It is no secret that Punjab played a key role in making India what it is today – from the liberation struggle, to providing troops in the Indian army in large numbers (the second highest in all Indian counties), Punjab has always been at the forefront. a seat on India’s journey of progress. With that, we bring you 10 famous Punjab celebrities who have trained India today!
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Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri
The commander of the 23rd Army of the Indian Army, Brigadier Kuldip Singh Chandpuri was a decorated military officer who served in the Punjab Army during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. He was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) award for his heroic leadership in the Longewala War. He retired from the army as a brigadier.
India’s first IPS official, Kiran Bedi, is also the first woman to be appointed as a non-United Nations police adviser. She has won the President’s Police award, the United Nations award, and the Ramon Magsaysay award. Bedi contested the Delhi Assembly 2015 election as a CM member of the BJP against Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party but was defeated.
Sunil Mittal is an Indian business chairman, Founder, and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises. By 2009, Mittal had opened more than 200 schools and was named one of the world’s largest philanthropists. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2007.
The founder of the music label T-Series (Super Cassettes Industries Ltd.) now worth more than $ 500 million, Gulshan Kumar was also the producer of the Bollywood film & Artist. He was very popular among the Indian masses for his devoted songs. He was brutally murdered in 1997, allegedly by the D-company, which was a Bollywood terrorist group at the time.
Har Gobind Khorana
Born in Raipur in the Punjab province (now part of the Punjab, Pakistan), Had Gobind Khorana was an Indian-American biologist known for his work on Nucleic acid. Khorana won the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1968.
Born in Patiala, Rakesh Sharma was a pilot for the Indian Air Force. He is also the first Indian citizen to ever travel in space *. When former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi asked Sharma what India looked like in space, she excitedly replied, “Saare Jahan se accha, Hindustan Hamara.”
Born in Amritsar, Mohammad Rafi was one of Bollywood’s most popular and sought-after artists. Her songs ranged from her old numbers to patriotic songs, her mourners to the most romantic numbers, comics to the gazals and banners. During her career, she won six films, one National Award, Best Millennium Award winner, and Padma Shri. Besides Hindi, he also recorded songs in Assamese, Konkani, Bhojpuri, Odia, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Sindhi, Kannada, Gujarati, Telugu, Magahi, Maithili, Urdu, English, Persian, Spanish, and Dutch.
One of the most famous Hindi film directors, Yash Chopra was also a scriptwriter and filmmaker. He was the founder and Chairman of Yash Raj Films & Yash Raj Studios and is regarded as one of the leading filmmakers in the history of Hindi cinema. Known as the “King of Love” of Indian cinema, Chopra won 6 National Film Awards, 11 Film Awards, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, and Padma Bhushan during his long career.
Gulzar (Sampooran Singh Kalra)
Born in Dina, Punjab Province (Currently Pakistan) as Sampooran Singh Kalra and better known as Gulzar, is an Indian poet, songwriter, and film director who has written poems, interviews, and essays. He has won various awards, including the Slumdog Millionaire and Grammy Oscar. He also received the iPadma Bhushan, the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, and the Indian Indigenous Film Awards and Film Awards.
Outstanding economist and 13th Prime Minister of India from 2004-2014, Manmohan Singh was born in Gah, Punjab Province (present-day Pakistan). He worked for the League of Nations between 1966-1969. Before becoming Prime Minister, he served as the Chief Economic Adviser, Governor of the State Bank, and Head of the Indian Planning Commission. He holds a doctorate from various universities.
Born in Govindpura, Punjab Province (modern-day Pakistan), Milkha Singh was a former Indian athlete known as The Flying Sikh. Of the 80 races he has run, he has won an astonishing 77. He won 4 gold at the Asian Games and one at the Commonwealth Games, famous for missing the Bronze at the 1960 Rome Olympics in 1/10 Second. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1959
Born in Zirakpur, Punjab, Abhinav Bindra is the youngest Indian shooter to ever participate in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He also became the first Indian to win each gold medal at the Olympic Games. He also became the first and only Indian to hold both World and Olympic titles at the same time. He has won six gold medals for India and received the Arjuna Award, the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna and Padma Bhushan.
Yuvraj Singh is an Indian cricketer who was part of the Indian national team that won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 & 2011 Cricket World Cup. Yuvraj hit 6 Six in one over against England in 2007 at the World Twenty20, thus scoring 50 fast runs in 20 formats, in just 12 balls. Singh was awarded the Arjuna and Padma Shri medals.