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President presents Padma awards

President Pranab Mukherjee presents the Padma Vibhushan to Prof. Roddam Narasimha at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday. Padma Bhushan for Rajesh Khanna (posthumous) was received by Dimple Kapadia and for Jaspal Bhatti (posthumous) by his wife Savita. At left, Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai receives the Padma Bhushan. Photos: Sanddep Saxena  

President Pranab Mukherjee presented two Padma Vibhushan, 13 Padma Bhushan and 38 Padma Shri awards at a civil investiture ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Saturday.

Space scientist Prof. Roddam Narasimha and artist Syed Haider Raza (for Art) were presented with the Padma Vibhushan, while actor Rajesh Khanna and satirist Jaspal Singh Bhatti were honoured with Padma Bhushan posthumously. Among other Padma Bhushan awardees were M.K. Bhan, a former Secretary in the Department of Biotechnology, Olympian Mary Kom, Hindustani musician Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, industrialist Adi Godrej and Bharatnatyam exponent Saroja Vaidyanathan.

Among the Padma Shri awardees were: scientist Mustansir Barma, Bangladeshi social worker Jharna Dhara Chowdhury, theatre artist from Jammu and Kashmir Balwant Thakur, singer Padma Malhotra Motwane, designer Ritu Kumar, Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt, poet Nida Fazli, actor Nana Patekar and filmmaker Ramesh Sippy.

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