Award Winners Bharat Ratna Winners List

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List of Bharat Ratna winners from every year the award has been given out. All Bharat Ratna winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Bharat Ratna award are listed along with photos for every Bharat Ratna winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Bharat Ratna award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Bharat Ratna are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Bharat Ratna winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Bharat Ratna winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known Bharat Ratna winners of all time. Anybody who won the Bharat Ratna usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Bharat Ratna-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Bharat Ratna, so most of the famous Bharat Ratna winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Bharat Ratna?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. Use this factual list to make a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion. List items include Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya, Govind Ballabh Pant and more. (41 items)

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A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, ...more

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Abul Kalam Azad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Abul Kalam Muhiyuddin Ahmed Azad was an Indian scholar and a senior political leader of the Indian independence movement. Following India's independence, he became the first Minister of ...more

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Amartya Sen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Amartya Kumar Sen is a Bangladeshi-born Indian economist and philosopher, who since 1972 has taught and worked in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has made contributions to welfare ...more

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Aruna Asaf Ali is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Aruna Asaf Ali, born Aruna Ganguly, was an Indian independence activist. She is widely remembered for hoisting the Indian National Congress flag at the Gowalia Tank maidan in Bombay during the ...more

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B. R. Ambedkar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Modern Buddhist Movement and campaigned against social ...more

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Bhagwan Das is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Bhagwan Das was an Indian Theosophist and public figure. For a time he served in the Central Legislative Assembly of British India. He became allied with the Hindustani Culture Society and was ...more

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Bhimsen Joshi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi; 4 February 1922 – 24 January 2011 was an Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition. He is known for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular ...more

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Bidhan Chandra Roy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Bidhan Chandra Roy, MRCP, FRCS was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal in India. He remained in his post for 14 years as an Indian National Congress candidate, from 1948 until his death in ...more

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C. Rajagopalachari is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, informally called Rajaji or C.R., was an Indian lawyer, independence activist, politician, writer and statesman. Rajagopalachari was the last Governor-General of ...more

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C. V. Raman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, FRS was an Indian physicist, born in the former Madras Province, whose ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for ...more

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Chidambaram Subramaniam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Chidambaram Subramaniam, was an Indian statesman. He was the man who ushered in an era of self-sufficiency in food production in India.

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Dhondo Keshav Karve is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Dr. Dhondo Keshav Karve, popularly known as Maharishi Karve, was a social reformer in India in the field of women's welfare. In honour of Karve, Queen's Road in Mumbai was renamed to Maharishi ...more

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Gopinath Bordoloi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Gopinath Bordoloi was a Prime Minister of undivided Assam before independence and later Chief Minister of the Indian state of Assam, and also a leading Indian independence activist. He was a ...more

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Govind Ballabh Pant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant was an Indian politician and an veteran independence activist. He was one of the foremost political leaders from Uttarakhand and of the movement to establish Hindi as ...more

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Gulzarilal Nanda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Gulzarilal Nanda was an Indian politician and Economist who specialized in labour issues. He was the Prime Minister of India for two short periods following the deaths of Jawaharlal Nehru in ...more

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Indira Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the fourth Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Indira Gandhi was the only child of the first Indian Prime ...more

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J. R. D. Tata is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Jamsetji Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata was a French-born Indian aviator and business tycoon. He was the Chairman of Tata Sons. He became India's first licensed pilot in 1929. In 1983, he was awarded the ...more

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Jawaharlal Nehru is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
awaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century. He emerged as the paramount leader of the Indian independence movement ...more

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Jayaprakash Narayan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Jayaprakash Narayan, popularly referred to as JP or Lok Nayak, was an Indian independence activist, social reformer and political leader, remembered especially for leading the mid-1970s ...more

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K. Kamaraj is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Kumarasami Kamaraj, better known as K. Kamaraj, was an Indian politician from Tamil Nadu widely acknowledged as the "Kingmaker" in Indian politics during the 1960s. He was the chief ...more

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Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Khān Abdul Ghaffār Khān, nicknamed as Bāchā Khān, Pāchā Khān, or Bādshāh Khān, was a Pashtun independence activist against the rule of the British Raj. He was a political and spiritual leader ...more

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Lal Bahadur Shastri is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Lal Bahadur Shastri was the Second Prime Minister of the Republic of India and a leader of the Indian National Congress party. Shastri joined the Indian independence movement in the 1920s. ...more

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Lata Mangeshkar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Lata Mangeshkar is an Indian singer, and occasional music-composer. She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India. Mangeshkar's career started in 1942 and has spanned ...more

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M. G. Ramachandran is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran, popularly known by his initials MGR, was an Indian film actor who worked primarily in Tamil films as an actor, director, producer, and politician who also served ...more

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M. S. Subbulakshmi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi, also known as M.S., was a renowned Carnatic vocalist. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour. She ...more

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Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Si... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo

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Mokshagundam Visvesvaray is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, KCIE was a notable Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. He is a recipient of the Indian Republic's highest honour, the ...more

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Morarji Desai is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Morarji Desai, was a notable Indian independence activist and the fifth Prime Minister of India from 1977 - 1979. He was also the first Prime Minister to head India's first non-Congress ...more

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Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, MC, commonly known as Mother Teresa, was a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary who lived most of her life in India. She was born in today's Macedonia, with ...more

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first ...more

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Pandurang Vaman Kane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Pandurang Vaman Kane Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane was a notable Indologist and Sanskrit scholar. He received India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1963 for his scholarly work that spanned more than 40 years of ...more

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Purushottam Das Tandon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Purushottam Das Tandon, was a freedom fighter from Uttar Pradesh in India. He is widely remembered for his efforts in achieving the Official Language of India status for Hindi. He was ...more

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Rajendra Prasad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the first President of the Republic of India. An Indian political leader, lawyer by training, Prasad joined the Indian National Congress during the Indian independence ...more

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Rajiv Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was the seventh Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, his mother, to become the ...more

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Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Ravi Shankar, his name often preceded by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician who was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century as well as a ...more

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967. One of India's most distinguished ...more

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Satyajit Ray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker. He is considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of ...more

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Ustad Bismillah Khan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Bismillah Khan, often referred to by the honorific title Ustad, was an Indian musician credited with popularising the shehnai, a subcontinental wind instrument of the oboe class. While the ...more

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V. V. Giri is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Varahagiri Venkata Giri, commonly known as V. V. Giri, was the fourth President of the Republic of India from 24 August 1969 to 24 August 1974. Born in Berhampur, Odisha, Giri completed his ...more

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Vallabhbhai Patel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel was an Indian barrister and statesman, one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. He was a social ...more

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Vinoba Bhave is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Bharat Ratna Winners List
Vinayak Narahari "Vinoba" Bhave was an Indian advocate of nonviolence and human rights. Often called Acharya, he is best known for the Bhoodan Movement. He is considered as a National ...more