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Awarded for Eminent personality from the field of art, music, culture, science, industry, social service, or sports in a special public function
Sponsored by PunyaBhushan Foundation, Pune
Location Pune Maharashtra, India
First awarded 1989
Last awarded 2015
Total awarded 23

The Punyabhushan award (Marathi: पुण्यभूषण, translation: Jewel of Pune) is awarded every year to an eminent personality from the field of art, music, culture, science, industry, social service, or sports in a special public function in the city of Pune Maharashtra, India.

The award is announced every year by the Punyabhushan Foundation on 23 March with a view to commemorate the memory of Indian revolutionary martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru.

List of awardees

The following persons have received Punyabhushan Awards.

Year Name Field of Work
1989 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Music
1990 Dr Dinkar Kelkar Culture
1991 Shantanurao Kirloskar Industry
1992 Dr. Banoo Coyaji Social Service
1993 P. L. Deshpande Literature
1999 Pratap Godse[1] Social service
2000 Chandu Borde[2] Sport
2001 Jayantrao Tilak[3] Industry
2002 Dr. Jabbar Patel[4] Culture
2009 S. B. Mujumdar[5] Social Service
2010 Dr. R.C. Dhere[6] Medicine
2011 Dr. H.V. Sardesai[7] Medicine
2012 Nirmala Purandare[8] Social Service
2013 Sudhir Gadgil Journalism
2015 Pratap Govindrao Pawar[9]


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  3. ^ "Pune's Pride - Before 19th Century". PuneDiary.com. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Jabbar Patel to get Punyabhushan award". The Times of India. 12 Dec 2002. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Padma Bhushan Dr. S. B. Mujumdar (M.Sc. Ph.D.) - Distinguished Academician & Educationist". Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Punyabhushan award for Dr R C Dhere". SakalTimes. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Punyabhushan award for H V Sardesai". The Times of India. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Purandare to continue to work for rural women, kids". SakalTimes. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  9. ^ "President of India presents Punyabhushan Award to Shri Pratap Pawar". Press Information Bureau. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2016.

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