First Awardees 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 recipient of Bhartiya Jnanpith awardG Sankara Kurup
1st recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award for EnglishRK Narayan

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
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 woman to receive the Ashoka ChakraNeerja Bhanot (1987)
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 Indira Gandhi Award for International Justice and HarmonyYasser Arafat (1992)
1st recipient of Outstanding Parliamentarian AwardShri Chandrashekhar (1995)
1st recipient of Gandhi Peace Prize (Govt of India Award)Julius Nyerere (1995)
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