Karnataka Ratna

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Karnataka Ratna
Awarded for Highest civilian honour of Karnataka
Sponsored by Government of Karnataka
First awarded 1992
Last awarded 2009
Total awarded 9
First winner Kuvempu
Last winner Veerendra Heggade

Karnataka Ratna (Kannada: ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರತ್ನ) is the highest civilian honour of the State of Karnataka. It is awarded to a person for his extraordinary contribution in any field. It was constituted in the year 1992 [1] by the Government of Karnataka. There have been a total of 9 recipients of this award.

The Award

The Award comes with a gold medal weighing 50 gm, a citation, a memento and a shawl. [1]


S.No Name Image Birth / death Awarded Notes
1. Kuvempu Kuvempu1.jpg 1904–1994 1992 Literature
2. Rajkumar 1929–2006 1992 Cinema, Music
3. S. Nijalingappa [2] Snijalingappa.jpg 1902–2000 1999 Politics
4. C. N. R. Rao [3] CNRrao2.jpg b. 1934 2000 Science
5. Devi Shetty [4] Devi Shetty.jpg b. 1953 2001 Medicine
6. Bhimsen Joshi Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (cropped).jpg 1922–2011 [5] 2005 Music
7. Shivakumara Swami [6] 1-HPIM7335.JPG b. 1907 2007 Social Service
8. Javare Gowda [1]  – 1918–2016 2008 Education, Literature
9. Veerendra Heggade [1] Veerendra Heggade 01.JPG b. 1948 2009 Social Service, Philanthropic work


  1. ^ a b c d Karnataka Ratna award for Javara Gowda, Veerendra Heggade
  2. ^ A home of mementoes
  3. ^ Karnataka Ratna for CNR Rao
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Karnataka declares day’s mourning to condole Joshi's death
  6. ^ Siddaganga seer receives Karnataka ratna

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