First Awardees of Various Awards


First Recipients of Various Awards

BHARAT RATNA
1st Indian to be awarded the Bharat RatnaC Rajagopalachari
1st Bharat Ratna Awardee to become the President of IndiaDr. S. Radhakrishnan
1st person to be awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumouslyLal Bahadur Shastri
1st Scientist to be awarded the Bharat RatnaCV Raman
1st and only Industrialist to be awarded the Bharat RatnaJRD Tata
1st woman to be awarded the Bharat RatnaMrs. Indira Gandhi
1st sportsperson to be awarded the Bharat RatnaSachin Tendulkar
LITERARY AWARDS
1st Indian to be awarded the Nobel prize in literatureRabindranath Tagore
1st recipient of Bhartiya Jnanpith awardG Sankara Kurup
1st recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award for EnglishRK Narayan
1st person to receive Nobel prize for English literatureRudyard Kipling
1st Indian to receive the Booker prize (British citizen)Salman Rushdie
1st Indian woman (and also first Indian citizen) to receive the Booker prizeArundhati Roy
1st Indian to receive the Pulitzer prize (Reporting category)Gobind Behari Lal


SPORTS AWARDS
1st recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna AwardViswanathan Anand
1st woman recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna AwardKarnam Malleshwari
1st recipient of Dhyanchand Lifetime Achievement Award Aparna Ghosh
1st cricket player to be awarded the Arjuna AwardSalim Durrani
AWARDS IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCE
1st Indian scientist to be awarded the Nobel prizeCV Raman
1st person to receive Nobel prize for PhysicsWilliam K Roentgen
1st woman to receive the Nobel prizeMadame Curie (1903)
GALLANTRY AWARDS
1st winner of Param Vir ChakraMajor Somnath Sharma
1st and only Air Force person to receive the Param Vir ChakraFlying Officer Nirmaljit Shekhon
1st and only woman to receive the Ashoka ChakraNeerja Bhanot (1987)
FOREIGN AWARDS
1st Indian to be awarded the Nishan-e-PakistanMorarjee Desai
1st Indian to be awarded Magsaysay AwardVinoba Bhave
FILM AWARDS
1st winner of Dadasaheb Phalke AwardDevika Rani
1st winner of Filmfare best actor awardDilip Kumar
1st winner of Filmfare best actress awardMeena Kumari
1st Hindi film to win the National film AwardMirza Ghalib (1954)
1st film to win the Best Film Academy Award (Oscar) Wings (1927-28)
OTHER AWARDS
1st recipient of Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International UnderstandingU Thant (1965)
1st recipient of Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and DevelopmentParliamentarians for Global Action(1986)
1st recipient of Outstanding Parliamentarian AwardShri Chandrashekhar (1995)
1st recipient of Gandhi Peace Prize (Govt of India Award)Julius Nyerere (1995)
1st recipient of World Food Prize instituted By Norman Borlaug (Father of Green Revolution)MS Swaminathan (Father of Green Revolution in India ), 1987
1st recipient of Communal Harmony Award (Individual)Asghar Ali Engineer, 1997
1st recipient of Communal Harmony Award (Organisation)Quami Ekta Trust, 1997
1st recipient of Tagore Award for Cultural HarmonyPt. Ravi Shankar, 2012
1st Asian recipient of Hoover Medal (America's prestigious award for outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity)APJ Abdul Kalam, 2008
1st recipient of VK Krishna Menon Award (instituted by London based VK Krishna Menon Foundation)Former CJI KG Balakrishnan