Padma Awards: Seven Padma awardees from Karnataka – Complete List


  • Padma Awards are the highest civilian Awards of the country conferred in three categories Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
  • This year, President of India Pranab Mukherjee approved conferment of Padma Awards to 89 persons.
  • The list comprises of seven Padma Vibhushan, seven Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri awardees. As many as 19 of the awardees are women and the list also includes five persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and six posthumous awardees.
  • The only Padma Vibhushan awardee from the State is former head of the Indian Space Research Organisation U.R. Rao for his contribution to science and engineering in the country
  • Kannada film actor, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, lexicographer G. Venkatasubbiah, Girish Bhardwaj who has built numerous low-cost bridges for deprived communities, Captain of the Indian blind Cricket team Shekar Naik, Gold medalist Vikasa Gowda, 75-year-old Sukri Bommagowda who is a popular singer in the folk traditions of Halakki Vokkaliga tribes, were given the Padma Shri.
  • 104-year-old litterateur G. Venkatasubbaiah says the award comes in the recognition of the work not just in Kannada but in lexicography itself. “This may inspire other lexicographers,” he says. HE has edited 25 books and authored Klishtapadakosha (a dictionary of complex words), the first of its kind in Kannada.

The complete list of awardees are as follows

Padma Vibhushan
1. Shri K J Yesudas Art-Music Kerala
2. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Spiritualism, Tamil Nadu
3. Shri Sharad Pawar, Public Affairs, Maharashtra
4. Shri Murli Manohar Joshi, Public Affairs, Uttar Pradesh
5. Prof. Udipi Ramachandra Rao Science & Engineering Karnataka
6. Late Shri Sunder Lal Patwa, (Posthumous), Public Affairs Madhya Pradesh
7. Late Shri PA Sangma, (Posthumous), Public Affairs Meghalaya
Padma Bhushan
8. Shri Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Art-Music Rajasthan
9. Prof. (Dr.) Devi Prasad Dwivedi, Lit, rature & Education, Uttar Pradesh
10. Shri Tehemton Udwadia Medicine, Maharashtra
11. Shri Ratna Sundar Maharaj Others-Spiritualism, Gujarat
12. Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati, Yoga, Bihar
13. H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (Foreigner), Literature & Education, Thailand
14. Late Shri Cho Ramaswamy (Posthumous) Literature & Education – Journalism Tamil Nadu
Padma Shri
15. Smt. Basanti Bisht, Art-Music, Uttarakhand
16. Shri Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair, Art-Dance, Kerala
17. Smt. Aruna Mohanty Art-Dance, Odisha
18. Smt. Bharathi Vishnuvardhan Art-Cinema Karnataka
19. Shri Sadhu Meher Art-Cinema Odisha
20. Shri T K Murthy Art-Music Tamil Nadu
21. Shri Laishram Birendrakumar Singh Art-Music, Manipur
22. Shri Krishna Ram Chaudhary Art-Music, Uttar Pradesh
23. Smt. Baoa Devi Art-Painting, Bihar
24. Shri Tilak Gitai Art-Painting, Rajasthan
25. Dr. Prof. Aekka Yadagiri Rao Art-Sculpture, Telangana
26. Shri Jitendra Haripal Art-Music, Odisha
27. Shri Kailash Kher Art-Music, Maharashtra
28. Smt. Parassala B Ponnammal Art-Music, Kerala
29. Smt. Sukri Bommagowda Art-Music, Karnataka
30. Shri Mukund Nayak Art-Music, Jharkhand
31. Shri Purushottam Upadhyay Art-Music, Gujarat
32. Smt. Anuradha Paudwal Art-Music, Maharashtra
33. Shri Wareppa Naba Nil Art-Theatre, Manipur
34. Shri Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary Civil Service, Telangana
35. Shri T.K. Viswanathan Civil Service, Haryana
36. Shri Kanwal Sibal Civil Service, Delhi
37. Shri Birkha Bahadur LimbooMuringla, Literature & Education, Sikkim
38. Smt. Eli Ahmed Literature & Education Assam
39. Dr. Narendra Kohli Literature & Education Delhi
40. Prof. G. Venkatasubbiah Literature & Education Karnataka
41. Shri Akkitham Achyuthan Namboothiri Literature & Education Kerala
42. Shri Kashi Nath Pandita Literature & Education Jammu &Kashmir
43. Shri Chamu Krishna Shastry Literature & Education Delhi
44. Shri Harihar Kripalu Tripathi Literature & Education Uttar Pradesh
45. Shri Michel Danino Literature & Education Tamil Nadu
46. Shri Punam Suri Literature & Education Delhi
47. Shri VG Patel Literature & Education Gujarat
48. Smt. V Koteswaramma Literature & Education Andhra Pradesh
49. Shri Balbir Dutt Literature & Education Journalism Jharkhand
50. Smt. Bhawana Somaaya Literature & Education Journalism Maharashtra
51. Shri Vishnu Pandya Literature & Education Journalism Gujarat
52. Dr. Subroto Das Medicine Gujarat
53. Dr. (Smt.) Bhakti Yadav Medicine Madhya Pradesh
54. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Waheed Medicine Telangana
55. Dr. Madan Madhav Godbole Medicine Uttar Pradesh
56. Dr. Devendra Dayabhai Patel Medicine Gujarat
57. Prof. Harkishan Singh Medicine Chandigarh
58. Dr. Mukut Minz Medicine Chandigarh
59. Shri Arun Kumar Sharma Others-Archaeology Chhattisgarh
60. Shri Sanjeev Kapoor Others-Culinary Maharashtra
61. Smt. Meenakshi Amma Others-Martial Art Kerala
62. Shri Genabhai Dargabhai Patel Others-Agriculture Gujarat
63. Shri Chandrakant Pithawa Science & Engineering Telangana
64. Prof. Ajoy Kumar Ray Science & Engineering West Bengal
65. Shri Chintakindi Mallesham Science & Engineering Andhra Pradesh
66. Shri Jitendra Nath Goswami Science & Engineering Assam
67. Shri Daripalli Ramaiah Social Work Telangana
68. Shri Girish Bhardwaj Social Work Karnataka
69. Shri Karimul Hak Social Work West Bengal
70. Shri Bipin Ganatra Social Work West Bengal
71. Smt. Nivedita Raghunath Bhide Social work Tamil Nadu
72. Shri Appasaheb Dharmadhikari Social Work Maharashtra
73. Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal Social Work Punjab
74. Shri Virat Kohli Sports-Cricket Delhi
75. Shri Shekar Naik Sports-Cricket Karnataka
76. Shri Vikasa Gowda Sports-Discus Throw Karnataka
77. Smt. Deepa Malik Sports-Athletics Haryana
78. Shri Mariyappan Thangavelu Sports-Athletics Tamil Nadu
79. Smt. Dipa Karmakar Sports-Gymnastics Tripura
80. Shri P R Shreejesh Sports-Hockey Kerala
81. Smt. Sakshi Malik Sports-Wrestling Haryana
82. Shri Mohan Reddy Venkatrama Bodanapu Trade & Industry Telangana
83. Shri Imrat Khan
84. Shri Anant Agarwal (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education USA
85. Shri H.R. Shah (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education Journalism USA

86. Late (Smt.) Suniti Solomon (Posthumous) Medicine Tamil Nadu

87. Shri Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya (Posthumous) Others-Archaeology West Bengal
88. Dr. Mapuskar (Posthumous) Social Work Maharashtra
89. Smt. Anuradha Koirala (Foreigner) Social Work Nepal

About Padma Awards
  • Padma Awards, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri are given for exceptional and distinguished service in any field including service rendered by Government servants.
  • Padma Awards were instituted in 1954 to be awarded to citizens of India in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Medicine, Social Service and Public Affairs.
  • It has also been awarded to some distinguished individuals who were not citizens of India but did contribute in various ways to India.
  • The selection criteria have been criticized in some quarters with the claim that many highly deserving artists have been left out in order to favor certain individuals.
  • On its obverse, the words “Padma”, meaning lotus in Sanskrit, and “Shri”, a Sanskrit-derived honorific equivalent to ‘Mr.’ or ‘Ms.’, appear in Devanagari above and below a lotus flower. The geometrical pattern on either side is in burnished bronze. All embossing is in white gold.
  • The recommendations for Padma Awards are received from the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, Central Ministries/Departments, Institutions of Excellence, etc. which are considered by an Awards Committee.
  • On the basis of the recommendations of the Awards Committee, and after approval of the Home Minister, Prime Minister and President, the Padma Awards are announced on the eve of the Republic Day.
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