Ajay Banga among 4 in the US to get Padma awards in India

Dhirubhai Ambani chosen for Padma Vibhushan award

By Sreekanth A Nair

PADMA-USAvinash Dixit, Robert Blackwill, Salman Amin Sal Khan and Ajaypal Singh Banga

Four personalities from the US: Avinash Dixit, Robert Blackwill, Salman Amin Sal Khan and Ajaypal Singh Banga have been selected for Padma Awards, announced on the eve of India’s Republic Day.

Indian American economist Avinash Dixit bagged Padma Vibhushan in the foreigner category. American teacher Salman Amin Sal Khan, and Ajaypal Singh  Banga, President and CEO of Master Card, have been selected for Padma Shri awards.

The awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.

‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhavan usually around March/April every year. This year the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 112 persons.

The list comprises of 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan and 83 Padma Shri Awardees. Nineteen of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs (include one posthumous) and 4 posthumous awardees.

The late Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance group, has been chosen for Padma Vibhushan award along with 9 prominent people from different categories.

Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani, popularly known as Dhirubhai Ambani, will be awarded the Padma Vibhushan in the trade and industry category.

Well-known classical dancer Yamini Krishnamurthi, south-Indian superstar Rajinikanth, and classical musician Girija Devi bagged Padma Vibhushan in the art section.

Ramoji Rao, who owns the world’s largest film production facility, Ramoji Film City, has been chosen for the award. Dr. Viswanathan Shanta received the award for his contributions in the medical field.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar received Padma Vibhushan for his contributions in spirituality. Others include: Jagmohan, a former Lieutenant Governor Delhi, Goa, and Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre, a scientist and former head of the Defence Research and Development Organisation DRDO).

Coming from an ordinary family in Gujarat, Dhirubhai Ambani founded Reliance Industries in Mumbai, which is one of the biggest companies in the world.

“The Padma Vibhushan awarded to Shri Dhirubhai Ambani is an honour to the indomitable spirit of Indian entrepreneurship, innovation and ambition to always do better than the best in the world,” said Mukesh Ambani, his older son.

“I personally, and the entire Reliance family, are truly overwhelmed and deeply humbled at the award of this great national honour, the Padma Vibhushan, for the greatest entrepreneur and wealth creator in the history of India, my beloved father, Shri Dhirubhai Ambani,” he added.

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, Singer Udit Narayan, Swami Tejomayananda, who heads the Chinmaya Mission, badminton player Saina Nehwal, tennis star Sania Mirza are among the personalities selected for the Padma Bhushan award.

Bollywood actors Ajay Devgan, Priyanka Chopra, Telugu director S.S Rajamouli, who directed the blockbuster film Baahubali, social worker Sunita Krishnan, archer Deepika Kumari, are also among those announced for awards.

The complete list of Padma awardees:

PADMA VIBHUSHAN

Sl. No Name Field State
1. Yamini Krishnamurthi Art- Classical dance Delhi
2. Rajinikanth Art-Cinema Tamil Nadu
3. Girija Devi Art-Classical Vocal West Bengal
4. Ramoji Rao Literature & Education-Journalism Andhra Pradesh
5. Dr. Viswanathan Shanta Medicine- Oncology Tamil Nadu
6. Shri Shri Ravi Shankar Others-Spiritualism Karnataka
7. Jagmohan Public Affairs Delhi
8. Dr.Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre Science & Engineering Karnataka
9. Avinash Dixit

(Foreigner)

Literature & Education USA
10. Late Dhiru Bhai Ambani (Posthumous) Trade & Industry Maharashtra

Padma Bhushan

Sl. No. Name Field State
11. Anupam Kher Art-Cinema Maharashtra
12. Udit Narayan Jha Art-Playback Singing Maharashtra
13. Ram V.  Sutar Art-Sculpture Uttar Pradesh
14. Heisnam Kanhailal Art-Theatre Manipur
15. Vinod Rai Civil Service Kerala
16. Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad Literature & Education Andhra Pradesh
17. Prof. N. S. Ramanuja Tatacharya Literature & Education Maharashtra
18. Dr. Barjinder Singh Hamdard Literature & Education – Journalism Punjab
19. Prof. D. Nageshwar Reddy Medicine-Gastroenterology Telangana
20. Swami Tejomayananda Other-Spiritualism Maharashtra
21. Hafeez Contractor Others-Architecture Maharashtra
22. Ravindra Chandra Bhargava Public Affairs Uttar Pradesh
23. Dr.Venkata Rama Rao Alla Science & Engineering Andhra Pradesh
24. Saina Nehwal Sports-Badminton Telangana
25. Sania Mirza Sports-Tennis Telangana
26. Indu Jain Trade & Industry Delhi
27. Late Swami Dayanand Sarawasati (Posthumous) Others-Spiritualism Uttarakhand
28. Robert Blackwill

(Foreigner)

Public Affairs USA
29. Pallonji Shapoorji  Mistry (NRI/PIO) Trade & Industry Ireland

Padma Shri

Sl. No Name Field State
30. Prathibha Prahlad Art- Classical Dance Delhi
31. Bhikhudan Gadhvi Art- Folk Music Gujarat
32. Sribhas Chandra Supakar Art- Textile Designing Uttar Pradesh
33. Ajay Devgn Art-Cinema Maharashtra
34. Priyanka Chopra Art-Cinema Maharashtra
35. Tulsidas Borkar Art-Classical Music Goa
36. Dr. Soma Ghosh Art-Classical Vocal Uttar Pradesh
37. Nila Madhab Panda Art-Film Direction and Production Delhi
38. S.S. Rajamouli Art-Film Direction and Production Karnataka
39. Madhur Bhandarkar Art-Film Direction and Production Maharashtra
40. Prof. M. Venkatesh Kumar Art-Folk Artist Karnataka
41. Gulabi Sapera Art-Folk Dance Rajasthan
42. Mamta Chandrakar Art-Folk Music Chhattisgarh
43. Malini Awasthi Art-Folk Music Uttar Pradesh
44. Jai Prakash Lekhiwal Art-Miniature Painting Delhi
45. K. Laxma Goud Art-Painting Telangana
46. Bhalchandra Dattatray Mondhe Art-Photography Madhya Pradesh
47. Naresh Chander Lal Art-Theatre & Cinema Andaman & Nicobar
48. Dhirendra Nath Bezbaruah Literature & Education Assam
49. Prahlad Chandra Tasa Literature & Education Assam
50. Dr.Ravindra Nagar Literature & Education Delhi
51. Dahyabhai Shastri Literature & Education Gujarat
52. Dr.Santeshivara Bhyrappa Literature & Education Karnataka
53. Haldar Nag Literature & Education Odisha
54. Kameshwaram Brahma Literature & Education -Journalism Assam
55. Prof. Pushpesh Pant Literature & Education-Journalism Delhi
56. Jawaharlal Kaul Literature & Education-Journalism Jammu & Kashmir
57. Ashok Malik Literature &Education Delhi
58. Dr.Mannam Gopi Chand Medicine-Cardio Thoracic Surgery Telangana
59. Prof. Ravi Kant Medicine-Surgery Uttar Pradesh
60. Prof. Ram Harsh Singh Medicine- Ayurveda Uttar Pradesh
61. Prof. Shiv Narain Kureel Medicine- Paediatric Surgery Uttar Pradesh
62. Dr.Sabya Sachi Sarkar Medicine –Radiology Uttar Pradesh
63. Dr. Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale Medicine-Cardiac Surgery Andhra Pradesh
64. Prof. T.K. Lahiri Medicine-Cardio Thoracic Surgery Uttar Pradesh
65. Dr. Praveen Chandra Medicine-Cardiology  Delhi
66. Prof. (Dr) Daljeet Singh Gambhir Medicine-Cardiology Uttar Pradesh
67. Dr.Chandrasekar  Shesadri  Thoguluva Medicine-Gastroenterology Tamil Nadu
68. Dr. (Mrs.) Anil Kumari Malhotra Medicine-Homeopathy Delhi
69. Prof. M.V. Padma Srivastava Medicine-Neurology Delhi
70. Dr. Sudhir V. Shah Medicine-Neurology Gujarat
71. Dr. M. M. Joshi Medicine-Ophthalmology Karnataka
72. Prof. (Dr) John Ebnezar Medicine-Orthopaedic Surgery Karnataka
73. Dr. Nayudamma Yarlagadda Medicine-Paediatric Surgery Andhra Pradesh
74. Simon Oraon Other –Environment Conservation Jharkhand
75. Imitiaz Qureshi Other-Culinary Delhi
76. Piyush Pandey Others-Advertising & Communication Maharashtra
77. Subhash Palekar Others-Farming Maharashtra
78. Ravinder Kumar Sinha Others-Wildlife Conservation Bihar
79. Dr. H.R. Nagendra Others-Yoga Karnataka
80. M. C. Mehta Public Affairs Delhi
81. M. N. Krishna Mani Public Affairs Delhi
82. Ujjwal Nikam Public Affairs Maharashtra
83. Tokheho Sema Public Affairs Nagaland
84. Dr. Satish Kumar Science & Engineering Delhi
85. Dr.Mylswamy Annadurai Science & Engineering Karnataka
86. Prof. Dipankar Chatterji Science & Engineering Karnataka
87. Prof.(Dr.) Ganapati Dadasaheb  Yadav Science & Engineering Maharashtra
88. (Prof.) Veena Tandon Science & Engineering Meghalaya
89. Onkar Nath Srivastava Science and Engineering Uttar Pradesh
90. Sunita Krishnan Social Work Andhra Pradesh
91. Ajoy Kumar Dutta Social Work Assam
92. M. Pandit  Dasa Social Work Karnataka
93. P. P. Gopinathan Nair Social Work Kerala
94. Madeleine Herman de Blic Social Work Puducherry
95. Srinivasan Damal Kandalai Social work Tamil Nadu
96. Sudhakar Olwe Social Work Maharashtra
97. Dr. T.V. Narayana Social Work Telangana
98. Arunachalam Murugantham Social Work Tamil Nadu
99. Deepika Kumari Sports-Archery Jharkhand
100. Sushil Doshi Sports-commentary Madhya Pradesh
101. Mahesh Sharma Trade & Industry Delhi
102. Saurabh Srivastava Trade & Industry Delhi
103. Dilip Sanghvi Trade & Industry Maharashtra
104. Dr. Keki Hormusji Gharda Trade & Industry Maharashtra
105. Late Shri Prakash Chand Surana  (Posthumous) Art  -Classical Music Rajasthan
106. Late Shri  Saeed Jaffrey

(NRI/PIO/Posthumous)

Art-Cinema UK
107. Michael Postel

(Foreigner)

Art-Archaeology France
108. Salman  Amin Sal Khan (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education USA

 

109. Hui Lan Zhang

(Foreigner)

Others-Yoga China
110. Predrag K. Nikic

(Foreigner)

Others-Yoga Serbia
111. Dr.Sundar Aditya Menon

(NRI/PIO)

Social Work UAE
112. Ajaypal Singh  Banga(NRI/PIO) Trade & Industry USA

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