Padma Vibhushan for R.K. Narayan, Gill
By Our Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI, JAN. 25. Eminent writer, Mr. R.K. Narayan, the Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Manohar Singh Gill, the ISRO Chairman, Dr. K. Kasturirangan, noted Hindustani classical musicians, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj and Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan, were today honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, the nation's second highest civilian award, on the occasion of the 51st Republic Day.
The senior BJP leader and former Union Minister, Mr. Sikander Bakht, noted economists, Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati and Prof. K. N. Raj, Swami Ranganathananda of the Ramakrishna Mission, Odissi dance exponent, Mr. Kelucharan Mohapatra, the former Reserve Bank of India Governor, Mr. M. Narsimham, the former Punjab Governor, Mr. B.D. Pande, and former civil servants, Mr. Tarlok Singh and Mr. Krishen Behari Lall, are among the personalities who have been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan.
Padma Bhushan for Rajnikant
The film star, Mr. Rajnikant, the eminent industrialist, Mr. Ratan Tata, the former Information Adviser to Indira Gandhi, Mr. H.Y. Sharada Prasad, noted Islamic scholar, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, the noted scientists, Prof. R.A. Mashelkar, Prof. P.V. Indiresan, Prof. P.C. Sekharan, Dr. Ram Narain Agarwal and Dr. Vasudev K. Aatre, are among the Padma Bhushan awardees.
The social worker, K.J. Somaiya, and the scientist, S. Srinivasan, have been bestowed the honour posthumously.
The husband-wife team of Kuchipudi exponents, Mr. Raja and Mrs. Radha Reddy, the theatre personality, Mr. Badal Sircar, the cardiologist, Dr. H.S. Wasir, the social worker, Mr. D. Veerendra Heggade, the environmentalist, Mr. Anil Agarwal, the archaeologist, Mr. B.B. Lal, the instrumentalist, Ms. Sharan Rani Backliwal, the social workers, Mr. V. Swami Kalyan Deo and Begum Kudsia Aizaz Rasul, are among the 21 personalities who have been named for Padma Bhushan awards.
Padma Shri for A.R. Rahman
The music director, Mr. A. R. Rahman, the film director, Mr. Shekhar Kapur, the vocalist, Ms. Shubha Mudgal, the Hindi film actress, Ms. Hema Malini, the film producer and director, Mr. Ramanand Sagar, figure among the 43 Padma Shri awardees.
Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy of Infosys Technologies and another IT expert, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, also figure among the Padma Shri awardees. The Padma Shri has also been awarded to noted theatre personality, Mr. Alyque Padamsee, painter, Ms. Anjolie Ela Menon, Prof. G. L. Bondarevsky of Russia and Ms. Janaky Athinahappan of Malaysia and S. N. Gourisaria of the U.K.
PTI reports from Calcutta:
Swami Ranganathananda, president of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, today declined to accept the Padma Vibhushan as it has been awarded to him personally, Mission sources said here.
The Swami had accepted the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 1987 and the Gandhi Peace Prize in February last year as both were awarded to the Ramakrishna Mission and not to an individual monk, the sources said.