Late Kuldip Nayar, Purandare among 112 persons named for Padma awards

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Jan 2019 09:46:04




FOLK artist from Chhattisgarh Teejan Bai, L&T chairman A M Naik, theatre actor from Maharashtra Balwant Moreshwar alias Babasaheb Purandare and Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh will be honoured with Padma Vibhushan this year.

Late journalist Kuldip Nayar, late actor Kader Khan, film actor Manoj Bajpayee, Malayalam movie star Mohanlal and cricketer Gautam Gambhir were among the 112 people who were named on Friday for this year's Padma awards.

Former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu, former Union Minister Kariya Munda, Akali leader S S Dhindsa were named for Padma Bhushan.

Former CEO of CISCO Systems John Chambers, South African anti-apartheid leader Pravin Gordhan, iconic face of MDH spices Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati, Mohanlal, founder president of Saraswati Nadi Shodh Sansthan Darshan Lal Jain were among the 14 renowned persons named for Padma Bhushan, the Home Ministry announced.

Kadar Khan, Gautam Gambhir, dancer and choreographer Prabhu Deva and former diplomat S Jaishankar are among 94 persons named for Padma Shri.

These awards are conferred by President of India at ceremonial functions usually held around March/April every year at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

This year the President has approved conferment of 112 Padma Awards including one duo case (in which case the award is counted as one). The list comprises four Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri awards. 

Ravindra Kolhe and Smita Kolhe from Maharashtra got Padma Shri for their contribution in the field of Medicine. In all Maharashtra bagged 11 Padma Awards this year. As many as 21 of the awardees are women, 11 persons from the category of foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, three posthumous awardees and one transgender person.

Veteran women mountaineer Bachendri Pal received the Padma Bhushan, the second highest civilian award. The 64-year-old mountaineer was the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1984.

Others sports person to receive the Padma Shree are: Harika Dronavalli (Chess), Prashanti Singh (Basketball), Shartha Kamal (Table Tennis), Bombayla Devi Laishram (Archery), Ajay Thakur (Kabaddi). The Indian football captain Chhetri is country's most capped player also holds its centre together. Chhetri scored impressive 67 goals from 107 international appearances. The Government conferred Padma awards to 112 people this year -- 4 Padma Vibushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri.

Noted historian Babasaheb Purandare, known for his research and work on Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj, said the Padma Vibhushan awarded to him by the Government will encourage him to continue his task further.