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K.K. Talwar, Sibal get Padma Bhushan

New Delhi, January 25
Veteran Malayalam film-maker and Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner Adoor Gopalakrishnan, teenage tennis sensation Sania Mirza, Infosys number two Nadan Nilekani, Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande and eminent cardiologist Uprendra Kaul were among 106 personalities from various fields chosen for prestigious Padma awards this year.

Renowned author and crusader for tribals rights Mahasveta Devi, eminent Mexican scientist Norman Borlaug, eminent playback singer Pankaj Udhas, aviator Vijaypat Sighania, leading banker Deepak Parekh of HDFC and industrialist Tarun Das of FICCI, Tata Consultancy Services chief Ramadorai and filmmaker Sai Paranjape, litterateur Ajeet Caur, veteran actor A K Hangal also figure in the list of distinguished persons selected for the honours.

Sania, shuttler Madhumita Bisht, former national champion, and shotputter Bahadur Singh are three sportspersons in the list of Padma Shri winners. Besides Borlaug, who has been honoured with Padma Bhushan, there are four other foreigners - Czech scholar Dusan Zbaveitel, Russian educationist Gregory Maximovich Bongard-Levin (both Padma Bhusan) and Qatari minister Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah bin al-Mahmood and well-known German educationist Lothar Lutze who were chosen for Padma Shri.

The world of art and literature recorded a strong presence in this year’s list with 34 people getting the different categories of Padma awards.

While Adoor and Mahasveta Devi are the recipients of Padma Vibhushan, filmmaker Sai Paranjape and Telugu actor K Chiranjeevi have been chosen for Padma Bhusan titles. Singer Pankaj Udhas was selected for Padma Shri.

Following is the list of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awardees:

Padma Vibhushan:

Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Art, Kerala.

C. R. Krishnaswamy Rao, Civil Service, Tamil Nadu.

Charles Correa, Science and Engineering, Maharashtra.

Mahasveta Devi, Literature and Education, West Bengal.

Nirmala Deshpande, Social Work, Delhi.

Norman E. Borlaug, Science and Engineering, Mexico.

Obaid Siddiqui, Science and Engineering, Karnataka.

Prakash Narain Tandon, Medicine, Delhi.

Justice V. N. Khare, Public Affairs, Uttar Pradesh.

Padma Bhushan: A. K. Hangal, Art, Maharashtra, Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, Art, Maharashtra Deepak Parekh, Trade and Industry, Maharashtra, Devaki Jain, Social Work, Karnataka, Dinesh Nandini Dalmia, Literature and Education, Delhi, Dusan Zbavitel, Literature and Education, Czechoslovakia, Ganga Prasad Birla, Social Work, West Bengal, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Art, Maharashtra, Gregory Maximovich Bongard-Levin, Literature and Education, Russia, Late Dr Gunter Kruger (Posthumous), Trade and Industry, Maharashtra, Shri Hira Lall Sibal, Public Affairs, Chandigarh, Jaiveer Agarwal, Medicine, Tamil Nadu Air Commodore Jasjit Singh, Defence Services, Haryana, Prof K G Subramanyam, Art, West Bengal, Kamleshwar Prasad Saxena, Literature and Education, Delhi, Prof (Dr) Kewal Kishan Talwar, Medicine, Chandigarh , Konidala Chiranjeevi, Art, Andhra Pradesh, KPP Nambiar, Science and Engineering, Karnataka, Lokesh Chandra, Literature and Education, Delhi, Madhav Gadgil, Science and Engineering, Maharashtra.

M.V. Pylee, Literature and Education, Kerala, N.S. Ramaswamy, Social Work, Karnataka, Shri Nandan M Nilekani, Science and Engineering, Karnataka, Late P. Leela (Posthumous), Art, Tamil Nadu, P. P. Rao, Public Affairs, Uttar Pradesh, P. S. Appu, Civil Service, Karnataka, Ramakanta Rath, Literature and Education, Orissa, S Ramadorai, Trade and Industry, Maharashtra, Ustad Sabri Khan, Art, Delhi, Sai Paranjpye, Art, Maharashtra, Shanno Khurana, Art, Delhi, Shashi Bhushan, Public Affairs, Delhi, Tarun Das, Trade and Industry, Haryana, V Shanta, Medicine, Tamil Nadu, Vijay Shankar Vyas, Literature and Education, Rajasthan, Vijaypat Singhania, Sports, Maharashtra.

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