New Delhi: Seven persons, including senior politicians Murli Manohar Joshi and Sharad Pawar, have been awarded Padma Vibhushan this year. Spiritual guru Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, singer K.J. Yesudas former ISRO chairman Udipi Ramachandra Rao have also got the country’s second-highest civilian award.
Former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Sunder Lal Patwa have been given the honour posthumously.
Seven persons have been awarded Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour. They are: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (art and music), Prof. (Dr.) Devi Prasad Dwivedi (literature and education), Tehemton Udwadia (medicine), Ratna Sundar Maharaj (spiritualism), Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati (Yoga), Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn from Thailand (literature) and Late Shri Cho Ramaswamy (posthumous) for literature and journalism.
Seventy-five persons have been awarded Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest honour. They include Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal, famous chef Sanjeev Kapoor, singers Kailash Kher and Anuradha Paudwal, woman wrestler Sakshi Malik, who won bronze medal at Rio Olympics.
A look at some of the year's winners
- K.J. Yesudas in the field of Art-Music
- Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in the field of Spiritualism
- Prof. Udipi Ramachandra Rao in the field of Science & Engineering
- Late Sunder Lal Patwa (Posthumous) for Public Affairs
- Late Shri PA Sangma (Posthumous) in the field of Public Affairs
- Vishwa Mohan Bhatt for Art-Music
- Prof. Devi Prasad Dwivedi for Literature & Education
- Tehemton Udwadia in the field of Medicine
- Ratna Sundar Maharaj in the field of Spiritualism
- Swami Niranjana Nanda in the field of Yoga
- H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakrifor Literature & Education
- Basanti Bisht for Art-Music
- Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair for Art-Dance
- Aruna Mohanty in the field of dance
- Bharathi Vishnuvardhan for Art-Cinema
- Sadhu Meher for Art-Cinema
- T.K. Murthy for Art-Music
- Laishram Birendrakumar Singh in the category of Art and Music
- Anuradha Paudwal awarded Padma Shri in Art and Music field
- Bhawana Somaaya awarded Padma Shri for Literature and Journalism
- Shri Kailash Kher awarded Padma Shri in Arts and Music field
- Shri Mariyappan Thangavelu awarded Padma Shri for Sports, Athletics