Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and Shia leader Prince Karim Aga Khan were among five eminent personalities, who were conferred Padma Vibhushan– the country’s second highest civilian award– by President Pranab Mukherjee at an impressive function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday, 8th April 2015.
The 50 leading lights bestowed the three categories of Padma awards included legal luminary K K Venugopal, Dharmadhikari of Karnataka’s Shri Manjunatha Swamy temple Dharmasthala Veerendra Heggade and nuclear scientist M Ramaswamy Srinivasan.
Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior ministers, BJP stalwart L K Advani, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among those present on the occasion. Owing to indifferent, nonagenarian thespian Dilip Kumar, who was also one of the Padma Vibhushan awardees, could not attend the civil investiture ceremony held at the Durbar Hall.
Prominent among the eight Padma Bhushan awardees were 12-time national award winning film maker Jahnu Barua, Canada-born mathematician Manjul Bhargava, internationally acclaimed computer scientist Vijay Bhatkar, spiritual guru Swami Satyamitranand Giri, constitutional expert Subhash C Kashyap and eminent endocrinologist Ambrish Mithal. Head of Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Karnataka, 107-year-old Shivakumara Swamigalu, who was one of the Padma Bhushan awardees, was not present.
Women hockey player Saba Anjum, project director of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission S Arunan, internationally known scholar on Indology, Austria-born Bettina Sharada Baumer, whose research was on ‘Kashmir Shaivism’ and intellectual, spiritual and cultural traditions of Kashmir, Indian-American economist Nadarajan Raj Chetty and member of Niti Aayog Bibek Bebroy were given Padma Shri awards.
(Article/ Photograph Source: New Indian Express)