The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presented Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards today at a Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Scientist and former DG of DRDO V K Aatre, Superstar Rajnikant, classical singer Girija Devi, journalist and film maker Ramoji Rao, Oncologist Dr. V Shanta were honoured with Padma Vibhushan. Singer Udit Narayan, former US diplomat Robert Blackwill, Chinmaya Mission Chief Swami Tejomayananda, Theater personality Heisnam Kanhailal, tennis player Sania Mirza were among those honoured with the Padma Bhushan.
Actor Priyanka Chopra, Sports commentator Sushil Doshi, writer Dhirendra Nath Bezbaruah, environment preserver Simon Oraon, Lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, Textile Designer Sribhas Supakar were among others who received the Padmashree.
Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and several Union Ministers were present on the occasion. Earlier in March, 56 eminent personalities were honoured with the Padma awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The government had announced Padma awards, one of the highest civilian awards in the country, for 112 eminent persons on the eve of Republic Day.