NEW DELHI, April 12 - Former Editor of The Sentinel, Dhirendra Nath Bezboruah was among 56 eminent personalities from various fields to be presented with Padma Awards by President Pranab Mukherjee in a civil investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
In all, five Padma Vibhushan, 11 Padma Bhushan and 40 Padma Shri awards were presented at the function held here this morning.
The President presented the Padma Shri award to writer Bezboruah. The President also presented the Padma Vibhushan awards to scientist and former DG of DRDO VK Aatre. Superstar Rajnikant, classical singer Girija Devi, journalist and film-maker Ramoji Rao, Oncologist Dr V Shanta. Singer Udit Narayan, former US diplomat Robert Blackwill, Chinmaya Mission Chief Swami Tejomayananda, theatre personality Heisnam Kanhailal, tennis player Sania Mirza were among those honoured with the Padma Bhushan.
Actor Priyanka Chopra, Sports commentator Sushil Doshi, environment preserver Simon Oraon, lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, textile designer Sribhas Supakar were, among others, who received the Padma Shri.
Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and several Union Ministers were present on the occasion. Earlier in March, 56 eminent personalities were honoured with the Padma awards at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The government had announced Padma awards, one of the highest civilian awards in the country for 112 eminent persons on the eve of the Republic Day.