President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday presented the Padma awards to 54 noted personalities, including scientist S. Nambi Narayanan and actor Manoj Bajpayee. 112 personalities were announced for this year's Padma awards on the eve of Republic Day and 47 dignitaries were conferred the awards on March 11.
The remaining awards were presented on Saturday in the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other cabinet ministers including Harsh Vardhan, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Vijay Goel.
President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Shri Sankaralingam Nambi Narayanan for Science & Engineering. Shri Narayanan is an accomplished scientist with more than three decades of experience in Indian Space Research Organisation pic.twitter.com/dQKLj1RzS4— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 16, 2019
The list of awardees included folk singer Teejan Bai, Larsen and Toubro Chairman Anil Kumar Naik, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Darshan Lal Jain, MDH Founder CEO Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati, noted tabla player Swapan Chaudhuri, former Editor of RSS mouthpiece "Panchjanya" Devendra Swarup and Ladakh surgeon Tsering Norboo, among others.
President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Manoj Bajpayee for Art (Cinema). A renowned film actor, he is known for his versatile roles and has worked in more than 60 films pic.twitter.com/m0fmuIDwe7— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 16, 2019
Other significant awardees included photographer Anup Shah, tea seller Devarapalli Prakash Rao, social worker Droupadi Ghimiray, Dogri poet Narsingh Dev Jamwal, folk writer Joraversinh Danubhai Jadav and organic farmer Kanwal Singh Chauhan.
Watch LIVE as President Kovind presents Padma Awards at 2019 Civil Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan https://t.co/gDYkAewslL— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 16, 2019
About 50,000 nominations were submitted for the awards this year, which saw a steep rise from 2,200 nominations in 2014.