President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Padma Awards on 47 recipients

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Padma Awards on 47 recipients

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma awards on 47 of this year’s 112 recipients at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The remaining winners are likely to be conferred the honour on March 16.

The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian awards of the country, is conferred in three categories — the Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Shri.

The Padma Vibhushan, which is India’s second highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna, was conferred to

♦ folk artist Teejan Bai,

♦ Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh,

♦ Larsen & Toubro chairperson Anil Manibhai Naik, and

♦ writer and theatre personality Balwant Moreshwar Purandare.

The Centre announced 14 recipients for the Padma Bhushan and 94 people for the Padma Shri award, this year.

Padma Bhushan:

♦ John Chambers (Trade and Industry-Technology)

♦ Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (Public Affairs)

♦ Pravin Gordhan (Public Affairs, South Africa)

♦ Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati (Trade and Industry-Food Processing)

♦ Darshan Lal Jain (Social Work)

♦ Ashok Laxmanrao Kukade (Medicine-Affordable Healthcare)

♦ Kariya Munda (Public Affairs)

♦ Budhaditya Mukherjee (Art, Music-Sitar)

♦ Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair (Art, Acting, Film)

♦ S Nambi Narayan (Science and Engineering-Space)

♦ Kuldip Nayar (Literature and Education – posthumous)

♦ Bachendri Pal (Sports-Mountaineering)

♦ V K Shunglu (Civil Service)

♦ Hukumdev Narayan Yadav (Public Affairs)

Padma Shri:

Notable Padma Shri awardees include actor Manoj Bajpayee, footballer Sunil Chhetri, choreographer and director Prabhu Deva, cricketer Gautam Gambhir, singer Shankar Mahadevan and freestyle wrestler Bajrang Punia.

Actor Kader Khan will be awarded the Padma Shri posthumously.