New Delhi: The government has announced the list of Padma Awards 2016. Distinguished personalities from the field of public service, sports and entertainment will be awarded the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards.
The Padma Bhushan awardees are:
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, sportspersons Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza, singer Udit Narayan, Ram Sutar, Former CAG Vinod Rai, Heisnam Kanhailal, Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Swami Tejomayananda, Prof N S Ramanuja Tatacharya, Prof D Nageshwar Reddy, Former US Ambassador to India Robert D Blackwill and Bennett, Coleman & Company's Indu Jain.
Padma Vibhushan awardees include: Filmstar Rajinikanth, Yamini Krishnamurthi, Girija Devi, Ramoji Rao, Shri Shri Ravi Shankar, Dr Viswanathan Shanta. Reliance Industries founder late Dhirubhai Ambani will also be awarded Padma Vibhushan.
Prominent personalities to get Padma Shri awards are:
Pathibha Prahlad: Classical Dance (Delhi)
Bhikunanda Gadhvi: Folk Music (Gujarat)
Sribhas Chandra Supakar: Textile Designing (UP)
Ajay Devgn: Cinema (Maharashtra)
Priyanka Chopra: Cinema (Maharashtra)
Pandit: Tulsidas Borkar: Classical Music (Goa)
Soma Ghosh: Classical Vocal (UP)
Nila Madhab Panda: Film Direction & Production (Delhi)
SS Rajamouli: Film Direction & Production (Karnataka)
Madhur Bhandarkar: Film Direction & Production (Maharashtra)
M Venkatesh Kumar: Folk Artist (Karnataka)
Gulabi Sapera: Folk Dance (Rajasthan)
Mamta Chandrakar: Folk Music (Chhattisgarh)
Malini Awasthi: Folk Music (UP)
Jai Prakash Lekhiwal: Miniature Painting (Delhi)
K Laxma Goud: Painting (Telangana)
Bhalchandra Dattatray: Photography (MP)