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President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award (Posthumously) to Cartoonist Mario de Miranda, being received by his son at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.— Photo: R.V. Moorthy
President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award (Posthumously) to Cartoonist Mario de Miranda, being received by his son at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.— Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Late cartoonist Mario Miranda, actors Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi, top mathematician M.S. Raghunathan, former Central Vigilance Commissioner N. Vittal and industry leader B. Muthuraman were among those conferred the Padma awards by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday.

Miranda's son Rahul received Padma Vibhushan at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, which was attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and a host of other dignitaries.

A loud round of applause reverberated the majestic Durbar Hall when Dharmendra stepped forward to receive Padma Bhushan.

Shutterbugs had a field day as actor-turned-activist Shabana Azmi received Padma Bhushan.

Among the Padma Bhushan awardees were literary theorist Homi K. Bhabha, violinist M.S. Gopalakrishnan, former bureaucrat Mata Prasad, jurist P. Chandrasekhara Rao Vittal, neurologist Noshir Hormusji Wadia and former Singapore Foreign Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo.

Eminent painter K.G. Subramanyan (Padma Vibhushan) and Satya Narayan Goenka and Jose Pereira (Padma Bhushan) were not present.

Among the Padma Shri awardees were industrialist Swati Piramal, eminent diabetologist V. Mohan, former hockey Olympian Zaffar Iqbal, archer Limba Ram and cricket commentator of yesteryear Ravi Chaturvedi, Yakshagana exponent Ramachandra Subraya Hegde Chittani, sitar maestro Shahid Parvez Khan, terracotta artist Mohan Lal Kumhar, Rajasthani folk musician Sakar Khan Manganiar, Odissi dancer Minati Mishra, theatre personality R. Nagarathnamma, Lavani exponent Yamunabai Waikar and Chhau dancer Pt. Gopal Prasad Dubey.

Among the other Padma Shri awardees were Laila Tyabji (Handicrafts), Vijay Sharma (Painting), Reeta Devi, Niranjan Pranshankar Pandya, Sat Paul Varma and Phoolbasan Bai Yadav (Social Work); scientists V. Adimurthy, Virander Singh Chauhan, Vijaipal Singh, Y.S. Rajan and Jagdish Shukla.

Distinguished chartered accountant Yezdi Hirji Malegam, industrialist Gopinath Pillai, archaeologist K. Paddayya and environmentalist Kartikeya V. Sarabhai received Padma Shri.

Professor Mahdi Hasan, Shrinivas S. Vaishya and Vallalarpuram Sennimalai Natarajan received Padma Shri in the medicine category. Awardees in the Literature and Education category were Eberhard Fischer, Surjit Singh Patar, Irwin Allan Sealy, Sachchidanand Sahai and Ralte L. Thanmawia. Prabhakar Vaidya received Padma Shri in the Physical Education category, while T. Venkatapathi Reddiar was honoured for his contribution to horticulture. Homeopath Late Jugal Kishore was also among the Padma Shri awardees but no one from his family was present to receive the award.— PTI

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