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Madhavan Nair, Abhinav Bhindra receive Padma awards

J. Venkatesan

NEW DELHI: Indian Space ResearchOrganisation ChairmanG. Madhavan Nair,involved in the first Chandrayaanmission; noted environmentalistSunderlalBahuguna, Olympic Goldmedal winner Abhinav Bhindra,actors Vivek and Tilakanand eminent Carnatic musicianAruna Sairam wereamong the 63 personalitieswho were presented the Padmaawards 2009 by PresidentPratibha Patil here on Tuesday.(The first batch of awardeeswere presented with theawards on March 31.)

The President presentedthe Padma Vibhushan, thecountry's second highest civilianaward, to four distinguishedpersonalities, thePadma Bhushan to 14 and thePadma Shri awards to 45.The awards were presentedat a special civil investitureceremony at the Ashoka Hallin Rashtrapathi Bhavan andevery recipient was greetedwith repeated rounds ofapplause.

The glittering function wasattended, among others, byVice-President M. HamidAnsari, Prime Minister ManmohanSingh, and HomeMinister P. Chidambaram.Cricketers M.S. Dhoni andHarbhajan Singh, PadmaShri winners, were notpresent.

The Padma Vibhushanawardees include Prof. D. P.Chattopadhyaya, Literatureamp; Education and Dr. PurshotamLal, Medicine.



Shekhar Gupta, Journalism;Dr. (Smt) Isher JudgeAhluwalia, Literature amp; Education;Ramachandra Guha,Literature amp; Education; ConjeevaramSrirangachari Seshadri,Science amp; Engineering;Dr. Gurdip Singh Randhawa,Science amp; Engineering; Dr.Naganath Nayakawadi, SocialWork and Dr. (Smt.) SarojiniVaradappan, Social Work receivedPadma Bhushan awards.

Padma Shri

Those who received PadmaShri awards included:Smt. Devayani Chaymotty,Art (Foreigner). Smt. HelanKhan, Art; Smt. Hemi Bawa,Art ; Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar,Art; Dr. Leela Omchery,Art; Dr.Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy,Art; Udit Narayan, Art;Ameen Sayani, Commentaryamp; Broadcasting; Prof. ThanikachalamSadagopan, Medicine;Pankaj Advani, Sports;Arumugam Sakthivel, Tradeamp; Industry; Rev. Fr. JosephHilary Pereira (rehabilitationof HIV/AIDS patients) andDr. R. Sivaraman (medicine).

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