Rajinikanth among 56 honoured with Padma awards

Rajinikanth, Aatre, Rao, renowned vocalist Girija Devi and chairperson of Cancer Institute V Shanta were given Padma Vibhushan.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 13, 2016 2:15 am
President Pranab Mukherjee presents Padma Bhushan to Bollywood actor Rajinikanth at Padma Awards 2016 function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday. Express photo by Renuka Puri President Pranab Mukherjee presents Padma Bhushan to Bollywood actor Rajinikanth at Padma Awards 2016 function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday. Express photo by Renuka Puri

South Indian superstar Rajinikanth, tennis ace Sania Mirza, former US Ambassador Robert D Blackwill and actor Priyanka Chopra were among the 56 people honoured with Padma awards on Tuesday.

Among those who were conferred the civilian honours by President Pranab Mukherjee were former DRDO chief V K Aatre, chief editor of Telugu daily Eenadu Ramoji Rao, philanthropist Indu Jain, chairman of Maruti Suzuki India R C Bhargava, singer Udit Narayan and lawyer Ujjwal Nikam.

Rajinikanth, Aatre, Rao, renowned vocalist Girija Devi and chairperson of Cancer Institute V Shanta were given Padma Vibhushan.

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Bhargava, Jain, Blackwill, Mirza, Narayan, Manipuri playwright Heisnam Kanhailal, noted Telugu and Hindi litterateur Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, teacher of Vedanta Dayananda Saraswati (posthumous), leading sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar, Indologist N S Ramanuja Tatacharya and International head of Chinmaya Mission Swami Tejomayananda were honoured with Padma Bhushan.

Chopra, Nikam, former President of Editors Guild of India Dhirendra Nath Bezboruah, renowned novelist from Karnataka S L Bhyrappa, Puducherry-based social worker Madeleine Herman de Blic, president of Bodo Sahitya Sabha Kameswar Brahma were among the 40 eminent persons who were given the Padma Shri.

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