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List of Bharat Ratna Awardees

S.No Name
Birth / death
Awarded
Notes
Indian state or country of origin

1. Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 9.Dr. B. C. Roy


1888–1975 1882–1962
1954 1961
Second President, First Vice President, Physician, Politician, Former Chief Minister
Philosopher. of West Bengal
Tamil Nadu West Bengal

2. Chakravarti Rajagopalachari 10.Purushottam Das Tandon


1878–1972 1882–1962
1954 1961
Last Governor-General, Freedom Fighter. Freedom Fighter, Educationist
Tamil Nadu Uttar Pradesh

3. Sir C. V. Raman 11.Dr. Rajendra Prasad


1888–1970 1884–1963
1954 1962
Nobel-prize winning Physicist First President, Freedom Fighter, Jurist
Tamil Nadu Bihar

4. Bhagwan Das 12.Dr. Zakir Hussain


1869–1958 1897–1969
1955 1963
Literature, Freedom Fighter Former President, Scholar.
Uttar Pradesh Andhra Pradesh

5. Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya 13.Pandurang Vaman Kane


1861–1962 1880–1972
1955 1963
Civil Engineer, Dam Architect, Diwan of Indologist and Sanskrit scholar
Princely state of Mysore Maharashtra
Karnataka
14.Lal Bahadur Shastri
6. Jawaharlal Nehru 1904–1966
1889–1964 1966
1955 Posthumous, Second Prime Minister,
First Prime Minister, Freedom Fighter, Freedom Fighter
Author. Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
15.Indira Gandhi
7.Govind Ballabh Pant 1917–1984
1887–1961 1971
1957 Former Prime Minister
Freedom Fighter, Home Minister Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh (now Uttarakhand)
16.V. V. Giri
8.Dhondo Keshav Karve 1894–1980
1858–1962 1975
1958 Former President, Trade Unionist.
Educationist, Social Reformer, Awarded in Andhra Pradesh
his birth centenary year.
Maharashtra 17.K. Kamaraj
1903–1975
1976 1991
Posthumous, Freedom Fighter, Chief Former Prime Minister, Freedom Fighter.
Minister-Tamil Nadu. Gujarat
Tamil Nadu
27.Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
18.Mother Teresa 1888–1958
1910–1997 1992
1980 Posthumous, Freedom Fighter, First
Nobel Laureate (Peace, 1979). Education Minister of India
Republic of Macedonia West Bengal

19.Acharya Vinoba Bhave 28.J. R. D. Tata


1895–1982 1904–1993
1983 1992
Posthumous, Social Reformer, Freedom Industrialist and philanthropist.
Fighter. Maharashtra
Maharashtra
29.Satyajit Ray
20.Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan 1922–1992
1890–1988 1992
1987 Film Director ,Oscar winner
First non-citizen, Freedom Fighter. West Bengal
Pakistan
30.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
21.M. G. Ramachandran b. 1931
1917–1987 1997
1988 Former President, Scientist.
Posthumous, Chief Minister-Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu
Actor.
Tamil Nadu 31.Gulzarilal Nanda
1898–1998
22.B. R. Ambedkar 1997
1891–1956 Freedom Fighter, former Prime Minister.
1990 Punjab
Posthumous, Architect-Indian
Constitution,Social Reformer, Economist 32.Aruna Asaf Ali
and Scholar 1908–1996
Maharashtra 1997
Posthumous, Freedom Fighter.
23.Nelson Mandela West Bengal
b. 1918
1990 33.M. S. Subbulakshmi
Second non-citizen and first non-Indian, 1916–2004
Leader of Anti-Apartheid movement. 1998
South Africa Carnatic music vocalist.
Tamil Nadu
24.Rajiv Gandhi
1944–1991 34.Chidambaram Subramaniam
1991 1910–2000
Posthumous, Former Prime Minister 1998
New Delhi Freedom Fighter, Minister of Agriculture
(Father of Green revolution).
25.Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Tamil Nadu
1875–1950
1991 35.Jayaprakash Narayan
Posthumous, Freedom Fighter, First Home 1902–1979
Minister of India. 1998
Gujarat Posthumous, Freedom Fighter, Social
Reformer.
26.Morarji Desai Bihar
1896–1995
36.Pandit Ravi Shankar
b. 1920
1999
Classical sitar player.
Uttar Pradesh

37.Amartya Sen
b. 1933
1999
Nobel Laureate (Economics, 1998),
Economist.
West Bengal

38.Gopinath Bordoloi
1890–1950
1999
Posthumous, freedom fighter
Assam

39.Lata Mangeshkar
b. 1929
2001
Play back singer.
Maharashtra

40.Ustad Bismillah Khan


1916-2006
2001
Classical Shehnai Maestro
Bihar

41.Pandit Bhimsen Joshi


b. 1922
2008
Hindustani classical vocalist
Karnataka