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Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the 2019 Padma awards, one of the highest civilian honors, on March 11. The awards were given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service).

Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar's wife receiving the Padma Bhushan (posthumous) from President Ramnath Kovind in New Delhi. Among the 112 awardees, 21 of the awardees were women, 11 persons from the category of foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI; there were three posthumous awardees and one transgender person. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

Wrestler Bajrang Punia was conferred with the Padma Shri award by President Ramnath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The award seeks to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

Percussionist Anandan Sivamani receiving the Padma Shri award from President Ramnath Kovind. The remaining awardees are likely to be conferred the honour at another function to be held on March 16.(Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

PM Narendra Modi greets LK Advani and other leaders at the Padmaa award ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

Renowned dancer and filmmaker Prabhu Deva receiving the Padma Shri award from President Ramnath Kovind in a function held on March 11. The awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

Actor Mohanlal receiving the Padma Shri award from President Ramnath Kovind in New Delhi. After receiving the award, the actor told ANI, "It's a great honour. It's a great achievement as an individual, as an actor. It's my 41st year in the movie industry." (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

Musician Shankar Mahadevan was also among those who received their Padma Shri award from President Ramnath Kovind in New Delhi. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

Architect Bimal Hasmukh Patel receiving the Padma Shri from the President Ramnath Kovind in New Delhi on Monday. (Express photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

Chess Player Harika Dronavalli receiving the Padma Shri from the President Ramnath Kovind in New Delhi on Monday. A record 50,000 nominations were received for the 2019 awards, over 20 times more than 2014, when there were just 2,200 nominations. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Padma awards 2019: Bajrang Punia, Mohanlal, Prabhu Deva among noted winners

Social worker and MLA from Shikarpur, Bihar, greets PM Narendra Modi after receiving the Padma Shri from President Ramnath Kovind. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)