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Last 10 Bharat Ratnas awarded

  • Bhimsen Joshi

    The country is seeing fingers being raised by political parties, dishing out their own nominations for the highest civilian award, after Sachin Tendulkar was promptly nominated for the Bharat Ratna on his retirement day. We take a look at the last 10 awardees. Bhimsen Joshi, hindustan classical singer, was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2008.

  • Bismillah Khan

    Bismillah Khan, Hindustani classical shehnai player, was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2001

  • Lata Mangeshkar

    Lata Mangeshkar, also called the nightingale of India, was awarded in the same year as Bismillah Khan, in 2001.

  • Amartya Sen

    Amartya Sen, Economist, was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1999.

  • Pandit Ravi Shankar

    Pandit Ravi Shankar, renowned sitar player, was awarded the Bharat Ratna in the same year as Amartya Sen, in 1999.

  • Jayaprakash Narayan

    Jayaprakash Narayan, independent activist and politician, was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1999. Gopinath Bordoloi, independent activist, former CM of Assam, was also given the Bharat Ratna in the same year.

  • M. S. Subbulakshmi

    M. S. Subbulakshmi, carnatic classical singer, was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1998. Chidambaram Subramaniam, independent activist, interim Prime Minister, was also awarded the highest civilian awarded in the same year. While, Aruna Asaf Ali, independent activist, was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1997.

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