President confers Padma awards

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 16:02

New Delhi: Late cartoonist Mario Miranda,
actors Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi, top mathematician M S
Raghunathan, former Chief Vigilance Commissioner N Vittal and
industry leader B Muthuraman were among those conferred the
Padma awards by President Pratibha Patil here today.

Miranda`s son Rahul received the Padma Vibhushan from
Patil at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan which was attended
by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and a host of other dignitaries.

A loud round of applause reverbated in the majestic
Durbar Hall when filmstar Dharmendra stepped forward to
receive the Padma Bhushan award from the President.

Shutterbugs had a field day as actor-turned-activist
Shabana Azmi received the Padma Bhushan.

Among the Padma Bhushan awardees were literary theorist
Homi K Bhabha, violinist M S Gopalakrishnan, Tata Steel Vice
Chairman B Muthuraman, former bureaucrat Mata Prasad,
mathematician Raghunathan, jurist P Chandrasekhara Rao,
Vittal, neurologist Noshir Hormusji Wadia and former Singapore
Foreign Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo.

88-year-old eminent painter K G Subramanyan (Padma
Vibushan), Satya Narayan Goenka and Jose Pereira (Padma
Bhushan) were not present at the ceremony.

Among the Padma Shri awardees were industrialist Swati
Piramal, eminent diabetologist V Mohan, former hockey Olympian
Zaffar Iqbal, archer Limba Ram and cricket commentator of
yesteryear Ravi Chaturvedi.

Yakshagana exponent Ramachandra Subraya Hegde Chittani,
sitar maestro Shahid Parvez Khan, terracotta artist Mohan Lal
Kumhar, Rajasthani folk musician Sakar Khan Manganiar also
received the Padma Shri.

Odissi dancer Minati Mishra, theatre personality R
Nagarathnamma, Lavani exponent Yamunabai Waikar and Chhau
dancer Gopal Prasad Dubey Art also received the Padma Shri.

Among the other Padma Shri awardees were Laila Tyabji
(Handicrafts), Vijay Sharma (Painting), Reeta Devi, Niranjan
Pranshankar Pandya, Sat Paul Varma and Phoolbasan Bai Yadav
(Social Work).

Scientists V Adimurthy, Virander Singh Chauhan, Vijaipal
Singh, Y S Rajan and Jagdish Shukla were among the Padma Shri
awardees.

Distinguished Chartered Accountant Yezdi Hirji Malegam,
industrialists Gopinath Pillai and Swati A Piramal,
archaeologist K Paddayya and environmentalist Kartikeya V
Sarabhai received the Padma Shri.

Prof Mahdi Hasan, Shrinivas S Vaishya and Vallalarpuram
Sennimalai Natarajan received the Padma Shrin in the medicine
category.

The Padma Shri conferees in the Literature and Education
category were Eberhard Fischer, Surjit Singh Patar, Irwin
Allan Sealy, Sachchidanand Sahai and Ralte L Thanmawia.
Prabhakar Vaidya received the Padma Shri in the Physical
Education category, while T Venkatapathi Reddiar was honoured
for his contribution to horticulture.

Homeopath Late Jugal Kishore was also among the Padma Shri
awardees but no one from his family was present to receive the
award.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 16:02

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