NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday conferred the Padma awards on several eminent personalities including industrialist Adi Godrej, Olympic medal winners Yogeshwar Dutt and Vijay Kumar, actor Nana Patekar and designer Ritu Kumar.
Professor Roddam Narasimha, an internationally renowned expert on fluid dynamics and famous painter Sayed Haider Raza were given the prestigious Padma Vibhushan at an impressive ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The Padma Bhushan awardees who were honoured on Saturday were: Professor Satya Nadham Atluri, aerospace expert; Dr Maharaj Kishan Bhan, leading biomedical researcher; industrialist Adi Godrej and classical singer Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan.
Dr Nandkishore Shamrao Laud, pioneer in joint replacement surgery; Marathi poet and editor Mangesh Padgaonkar; renowned scientists Dr AS Pillai and Dr BN Suresh and Bharatnatyam dancer Dr Saroja Vaidyanathan were also given the Padma Bhushan.
Social satirist Jaspal Singh Bhatti and actor Rajesh Khanna were given the Padma Bhushan posthmously. Khanna’s wife Dimple Kapadia received the award on his behalf.
Boxer MC Mary Kom, who won the bronze medal at the London Olympics last year and Jogesh Chandra Pati, Professor of Physics, both Padma Bhushan winners, could not make it to the programme.
Among the Padma Shri awardees were actor Nana Patekar and film-maker Ramesh Sippy; Yogeshwar Dutt, who won a bronze in wrestling at the London Olympics and shooter Vijay Kumar, who won the silver in the same Olympics; as well as designer Ritu Kumar. Manindra Agrawal, inventor of an Algorithm to test prime numbers; Premlata Agrawal, eminent mountaineer and oldest Indian woman to climb Mount Everest at 48, S. Shakir Ali, eminent artist engaged in miniature painting; theoretical physicist Mustansir Barma; cinematographer Apurba Kishore Bir were honoured with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, on Saturday.
Mukherjee also conferred the Padma Shri on Ghanakanta Bora Borbayan, eminent exponent of Sattriya dance, a classical dance tradition of Assam; Jharna Dhara Chowdhury, Secretary, Gandhi Ashram Trust of Bangladesh; KC Chunekar, Ayurveda expert; Purna Chandra Das, Baul music exponent; Nida Fazli, Urdu poet and lyricist; and HN Girisha, renowned paralympian.
Scientist Gowrishankar; Homoeopathy physician Vishwa Kumar Gupta; cancer treatment pioneer Professor Pramod Kumar Julka; pioneer of residue research in radiolabelled compounds Sharad Pandurang Kale; Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce Chief Milind Prahlad Kamble were also given the Padma Shri.
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