Karnataka is best known for its incredible waterfalls, magnificent landscapes, awe inspiring hills and truly mesmerizing rivers. Even though Karnataka has taken a big leap with regards to accepting and utilizing modern technology to better the lives of its citizens, the state still boasts of a rich cultural heritage which adds beautiful colors due to its vast diversity and also shows to the world that one can use the best of the best modern technology and yet remain connected with the roots. The state which has contributed in a big way towards the development of the country boasts of a few rare gems that have not only made the state proud but also made the nation proud by their amazing achievements.
Here are the 12 precious gems from Karnataka who by their immense contribution have made every Indian proud in the international arena:
Kodandera M. Cariappa
K M Cariappa was born on 28th January 1899 in Shanivarasanthe in the Coorg Province of British India, currently which is known as Madikeri. K M Cariappa is the First Indian Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army. The legend who served under the British and also independent India played a crucial role in turning an imperial army into a national army. The greatness possessed by this legend can be understood from the fact that he is among the only two Indian Army Officers to hold the highest rank of Field Marshal. He also made the country proud by leading the army in the right way and protecting the sovereignty of the country during the crucial phase after India’s Independence.
Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao
Born on 30th June 1934, C. N. R. Rao hails from Bengaluru. He is well known for his work in solid-state and structural chemistry. Rao has honorary doctorates from 60 universities, has authored around 1500 research papers and published over 45 scientific books. Mr. Rao is also honored with Bharath Ratna in 2014, country’s highest civilian award, making him the third scientist after C.V. Raman and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to receive the award.
She was born on 4th November 1929 in Bengaluru and breathed her last on 21st April 2011 in Bengaluru. Shakuntala Devi was popularly known as the ‘Human Computer’ due to the amazing speed with which she solved mathematical problems of any nature. One such amazing incident was when she took only 50 seconds to calculate 23rd root of a 201 digit number. It is interesting to note that it had taken 4 minutes for the professor to write the problem on the board, and Univac Computer took more than a minute to figure out the answer. This amazing lady made the country proud when her name was included in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman
K. Laxman was born in Mysore on 21st October 1925 and breathed his last on 26th January 2015 in Pune. Mr. Laxman was an Indian Cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He was best known and much loved by people all over the country for his creation the Common Man and his daily cartoon strip, “You Said It” in one of the leading newspapers. He was called as “Pied Piper of Delhi” by his followers and also his critics. This magician with a pen from Karnataka was honored with Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism for his amazing contribution in the field.
Born on 10th June 1955, Prakash Padukone is a former Indian Badminton Player from Karnataka who won numerous laurels for the country. He hails from a small village, Padukone, in the Udupi District. He is the first shuttler from India to win the men’s singles title at All England Championship and has also won two bronze medals at Asian Games and a gold medal at Common Wealth Games. He has also made the country proud by winning the Danish Open, Swedish Open, Dutch Open and Hong Kong Open. He is one among those sportspersons who have inspired the next generation to take up sports as a career. For his immense contribution to the sport, he was honored with Arjuna Award and Padma Shri.
Nagavara Ramarao Narayan Murthy
Born on 20th August 1946, Narayan Murthy hails from Sidlaghatta in the Kolar District of Karnataka. He is the co-founder of Infosys, which employs over 1.8 lakh people with a market capitalization of over 2.26 trillion as of September 2017. He is rightly referred to as ‘Father of Indian IT Industry’ who served as the CEO of Infosys from 1981 to 2002 and as the chairman from 2002 to 2011. He is listed as one among the 12 great entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune Magazine.
Rahul Dravid who was born on 11 January 1973 is a former Indian cricketer and former captain and is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket with over 24,000 international runs. Often hailed as ‘The Wall’ by the opponent team, he is currently serving as the Coach of Indian U19 team. He has been honored with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan for his immense contribution to the field of cricket.
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad is the actual name of Rajnikanth. He was born on 12th December 1950 and has worked briefly as a conductor in BMTC buses in Bengaluru. He is the only Indian actor to be featured in CBSE Syllabus. NDTV has honored him as one of the “25 Greatest Global Living Legends”. He has also been honored with Padma Bhushan in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2016 for his immense contribution to cinema.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was born in Kozhikode but was raised and brought up in Bengaluru. He is one among the thousands of army men who bravely fought the Kargil War of 1999 bringing glory to the country by protecting its sovereignty. He was the topper in the “Ghatak Course” which is widely regarded as one of the most difficult courses of the Army. He is remembered by a billion hearts for his bravery during the Taj Attack of 26/11.
Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi was a legendary Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition who hailed from Karnataka. He was well known as the vocalist in Hindustani Classical Tradition and also for the khayal form of singing. He is widely recognized for his performance in Mile Sur Mera Tumhara video (1988) which begins with him. He is a National Film Award Winner and also the winner of Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan. He was also awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 2009.
Anil Kumble is the former Indian Cricketer and has also captained the side successfully. He has had a long career of 18 years in which he has given innumerable moments of joy to his fans and followers of Indian Cricket Team. Anil has claimed 619 wickets in test cricket, 337 wickets in ODIs and 45 wickets in Indian Premier League, making him the third highest wicket taker of all time. He is only the second bowler in the history of cricket to claim 10 wickets in an innings and what makes the performance makes it more joyful is the fact that it came against arch rivals – Pakistan. He has also served as the coach of Indian Cricket Team and has been awarded the Arjuna Award and Padma Shri Award.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
This miss world, who was born on 1st November 1973, hails from Mangalore, Karnataka. She has made the country by winning the Miss World Pageant in 1994. She has been referred to as the “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” and has been awarded Padma Shri in 2009 and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by Government of France in 2012.
Karnataka which boasts of natural beauty and also a rich heritage has been made proud not only by its physical richness but also by the kind of humans it has been able to produce over the years who have gone to excel in their particular fields making the state and the country proud through their journey.