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Karnataka Ratna

Karnataka Ratna
Type Civilian
Category General
Description Highest civilian honour of Karnataka
Instituted 1991
First awarded 1992
Last awarded 2009
Total awarded 9
Awarded by Government of Karnataka
First awardee(s) Kuvempu
Last awardee(s) Dr. Veerendra Heggade
Award rank
← none Rajyotsava Award →

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]


Kuvempu was the first recipient of this award for his contribution in the field of literature. Subsequently it has been awarded to Dr Rajkumar, S.Nijalingappa, C.N.R Rao, Bhimsen joshi, Sree Sree Shivakumara Swamiji, Dr. D Javare Gowda and Dr. Veerendra Heggade

S.No Name Birth / death Awarded Notes
1. Kuvempu 1904–1994 1992 Literature.
2. Dr Rajkumar 1929–2006 1992 Films
3. S. Nijalingappa [2] 1902–2000 1999 Politics
4. C. N. R. Rao [3] b. 1934 2000 Science
5. Dr Devi Prasad Shetty [4] b. 1953 2001 Medicine
6. Bhimsen Joshi 1922–2011 [5] 2005 Music
7. Sree Sree Shivakumara Swamiji [6] b. 1907 2007 Social Service
8. Dr. D. Javare Gowda [1] b. 1918 2008 Education, Literature
9. Dr. Veerendra Heggade [1] 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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