President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma awards to 47 prominent and inspiring personalities, including nine from sports. Among the sports stars to receive the honours are wrestler Bajrang Punia, cricketer Gautam Gambhir, football captain Sunil Chhetri.
Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri, Bajrang Punia among the eight sports stars to be honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri Awards while mountaineer Bachendri Pal was on Friday conferred with the Padma Bhushan.
While 43 people will receive the awards on Monday, the rest of the awardees, including actors Rajinikanth and Priyanka Chopra and tennis player Sania Mirza, will be given the honour at a separate function to be held next month.
National Award winning filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda of "I Am Kalam" fame, who has been chosen for the prestigious Padma Shri, said the honour will inspire him to work in the direction of making more films on the country's pertinent issues.