Padma Awards

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Padma Awards are the highest civilian awards of the country after the Bharat Ratna and are conferred by the Government of India in three categories, namely, ‘Padma Vibhushan’, ‘Padma Bhushan’ and ‘Padma Shri’. The awards, which were instituted in 1954, are given in various disciplines such as arts, social work, public affairs, science and technology, medicine, trade and industry, literature and education, sports and civil service.

While the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service and ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order, the ‘Padma Shri’ is given for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the eve of the Republic Day every year and are actually given in the months of March/April.

The awards are normally conferred on Indian citizens but some eminent persons of Indian origin and foreigners have also been conferred with the awards for their contributions in different fields.

The nomination for the awards are open to the public and self-nomination is also possible. The selection of the awardees is done on the recommendations of the Padma Awards Committee which is constituted by the Prime Minister each year.

There is no monetary component to the awards and only a certificate and a medallion are awarded. The Padma Awards medallions are made of silver and are circular in shape. They feature a lotus flower in the center, symbolizing purity and growth.

Over 3,500 individuals have been conferred with the Padma Awards since their inception.

Padma Awards 2024:

For the year 2024, the President has approved conferment of 132 Padma Awards including 2 duo cases (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one) as per list below. The list comprises 5 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 110 Padma Shri Awards. 30 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 8 persons from the category of Foreigners /NRI/PIO/OCI and 9 Posthumous awardees.

Padma Vibhushan: Ms. Vyjayantimala Bali (Art), Shri Konidela Chiranjeevi (Art), Shri M Venkaiah Naidu (Public Affairs), Shri Bindeshwar Pathak (Social Work – Posthumously) and Ms. Padma Subrahmanyam (Art).

Padma Bhushan: Ms. M Fathima Beevi (Public Affairs – Posthumous), Hormusji N Cama (Literature & Education – Journalism), Mithun Chakraborty (Art), Sitaram Jindal (Trade & Industry), Young Liu (Trade & Industry, Taiwan), Shri Ashwin Balachand Mehta (Medicine), Shri Satyabrata Mookherjee (Public Affairs – Posthumously), Shri Ram Naik (Public Affairs), Shri Tejas Madhusudan Patel (Medicine), Shri Olanchery Rajagopal (Public Affairs), Shri Dattatray Ambadas Mayaloo alias Rajdutt (Art), Shri Togdan Rinpoche (Others – Spiritualism – Posthumously), Shri Pyarelal Sharma (Art), Shri Chandreshwar Prasad Thakur (Medicine), Ms. Usha Uthup (Art), Shri Vijaykanth (Art -Posthumously) and Shri Kundan Vyas (Literature & Education – Journalism).

 

Foreigners who were conferred with Padma Awards:

Several foreigners have been bestowed the prestigious Padma Awards in recognition of their significant contributions to India and its various fields. While comprehensive historical data is unavailable, here’s some information about foreigners honored with Padma Awards in recent years:

Padma Awards 2024:

France:
Four French citizens were awarded Padma Shri in 2024, highlighting the strong France-India relations:

Charlotte Chopin: A 100-year-old yoga teacher recognised for promoting yoga in France and globally.

Kiran Vyas: A globally acclaimed practitioner of Ayurveda and yoga.

Pierre Sylvain Filliozat: A renowned Sanskrit scholar dedicated to advancing studies in Indian culture.

Fred Negrit: An Indologist who fostered heightened awareness and appreciation of Indian culture.

Taiwan: Young Liu, the CEO of Foxconn, received the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to the Indian economy and boosting manufacturing in the country.

Bangladesh: Rezwana Choudhury Bannya: A renowned Rabindra Sangeet singer was awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to promoting the art form in India and internationally.

Previous Years:

2021: Shinzo Abe, the former Prime Minister of Japan, received the Padma Vibhushan for his efforts in strengthening India-Japan ties.

2019: David Funderburk, an American academic and founder of the American Institute of Indian Studies, received the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to promoting Indian studies globally.

 

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