In recognition of excellence

Pragna Puraskar

Honoring eminent personalities has been Pragna Bharati's wont for over 15 years. Each year, an eminent person, who carved a niche and made yeoman contribution to the country, is given the coverted Pragna Puraskar.

The list of the recipients is rich and varied, drawn from various streams of national life.

The Recipients

Pragna Puraskar Awardees

Shri Rajiv Malhotra

Infinity Foundation

Rajiv Malhotra Rajiv Malhotra is a prominent author, thinker, entrepreneur and leading voice in the Indian diaspora community. He is known for his compelling and thought-provoking ideas on Indian spirituality, culture, and philosophy and their interaction…

Dr.Varaprasada Reddy

Chairman, Shanta Biotech

Dr. K I Varaprasad Reddy is the Founder and currently, the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Shantha Biotechnics Pvt Ltd. An electronics engineer by profession, Dr. Reddy established the company in 1993 with the sole purpose of developing…

Dr. RVSS Avadhanulu

Founder, Vedabharathi

Dr.RVSS Avadhanulu did his M.Sc.(Nuclear Physics) from Andhra University(1969,First class), M.A. (Sanskrit) from Osmania University (1999, Distinction), M.A(Jyotisha). from PS Telugu University (2002, First class), Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Osmania University (2005), and Ph.D. in Jyotisha from PS Telugu…

Shri Ramalinga Raju

Founder, Satyam Computers

Founder and Chairman of Satyam Computer Services Ltd; Chosen as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Services in 1999 Ramalinga Raju is one of the pioneers of the Information Technology industry in India. He is the founder…

Prof. P. Sriramachandrudu

Eminent Sanskrit Scholar

Dr. Pullella Sriramachandrudu (24 October 1927 – 24 June 2015) was an Indian scholar of Vedanta, Vyakarana and Alankara Sastra and a prolific writer of Sanskrit and Telugu literature. He was widely credited with several books in Sanskrit and…

Dr. Padma Subramaniam

Classical Dancer

Born to K. Subrahmanyam and Meenakshi, Padma Subrahmanyam (Director, Nrityodaya, Chennai, India) is acclaimed as a rare combination of a dancer, research scholar, choreographer, music composer, singer, teacher, author, Indologist and one of the most outstanding artistes of today.…

Shri MVR Sastry

Editor, Andhra Bhoomi Daily

Shri M.V.Kamath

Eminent Journalist

Madhav Vittal Kamath (7 September 1921 – 9 October 2014) was an Indian journalist and broadcasting executive, and the chairman of Prasar Bharati. He worked as the editor of The Sunday Times for two years from 1967 to 1969, as Washington correspondent for The Times of India from…

Dr. Kota Harinarayana

Eminent Scientist

Dr. Kota Harinarayana was born in Berhampur, Orissa, in 1943 and graduated from BHU in Mechanical Engineering. He did his post-graduation in Aero Engineering at IISc, Bangalore. He did his Ph.D. at IIT Bombay. He also holds a Bachelor’s…

Dr. Kasturi Rangan

Eminent Scientist

Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan has steered the Indian Space programme gloriously for over 9 years as Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, of Space Commission and Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Space, before laying down…

Prof Kasi Reddy Venkat Reddy is a scholar in Telugu literature and served as Head of Department, Telugu literature, Osmania University. He has over 40 years of teaching experience and guided over 24 PhD’s and 14 M.Phils. He has…

Dr. JS Rajput


J. S. Rajput is known for his contributions in reforms in school education and teacher education and institutional management. Appointed full Professor of Physics at the age of 31 years, in July 1974, he was the Principal of the…

Shri Francois Gautier

Senior Journalist

François Gautier was political correspondent in South Asia for 10 years for Le Figaro, France’s largest daily. He is now the editor-in-chief of the Paris-based La Revue de l’Inde, published by Les Editions de l’Harmattan ( François has written…

Dr. Garikapati Narasimha Rao

Eminent Telugu Scholar

Garikapati Narasimha Rao is a literary performer and religious orator from Andhra Pradesh, commonly called Telugu Avadhani in Telugu dialect. Avadhanis are widely respected in the society for their extreme abilities to memorize beyond normal human capabilities. Garikapati Narasimha…

Dr. Anji Reddy

Founder, Reddy Labs

Dr. K. Anji Reddy, Founder and Chairman of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement in Health award in the Asian Voice Political & Public Life Awards for 2012 at London for his lifetime commitment to medical research, and…