Seven sportspersons, including Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and Olympian Sakshi Malik were among the Padma Shri recipients announced on Wednesday. Senior political leaders Sharad Pawar and Murli Manohar Joshi will be conferred the Padma Vibushan this year while Grammy-winning classical musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt was named for the Padma Bhushan.
Former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangma also became the first person from Meghalaya to be awarded the Padma Vibhushan award (posthumously), his family said on Wednesday.
Seven recipients are selected each for Padma Bhushan and Vibhushan awards, India’s highest honours for civilians. The awards are announced annually on the eve of Republic Day.
The Padma awards are conferred by the President at ceremonial functions held at Rashtrapati Bhawan around March/ April every year.
This year, President Pranab Mukherjee approved Padma awards for 89 recipients, according to a government statement.
Here’s a list of the recipients:
|Vishwa Mohan Bhatt||Art - music||Rajasthan|
Prof/Dr Devi Prasad Dwivedi
|Literature and education||Uttar Pradesh|
|Ratna Sundar Maharaj||Others - spiritualism||Gujarat|
Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati
|Others - yoga||Bihar|
HRH Princess Maha Chakra Sirindhorn (foreigner)
|Literature and education||Thailand|
|Late Cho Ramaswamy||Literature and education - journalism||Tamil Nadu|
|KJ Yesudas||Art - music||Kerala|
|Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev||Others - spiritualism||Tamil Nadu|
|Sharad Pawar||Public affairs||Maharashtra|
|Murli Manohar Joshi||Public affairs||Uttar Pradesh|
|Udipi Ramachandra Rao||Science and engineering||Karnataka|
|Late Sunder Lal Patwa||Public affairs||Madhya Pradesh|
|Late PA Sangma||Public affairs||Meghalaya|
The full list of Padma awards is here: