Government of India announces recipients of 2018 Padma awards

New Delhi, 26th January, 2018: In keeping with its mission to honour “unsung heroes”, the government announced 85 Padma awards on Thursday. Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year. This year the President of India has approved conferment of 85 Padma Awards including two duo cases (in a duo case, the award is counted as one) as per list below. The list comprises 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri Awards. 14 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 16 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 3 Posthumous awardees.

Over 15,700 applications were received for this year’s awards, the ministry of home affairs said.
Here is the list :

Padma Vibhushan :
Shri Illaiyaraja — Art-Music — Tamil Nadu
Shri Ghulam Mustafa Khan — Art-Music — Maharashtra
Shri Parameswaran Parameswaran — Literature and Education — Kerala

Padma Bhushan :
Shri Pankaj Advani — Sports- Billiards/Snooker — Karnataka
Shri Philipose Mar Chrysostom — Others-Spiritualism — Kerala
Shri Mahendra Singh Dhoni — Sports-Cricket — Jharkhand
Shri Alexander Kadakin, (Foreigner/Posthumous) — Public Affairs — Russia
Shri Ramachandran Nagaswamy — Others-Archaeology — Tamil Nadu
Shri Ved Prakash Nanda, (OCI) — Literature and Education — USA
Shri Laxman Pai — Art-Painting — Goa
Shri Arvind Parikh — Art-Music — Maharashtra
Ms. Sharda Sinha — Art-Music — Bihar

Padma Shri :
Shri Abhay Bang (Duo) — Medicine — Maharashtra
Ms. Rani Bang (Duo) — Medicine — Maharashtra
Shri Damodar Ganesh Bapat — Social Work — Chhattisgarh
Shri Prafulla Govinda Baruah — Literature and Education-Journalism — Assam
Shri Mohan Swaroop Bhatia — Art-Folk Music — Uttar Pradesh
Shri Sudhanshu Biswas — Social Work — West Bengal
Ms. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu — Sports-Weightlifting — Manipur
Shri Pandit Shyamlal Chaturvedi — Literature and Education-Journalism — Chhattisgarh
Shri Jose Ma Joey Concepcion III (Foreigner) — Trade & Industry — Philippines
Ms. Langpoklakpam Subadani Devi — Art-Weaving — Manipur
Shri Somdev Devvarman — Sports-Tennis — Tripura
Shri Yeshi Dhoden — Medicine — Himachal Pradesh
Shri Arup Kumar Dutta — Literature and Education — Assam
Shri Doddarange Gowda — Art-Lyrics — Karnataka
Shri Arvind Gupta — Literature and Education — Maharashtra
Shri Digamber Hansda — Literature and Education — Jharkhand
Shri Ramli Bin Ibrahim, (Foreigner) — Art-Dance — Malaysia
Shri Anwar Jalalpuri, (Posthumous) — Literature and Education — Uttar Pradesh
Shri Piyong Temjen Jamir — Literature and Education — Nagaland
Ms. Sitavva Joddati — Social Work — Karnataka
Ms. Malti Joshi — Literature and Education — Madhya Pradesh
Shri Manoj Joshi — Art-Acting — Maharashtra
Shri Rameshwarlal Kabra — Trade & Industry — Maharashtra
Shri Pran Kishore Kaul — Art — Jammu and Kashmir
Shri Bounlap Keokangna (Foreigner) — Others-Architecture — Laos
Shri Vijay Kichlu — Art-Music — West Bengal
Shri Tommy Koh (Foreigner) — Public Affairs — Singapore
Ms. Lakshmikutty — Medicine-Traditional — Kerala
Ms. Joyshree Goswami Mahanta — Literature and Education — Assam
Shri Narayan Das Maharaj — Others-Spiritualism — Rajasthan
Shri Pravakara Maharana — Art-Sculpture — Odisha
Shri Hun Many (Foreigner) — Public Affairs — Cambodia
Ms. Nouf Marwaai (Foreigner) — Others- Yoga — Saudi Arabia
Shri Zaverilal Mehta — Literature and Education-Journalism — Gujarat
Shri Krishna Bihari Mishra — Literature and Education — West Bengal
Shri Sisir Purushottam Mishra — Art-Cinema — Maharashtra
Ms. Subhasini Mistry — Social Work — West Bengal
Shri Tomio Mizokami(Foreigner) — Literature and Education — Japan
Shri Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong (Foreigner) — Others-Spiritualism — Thailand
Shri Keshav Rao Musalgaonkar — Literature and Education — Madhya Pradesh
Dr Thant Myint – U (Foreigner) — Public Affairs — Myanmar
Ms. V Nanammal — Others-Yoga — Tamil Nadu
Ms. Sulagitti Narasamma — Social Work — Karnataka
Ms. Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan — Art-Folk Music — Tamil Nadu
Shri I Nyoman Nuarta (Foreigner) — Art- Sculpture — Indonesia
Shri Malai Haji Abdullah Bin Malai Haji Othman (Foreigner) — Social Work — Brunei Darussalam
Shri Gobaradhan Panika — Art-Weaving — Odisha
Shri Bhabani Charan Pattanaik — Public Affairs — Odisha
Shri Murlikant Petkar — Sports-Swimming — Maharashtra
Shri Habibullo Rajabov(Foreigner) — Literature and Education — Tajikistan
Shri M R Rajagopal — Medicine-Palliative Care — Kerala
Shri Sampat Ramteke(Posthumous) — Social Work — Maharashtra
Shri Chandra Sekhar Rath — Literature and Education — Odisha
Shri S S Rathore — Civil Service — Gujarat
Shri Amitava Roy — Science and Engineering — West Bengal
Shri Sanduk Ruit(Foreigner) — Medicine- Ophthalmology — Nepal
Shri R Sathyanarayana — Art-Music — Karnataka
Shri Pankaj M Shah — Medicine-Oncology — Gujarat
Shri Bhajju Shyam — Art-Painting — Madhya Pradesh
Shri Maharao Raghuveer Singh — Literature and Education — Rajasthan
Shri Kidambi Srikanth — Sports-Badminton — Andhra Pradesh
Shri Ibrahim Sutar — Art-Music — Karnataka
Shri Siddeshwara Swamiji — Others-Spiritualism — Karnataka
Ms. Lentina Ao Thakkar — Social Work — Nagaland
Shri Vikram Chandra Thakur — Science and Engineering — Uttarakhand
Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Thyagarajan (Duo) — Art-Music — Karnataka
Shri Nguyen Tien Thien (Foreigner) — Others-Spiritualism — Vietnam
Shri Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi — Literature and Education — Uttar Pradesh
Shri Rajagopalan Vasudevan — Science and Engineering — Tamil Nadu
Shri Manas Bihari Verma — Science and Engineering — Bihar
Shri Panatawane Gangadhar Vithobaji — Literature and Education — Maharashtra
Shri Romulus Whitaker — Others-Wildlife Conservation — Tamil Nadu
Shri Baba Yogendra — Art — Madhya Pradesh
Shri A Zakia — Literature and Education — Mizoram