President Pranab Mukherjee presented the prestigious civilian awards — the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri — at an investiture ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday.
India’s second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan was presented to Professor Yash Pal and sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra while cricketer Rahul Dravid and actor Sharmila Tagore were among the 10 presented with the Padma Bhushan.
Other Padma Bhushan awardees are Dr. D. Ramanaidu, Professor Ashoke Sen, Hemendra Singh Panwar, Shivajirao G. Patil, Professor Gayatri Chakravorty, Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Kanak Yatindra Rele and Ramamurthy Thyagarajan.
Forty-two others were awarded Padma Shri, including actor Sridevi, Professor Avnita Abbi, Sudarshan Kumar Aggarwal, Dr. Mohammad Sharfe Alam, Gajam Anjaiah, Rajendra Achyut Badwe, Memendra Prasad Barooah, Pablo Bartholomew, G.C.D. Bharti, Ravindra Singh Bisht, Avinash Chander, Taraprasad Das, Trichur Viswanathan Devarajan, Sanjay Govind Dhande, Saroj Chooramani Gopal, B. Jayashree, S. Lakshminarayana, Vandana Luthra, SKM Maeilanandhan, Kailash C. Meher, Neelima C. Mishra, P. Madhavan Nair, Professor Sankar Kumar Pal, Deepak Bhaskar Phatak, Dr. Mudundi Ramakrishna Raju, Rajshree Pathy, Dr. C. Venkata S. Ram, R. Nageshwar Rao, Surender Sharma, Jaymala Jayram Shiledar, Rama Kant Shukla, Ngangom Dingko Singh, Ajay Kumar Sood, Pt Suresh Talwalkar, Bajrang Lal Takhar, Rajendar Kumar Tiku and Akhtarul Wasey.
Padma Shri was awarded posthumously to Ram Krishan, Salik Lakhnawi and Manju Bharat Ram.