President Ram Nath Kovind presents Padma Awards at 2019 Civil Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, actor Manoj Bajpayee, mountaineer Bachendri Pal, ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan and Odisha tea seller D Prakash Rao were among the recipients of the honour. One of the highest civilian awards of the country, the Padma Awards were conferred at the 2019 Civil Investiture Ceremony.
The ceremony in the imposing Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan saw the attendance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his cabinet colleagues Rajnath Singh, Harsh Vardhan, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Vijay Goel besides senior BJP leader L K Advani and senior government officials.
As many as 112 ‘inspiring’ personalities were selected for this year’s Padma awards and their names were announced on the eve of Republic Day this year.
The awards were conferred in two ceremonies with 47 dignitaries receiving the honour on March 11, while 54 were honoured on Saturday.
President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Saalumarada Thimmakka for Social Work. Aged 107, Smt Thimmakka is an environmentalist from Karnataka and is known for planting banyan trees along a 4 km stretch of highway from her village Hulikal to Kudur
Padma Vibhushan to Anilkumar Manibhai Naik for Trade & Industry. Naik is the Group Chairman of Larsen & Toubro and among India’s most respected business leaders.
Padma Bhushan conferred to Ms Bachendri Pal for Sports. The first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, she is widely recognised for her pioneering role in mountaineering and adventure sports, especially for women
Padma Bhushan to Mahashay Dharampal Gulati for Trade & Industry. He is the Chairman of ‘Mahashian Di Hatti’ (MDH) and an icon in the Indian food industry
Padma Shri to Saalumarada Thimmakka for Social Work. Aged 107, Smt Thimmakka is an environmentalist from Karnataka and is known for planting banyan trees along a 4 km stretch of highway from her village Hulikal to Kudur.
Prof. Rajeshwar Acharya awarded for Arts. A doyen of Hindustani Classical vocal music from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, he is also an academician and jaltarang player.
President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Manoj Bajpayee for Art (Cinema). A renowned film actor, he is known for his versatile roles and has worked in more than 60 films.
Padma Awards were instituted in 1954 to be awarded to citizens of India in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the arts, education, industry, literature, science, sports, medicine, social service and public affairs. It has also been awarded to some distinguished individuals who were not citizens of India but did contribute in various ways to India.
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