The Tagore Award is an award given in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) for cultural harmony. Established in 2011 by Government of India, it is given for outstanding achievement in fostering harmony and universalism and values of cultural harmony especially in conflict or extreme situations through innovative systems/strategies and which have an enduring and transformational impact.[1] This award carries an amount of Rupees One Crore (ten million rupees, convertible to foreign currency), a Citation in a Scroll, a Plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.[1] The first award was given in 2012 to Pandit Ravi Shankar by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee.[2] Ravi Shankar died before he could receive the award which was received by his wife Sukanya Shankar.[3]

Music conductor Zubin Mehta received the Tagore Award For Cultural Harmony for the year 2013 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.[4] On 6 September 2013, President of India Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Tagore Award 2013 to Zubin Mehta at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.[5]


Indicates a posthumous award for that year

Tagore Award for 2019 is given to Yohei Sasakawa, goodwill ambassador of World Health Organization.

S.No. Year Recipient Image Birth / death Country Description
1 2012 Pandit Ravi Shankar[3]
1920–2012 India India Hindustani classical composer
2 2013 Zubin Mehta[4]
1936– India India Western classical conductor
3 2014 Rajkumar Singhajit Singh[6]
1931– India India The doyen of Manipuri dance
4 2015 Chhayanaut 1961– Bangladesh Bangladesh A cultural organization of Bangladesh
5 2016 Ram V. Sutar[7] 1925– India India Prime architect of Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world
6 2020 Raj Kamal Jha India India For book "The city of the sea".[8]


  1. ^ a b Code of Procedure for the Tagore Award
  2. ^ Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar to get Tagore award Zee News, 6 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b Tagore award for Ravi Shankar
  4. ^ a b "Zubin Mehta to get Tagore Award". The Hindu. 11 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Zubin Mehta awarded with Tagore Award 2013 for Cultural Harmony". Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Tagore Awards for Cultural Harmony". 26 October 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Statue of Unity sculptor Ram Sutar to be conferred presitigous [sic] Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony". 26 October 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Raj Kamal Jha wins Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020 for The City and the Sea". The Indian Express. 7 December 2020. Retrieved 28 January 2021.