New Delhi: Nobel laureate of Indian origin
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, noted theatre personality Ebrahim
Alkazi were on Wednesday conferred Padma Vibhushan, the second
highest civilian award by President Pratibha Patil here today.
Music maestro A R Rahman and Bollywood star Aamir Khan,
classical vocalist Pandit Channulal Mishra and prominent
hotelier Capt C P Krishnan Nair were among those honoured with
Padma Bhushan awards at a glittering ceremony at the Ashoka
Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.
Pratap Chandra Reddy, founder chairman of Apollo
Hospitals, was also conferred the Padma Vibhushan.
The entire Ashoka Hall reverberated with applause as
sportspersons Saina Nehwal and Virendra Sehwag walked up to
the podium to receive their Padma Shri awards from the
Hockey national Ignace Tirkey, dhrupad exponent Ustad
Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar, businesswoman Anu Aga, multi-lingual
actress Arundhati Nag, former CBI director D R Karthikeyan,
plant scientist Palpu Pushpangadan and eye surgeon Vikas
Mahatme were among those who were awarded Padma Shri.
Among the Padma Bhushan awardees this year are eminent
neurosurgeon Satya Paul Agarwal and eminent cardiac surgeon
Ramakant Panda, who performed `beating heart` on Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh last year.
Former Vice Chancellor of Goa University P R Dubhashi
for civil service, Prof Tan Chung and Prof A J Paulraj
received the award in literature and education and science and
engineering categories respectively.
Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen and S K
Bandyopadhyay received Padma Bhushan in the public affairs
In the trade and industry category Alluri Venkata
Satyanarayana Raju, founder chairman of Nagarjuna Construction
Company, J R Gangaramani, President of Al Fara`a Group in the
UAE and Ravi Pillai of RP Group of industries received Padma
Padma Shri was also conferred on environmental crusader
Baba Sewa Singh, vocalist Ulhas Kashalkar, scientist
Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, cardiologist K K Agarwal.
Former Union Minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil got Padma
Bhushan for social work.
Among others who received the Padma Bhushan were
Arogyaseami Joseph Paulraj, Balgangadharnatha Swamiji, Jagdish
Chandra Kapur, Kushal Pal Singh, Mohammad Amin, N C
Satyanarayana, P K Warrier, Ram Kumar, Satya Paul Agarwal,
Satyavrat Shastri and Shripaul Oswal.
Padma Shri was also conferred on Arvind Kumar, A T
Meetei, B Ramana Rao, Bertha Gyndykes Dkhar, Carmel Berkson,
Gul Bardhan, Hari Uppal, Jitendra Udhampuri, Lalzuia Colney,
Laxmi Chand Gupta, M R Satyanarayana Rao, Maria Aurora Couto,
Mukund Lath, Philip Augustine, Ponisseril Somasundaram,
Rabindra Narain Singh, Rafael Irubieta Fernandez, Pandit
Ragunath Panigrahi, Ram Dayal Munda, Sumitra Guha, and
The nephew of Late Ramaranjan Mukherjee, `Vivekananda
Professor` at Ramkrishna Mission for Culture, Kolkata received
the award on his behalf.
Noted scholar Govind Chandra Pande (Padma Shri) and
poet Pandit Puttaraj Kavi Gavaigalavaru (Padma Bhushan) were
not present to receive their respective awards.