The Padma Awards, announced by the Centre on Thursday, continue to stand as one of the highest civilian honors in India, recognizing individuals across diverse fields for their exceptional contributions. This year’s list boasts 132 awardees, reflecting a rich tapestry of talent and dedication to various spheres of society.
The awardees include luminaries from the fields of arts, literature, sports, social service, and more. The distribution comprises 5 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan, and 110 Padma Shri Awards. Notably, 30 of the recipients are women, showcasing the increasing acknowledgment of women’s achievements in diverse domains.
The Padma Awards Committee, constituted annually by the Prime Minister, plays a pivotal role in the selection process. Headed by the Cabinet Secretary, the committee includes the Home Secretary, Secretary to the President, and eminent individuals from various fields. Their recommendations undergo scrutiny before being presented to the Prime Minister and the President of India for approval.
Padma Vibhushan Awardees
The Padma Vibhushan recipients for 2024 represent a distinguished group:
- Vyjayantimala Bali
- Konidela Chiranjeevi
- M. Venkaiah Naidu
- Bindeshwar Pathak (Posthumous)
- Padma Subrahmanyam
Padma Bhushan Awardees
The Padma Bhushan awardees include individuals who have left an indelible mark in their respective fields:
- M. Fathima Beevi (Posthumous)
- Hormusji N Cama
- Mithun Chakraborty
- Sitaram Jindal
- Young Liu
- Ashwin Balachand Mehta
- Satyabrata Mookherjee (Posthumous)
- Ram Naik
- Tejas Madhusudan Patel
- Olanchery Rajagopal
- Dattatray Ambadas Mayaloo Alias Rajdutt
- Togdan Rinpoche (Posthumous)
- Pyarelal Sharma
- Chandreshwar Prasad Thakur
- Usha Uthup
- Vijaykanth (Posthumous)
- Kundan Vyas
The Padma Shri recipients represent the diverse talent and dedication prevalent in our society. The list includes individuals from various walks of life, honoring their outstanding contributions.
This year’s Padma Awards not only recognize individual brilliance but also serve as a testament to India’s cultural richness, scientific advancements, and social progress. As the nation celebrates these exceptional individuals, the Padma Awards continue to inspire generations, fostering a spirit of excellence and service to society.