraji, Rajivji. Remaining two (alive) Soniaji and Rahulji also deserve for the award due to Gandhian Family, pl do'nt forget.

  3. Congress Govt had not been fair with the countrymen . The real gems of this country Dr B R Ambedkar and Sardar Patel should have been considered for this award in the early fifties immdiately after 26th January 1950 .

  4. I salute who received Bharat ratna awards,I always think why this award not given to our Sri. Sri.shivakumara swamiji siddaganga mutt tumkur.for social service. i am waiting for that….


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