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Awards & Honours


National Awards

Bharat Ratna : The award is given for exceptional work for advancement of art, literature & science and in recognition of public service of the highest order. 

The decoration is in the form of a Peepal leaf about 5.0 cm long, 4.7 cm wide and3.1 mm thick. It is of toned bronze. On the reverse is embossed a replica of the Sun, Below the words Bharat Ratna are embossed in Hindi. The emblem, the sun and the rim are of Platinum. The inscriptions are in burnished bronze. 

The following have received this award so far:

Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan 1954
Chakravarti Rajagopalachari1954
Dr. Chandrashekhar Venkatraman1954
Dr. Bhagwan Das1955
Dr. Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya1955
Jawaharlal Nehru1955
Govind Ballabh Pant1957
Dr. Dhondo Keshave Karve1958
Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy1961
Purushottam Das Tondon1961
Dr. Rajendra Prasad1962
Dr. Zakir Hussain1963
Dr. Pandurang Vaman Kane1963
Lal Bahadur Shashtri 1966
Mrs. Indira Gandhi1971
Varahgiri Venkatgiri1975
Kumaraswami Kamaraj1976
Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu(Mother Teresa)1980
Acharya Vinoba Bhave1983
Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan1987
Marudu Gopalan Ramachandran1988
Dr. Bhim Rao Ramji Ambedkar1990
Dr. Nelson Rolihlala Mandela1990
Rajiv Gandhi1991
Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel1991
Morarji Ranchhodji Desai1991
Maulan Abul Kalam Azad1992
Jahangir Ratanji Dadabhai Tata1992
Satyajit ray1992
Mrs. Aruna Asaf Ali1997
Gulzari Lal Nanda1997
Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam1997
Maduri Shanmukhavadivu1998
Chindambaram Subramaniam1998
Jayprakash Narain1999
Gopinath Bordoloi1999
Amartya Sen1999
Pandit Ravi Shankar1999
Ustad Bismillah Khan2001
Lata Mangeshkar2001

Padma Vibhushan:  The award is given for exceptional and distinguished services in any field including services rendered by government servants.


The decoration is circular in design with a geometrical pattern superimposed on the circle. The diameter of the circular portion is 4.4 cm and the thickness about 0.6 mm. On the obverse, there is a lotus flower embossed in the circular space. The word “Padma”is embossed in Hindi above and the word Vibhushan below the lotus flower. On the reverse are state emblem and the motto in Hindi. It is of toned bronze. The inscription “Padma Vibhushan” on the obverse, the geometrical pattern on either side and the border around periphery are in burnished bronze. All embossing on either side of decoration is in white gold.

2000 Recipients

Mr. R.K. Narayan, 

Dr. Manohar Singh Gill,

Dr. K. Kasturirangan,

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, 

Pandit Jasraj 

Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan, 

Mr. Sikander Bakht,

Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati 

Prof. K. N. Raj,

Swami Ranganathananda 

Shri Kelucharan Mohapatra, 

Mr. M. Narsimham, 

Mr. B.D. Pande,

Mr. Tarlok Singh 

Mr. Krishen Behari Lall,

2003 Recipients

 B.R. Nanda 

 Bhrihaspati Dev Triguna 

 Sonal Mansingh 

Kazi Lhendup Dorji

Padma Bhushan: The award is given for distinguished service of a high order in any field including service rendered by government servants.

It has the same design as Padma Vibhushan. On the obverse the word “Padma”Appears above and the word “Bhushan” below the lotus flower. The inscription “Padma Bhushan” on the obverse, the geometrical pattern on either side and the border around periphery are in burnished bronze. All embossing on either side of decoration is in standard gold.

2004 Recipients

    • Alarmel Valli, dancer
    • Lt. Gen. Bijoy Nandan Shahi, doctor
    • Hanumantha Rao, writer(Telugu)
    • Madurai Seshagopalan, Carnatic vocalist
    • Rajam, violinist
    • Poornima Arvind Pakvasa, social worker (Gujarat)
    • Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari
    • Gopi Chand Narang
    • Krishna Srinivas
    • Vishnu Prabhakar
    • Komal Kothari, musician
    • Govindarajan Padmanabhan, scientist
    • Sardara Singh Johl, scientist
    • Sankar
    • Antony
    • Yoshiro Mori, former Japanese prime minister
    • Soumitra Chatterjee, Bengali film director and actor
    • Kamath, journalist

Padma Shree: The award is given for distinguished service in any field including service rendered by government servants.

The name of the decoration is embossed in Hindi with the word “Padma”above and the word “Shree” below the lotus flower on the obverse. The word “Padma Shree” on the obverse,the geometrical pattern on the either side and the border around the periphery are in burnished bronze. All embossing on the either side of the decoration is in stainless steel.


2004 Recipients


Gallantry Awards

Param Veer Chakra
The highest decoration for valour is the Param Vir Chakra which is awarded for the most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of enemy,whether on land, at sea or in the air. 

Mahaveer ChakraMahavir Chakra is the second highest decoration and is awarded for acts of conspicuous gallantry in the presence of enemy, whether on land, at sea or in the air.

Vir ChakraVir Chakra is the third in the order of award given  for act of gallantry in the presence of enemy, whether  on land, at sea or in the air.

Ashok ChakraThe medal is awarded for the most conspicuous bravery or some daring or prominent act of valour or self sacrifice on land, at sea or in the air,during peace time.

Kirti ChakraThe medal is awarded for conspicuous gallantry .

Shaurya ChakraThe decoration is awarded for an act of gallantry.

Param Vishist Seva Medal;
Ati Vishist Seva Medal;
Vishist Seva Medal
The Vishishta Seva Medals are awarded to personnel of all three services in recognition of the “most exceptional””exceptional” and “high” order respectively.

Other National Awards

Name Category

Aditya Vikram Birla Kalashikhar Puruskar

Artist in the field of visual and performing arts for lifetime achievement.

Arjuna AwardsOutstanding Performance in the field of Sports.

Dr. B.C. Roy Memorial Awards

Work in the field of Medicine by Medical Council of India.

B.D. Goenka AwardExcellence in Journalism.

Best Parliamentarian Award

For best all round performance as parliamentarian.

Best Tourist Friendly National Park Award

This award has been instituted by Union Ministry of Tourism.

Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad AwardsWriters in different Indian Languages

Bhartiya Jnanpith AwardThe award is given to any Indian writer in any of the 18 languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. It is given for outstanding contribution to creative writing in a specified period of 15 years but excluding the five years immediately preceding the year.

Bhaskara AwardThe award is instituted to recognize the outstanding work done by scientist in the field of Remote Sensing. Instituted by Indian Society of Remote Sensing.

Bhuwalka AwardThe award is given by Saurabh Academy of Music and Dance to a Classical Guru every year.


Borlaug AwardThe award is given annually to an Indian Scientist for making a significant contribution in any area relating to agriculture and food security, besides environmental awareness and its contribution to sustainable development.

C.K. Nayadu AwardPerformance in Cricket.

Chameli Devi Jain Journalism AwardIn the field of Journalism. For the year 2001 Katch Mahila Vikas Vikas Sangathan was conferred this award.

Chandrashekhar Saraswati National Eminence Award

The award was instituted by South Indian Education Society, Mumbai.

CSIR Technology AwardsBest contribution in the field of technology.

Dada Saheb Phalke AwardContribution in the field of Cinema.

Dronacharya AwardEminent coaches who have successfully trained international sports persons and teams.

Earnest & Young Entrepreneur AwardEntrepreneur with best achievements for life time and start ups.

Economic Times AwardFor  Corporate Excellence.

Exim Bank AwardFor Business Excellence, perseverance and excellent teamwork.

Filmfare AwardsBest performance in Indian Cinema

Gujar Mal Modi AwardBest Scientist of the year for outstanding contribution to research resulting in new innovative technology.

Guru Kelucharan Mahopatra AwardExtraordinary contribution to the world of performing arts.

Hafiz Ali Kahn AwardUnmatched contribution in the field of Music.

Iqbal SammanCreative writing in Urdu literature.

Jeevan Gaurav PuruskarFor immense contribution to Indian Culture.


KK Birla Foundation Awards for sports

Recognize and honor the sports persons for their outstanding performance.

Kabir PuruskarFor recognizing acts of physical and moral courage displayed by member of a cast, community and ethnic group in saving the life and property of other cast. 

Kalidas SammanEminent personalities in the field of classical music, classical dance, visual arts and theater for their outstanding achievements.

M.A. Thomas National Human Rights Award

For significant contribution in the field of human rights.

Messenger of Harmony Award

Services to promote amity and harmony.

National Awards in StatisticsGiven in recognition of a lifetime contribution to the statistical system in the field of Applied Statistics/ Economics every alternate year.

Prani Mitra AwardSignificant contribution towards animal welfare.

Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna AwardPreservation and enrichment of India’s multifaceted cultural heritage.

Sahitya Academy AwardsContribution to Literature.

Saraswati SammanCountry’s highest literary honour.

Tansen AwardCountry’s highest award in the field of classical music.

Vachaspati PuruskarBest sanskrit work published in last 10 years.

Vyas SammanOutstanding literary work authored by an Indian citizen published during the last 10 years.

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