New Delhi: Noted scientists Yashpal and Roddam Narasimha, cricketer Rahul Dravid, actor Rajesh Khanna and comedian Jaspal Bhatti (both posthumous), and boxer Mary Kom, are among the 108 eminent and illustrious personalities named for India's highest civilian honours, Padma awards, this year.
According to a release from the home ministry on Friday, President Pranab Mukherjee approved the names of the 108 awardees, who include four Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan and 80 Padma Shri.
As many as 24 of the awardees are women.
Among the Padma Vibhushan awardees are Yashpal, Roddam Narasimha and artist S. Haider Ali Raza.
Among the Padma Bhushan awardees are actors Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore, Bhatti, industrialist Adi Godrej, as well as Dravid and Mary Kom.
Actor Nana Patekar, Urdu poet Nida Fazli, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, boxer Dingko Singh, filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, Magsaysay Award winner Nileema Mishra, Olympic medallist Vijay Kumar are among the Padma Shri awardees.
The country's top civilian awards are given under various disciplines like arts, literature, social work, public affairs, medicine, and sports.
Padma Vibhushan is given for exceptional and distinguished service, Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field.
Padma awards for Sharmila, Rajesh Khanna, Sridevi
Bollywood reaped a rich harvest at this years Padma awards with Sharmila Tagore, Sridevi, Nana Patekar and Ramesh Sippy besides Rajesh Khanna and Jaspal Bhatti (both posthumously) among a galaxy of film personalities to be chosen in different categories.
While the third highest civilian honour of Padma Bhushan went to Tagore, Khanna and satirist Bhatti, Sridevi, Patekar and Sippy, who gave a number of blockbusters including "Sholay", were named for Padma Shri.
Khanna, who died on July 18 last year, and Tagore were arguably the most celebrated on-screen couple who ruled Bollywood for a long time.
Bhatti, who died in a road accident in October last year, was known for his witty and wry humour through his television serials. He also acted in many Bollywood films.
Sridevi recently made a successful comeback to the big screen after a long hiatus with the film "English Vinglish".
The other recipients of Padma Bhushan are multilingual film producer Ramanaidu Daggubati, playback singer Sreeramamurthy Janaki, Mohiniyattom exponent Kanak Rele, Bharatnatyam dancer Saroja Vaidyanathan and Hindustani vocalist Abdul Rashid Khan.
Sufi Singer Bharati Bandhu, theatre personalities B Jayashree and Surabhi Babji, classical singer Jaymala Shiledar, tabla player Suresh Dattatray Talwalkar, actor Madhavan Nair, cameraman Apurba Kishore Bir, playback singer Sudha Malhotra, Kashmiri sufi singer Ghulam Mohammad Saznawaz, theatre director Balwant Thakur and Baul singer Puran Das Baul were named for Padma Shri.
Among the Padma Shri awardees are Ms B Jayashree from Karnataka, film Director of Sholay fame Ramesh Sippy, noted Photo journalist Pablo Bartholomew, late Manju Bharat Ram (social work), Vandana Luthra (trade and commerce) and fashion designer Ritu Kumar.
Theatre artists from Jammu and Kashmir Balwant Thakur and Rajendra Tikku and Ghulam Mohammed Saznawaz were chosen for Padma Shri.
Noted Oncologist Pramod Kumar Julka, eminent entrepreneur from Coimbatore Rajshree Pathy, noted Urdu Poet Nida Fazli, anthropologist and art historian from the US Christopher Pinney, Urdu poet Salik Lakhnawi, who died early this month, were awarded Padma Shri.
Chairperson of Centrefor Linguistics of JNU Anvita Abbi, Sanskrit writer Rama Kant Shukla, Department of Theoretical Physics at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mustansir Barma were among the Padma Shri awardees.
Comedy's famous sardar, Jaspal Bhatti gets Padma Bhushan
Jaspal Bhatti, the genial sardar who not just brought on a smile but also provoked introspection with his biting wit and satire, has been posthumously named Padma Bhushan honour on the eve of 64th Republic Day.
An electrical engineer by profession, Bhatti, said to be the most popular Sikh comedian, carved a niche for himself with "Ulta-Pulta", which was regularly telecast on Doordarshan. It was followed by "Flop Show", a satire on social issues, which became a huge hit on the small screen.
In 1999, Bhatti produced and directed the popular Punjabi film "Mahaul Theek Hai", a satire on the Punjab Police, administration and society.
Jaspal Bhatti, the quintessential entertainer, passed away after a road accident in October. He was 57.
Playback singer S. Janaki awarded Padma Bhushan
Southern playback singer Sreeramamurthy Janaki, known for chartbusters such as "Sirimallepoova" and "Mounamelanoyi", has been named for the Padma Bhushan award on the eve of 64th Republic Day.
The 74-year old veteran made her singing debut in 1957 Tamil film "Vidhiyin Vilayattu". She has crooned over 15,000 songs in a career spanning five decades across all southern languages and in Hindi.
She has a long association with singer S.P. Balasubramanyam. The two have sung more than 1,000 songs together.
She has won four National Awards and even the prestigious Tamil Nadu state award called "Kalamamani".
Padma Bhushan for Godrej, Thyagarajan
Industrialists Adi Burjor Godrej and Ramamurthy Thyagarajan have been selected for Padma Bhushan.
Dalit entrepreneur Kalpana Saroj, VLCC Founder Vandana Luthra and CMD of Rajshree Group Rajshree Pathy are the three businesswomen selected for Padma Shri awards.
Noted Assamese tea industrialist Hemendra Prasad Barooah and Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industries Chairman Milind Kamble have also been selected for Padma Shri awards.
Godrej is the Chairman of the Godrej Group. He has played an an important role in the development of a variety of industries by leading key organisations of trade and commerce. At present, he also heads industry body CII.
For his contribution to Indian industry, Godrej, who holds a Master's degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions including the Rajiv Gandhi Award 2002.
R Thyagarajan promoted the Shriram Group Companies in 1974. In the nearly four decades of spearheading the financial conglomerate Shriram Group, Thyagarajan has left his imprint in used-trucks financing business. Besides a post graduate degree in Mathematics, he holds the position of Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute, London.
Kalpana Saroj, also a winner of Rajiv Gandhi Award for Woman Entrepreneurs, has nursed the sick Kamani Tubes Limited back to health.
Vandana Luthra made her entrepreneurial debut in 1989 by opening India's first transformation centre in Delhi. She is the Founder and Mentor of wellness centres VLCC.
Rajshree Pathy, an alumnus of Harvard University USA, is the President of the South Indian Sugar Mills Association.
Nana Patekar gets Padma Shri
Well-known actor Nana Patekar, known for playing intense roles in "Salaam Bombay" and "Parinda", has been named for Padma Shri award on the eve of 64th Republic Day.
The 62-year-old, who began his career with 1978 movie "Gaman", carved a niche for himself in the Hindi films with 1989 film "Parinda" for which he even won a National Award. Some of his well-known films are "Krantiveer" (1994), "Agni Sakshi" (1996), "Khamoshi: The Musical", and "Ab Tak Chappan" (2005).
After playing a villain and an encounter specialist, he tickled the funny bones of viewers with his comic act in "Welcome" (2007).
The actor also went behind the camera to make his directorial debut with "Prahaar", in which he had cast Madhuri Dixit, the reigning star of the Hindi films, in a pivotal role.
He is equally active in Marathi films and theatre. He has won the National Award thrice.
Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan wins Padma award at 105
At the age of 105, Hindustani vocalist Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan was today chosen for this year's Padma Shri award, achieving the distinction of being the oldest person to get a Padma award.
In 2011, India's first woman photo-journalist Homai Vyarawala was honoured with the Padma Vibushan at the age of 97. She died last year.
The repertoire of Khan, the vocalist from West Bengal, includes khayal, dhrupad, dhamar and thumri.
Currently confined to a wheelchair, Khan who has lost the ability to walk and whose hands have become gnarled with age, still manages to regale audiences with his powerful singing.
Also a poet, Khan has written around 2000 compositions under the pseudonym 'Rasan Piya'.
Roddam, Yash Pal, Ashoke Sen among Padma awardees
Noted science educator Yash Pal and aerospace scientist Roddam Narsimha were today selected for Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian awards.
Acclaimed theoretical physicist and recipient of the three-million-dollar Fundamental Physics Prize Ashoke Sen, Brahmos chief A Shivathanu Pillai, DRDO Director General V K Saraswat, were among the Padma Bhushan awardees.
Noted paediatrician and former Secretary Department of Biotechnology Maharaj Kishan Bhan and former Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and the driving force behind the ambitious space recovery capsule experiment, B N Suresh were also chosen for the Padma Bhushan.
Odisha-born American physicist Jogesh Chandra Pati and Indian-American aerospace engineer Satya Atluri were also among the Padma Bhushan awardees.
Avinash Chander, the chief designer of long-range missile systems programme of DRDO; Mutansir Barma, theoretical physicist and Director Tata Institute of Fundamental Research; Ajay K Sood, President of the Indian Academy of Sciences; Sanjay Dhande, former Director of IIT-Kanpur; and Sankar Kumar Pal, former Director of Indian Statistical Institute were among the Padma Shri awardees.
Among the other Padma Shri awardees in science and engineering category were Deepak B Phatak, Manindra Agrawal, Sharad Pandurang Kale, Krishnaswamy Vijayraghavan and Jayaraman Gowrishankar.
While Vijayraghavan was recently appointed as Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Gowrishankar is the Director of the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics.
Noted Oncologist Pramod Kumar Julka and another well known oncologist and Director of the Tata Memorial Centre Rajendra Badwe were also chosen for the Padma Shri.
Six foreign nationals get Padma awards
Six eminent foreign nationals, including scientists and philosophers, are among 108 personalities chosen for the coveted Padma awards this year.
Aerospace scientist Satya Atluri, who is a distinguished professor at University of California in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is the recipient of Padma Bhushan for this year.
Alumnus of Indian Institute of Science, Atluri is among 100 researchers from across the world who were highly cited in engineering during 1980-2000, Atluri's profile on University of California mentions.
Born in Odisha and an almunus of Cuttack's Ravenshaw college, 75-year-old Indian-American theoretical physicist Jogesh Chandra Pati is another recipient of Padma Bhushan.
Visiting professor at Stanford University, Pati is known for explaining nature of various electromagnetic forces and their varying strengths.
A leading post-structuralist and literary theorist 80-year-old Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is among 24 Padma Bhushan awardees announced for this year. She is known for her essay 'Can the Subaltern Speak?' and translation of noted French philosopher Jacques Derrida's 'De la grammatologie'.
Social worker and Gandhian Jharna Dhara Chowdhury, who runs Noakhali Ashram School in Bangladesh, is among 80 Padma Shri awardees.
In her seventies, Chowdhury who is known as Jharna di never met Gandhi but was influenced by noted Gandhians like Charu Chowdhury, Devendra Narayan Sarkar, Madan Mohan Chattopadhaya and Ranjan Kumar Dutta.
79-year-old Japanese Professor Noboru Karashima, known for his work on Tamil scriptures, is a Professor Emeritus in University of Tokyo, Japan. He also serves as Professor Emeritus at the Taisho University, Japan. He is a recipient of Padma Shri.
London-based Christopher Pinney, an anthropologist and art historian, has been chosen for Padma Shri.