Republic Day 2016: Dhirubhai Ambani, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Rajinikanth in Padma list

Eminent personalities from across the fields of sports, entertainment and public service are to be awarded the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2016 6:28 pm
Padma Awards, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Shri awards, Republic day, Anupam Kher, Saina Nehwal Eminent personalities from across the fields of sports, entertainment and public service are to be awarded with the Awards.

Superstar Rajinikanth, founder of the Reliance empire late Dhirubhai Ambani, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and media baron Ramoji Rao have been chosen for Padma Vibhushan, country’s second highest civilian award, this year. Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan, former DRDO chief V K Aatre, cancer specialist and chairperson of Adyar Cancer Institute Dr V Shanta and eminent Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancer Yamini Krishnamurthi and classical vocalist Girija Devi and Indian-American economist Avinash Dixit have also been named for Padma Vibhushan on the occasion of this year’s Republic Day celebrations.

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Noted actor Anupam Kher, singer Udit Narayan, former CAG Vinod Rai, chairperson of media group Bennett, Coleman & Co Indu Jain, sports star Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal, spiritual leaders late Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Tejomayananda and former US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill are among the 19 eminent people chosen for Padma Bhushan.

Industrialist Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, Maruti Suzuki chairman R C Bhargava and eminent architect Hafeez Contractor also figure in the list of Padma Bhushan awardees.

Renowned sculptor Ram V Sutar, Manipuri theatre personality Heisnam Kanhailal, Hindi and Telugu writer Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Sanskrit scholar N S Ramanuja Tatacharya, Punjabi journalist Barjinder Singh Hamdard, gastroenterologist D Nageshwar Reddy and scientist A V Rama Rao have been chosen for Padma Bhushan.

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Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, who was the prosecution counsel in the Mumbai terror attack case, actors Ajay Devgn and Priyanka Chopra get Padma Shri.

Actor, the late Saeed Jaffrey, CEO of MasterCard Ajaypal Singh Banga, archer Deepika Kumari, Bharatanatyam dancer Prathibha Prahlad, Gujarati folk musician Bhikhudan Gadhvi, Goa’s musician Tulsidas Borkar and scientist Onkar Nath Srivastava were among those who were named for Padma Shri awards.

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    Am.Baniya.brahmin
    Jan 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm
    It is best to give all awards to AMBANI. That way he cannot return the awards.
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      FekuSarkar
      Jan 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm
      INDIA is a country of snake and babas, oh forgot to mention IT and all sports etc... Cua its BJP in power
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        FekuSarkar
        Jan 25, 2016 at 4:54 pm
        Sri sri Baba, after PK movie?? This ducking Moody is Feku..... Sri sri Baba, wtf, give to all Babas u mf...
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          JJ
          Jan 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm
          Anupam Kher awarded a higher award than Priyanka Chora or Ajay Devgn? Is it because the two bit actor is older or for the tolerance match he led? His inclusion demeans these awards.
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            JJ
            Jan 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm
            Is Swami Dayanand Saraswati - the Founder of Arya Samaj being awarded posthumously or is this another person? And if it is indeed the Arya Samaj Founder then he is in the same category is Anupam Kher and ranked lower that the man called Sri Sri Ravi ... Since I'm not sure I shan't say it's repellent sick lowest act of this government
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              amakant
              Jan 25, 2016 at 10:59 am
              Everyone on the list is totally deserving. Good choice.
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                anuj khanijau
                Jan 25, 2016 at 10:18 am
                Roots of this country have always rested in spirituality which has led to its blossoming. It is heartening to see that this is finally being recognized through awards to spiritual leaders as well. While the West is picking up spiritual education from India, it is time that we start internally recognizing its value.
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                  Ashutosh
                  Jan 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm
                  Congratulations
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