Virat Kohli, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sharad Pawar, Dipa Karmakar among 2017 Padma Award Winners.

The Centre on Wednesday announced the list of Padma awardees which included names of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi, chef Sanjeev Kapoor, singers Kailash Kher and Anuradha Paudwal. Cricketer Virat kohli, wrestler Sakshi Malik and gymnast Dipa Karmakar are also being felicitated with Padma awards this year.

The government had begun inviting nominations for the awards in May last year and received around 5,000 entries, from which 500 names were shortlisted in December.

This year, the Padma awards will be given out to 120 distinguished personalities for their achievements in different fields. This year, the government has also conferred the award to some personalities who have done exceptional work but are not very popular names.

These include 75-year-old Sukri Bommagowda, known as the nightingale of the Halakki Vokkaliga tribes, Birkha Bahadur Limboo Muringla from Sikkim, among others.

Padma Awards 2017: Padma Shri
Film critic Bhavna Somaiya
Singer Anuradha Paudwal

Awardees from other fields

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli
First female Paralympics medallist Deepa Malik
Gymnast Dipa Karmarkar
Discus thrower and Shot putter Vikas Gowda
Hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh
AIDS researcher DR Suniti Solomon
Padma Awards 2017: Padma Bhushan
Veteran actress Asha Parekh
Playback singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan
Singer Sonu Nigam
Film actor Rishi Kapoor
Playback singer Kailash Kher
Film actor Manoj Bajpayee
Awardees from other fields
Mohanveena maestro Vishwa Mohan Bhat
Olympian Sakshi Malik, the first Indian woman to win a medal in Olympics in Wrestling.
PV Sindhu, the first Indian woman to win silver medal at the Olympics and also the youngest recipient of the award.
Former captain and skipper MS Dhoni. He has been awarded Padma Shri in 2009 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007.
Chief National Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand
Dancer Lakshmi Vishwanathan
Fork artist Basanti Bisht
Craftsman Mohammed Yusef Khatri
Kathakali dancer CK Nair

Padma Awards 2017: Padma Vibhushan
Legendary singer KJ Yesudas

Awardees from other fields
Maratha strongman and NCP leader Sharad Pawar
83-year-old BJP veteran and former Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi. He is a member of BJP’s ‘Margdarshak Mandal’, an advisory panel of the ruling party comprising of senior leaders.
Late Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
Late former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma
Late Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunder Lal Patwah

There’s also buzz that that the centre will felicitate large number of unsung heroes tomorrow, the 68th Republic Day. For further updates keep watching this space.

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