Dr Love,Jungle Queen,99-yr freedom fighter..Unsung Heroes are Padma Shri

New Delhi, Jan 25: A 75-year-old tribal woman who prepares herbal medicines to cure snake and insect bites, a 99-year-old freedom fighter, a nanogenarian Tibetan healer and a yoga instructor from Saudi Arabia were among those selected on Thursday for Padma Shri award -- the fourth highest civilian award in India. Others chosen include scientist Arvind Gupta, who has inspired students to learn science from trash, Gond artist Bhajju Shyam and M.R. Rajagopal, an expert on pain management called "medical messiah" for terminally ill patients. R. Vasudevan, known as plastic road maker of India; Murlikant Pedkar, India's first paralympic gold medalist in 1972; Subasini Mistry, a poor woman activist who built a humanity hospital for poor in West Bengal; Sulagatti Narasimma, 90, a farm labourer providing midwifery services in backward areas of Karnataka; Yeshi Dhoden, a 90-year-old Tibetan monk healer; and Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan, a Tamil folk art exponent are among the others selected for Padma Shri awards. Others named are: Rani and Abhay Bang, a doctor couple from Gadchiroli in Maharashtra; Gandhian from Nagaland Lentina Ao Thakkar; wildlife conservationist and herpetlogist Romulus Whitaker; Sampath Ramteke, sickle cell torch bearer; and Sandukruit, an opthalmologist. Anwar Jalalpuri, an Urdu poet from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh who traslated over 700 shlokas of Bhagwad Gita from Sanskrit to Urdu; Ibrahim Sutar, a Sufi Bhajan singer from Karnataka; Manas Bihari Verma, former Programme Director of indegenous light combat aircraft Tejas; Sitavva Joddati, social activitst; Nouf Marwaai, a yoga instructure from Saudi Arabia; V. Nanammal, a 98-year-old India's oldest yoga teacher from Tamil Nadu also feature in the list. According to a Home Ministry official, Lakshmikutty, the tribal woman from Kerala who prepares 500 herbal medicines from memory has helped thousands who suffered snake and insect bites. She is fondly called "vanamuthassi" (grandmother of jungle). Freedom fighter Sudhanshu Biswas, was shot at and jailed during India's independence movement, has won Padma Shri. Biswas runs schools, orphanages and dispensaries in rural West Bengal. He has also founded Ramakrishna Sevaashram and set up free schools for poor children. Gupta, 64, from Maharashtra has been for the last 40 years inspiring students to learn science from trash and using household materials and garbage as building blocks for scientific experiments. He has travelled to 3,000 schools and made 6,200 short films on toy-making in 18 languages. The IIT-Kanpur alumnus also provides free books in 12 languages. Gupta has hosted a popular science show "Tarang" on Doordarshan in 1980s. Shyam, 46, from Madhya Pradesh, is an internationally-acclaimed artiste of Gond -- a traditional painting style of his home state. He is known for his art work of depicting life in Europe through painting. He has illustrated and contributed to eight books, including the "London Jungle Book" that sold 30,000 copies and was published in five foreign languages. Rajagopal, 70, runs a palliative care unit for specialised medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses or terminal illnesses. He has specialised in pain-free neonatal surgeries and brought down post-surgical neonatal deaths from 75 to 28 per cent in 1980s. He is credited to have set up India's first palliative care unit in Kozhikode in Kerala in 1993 and introduced safe anesthesiology procedures. He is ranked among top 30 anesthesiologist globally.

Full list of Padma Awardees:

Padma Vibhushan:

1. Shri Illaiyaraja Art-Music Tamil Nadu

2. Shri Ghulam Mustafa Khan Art-Music Maharashtra

3. Shri Parameswaran Parameswaran Literature and Education Kerala 

Padma Bhushan:

4. Shri Pankaj Advani SportsBilliards/Snooker Karnataka

5. Shri Philipose Mar Chrysostom Others-Spiritualism Kerala

6. Shri Mahendra Singh Dhoni Sports-Cricket Jharkhand

7. Shri Alexander Kadakin (Foreigner/Posthumous) Public Affairs Russia

8. Shri Ramachandran Nagaswamy Others-Archaeology Tamil Nadu

9. Shri Ved Prakash Nanda (OCI) Literature and Education USA

10. Shri Laxman Pai Art-Painting Goa

11. Shri Arvind Parikh Art-Music Maharashtra

12. Ms. Sharda Sinha Art-Music Bihar

Padma Shri:

13. Shri Abhay Bang and Ms. Rani Bang (Duo) Medicine Maharashtra   

14. Shri Damodar Ganesh Bapat Social Work Chhattisgarh

15. Shri Prafulla Govinda Baruah Literature and Education-Journalism Assam

16. Shri Mohan Swaroop Bhatia Art-Folk Music Uttar Pradesh

17. Shri Sudhanshu Biswas Social Work West Bengal

18. Ms. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu Sports-Weightlifting Manipur

19. Shri Pandit Shyamlal Chaturvedi Literature and Education-Journalism Chhattisgarh

20. Shri Jose Ma Joey Concepcion III (Foreigner) Trade & Industry Philippines

21. Ms. Langpoklakpam Subadani Devi Art-Weaving Manipur

22. Shri Somdev Devvarman Sports-Tennis Tripura

23. Shri Yeshi Dhoden Medicine Himachal Pradesh

24. Shri Arup Kumar Dutta Literature and Education Assam

25. Shri Doddarange Gowda Art-Lyrics Karnataka

26. Shri Arvind Gupta Literature and Education Maharashtra

27. Shri Digamber Hansda Literature and Education Jharkhand

28. Shri Ramli Bin Ibrahim (Foreigner) Art-Dance Malaysia

29. Shri Anwar Jalalpuri (Posthumous) Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh

30. Shri Piyong Temjen Jamir Literature and Education Nagaland

31. Ms. Sitavva Joddati Social Work Karnataka

32. Ms. Malti Joshi Literature and Education Madhya Pradesh

33. Shri Manoj Joshi Art-Acting Maharashtra

34. Shri Rameshwarlal Kabra Trade & Industry Maharashtra

35. Shri Pran Kishore Kaul Art Jammu and Kashmir

36. Shri Bounlap Keokangna (Foreigner) Others-Architecture Laos

37. Shri Vijay Kichlu Art-Music West Bengal

38. Shri Tommy Koh (Foreigner) Public Affairs Singapore

39. Ms. Lakshmikutty Medicine-Traditional Kerala

40. Ms. Joyshree Goswami Mahanta Literature and Education Assam

41. Shri Narayan Das Maharaj Others-Spiritualism Rajasthan

42. Shri Pravakara Maharana Art-Sculpture Odisha

43. Shri Hun Many (Foreigner) Public Affairs Cambodia

44. Ms. Nouf Marwaai (Foreigner) Others- Yoga Saudi Arabia

45. Shri Zaverilal Mehta Literature and Education-Journalism Gujarat

46. Shri Krishna Bihari Mishra Literature and Education West Bengal

47. Shri Sisir Purushottam Mishra Art-Cinema Maharashtra

48. Ms. Subhasini Mistry Social Work West Bengal

49. Shri Tomio Mizokami (Foreigner) Literature and Education Japan

50. Shri Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong (Foreigner) Others-Spiritualism Thailand

51. Shri Keshav Rao Musalgaonkar Literature and Education Madhya Pradesh

52. Dr Thant Myint – U (Foreigner) Public Affairs Myanmar

53. Ms. V Nanammal Others-Yoga Tamil Nadu

54. Ms. Sulagitti Narasamma Social Work Karnataka

55. Ms. Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan Art-Folk Music Tamil Nadu

56. Shri I Nyoman Nuarta (Foreigner) Art- Sculpture Indonesia

57. Shri Malai Haji Abdullah Bin Malai Haji Othman (Foreigner) Social Work Brunei Darussalam

58. Shri Gobaradhan Panika Art-Weaving Odisha

59. Shri Bhabani Charan Pattanaik Public Affairs Odisha

60. Shri Murlikant Petkar Sports-Swimming Maharashtra

61. Shri Habibullo Rajabov (Foreigner) Literature and Education Tajikistan

62. Shri M R Rajagopal Medicine-Palliative Care Kerala

63. Shri Sampat Ramteke (Posthumous) Social Work Maharashtra

64. Shri Chandra Sekhar Rath Literature and Education Odisha

65. Shri S S Rathore Civil Service Gujarat

66. Shri Amitava Roy Science and Engineering West Bengal

67. Shri Sanduk Ruit (Foreigner) MedicineOphthalmology Nepal

68. Shri R Sathyanarayana Art-Music Karnataka

69. Shri Pankaj M Shah Medicine-Oncology Gujarat

70. Shri Bhajju Shyam Art-Painting Madhya Pradesh

71. Shri Maharao Raghuveer Singh Literature and Education Rajasthan

72. Shri Kidambi Srikanth Sports-Badminton Andhra Pradesh

73. Shri Ibrahim Sutar Art-Music Karnataka

74. Shri Siddeshwara Swamiji Others-Spiritualism Karnataka

75. Ms. Lentina Ao Thakkar Social Work Nagaland

76. Shri Vikram Chandra Thakur Science and Engineering Uttarakhand

77. Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Tharanathan and  Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Thyagarajan (Duo) Art-Music Karnataka

78. Shri Nguyen Tien Thien (Foreigner) Others-Spiritualism Vietnam

79. Shri Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh

80. Shri Rajagopalan Vasudevan Science and Engineering Tamil Nadu

81. Shri Manas Bihari Verma Science and Engineering Bihar

82. Shri Panatawane Gangadhar Vithobaji Literature and Education Maharashtra

83. Shri Romulus Whitaker Others-Wildlife Conservation Tamil Nadu

84. Shri Baba Yogendra Art Madhya Pradesh

85. Shri A Zakia Literature and Education Mizoram