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Brajesh, Montek, Premji, VVS Among Padma Awardees
Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahaluwalia, former diplomat Brajesh Mishra and Telugu thespian A Nageshwara Rao were today chosen for country's second highest civilian award--Padma Vibhushan--this year.

A sprinkling of eminent personalities from Bollywood, art, literary, sports, trade and industry and civil services were among the 128 persons chosen for this year's Padma awards announced on the eve of Republic Day.

Government made no announcement about Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who died yesterday, was the last awardee in this category in 2008.

Brijesh Mishra, who was the National Security Adviser to the then Prime Minister A B Vajpayee during the NDA regime, had come out in support of the Indo-US nuclear deal of the UPA-I.

Hindi film veterans Shashi Kapoor, Waheda Rehman, music composer Khayyam and playback singer S P Balasubramanyam were named among the Padma Bhushan awardees. Tabasum Hashmi Khan alias Tabu and Kajol were chosen in the Padma Shri category.

Former Attorney General and eminent jurist K Parasaran, art historian Kapila Vatsayan, India's first woman photographer Homai Vyarawalla, Malayalam writer O N V Kurup and Oriya literary personality Sitakant Mohapatra, late Gandhian L C Jain, former Governor A R Kidwai, Chairperson of 13th Finance Commission Vijay Kelkar, distinguished materials scientist P Rama Rao are the other personalities chosen for the Padma Vibhushan award.

In sports, those selected for Padma Shri awards were cricketer V V S Laxman, weightlifter Kunjarani Devi, wrestler Sushil Kumar, ace shooter Gangan Narang and discus thrower Krishna Poonia.

Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran, Industrialist Yogi Deveshwar, banker Chanda Kochar, Infosys executive Kris Gopalakrishnan, K Anji Reddy of Reddy labs, Rajinder Singh Pawar, former civil servants M N Buch and Surinder Singh, Kathakali artist M Vasudevan Nair, theatre personality from Maharashtra Satyadev Dubey, were listed in the Padma Bhushan category.

The other Padma Shri awardees included playback singer Usha Uthap, bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, Kashmir University Vice chancellor Riyaz Punjabi, Tamil literary personality Dr Avvai Natarajan, Dogri writer Devi Dutt Sharma and former Delhi Univesity Upendra Baxi.

Subra Suresh, Director of National Science Foundation in the US and an advisor of President Barack Obama, and Gene Campaign activist Suman Sahai were those selected in the science category in Padma awards.


Sl Name Discipline State/ Domicile
Padma Vibushan
1. Dr. (Smt.) Kapila Vatsyayan Art - Art Administration
and Promotion.
Delhi
2. Mrs. Homai Vyarawalla Art - Photography Gujarat
3. Shri A Nageshwara Rao Art- Cinema AP
4. Shri Parasaran Kesava Iyengar Public Affairs Delhi
5. Dr. Akhlaq-ur-Rehman Kidwai Public Affairs Delhi
6. Shri Vijay Kelkar Public Affairs Delhi
7. Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia Public Affairs Delhi
8. Shri Palle Rama Rao Science and Engineering AP
9. Shri Azim Premji Trade and Industry Karnataka
10. Shri Brajesh Mishra Civil Services MP
11. Prof. (Dr.) Ottaplakkal Neelakandan Velu Kurup Literature and Education Kerala
12. Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra Literature and Education Orissa
13. Late Shri L. C. Jain Public Affairs Delhi *
Padma Bhushan
1. Shri Satyadev Dubey Art - Theatre Maharashtra
2. Shri Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi alias Khayyam Art - Cinema - Music Maharashtra
3. Shri Shashi Kapoor Art - Cinema Maharashtra
4. Shri Krishen Khanna Art - Painting Haryana
5. Shri Madavur Vasudevan Nair Art - Dance - Kathakali Kerala
6. Ms. Waheeda Rehman Art - Cinema Maharashtra
7. Shri Rudrapatna Krishna Shastry Srikantan Art - Music-Vocal Karnataka
8. Ms. Arpita Singh Art - Painting Delhi
9. Dr. Sripathi Panditharadhyula Balasubrahmanyam Art - Playback Singing, Music Direction & acting Tamil Nadu
10. Shri C.V. Chandrasekhar Art - Classical Dance-Bharatanatyam Tamil Nadu
11. Shri Dwijen Mukherjee Art West Bengal
12. Smt. Rajashree Birla Social work Maharashtra
13. Mrs. Shobhana Ranade Social work Maharashtra
14. Dr. Suryanarayanan Ramachandran Science and Engineering Tamil Nadu
15. Shri S.(Kris) Gopalakrishnan Trade and Industry Karnataka
16. Shri Yogesh Chander Deveshwar Trade and Industry West Bengal
17. Ms. Chanda Kochhar Trade and Industry Maharashtra
18. Dr. K. Anji Reddy Trade and Industry- Pharmacy AP
19. Shri Analjit Singh Trade and Industry Delhi
20. Shri Rajendra Singh Pawar Trade and Industry Haryana
21. Dr. Gunapati Venkata Krishna Reddy Trade and Industry AP
22. Shri Ajai Chowdhary Trade and Industry Delhi
23. Shri Surendra Singh Civil Services Delhi
24. Shri M. N .Buch Civil Services MP
25. Shri Shyam Saran Civil Services Delhi
26. Shri Thayil Jacob Sony George Literature and Education Karnataka
27. Dr. Ramdas Madhava Pai Literature and Education Karnataka
28. Shri Sankha Ghosh Literature and Education West Bengal
29. Late Shri K. Raghavan Thirumulpad Medicine - Ayurveda. Kerala*
30. Late Dr. Keki Byramjee Grant Medicine - Cardiology Maharashtra *
31. Late Shri Dashrath Patel Art Gujarat *
Padma Sri
1. Ms. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry Art - Theatre Chandigarh
2. Shri Makar Dhwaja Darogha Art- Chhau Dance Jharkhand
3. Shri Shaji Neelakantan Karun Art – Film Direction Kerala
4. Shri Girish Kasaravalli Art - Film making Karnataka
5. Ms. Tabassum Hashmi Khan alias Tabu Art - Cinema Maharashtra
6. Shri Jivya Soma Mase Art - Warli Painting Maharashtra
7. Guru (Ms.) M.K. Saroja Art - Dance- Bharatnatyam Tamil Nadu
8. Shri Jayaram Subramaniam Art - Cinema Tamil Nadu
9. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty Art - Music-Indian Classical Vocal West Bengal
10. Smt. Mahasundari Devi Art - Mithilia/ Madhubani Painting. Bihar
11. Shri Gajam Govardhana Art - Handloom Weaving AP
12. Ms. Sunayana Hazarilal Art - Dance - Kathak Maharashtra
13. Shri S.R. Janakiraman Art - Carnatic Vocal Music Tamil Nadu
14. Shri Peruvanam Kuttan Marar Art - Chenda Melam- Drum concert Kerala
15. Smt. Kalamandalam Kshemavathy Pavithran Art - Dance - Mohiniattam Kerala
16. Shri Dadi Dorab Pudumjee Art - Puppetry Delhi
17. Shri Khangembam Mangi Singh Art - Traditional Music of Manipur (Pena) Manipur
18. Shri Prahlad Singh Tipaniya Art - Folk Music MP
19. Smt. Usha Uthup Art - Music. West Bengal
20. Smt. Kajol Art- Cinema Maharashtra
21. Shri Irfan Khan Art- Cinema Maharashtra
22. Shri Mamraj Agrawal Social work West Bengal
23. Shri Jockin Arputham Social work Maharashtra
24. Ms. Nomita Chandy Social work Karnataka
25. Ms. Sheela Patel Social work Maharashtra
26. Ms. Anita Reddy Social work Karnataka
27. Shri Kanubhai Hasmukhbhai Tailor Social work Gujarat
28. Shri Anant Darshan Shankar Public Affairs Karnataka
29. Prof. M. Annamalai Science and Engineering Karnataka
30. Dr. Mahesh Haribhai Mehta Science and Engineering - Agricultural Science Gujarat
31. Shri Coimbatore Narayana Rao Raghavendran Science and Engineering Tamil Nadu
32. Dr. (Mrs.) Suman Sahai Science and Engineering Delhi
33. Prof.(Dr.) E.A. Siddiq Science and Engineering - Agricultural Science AP
34. Shri Gopalan Nair Shankar Science and Engineering - Architecture Kerala
35. Shri Mecca Rafeeque Ahmed Trade and Industry Tamil Nadu
36. Shri Kailasam Raghavendra Rao Trade and Industry Tamil Nadu
37. Shri Narayan Singh Bhati Civil Services AP
38. Shri P K Sen Civil Services Bihar
39. Ms. Shital Mahajan Sports - Adventure Sports- Para Jumping Maharashtra
40. Ms. Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi Sports - Weightlifting Manipur
41. Shri Sushil Kumar Sports - Wrestling Delhi
42. Shri Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman Sports - Cricket AP
43. Shri Gagan Narang Sports - Shooting AP
44. Smt. Krishna Poonia Sports - Discus Throw Rajasthan
45. Shri Harbhajan Singh Sports - Mountaineering Punjab
46. Dr. Pukhraj Bafna Medicine - Padeatrics Chhattisgarh
47. Prof. Mansoor Hasan Medicine- Cardiology UP
48. Dr. Shyama Prasad Mandal Medicine - Orthopaedic Delhi
49. Prof. (Dr.) Sivapatham Vittal Medicine - Endocrinology Tamil Nadu
50. Prof. (Dr.) Madanur Ahmed Ali Medicine - Gastroenterology Tamil Nadu
51. Dr. Indira Hinduja Medicine - Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Maharashtra
52. Dr. Jose Chacko Periappuram Medicine - Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Kerala
53. Prof. (Dr.) A. Marthanda Pillai Medicine - Neurosurgery Kerala
54. Shri Mahim Bora Literature and Education Assam
55. Prof. (Dr.) Pullella Srirama Chandrudu Literature and Education- Sanskrit AP
56. Dr. Pravin Darji Literature and Education Gujarat
57. Dr. Chandra Prakash Deval Literature and Education Rajasthan
58. Shri Balraj Komal Literature and Education Delhi
59. Mrs. Rajni Kumar Literature and Education Delhi
60. Dr. Devanooru Mahadeva Literature and Education Karnataka
61. Shri Barun Mazumder Literature and Education West Bengal
62. Dr. Avvai Natarajan Literature and Education Tamil Nadu
63. Shri Bhalchandra Nemade Literature and Education Himachal Pradesh
64. Prof. Riyaz Punjabi Literature and Education Jammu and Kashmir
65. Prof. Koneru Ramakrishna Rao Literature and Education AP
66. Ms. Buangi Sailo Literature and Education Mizoram
67. Prof. Devi Dutt Sharma Literature and Education Uttarakhand
68. Shri Nilamber Dev Sharma Literature and Education Jammu and Kashmir
69. Ms. Urvashi Butalia & Ms. Ritu Menon Literature and Education Delhi
70. Prof. Krishna Kumar Literature and Education Delhi
71. Shri Deviprasad Dwivedi Literature and Education UP
72. Ms. Mamang Dai Literature and Education Arunachal Pradesh
73. Dr. Om Prakash Agrawal Others - Heritage Conservation UP
74. Prof. Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar Others - Archeology Maharashtra
75. Ms. Shanti Teresa Lakra Others-Nursing Andaman & Nicobar
76. Smt. Gulshan Nanda Others - Handicrafts promotion Delhi
77. Dr. Azad Moopen Social work UAE *
78. Prof. Upendra Baxi Public Affairs -Legal Affairs United Kingdom *
79. Dr. Mani Lal Bhaumik Science and Engineering USA *
80. Dr. Subra Suresh Science and Engineering USA *
81. Prof. Karl Harrington Potter Literature and Education USA *
82. Prof. Martha Chen Social work USA *
83. Shri Satpal Khattar Trade and Industry Singapore *
84. Shri Granville Austin Literature and Education USA *
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5/D-59
Jan 26, 2011
11:58 AM

Congrats to all receipients.... Looking at the list briefly, I fail to understand why each one was selected for the award and additionally I find the category too limited and NOT diverse enough... Our govt should publize the core criteria for selecting the receipients, the list of candidates shortlisted and supporting evidence for the final list... Additionally our govt should make sure that the receipients are non-controversial, have filed their taxes and are of impeccable character (not CVC Thomas style).....

Having come from Tamil Nadu, I fail to recognize even one name in the list of receipients from the state of Tamil Nadu. In addition "Shri Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman" has been awarded for cricket. I do not know who gentleman is and why was he chosen for the award,...Concentration of receipients is from very few states... Except for Karnataka most of the states are either ruled by congress or by their partners.. Is this a sheer coincidence...

ken, stlouis
4/D-57
Jan 26, 2011
11:38 AM

Not many, perhaps not a single, journalists on the list this year !

ashok lal, mumbai
3/D-43
Jan 26, 2011
08:29 AM

Gandhi Ji did not get Nobel, Vajpayee can live without Bharat Ratna.

Next in line should be Barkha, Vir and Kalmadi.

Lalit Jha, Houston
2/D-205
Jan 25, 2011
11:11 PM

It is time Vajpayee was awarded Bharat Ratna, even though he failed in his Raj Dharma by not firing Modi in 2002. Vajpayee does have many successes to his name.

 

Anwaar, Dallas
1/D-173
Jan 25, 2011
09:33 PM

Montek Singh obviously got it for backing Kapil Sibal on vilifying CAG report.

Indian Deshi, Hyderabad
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