Comprehensive List of Bharat Ratna Award Winners Since 1954

Explore the List of Bharat Ratna Award Winners from 1954 to 2024: Celebrating Excellence in India. Since its establishment in 1954, the Bharat Ratna has been India’s highest civilian honor.

Bharat Ratna 2024 Award Winners:

The Bharat Ratna award, established in 1954, stands as India’s most esteemed civilian honor. It is bestowed upon individuals for their outstanding contributions to public service and exceptional achievements across various fields such as literature, science, and art.

Eligibility for the Bharat Ratna is open to individuals of any occupation, gender, or status. Each year, a maximum of three individuals are honored with this prestigious award, presented by the President of India. Notably, the Bharat Ratna is also conferred posthumously, with 16 recipients having been honored in this manner thus far.

Bharat Ratna 2024 Award Winners List (1954-2024)

The Bharat Ratna award has been bestowed upon 48 individuals, with 17 of them being honored posthumously. Below is a list of all the recipients of the Bharat Ratna award, along with their significant contributions to society.

 Bharat Ratna 1954C. RajagopalachariActivist, statesman, and lawyer
 Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan India’s first Vice-President and second President
C. V. RamanPhysicists, mathematicians, and scientists
 Bharat Ratna 1955Bhagwan DasActivist, philosopher, and educationist
M. VisvesvarayaCivil engineer, statesman, and Diwan of Mysore
Jawaharlal NehruActivist and author served as the Prime Minister of India
Bharat Ratna 1957Govind Ballabh PantActivist and first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Bharat Ratna 1958Dhondo Keshav KarveSocial reformer and educator
Bharat Ratna 1961Bidhan Chandra RoyPhysician, political leader, philanthropist, educationist, and social worker
Purushottam Das TandonActivist and speaker of the United Provinces Legislative Assembly
Bharat Ratna 1962Rajendra PrasadActivist, lawyer, statesman, and scholar
Bharat Ratna 1963Zakir HusainActivist, economist, and education philosopher served as a Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University and the Governor of Bihar
Pandurang Vaman KaneIndologist and Sanskrit scholar, known for his five-volume literary work
Bharat Ratna 1966Lal Bahadur ShastriActivist and served as the second Prime Minister of India
Bharat Ratna 1971Indira Gandhi First women Prime Minister of India
Bharat Ratna 1975V. V. GiriTrade Unionist
Bharat Ratna 1976K. KamarajIndependence activist and statesman, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Bharat Ratna 1980Mother Teresa Catholic nun and the founder of the Missionaries of Charity.
1983Vinoba Bhave Activist, social reformer, and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi
Bharat Ratna 1987Khan Abdul Ghaffar KhanFirst noncitizen, independence activist
Bharat Ratna 1988M. G. RamachandranActor turned politician, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Bharat Ratna 1990B.R. AmbedkarSocial reformer and leader of the Dalits
Nelson MandelaLeader of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa, President of South Africa
Bharat Ratna 1991Rajiv GandhiGandhi was the ninth Prime Minister of India serving from 1984 to 1989.
Vallabhbhai PatelActivist and first Deputy Prime Minister of India
Morarji DesaiActivist, and Prime Minister of India
Bharat Ratna 1992Abul Kalam AzadActivist and first Minister of education
J. R. D. TataIndustrialist, philanthropist, and aviation pioneer
Satyajit RayDirector, filmmaker, writer, novelist
Bharat Ratna 1997Gulzarilal NandaActivist, and interim Prime Minister of India.
Aruna Asaf AliActivist
A.P.J Abdul KalamAerospace and defense scientist
Bharat Ratna 1998M. S. SubbulakshmiCarnatic classical vocalist
Chidambaram SubramaniamActivist and former Minister of Agriculture of India
Bharat Ratna 1999Jayaprakash Narayan Activist, and social reformer
Amartya SenEconomist
Gopinath BordoloiActivist
Ravi ShankarMusician, sitar player
Bharat Ratna 2001Lata MangeshkarSinger
Bismillah KhanHindustani classical shehnai player
Bharat Ratna 2009Bhimsen JoshiHindustani classical vocalist
Bharat Ratna 2014C. N. R. Rao Chemist and professor, author
Sachin TendulkarCricketer
Bharat Ratna 2015Madan Mohan MalaviyaScholar and educational reformer.
Atal Bihari BajpayeeElected nine times to the Lok Sabha, twice to the Rajya Sabha, and served as the Prime Minister of India for three terms.
Bharat Ratna 2019Pranab MukherjeeIndian politician, and senior leader in the Indian National Congress.
Nanaji DeshmukhA social activist from India, education, health, and rural self-reliance.
Bhupen Hazarika Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet, and filmmaker from Assam.
Bharat Ratna 2024 (Posthumously)Karpoori ThakurA renowned socialist leader and former Chief Minister of Bihar
Bharat Ratna 2024Lal Krishna AdvaniA Veteran Bhartiya Janta Party Leader
Bharat Ratna 2024PV Narsimha RaoFormer Prime Minister
Bharat Ratna 2024Chaudhary Charan SinghA former Prime Minister who supported the agricultural sector and upheld the rights of the farmers.
Bharat Ratna 2024MS SwaminathanFather of Green Revolution

Bharat Ratna 2024 Award Winners Name

Only three Bharat Ratna awards are granted per year. As per the constitution, recipients cannot use “Bharat Ratna” as a prefix or suffix to their name. Awardees receive a certificate, known as a sanad, signed by the President, along with a medal.

The medal, shaped like a peepal leaf, measures 5.8 cm in length, 4.7 cm in width, and 3.1 mm in thickness. Crafted from bronze, the medal features an embossed image of the sun, measuring 1.6 cm in diameter, on one side. The reverse side of the medal showcases the national emblem and the country’s motto in Devnagri script.

Who is the first person to receive Bharat Ratna Awards in 1954

In the historic year of 1954, the first Bharat Ratna award, was awarded to politician C. Rajagopalachari, philosopher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, and scientist CV Raman. This distinguished recognition marked a significant moment in India’s cultural and intellectual landscape, celebrating individuals who had made profound contributions to the nation’s development and global standing.

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Bharat Ratna Award Winner 2024

Karpoori Thakur, a prominent socialist leader and former Chief Minister of Bihar, is slated to receive the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor, posthumously. This announcement coincides with the eve of his 100th birth anniversary, adding to the significance of the occasion.

Joining the ranks of Bharat Ratna awardees for the year 2024 is Lal Krishna Advani. Prime Minister Narendra Modi disclosed on 3rd February 2024 that Lal Krishna Advani, the seasoned leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will be honored with this prestigious award. The acknowledgment of Advani’s contributions marks a notable moment in Indian politics and public life.

The Bharat Ratna, a symbol of India’s highest honor, will recognize the outstanding achievements of three remarkable individuals whose endeavors have left an indelible mark on the nation. Former Prime Ministers PV Narasimha Rao and Chaudhary Charan Singh, alongside renowned agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan, are set to be conferred with this prestigious award, underscoring their unparalleled dedication to India’s progress and development.

Who is the Youngest Recipient of Bharat Ratna Award

Sachin Tendulkar holds the distinction of being the youngest recipient of the Bharat Ratna award in India. At the age of 40, he was honored with this prestigious accolade in 2014. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time, Tendulkar’s contributions to the sport have solidified his status as a legendary figure in the annals of cricketing history.

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Who is the Oldest Recipient of Bharat Ratna Award

Dhondo Keshav Karve holds the distinction of being the oldest recipient of the Bharat Ratna Award. A revered social reformer, he was honored with this prestigious accolade on his 100th birthday in the year 1958. Karve’s lifelong dedication to social causes and his significant contributions to India’s societal progress earned him this esteemed recognition at an advanced age, marking a profound moment in the nation’s history.

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