New Delhi, March 11: Padma Award-President Ramnath Kovind presented 55 Padma Awards of 112 Padma Awards on Monday, including one Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and 46 Padmashri.
Among those who get respect, is the d0ctor couple and other respected winners included. Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian honour, was received by the theatre personality and writer Balwant Moreshwar Purandare.
Apart from the late journalist-writer Kuldeep Nayyar, in the other categories, Padma awards were awarded to Prabhu Deva, Shankar Mahadevan and late actor Kader Khan.
According to a statement issued from Rashtrapati Bhavan, the award for the doctor Jodi Ravindra and Smita Kolhe was counted as a Padmashri.
The award was given in a special program organized in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
This time there are four Padma Vibhushan award winners.
Padma Bhushan Award
India’s third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan Awarded to Punjab politician and Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, former CEO of Cisco, John Chambers, Chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, Malayalam film actor Vishwanathan Mohanlal and former Lok Sabha Speaker Karia Munda.
MP Hukumdev Narayan Yadav and sitar player Budhaditya Mukherjee are among those who are honoured with Padma Bhushan. Kuldeep Nayyar’s award was accepted by his wife Bharti.
Awardees – Padma Shri awardees include Table Tennis player Achanta Sharat Kamal, Wrestler Bajrang Punia, chess player Harika Dronavalli, Doctor Ilyas Ali and Mammen Chandy, architect Bimal Patel, archaeologist Dilip Kumar Chakravarty, educationist Ganpat I. Patel, spiritual guru Bangaru Adigalar, Mithila painting artist Godavari Dutt, social workers – Muktaben Pankajkumar Dagali, Rajini Element Bulu Imam, Bihar MLA Bhagirathi Devi, Karnataka involving music Kdamputharamdom Gopalan Thntri Jayan as well as former foreign secretary’s. Jayashankar was also involved.
The remaining winners will be honoured later in a ceremony.
Among the award recipients, 21 women, 11 foreigners / non-resident Indians / persons of Indian origin / Overseas citizens of India, one transgender, three were awarded posthumously.
Awards were given in Art, Social Work, Public Affairs, Science and Engineering, Trade and Industry, Medical, Literature and Education, Sports, and Civil Services etc.