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:
NAME FIELD STATE/COUNTRY
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Art – music Rajasthan
Prof/Dr Devi Prasad Dwivedi
Literature and education Uttar Pradesh
Tehemton Udwadia Medicine Maharashtra
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
NAME FIELD STATE
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: