Cricketer Rahul Dravid, actresses Sharmila Tagore and Sridevi, and DRDO chief V K Saraswat were honoured with Padma awards among 54 people. Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and researcher Yash Pal received Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.
Theatre personality B Jayashree, boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh of Indian Navy, photographer Pablo Bartholomew and Subedar Major Bajrang Lal Takhar also received Padma Shri. S Lakshminarayana ‘Bapu’, Vandana Luthra, S K M Maeilanandhan, Kailash Chandra Meher, Neelima Chandrashekhar Mishra, P Madhavan Nair, Sankar Kumar Pal, Brahmdeo Ram Pandit, Rajshree Pathy, Deepak Bhaskar Phatak, Mudundi Ramakrishna Raju, C Venkata S Ram, R Nageshwar Rao, Surender Sharma, Jaymala Jayram Shiledar, Rama Kant Shukla, Ajay Kumar Sood, Pt Suresh Talwalkar, Rajendar Kumar Tiku and Akhtarul Wasey also received Padma Shri.
The 42 people honoured with Padma Shri comprised Avnita Abbi, Sudarshan Kumar Aggarwal, Mohammad Sharfe Alam, Gajam Anjaiah, Rajendra Achyut Badwe, Memendra Prasad Barooah, G C D Bharti, Ravindra Singh Bisht, Avinash Chander, Taraprasad Das, Trichur Viswanathan Devarajan, Sanjay Govind Dhande, Saroj Chooramani Gopal, Noboru Karashima from Japan, Ram Krishan (posthumous), Salik Lakhnawi (posthumous) and Manju Bharat Ram (posthumous).
This year’s list of honours was announced on January 25 and another ceremony is likely later for presentation of the awards to the remaining recipients.