Karnataka has given as many as 3 Bharat Ratnas to the country as of date.
Here below are Bharat Ratna awardees from the state of Karnataka.
- 1955 - M. Visvesvaraya - A Civil engineer, statesman, and Diwan of Mysore (1912–18), Visvesvaraya was a Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire. His birthday, 15 September, is observed as "Engineer's Day" in India.
- 2009 - Bhimsen Joshi - A Hindustani classical vocalist from Karnataka, Joshi was a disciple of Kirana gharana, an Indian musical school. He is widely known for the Khyal genre of singing with a "mastery over rhythm and accurate notes".
- 2014 - C. N. R. Rao - The recipient of Honorary Doctorates from 63 Universities including Purdue, IIT Bombay, Oxford, chemist and professor Rao has worked prominently in the fields of Solid State and Materials Chemistry, Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure. He has authored around 1600 research papers and 48 books.