New Delhi, Apr 6 (): Actors Sridevi, Sharmila Tagore and cricketer Rahul Dravid were among the 54 people honoured with Padma awards yesterday by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Darbar Hall in New Delhi.
Sridevi looked beautiful in her pink and golden kanjeevaram sari at the ceremony. She arrived to receive her award with her daughters Jhanvi and Khushi. As Sridevi received the honour, her family cheered for her. She ruled the industry during 80s and 90s.
Sridevi recently made a comeback with English Vinglish which received appreciation from both audience and critics.
Sridevi was given the Padma Shri award, while the cricketer Rahul Dravid and Sharmila Tagore were presented with Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third-highest civilian award.
Veteran actor Sharmila Tagore was all smiles at the ceremony. The great-grandniece of Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, Sharmila’s association with the film industry began when she had just entered her teens. She was 13 when she did her first Bengali film Apur Sansar in 1959. She got the big recognition when she entered the Hindi film industry with Kashmir Ki Kali and after that there was no looking back for her.
Telugu producer D Ramanaidu received the Padma Bhushan. Theatre personality B Jayashree, photographer Pablo Bartholomew and Vandana Luthra also received the Padma Shri awards. Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra received the Padma Vibhushan, country’s second-highest civilian award.
Former boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh and rower Bajrang Lal Takhar received the country’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri.
The awards were announced in January 2013. The first batch of this year’s Padma honours were handed out yesterday and another ceremony is expected later for presentation of the awards to the remaining recipients.
Actor Rajesh Khanna and comedian Jaspal Bhatti will receive their Padma Bhushan awards later in the second batch. Rajesh Khanna passed away in July and Jaspal Bhatti in October last year.