Ilayaraja, Rahman & Amir get Padma Bhushan Awards
Nobel laureate of Indian origin Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Apollo hospital chief Pratap Reddy and former RBI Governor Y V Reddy, eminent theatre personalities Zohra Segal, Ebrahim Alkazi and noted ‘mridangam’ Carnatic artist Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman were on Monday chosen for the second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan.
Music maestros Ilayaraja, A R Rahman and Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan have been named for Padma Bhushan. The other awardees in this category include noted NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal, eminent neurosurgeon Satya Paul Agarwal and eminent cardiac surgeon Ramakant Panda.
Cricketer Virendra Sehwag, Hockey national Ignace Tirkey, Formula 1 driver Narain Kartikeyan, Badminton star Saina Nehwal, Boxer Vijender Singh and Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘guru’ Ramakant Achrekar have been selected for Padma Shri awards in sports category.
Actors Rekha, Saif Ali Khan and sound designer Resul Pokutty are among the Padma Shri awards.
The Government of India named 130 people, including 13 in the category of foreigners, NRIs and PIOs. 6 are awarded Padma Vibhushan, 43 Padma Bhushan and 83 are Padma Shri.