Padma Awards conferred , Saina Nehwal, Anupam Kher, Ajay Devgn among prominent names
At a glittering function at Rashtrapati Bhavan , President Pranab Mukherjee has conferred the Padma awards on 56 eminent personalities, including Dhirubhai Ambani (posthumously), actor Anupam Kher and former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai .
Mukherjee bestowed Padma Vibhushan on Ambani, economist Avinash Kamalakar Dixit, former Jammu and Kashmir governor Jagmohan, danseuse Yamini Krishnamurthi and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Padma Bhushan awardees included architect Hafeez Sorabe Contractor, educationist and journalist Barjinder Singh Hamdard, actor Anupam Kher, industrialist Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, badminton star Saina Nehwal, scientist Alla Ventaka Rama Rao and gastroenterologist Duvvur Nageshwar Reddy.
The 43 Padma Shri awardees included ISRO scientist Mylswamy Annadurai, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, actor Ajay Devgn, archer Deepika Kumari and celebrated chef Mohammed Imtiaz Qureshi.
The remaining awardees, including actors Rajinikanth and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and tennis player Sania Mirza, will be given the honour at a separate function to be held next month. ( IANS and agencies)