Vidya receives Padma Shri

Zee Media Bureau/ Anindita Dev

New Delhi: The unconventional beauty of Bollywood, `Vidya Balan` received one of the highest award of honorary in the country for her phenomenal achievement in the industry.

The 36 year old actress was overwhelmed on receiving the Padma Shri award, by the President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan, which is undoubtedly a prized moment for her.

The sultry actress has proved her mettle in films like `Paa`, `Ishqiya`, `Parineeta`, `Kahaani` and holds a National Film award to her credit.

The `Dirty Picture` actress`s career is on a roll and is one of the most critically acclaimed actresses of today, who strongly boasts of women empowerment in the country.

It is a matter of pride and certainly not a small achievement to receive the 4th highest civilian award, Padma Shri by the President of India.

Well woman ,we are certainly proud of you. Famous for the unconventional roles she carries on her shoulder, she is one actress who has no qualms about her weight or the one who desires to be a fashionista.

For her, getting the Padma award was nothing short of a wonderful surprise.

Apart from Vidya, here`s the list for other dignitaries in the field of art and culture who were honoured with the award:

Padma Bhushan:

Begum Parveen Sultana, Art - Classical Singing, Maharashtra
Shri Kamaal Haasan, Art-Cinema, Tamil Nadu

Padma Shri:

Shri Musafir Ram Bhardwaj, Art - Instrumental Music - Pauna Manjha, Himachal Pradesh
Ms. Sabitri Chatterjee, Art - Film, West Bengal
Smt. Elam Endira Devi, Art - Manipuri Dance, Manipur
Shri Vijay Ghate, Art - Instrumental Music - Tabla, Maharashtra
Smt Rani Karnaa, Art - Kathak, West Bengal
Shri Bansi Kaul, Art - Theatre, Jammu & Kashmir
Ustad Moinuddin Khan, Art - Instrumental Music - Sarangi Player, Rajasthan
Ms. Geeta Mahalik, Art - Odishi Dance, Delhi
Shri Paresh Maity, Art - Painting, Delhi
Shri Ram Mohan, Art - Film Animation, Maharashtra
Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik, Art - Sand Artist, Orissa
Shri Paresh Rawal, Art - Cinema and Theatre, Maharashtra
Shri Wendell Augustine Rodricks, Art - Fashion Designing, Goa
Prof. Kalamandalam Sathyabhama, Art - Mohini Attam, Kerala
Shri Anuj (Ramanuj) Sharma, Art - Performing Art, Chhattisgarh
Shri Santosh Sivan, Art - Film, Tamil Nadu
Ms. Supriya Devi, Art-Bengali Cinema, West Bengal
Ms. Sooni Taraporevala, Art- Script Writing, Maharashtra

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