President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday, 25 January, approved the conferment of 106 Padma awards for the year 2023.
Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav, former External Affairs Minister in the UPA government SM Krishna, and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain are among the six dignitaries who will be conferred with the country's second highest civilian honour – the Padma Vibhushan.
Other dignitaries selected for the Padma Vibhushan include medical professional Dilip Mahalanabis who returned from the US to serve in the 1971 Bangladesh war refugee camps, noted architect Balkrishna Doshi, and US based mathematician Srinivas Varadhan.
Yadav, Mahalanabis, and Doshi were selected for the Padma Vibhushan posthumously.
This year, no one has been named for India's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna.
Author and social worker Sudha Murty, industrialist Kumara Mangalam Birla, and novelist S L Bhyrappa are among the nine Padma Bhushan awardees for this year.
Others dignitaries include physicist Deepak Dhar, singer Vani Jairam, US based religious leader Chinna Jeeyar, singer Suman Kalyanpur, linguistics scholar Kapil Kapoor, and spiritual leader Kamlesh D Patel.
The president also approved the list of 91 Padma Shri awardees.