President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday conferred the Padma awards upon prominent personalities in the field ofart, including actor Manoj Bajpayeeand musician Swapan Chaudhuri, at a civil investiture ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan.
This year, 112 personalities were shortlisted for the honour. The first set of Padma awards was presented on March 11, in which President Kovind had presented awards to 56 personalities. The remaining 56 were honoured today.
Manoj Bajpayee arrives to receive Padma Shri from President Ram Nath Kovind(unseen) during ‘Padma Awards 2019’, in New Delhi, Saturday, March 16, 2019.
ThePadma awardsare conferred in three categories, namely, PadmaVibhushan, Padma Bhushan and PadmaShri, the second, third and fourth highest civilian awards of the country respectively, only after Bharat Ratna.
Bajpayee, who is known for his outstanding performance in films like Aligarh, Zubeidaa, Gangs of Wasseypur and Aiyaary, was honoured with Padma Shri award.
Soon after the nominations were announced in January, Bajpayeehad said that he is really happy that no one has abused him on social media platforms after his name was announced.
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir and Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee pose for photographs during Padma Awards 2019, in New Delhi.
“My friends, relatives and followers are very happy with it. I have observed that till now, no one has abused me on social media and no controversy has been created when my name was announced,” he had added.
In the field of music, celebrated Indiantablaplayer Swapan Chaudhuri was honoured with Padma Shri while folk singer Teejan Bai received a Padma Vibhushan.
Earlier this year, while commenting on being nominated for the prestigious honour, Teejan Bai told ANI that coming from an Adivasi community, she never thought that she would be considered for the Padma Vibhushanaward.
“I am from Adivasi community. The mindset of this community is very different. I never thought that I will receive such an honour. I have faced a lot of problems, but despite these difficulties, I kept moving forward,” the singer had said.
This year’s awardees comprised four PadmaVibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 PadmaShrirecipients. ThePadma awards, which were announced on the eve of Republic Day, include 21 women and 11 persons from the category of foreigners, NRI, PIO, OCI and one transgender person. The government had received nearly 50,000 nominations for this year’sPadma awards.
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Mar 17, 2019 15:41 IST
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