Anupam Kher, ex-CAG Rai among Padma awardees

This year's list of Padma awards contain names of 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan and 83 Padma Shri awardees of the total 112.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 26, 2016 3:27 am
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Actor Anupam Kher, who in November last year led the ‘March for India’ rally in the capital against artistes who had returned their awards citing rising intolerance in the country, was on Monday awarded the Padma Bhushan. Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who also participated in the march, has been awarded the Padma Shri.

The list of Padma awardees announced by the NDA government on the eve of Republic Day has 10 Padma Vibhushans, 19 Padma Bhushans and 83 Padma Shris.

Actor Rajinikanth, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and media baron Ramoji Rao have been chosen for the Padma Vibhushan this year. Dhirubhai Ambani, founder of the Reliance empire, has also been awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously. Among the others who have been awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian award, are former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan, former DRDO chief V K Aatre, classical vocalist Girija Devi, eminent Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer Yamini Krishnamurthi, cancer specialist and chairperson of Adyar Cancer Institute Dr Viswanathan Shanta and Indian-American economist Avinash Dixit.

Among the 19 Padma Bhushan awardees this year are former CAG Vinod Rai, chairperson of media group Bennet, Coleman & Co. Indu Jain, tennis star Sania Mirza, badminton star Saina Nehwal, industrialist Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry and Maruti Suzuki chairman R C Bhargava.

Former US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill, architect Hafeez Contractor, singer Udit Narayan, spiritual leader late Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Tejomayananda, sculptor Ram V Sutar, scientist A V Rama Rao, gastroenterologist D Nageshwar Reddy, Sanskrit scholar N S Ramanuja Tatacharya, Punjabi journalist Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Manipuri theatre personality Heisnam Kanhailal and Hindi and Telugu writer Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad have also been picked for the Padma Bhushan.

Among those selected for the Padma Shri are special prosecutor in the 26/11 terror attack case Ujjwal Nikam, actors Priyanka Chopra and Ajay Devgn and S S Rajamouli. Actor Saeed Jaffrey has also been awarded the Padma Shri posthumously.

CEO of MasterCard Ajaypal Singh Banga, archer Deepika Kumari, Bharatanatyam dancer Prathibha Prahlad, Gujarati folk musician Bhikhudan Gadhvi, classical musician Tulsidas Borkar, academic Pushpesh Pant, scientist Onkar Nath Srivastava, NRI teacher, entrepreneur and former hedge fund analyst Salman Amin Sal Khan have also been named as Padma Shri awardees.

“This year, there was a deliberate attempt to have diverse representation in the list of awardees. There were four awardees each from SC, ST and OBC backgrounds, 19 women awardees, and 19 awardees under the NRI, PIO and foreigners categories. Except for six states, there were awardees from all other states,” a home ministry official said.

See full list:

Padma Vibhushan

Rajinikanth, Art (Cinema)
Late Dhirubhai Ambani, Trade & Industry
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Others, (Spiritualism)
Ramoji Rao, Literature & Education (journalism)
Jagmohan, Public Affairs
V K Aatre, Science & Engineering
Dr V Shanta, Medicine (Oncology)
Yamini Krishnamurthi, Art (Classical Dance)
Girija Devi, Art (Classical Vocal)
Avinash Dixit (Foreigner) Literature & Education

Padma Bhushan

Anupam Kher Art (Cinema)
Udit Narayan, Art (Playback Singing)
Vinod Rai, Civil Service
Indu Jain, Trade & Industry
Sania Mirza, Sports (Tennis)
Saina Nehwal, Sports (Badminton)
Late Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Others (Spiritualism)
Swami Tejomayananda, Others (Spiritualism)
Robert Blackwill (Foreigner), Public Affairs
Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry (NRI), Trade & Industry
R C Bhargava, Public Affairs
Hafeez Contractor, Others (Architecture)
Ram V Sutar, Art (Sculpture)
Heisnam Kanhailal, Art (Theatre)
Dr Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Literature & Education
Prof N S Ramanuja Tatacharya, Literature & Education
Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Literature & Education (Journalism)
Prof D Nageshwar Reddy, Medicine (Gastroenterology)
Dr A V Rama Rao, Science & Engineering

Padma Shri

Prathibha Prahlad, Art (Classical Dance)
Bhikhudan Gadhvi, Art (Folk Music)
Sribhas Chandra Supakar, Art (Textile Designing)
Ajay Devgn, Art (Cinema)
Priyanka Chopra, Art (Cinema)
Pt Tulsidas Borkar, Art (Classical Music)
Dr Soma Ghosh, Art (Classical Vocal)
Nila Madhab Panda, Art (Film Direction and Production)
S S Rajamouli, Art (Film Direction and Production)
Madhur Bhandarkar, Art (Film Direction and Production)
Prof M Venkatesh Kumar, Art (Folk Artist)
Gulabi Sapera, Art (Folk Dance)
Mamta Chandrakar, Art (Folk Music)
Malini Awasthi, Art (Folk Music)
Jai Prakash Lekhiwal, Art (Miniature Painting)
K Laxma Goud, Art (Painting)
Bhalchandra Dattatray Mondhe, Art (Photography)
Naresh Chander Lal, Art (Theatre & Cinema)
Dhirendra Nath Bezbaruah, Literature & Education
Prahlad Chandra Tasa, Literature & Education
Dr Ravindra Nagar, Literature & Education
Dahyabhai Shastri, Literature & Education
Dr Santeshivara Bhyrappa, Literature & Education
Haldar Nag, Literature & Education
Kameshwaram Brahma, Literature & Education (Journalism)
Prof Pushpesh Pant, Literature & Education (Journalism)
Jawaharlal Kaul, Literature & Education (Journalism)
Ashok Malik, (Literature & Education)
Dr Mannam Gopi Chand, Medicine (Cardio Thoracic Surgery)
Prof Ravi Kant, Medicine (Surgery)
Prof Ram Harsh Singh, Medicine (Ayurveda)
Prof Shiv Narain Kureel, Medicine (Paediatric Surgery)
Dr Sabya Sachi Sarkar, Medicine (Radiology)
Dr Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale, Medicine (Cardiac Surgery)
Prof T K Lahiri, Medicine (Cardio Thoracic Surgery)
Dr Praveen Chandra, Medicine (Cardiology)
Prof (Dr) Daljeet Singh Gambhir, Medicine (Cardiology)
Dr Chandrasekar Shesadri Thoguluva, Medicine (Gastroenterology)
Dr Anil Kumari Malhotra, Medicine (Homeopathy)
Prof M V Padma Srivastava, Medicine (Neurology)
Dr Sudhir V Shah, Medicine (Neurology)
Dr M M Joshi, Medicine (Ophthalmology)
Prof (Dr) John Ebnezar, Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery)
Dr Nayudamma Yarlagadda, Medicine (Paediatric Surgery)
Simon Oraon, Others (Environment Conservation)
Imitiaz Qureshi, Others (Culinary)
Piyush Pandey, Others (Advertising & Communication)
Subhash Palekar, Others (Farming)
Ravinder Kumar Sinha, Others (Wildlife Conservation)
Dr H R Nagendra, Others (Yoga)
M C Mehta, Public Affairs
M N Krishna Mani, Public Affairs
Ujjwal Nikam, Public Affairs
Tokheho Sema, Public Affairs
Satish Kumar, Science & Engineering
Dr Mylswamy Annadurai, Science & Engineering
Prof Dipankar Chatterji, Science & Engineering
Prof (Dr) Ganapati Dadasaheb Yadav, Science & Engineering
Prof Veena Tandon, Science & Engineering
Onkar Nath Srivastava, Science and Engineering
Sunita Krishnan, Social Work
Ajoy Kumar Dutta, Social Work
M Pandit Dasa, Social Work
P P Gopinathan Nair, Social Work
Madeleine Herman de Blic, Social Work
Srinivasan Damal Kandalai, Social Work
Sudhakar Olwe, Social Work
Dr T V Narayana, Social Work
Arunachalam Murugantham, Social Work
Deepika Kumari, Sports (Archery)
Sushil Doshi, Sports (Commentary)
Mahesh Sharma, Trade & Industry
Saurabh Srivastava, Trade & Industry
Dilip Sanghvi, Trade & Industry
Dr Keki Hormusji Gharda, Trade & Industry
Late Prakash Chand Surana, Art (Classical Music)
Late Shri Saeed Jaffrey (NRI), Art (Cinema)
Michael Postel (Foreigner), Art (Archaeology)
Salman Amin Sal Khan (NRI), Literature & Education
Hui Lan Zhang (Foreigner), Others (Yoga)
Predrag K Nikic (Foreigner), Others (Yoga)
Dr Sundar Aditya Menon (NRI), Social Work
Ajaypal Singh Banga (NRI), Trade & Industry