New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday conferred the Padma awards on several eminent personalities including industrialist Adi Godrej, Olympic medal winners Yogeshwar Dutt and Vijay Kumar, actor Nana Patekar and designer Ritu Kumar. Professor Roddam Narasimha, a internationally renowned expert on fluid dynamics and famous painter Sayed Haider Raza were given the prestigious Padma Vibhushan at an impressive ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The Padma Bhushan awardees who were honoured on Saturday were: Professor Satya Nadham Atluri, aerospace expert; Dr Maharaj Kishan Bhan, leading biomedical researcher; industrialist Adi Godrej and classical singer Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan.
Dr Nandkishore Shamrao Laud, pioneer in joint replacement surgery; Marathi poet and editor Mangesh Padgaonkar; renowned scientists Dr AS Pillai and Dr BN Suresh; and Bharatnatyam dancer Dr Saroja Vaidyanathan were also given the Padma Bhushan. Social satirist Jaspal Singh Bhatti and actor Rajesh Khanna were given the Padma Bhushan posthmously. Khanna's wife Dimple Kapadia received the award on his behalf.
Boxer MC Mary Kom, who won the bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012 and Jogesh Chandra Pati, Professor of Physics, both Padma Bhushan winners, could not make it to the programme. Among the Padma Shri awardees were actor Nana Patekar and film-maker Ramesh Sippy; Yogeshwar Dutt, who won a bronze in wrestling at the London Olympics and shooter Vijay Kumar, who won the silver in the same Olympics; as well as designer Ritu Kumar.
Manindra Agrawal, inventor of an algorithm to test prime numbers; Premlata Agrawal, eminent mountaineer and oldest Indian woman to climb Mount Everest at 48; S Shakir Ali, eminent artist engaged in miniature painting; theoretical physicist Mustansir Barma; cinematographer Apurba Kishore Bir were honoured with the Padma Shri on Saturday.
Mukherjee also conferred the Padma Shri on Ghanakanta Bora Borbayan, eminent exponent of Sattriya dance, a classical dance tradition of Assam; Jharna Dhara Chowdhury, Secretary, Gandhi Ashram Trust of Bangladesh; K C Chunekar, Ayurveda expert; Purna Chandra Das, Baul music exponent; Nida Fazli, Urdu poet and lyricist; and H N Girisha, renowned paralympian.
Scientist J Gowrishankar; Homoeopathy physician Vishwa Kumar Gupta; cancer treatment pioneer Prof Pramod Kumar Julka; pioneer of residue research in radiolabelled compounds Sharad Pandurang Kale; Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce Chief Milind Prahlad Kamble were also given the Padma Shri.
Other awardees include public health expert Gulshan Rai Khatri; Lepcha music expert Hildamit Lepcha; Mizo writer J Malsawma; cardiologist Ganesh Kumar Mani; GI Endoscopy expert Amit Prabhakar Maydeo; singer Sudha Malhotra Motwane; social activist Reema Nanavaty; Eye specialist Sundaram Natarajan; and journalist-author Devendra Patel.
Anthropology professor Christopher Pinney; Dalit entrepreneur Kalpana Saroj; Sufi musician Ustad Ghulam Saznawaz; educationist and litterateur, Jagdish Prasad Singh; Director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Professor Balwant Thakur and Secretary Department of Biotechnology Krishnaswamy Vijayraghavan too received their Padma Shri from Mukherjee. Mahrukh Tarapor, art museum consultant and Radhika Herzberger, educationist could not make it to the programme to receive their Padma Shri.