President Ram Nath Kovind presents the Padma Bhushan Award to singer KS Chitra. | Photo credit: ANI
New Delhi: Former Assam CM (late) Tarun Gogoi, former Minister of Trade Unions (late) Ram Vilas Paswan, Venu Srinivasan, chairman of TVS Motor Company, former chairman of Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan are among the personalities who received the prestigious Padma Awards on Tuesday, presented by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Dolly Gogoi received the award on behalf of her husband Tarun Gogoi. Former Chief Minister of Gujarat Keshubhai Patel received the Padma Bhushan posthumously.
Playback singer KS Chitra received the Padma Bhushan, while the late SP Balasubrahmanyam received the Padma Vibhushan posthumously, with his son receiving the award.
Veteran table tennis player Mouma Das received the Padma Shri Award from President Kovind.
“Architectural art used to be a very big industry. Everything changes, not art. We get lost in art. I call on young people to devote themselves to art so that it lasts longer. It is a work of virtue to keep it on such a pedestal, ”said Sudarshan Sahoo, Padma Prize winner and veteran sculptor.
Wrestler Virender Singh received the Padma Shri Award.
Other prominent figures, who have received the Padma Awards, include veteran sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo, veteran physician and educator Belle Monappa Hegde, social worker Krishnammal Jagannathan, among others.
Commenting on the award, Jagannathan said receiving one of the highest civilian honors is a great encouragement to continue social work and work for the upliftment of the oppressed.
Tuesday morning, as part of Investiture ceremony 1, the President presented four Padma Vibhushan Awards, five Padma Bhushan Awards and 51 Padma Shri Awards. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was among the prominent names who received the Padma Vibhushan Award.
The Padma Awards are the highest civilian honors in the country. The names of the recipients are announced each year on the eve of Republic Day. While Padma Vibhushan is awarded for outstanding and distinguished service, Padma Bhushan is presented to individuals for distinguished service of a higher order. The Padma Shri honors recipients for distinguished service in a particular area.
The awards recognize the achievements of individuals in various fields of endeavor which also have an element of public service.