Srikanth, Ilaiyaraaja and Others: Full List of Padma Award Winners
There were a total 85 Padma Awards announced this year – down from last year’s 89.
Noted music composer Ilaiyaraaja, Hindutva thinker Parameswaran Parameswaran, former Team India captain MS Dhoni were among the 85 people chosen for the prestigious Padma awards of 2018.
On Tuesday, 20 March, President Ram Nath Kovind presented Padma Awards at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Among the awardees this year, 16 are from the category of foreigners, non-resident Indians and three are posthumous.
Seventy four-year-old Ilaiyaraaja, who has been conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2009, was selected for Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna.
Besides him, noted Hindustani classical singer Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Kerala’s Parameswaran Parameswaran, president of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, were honoured with Padma Vibhushan.
Dhoni, cueist Pankaj Advani, former Russian Ambassador to India late Alexander Kadakin, Hindustani classical musician Arvind Parikh, Tamil Nadu-based archaeologist Ramachandran Nagaswamy and Goan artist Laxman Pai were among nine prominent personalities who were honoured with Padma Bhushan.
Keeping its promise of honouring "unsung heroes", the government honoured with Padma awards several personalities who served the poor, set up free schools and popularised tribal arts globally.
Scientist toymaker Arvind Gupta, Gond painting artist Bhajju Shyam, herbal medicine expert – also known as 'grandmother of medicine' – Lakshmikutty are among the ‘unsung heroes’ awarded the Padma Shri this year.
Other awardees are India’s first Paralympic gold medallist Murlikant Petkar in the sports category, plastic waste management expert Rajagopalan Vasudevan for his contribution to the field of science and innovation, housemaid Subhasini Mistry and midwife Sulagatti Narasamma for their contribution towards affordable healthcare.
Tamil folk exponent Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan and monk physician Yeshi Dhoden also bagged the Padma Shri this year.
Here is a list of some of the Padma Shri awardees along with their achievements:
There were a total 85 Padma Awards announced this year, down from last year’s 89.
Here is the complete list of the Padma Awardees this year:
- Shri Ilaiyaraaja, from Tamil Nadu, in Art and Music.
- Shri Ghulam Mustafa Khan, from Maharashtra, in Art and Music.
- Shri Parameswaran Parameswaran, from Kerala, in Literature and Education.
- Shri Pankaj Advani won in Sports for his contribution in Billiards/Snooker. He hails from Karnataka
- Shri Philipose Mar Chrysostom won under the Others category for working towards Spiritualism. He hails from Kerala
- Shri Mahendra Singh Dhoni won in Sports for his remarkable contribution towards Indian Cricket.
- Shri Alexander Kadakin, a Foreigner, won the Padma Bhushan in Public Affairs. He comes from Russia.
- Shri Ramachandran Nagaswamy also won under the Others category for contributions in the field of Archaeology. He belongs to Tamil Nadu
- Shri Ved Prakash Nanda won the Padma Bhushan in Literature and Education.
- Shri Laxman Pai won the award for his contribution in Art and Painting.
- Shri Arvind Parikh won the award in the field of Art and Music.
- Ms. Sharda Sinha also won the award in the field of Art and Music.
- Shri Abhay Bang (Duo) won in Medicine with his wife, Ms Rani Bang
- Shri Damodar Ganesh Bapat won the Padma Shri in Social Work
- Shri Prafulla Govinda Baruah won the award in Literature and Education for his contribution to Journalism
- Shri Mohan Swaroop Bhatia won the Padma Shri in Art for his Folk Music
- Shri Sudhanshu Biswas won the award in Social Work
- Ms Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won in Sports for Weightlifting
- Shri Pandit Shyamlal Chaturvedi won in Literature and Education for his contribution to Journalism
- Shri Jose Ma Joey Concepcion III (Foreigner), Trade & Industry, Philippines
- Ms Langpoklakpam Subadani Devi - Art-Weaving
- Shri Somdev Devvarman - Sports (Tennis)
- Shri Yeshi Dhoden - Medicine
- Arup Kumar Dutta - Literature and Education
- Shri Doddarange Gowda - Art (Lyrics)
- Shri Arvind Gupta - Literature and Education
- Shri Digamber Hansda - Literature and Education
- Shri Ramli Bin Ibrahim (Foreigner) - Art-Dance
- Shri Anwar Jalalpuri (Posthumous) - Literature and Education
- Shri Piyong Temjen Jamir - Literature and Education
- Ms Sitavva Joddati - Social Work
- Ms. Malti Joshi - Literature and Education
- Shri Manoj Joshi - Art (Acting)
- Shri Rameshwarlal Kabra - Trade & Industry
- Shri Pran Kishore Kaul - Art
- Shri Bounlap Keokangna (Foreigner) - Others - Architecture
- Shri Vijay Kichlu Art - Music
- Shri Tommy Koh (Foreigner) - Public Affairs
- Ms Lakshmikutty - Medicine-Traditional
- Ms Joyshree Goswami Mahanta- Literature and Education
- Shri Narayan Das Maharaj Others - Spiritualism
- Shri Pravakara Maharana Art - Sculpture
- Shri Hun Many (Foreigner) - Public Affairs
- Ms Nouf Marwaai (Foreigner) - Others-Yoga
- Shri Zaverilal Mehta - Literature and Education-Journalism
- Shri Krishna Bihari Mishra - Literature and Education
- Shri Sisir Purushottam Mishra Art - Cinema
- Ms. Subhasini Mistry - Social Work
- Shri Tomio Mizokami (Foreigner) - Literature and Education
- Shri Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong (Foreigner) - Others-Spiritualism
- Shri Keshav Rao Musalgaonkar - Literature and Education
- Dr Thant Myint – U (Foreigner) - Public Affairs
- Ms V Nanammal - Others-Yoga
- Ms Sulagitti Narasamma - Social Work
- Ms Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan - Art-Folk Music
- Shri I Nyoman Nuarta (Foreigner) - Art-Sculpture
- Shri Malai Haji Abdullah Bin Malai Haji Othman (Foreigner) - Social Work
- Shri Gobaradhan Panika - Art-Weaving
- Shri Bhabani Charan Pattanaik - Public Affairs
- Shri Murlikant Petkar - Sports-Swimming
- Shri Habibullo Rajabov (Foreigner) - Literature and Education
- Shri MR Rajagopal - Medicine-Palliative Care
- Shri Sampat Ramteke (Posthumous) - Social Work
- Shri Chandra Sekhar Rath- Literature and Education
- Shri SS Rathore - Civil Service
- Shri Amitava Roy - Science and Engineering
- Shri Sanduk Ruit (Foreigner) - Medicine (Ophthalmology)
- Shri R Sathyanarayana - Art-Music
- Shri Pankaj M Shah - Medicine (Oncology)
- Shri Bhajju Shyam - Art-Painting
- Shri Maharao Raghuveer Singh - Literature and Education
- Shri Kidambi Srikanth - Sports-Badminton
- Shri Ibrahim Sutar - Art-Music
- Shri Siddeshwara Swamiji - Others-Spiritualism
- Ms Lentina Ao Thakkar - Social Work
- Shri Vikram Chandra Thakur - Science and Engineering
- Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Tharanathan with Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Thyagarajan - Art (Music)
- Shri Nguyen Tien Thien (Foreigner) - Others-Spiritualism
- Shri Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi - Literature and Education
- Shri Rajagopalan Vasudevan - Science and Engineering
- Shri Manas Bihari Verma - Science and Engineering
- Shri Panatawane Gangadhar Vithobaji - Literature and Education
- Shri Romulus Whitaker - Others (Wildlife Conservation)
- Shri Baba Yogendra - Art
- Shri A Zakia - Literature and Education
The Padma awards, which seek to recognise works of distinction and exceptional achievements in different fields were announced on Thursday, 25 January, on the eve of Republic Day.
The awards – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri – are announced on the eve of the Republic Day every year.
They are given in different fields and disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.
More than 15,700 people applied for the prestigious awards for 2018, with the government laying stress on honouring the “unsung heroes”.
Since last year, the Modi government has been honouring "unsung heroes" with the Padma awards to recognise people who have dedicated their lives to working for the poor or have risen from deprived backgrounds to excel in their own fields.
Recommendations can also be made by the state governments, Union territories, ministries and departments of the Government of India, previous Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan awardees, central and state ministers, chief ministers, state governors and Members of Parliament.
The nominations are placed before the Padma Awards Committee, constituted by the Prime Minister every year, which takes the final decision.
Last year, the number of Padma awardees was 89, which included seven recipients each of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.
The Government of India instituted two civilian awards - Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan in 1954. The latter had three classes namely Pahela Varg, Dusra Varg and Tisra Varg. These were subsequently renamed as Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri vide Presidential Notification issued on 8 January 1955.
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This story has been updated. It was first published on 26 January 2018.
(With inputs from PTI)
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