Maharashtra Bhushan Award

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The Maharashtra Bhushan is a highest and prestigious award presented annually by the government of Maharashtra state in India.

When the Shivsena- BJP alliance came to power in 1995, it proposed to institute this award.The Mahrashtra Bhushan was first awarded in 1996. It was initially conferred in every years in the fields of Literature, Art, Sport, and Science. Later the fields of Social Work, Journalism, and Public Administration and Health Services were included. The award is presented for outstanding achievement in their field.

Prize and selection

At present, the award carries a cash prize of 10 lakh, a memento and citation.[1] The winners are selected by a committee appointed of the Government of Maharashtra.


The recipients of the Maharashtra Bhushan award are as follows

Year Name Image Field Ref.
1996 Purushottam Laxman Deshpande Literature [2]
1997 Lata Mangeshkar Lata Mangeshkar.jpg Arts, Music [3]
1999 Vijay Bhatkar VijayPBhatkar.jpg Science [4]
2001 Sachin Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar Autograph.jpg Sports [5]
2002 Bhimsen Joshi Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (cropped).jpg Arts, Music [6]
2003 Abhay and Rani Bang Dr. Abhay and Rani Bang 1.jpg Medical Services [7]
2004 Baba Amte Social Work [8]
2005 Raghunath Anant Mashelkar Ramesh Mashelkar Apr09.jpg Science [9]
2006 Ratan Tata RatanTata.jpg Public Administration [10]
2007 R. K. Patil Social Work [11]
2008 Nana Dharmadhikari Social Work [12]
2008 Mangesh Padgaonkar Padgaonkar2.jpg Literature [1]
2009 Sulochana Latkar Sulochana Devi at the Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Awards, 2010.jpg Art, Cinema [13]
2010 Jayant Narlikar Jayant Vishnu Narlikar - Kolkata 2007-03-20 07342.jpg Science [14]
2011 Dr. Anil Kakodkar Anil Kakodkar.JPG Science [14]
2015 Babasaheb Purandare Babasaheb Purandare Wax Statue.JPG Literature [15]


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  2. ^ "Pu La with Maharashtra Bhushan award". Hindu Vivek Kendra. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
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  6. ^ "Maharashtra Bhushan award for Bhimsen Joshi". The Times of India. 2002-04-27. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
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  8. ^ "Award for Baba Amte, Mashelkar". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2005-05-01.
  9. ^ "Biodata of Dr RA Meashelar". CSIR. Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  10. ^ "Chief Minister Speech" (PDF). Maharashtra Government. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  11. ^ "Maharashtra Bhushan award to be conferred posthumously on R K Patil". One India. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  12. ^ "`Maharashtra Bhushan' Award Presented to Spiritual Leader". Outlook India. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  13. ^ हा तर माझ्या घरचा आहेर! Maharashtra Times, Nov 30, 2009
  14. ^ a b Narlikar honoured with Maharashtra Bhushan Times of India,
  15. ^ "Purandare awarded "Maharashtra Bhushan"". Indian Express. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
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