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Rajesh Khanna, the first superstar of Indian cinema, has been posthomously named for the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian honour on the eve of Republic Day.
Rajesh Khanna, fondly known as Kaka in the film faternity, began his career with “Aakhri Khat” in 1966 and in a career spanning five decades, he became a superstar like no other with hits like “Aradhana”, “Do Raaste”, “Safar” and “Anand”.
Between “Aradhana” in 1969 and “Prem Kahani” in 1975, he enjoyed god-like status. The frenzy was such that women would line the road for a glimpse, chant his name, cover his car with lipstick marks and even write him letters in blood.
He passed away in July last year following prolonged illness. He was 69.
Bollywood’s “Hawa hawaii” girl Sridevi has been named for the Padma Shri, India’s civilian award, on the eve of 64th Republic Day.
The 49-year-old, who made a grand Bollywood comeback in 2012 with a strong female-centric role in “English Vinglish”, boasts of a filmography of 265 movies. She came back after a 15-year sabbatical, and won hearts with her simple and subtle performance in the film as a homemaker struggling to learn English.
Sridevi started her journey as a child artist way back in 1967, and went on to do her first role as an adult in Tamil film “Moondru Mudichu” in 1976. It was only following scores of southern films that Sridevi found her Bollywood calling with “Sadma”.
She went on to cement her standing in Bollywood with hits like “Nagina”, “Mr. India”, “Chandni” and “ChaalBaaz” and became the reigning queen of the Hindi films in the 1980s and 1990s.
She also won critical acclaim for “Lamhe”.
Married to Hindi film producer Boney Kapoor, Sridevi has two daughters – Jhanvi and Khushi. Age has failed to take a toll on her as she looks as radiant as ever and spreads the same magic in front of the camera.
Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore has been named for the Padma Bhushan on the eve of 64th Republic Day.
The great-grand niece of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Sharmila’s tryst with movies began when she had just entered her teens. She was 13 when she did her first Bengali film “Apur Sansar” in 1959.
However, the bigger recognition came her way when she entered the Hindi film industry with “Kashmir Ki Kali” and after that there was no looking back for her.
The 68-year-old’s body of work boasts of successes like “An Evening In Paris”, “Aradhana”, “Amar Prem”, “Mausam” and “Chupke Chupke”. She is said to be one of the foremost Bollywood ladies who flaunted a bikini on screen in “An Evening In Paris”.
Be it in glamorous roles or serious character-driven parts – Sharmila made it big in all spheres.
Her open-mindedness to roles and stories also translated to the changed content in Bollywood when she took over the reins as the censor board chief in 2004. It is during her term that experimental and bold films like “Tere Bin Laden”, “Dev D” and “Love, Sex Aur Dhokha” were released.
She has also been the face of Indian cinema at foreign film festivals, like the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival, where she served as a jury member in 2009.
Sharmila married Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, the cricket star and skipper, in 1969, and has three children – actors Saif and Soha, and designer Saba.
Saif received the Padma Shri honour in 2010.
Well-known actor Nana Patekar, known for playing intense roles in “Salaam Bombay” and “Parinda”, has been named for Padma Shri award on the eve of 64th Republic Day.
The 62-year-old, who began his career with 1978 movie “Gaman”, carved a niche for himself in the Hindi films with 1989 film “Parinda” for which he even won a National Award. Some of his well-known films are “Krantiveer” (1994), “Agni Sakshi” (1996), “Khamoshi: The Musical”, and “Ab Tak Chappan” (2005).
After playing a villain and an encounter specialist, he tickled the funny bones of viewers with his comic act in “Welcome” (2007).
The actor also went behind the camera to make his directorial debut with “Prahaar”, in which he had cast Madhuri Dixit, the reigning star of the Hindi films, in a pivotal role.
He is equally active in Marathi films and theatre. He has won the National Award thrice.
Veteran designer Ritu Kumar, active in fashion industry for the last 40 years, has been named for the Padma Shri award on the eve of 64th Republic Day.
The designer, who began her work with four block printers and two tables in a small village near Calcutta 40 years ago, was the first woman to introduce the ’boutique’ culture in India under the brand name ‘Ritu’.
Her growth and success can be estimated from the fact that today, her outlets have footprints in 14 cities in the country.
The 68-year-old’s designs reflect rich Indian cultural heritage and her forte lies in traditional Indian designs.
Kumar was recently in the news for designing costumes for a wedding sequence in Deepa Mehta’s forthcoming “Midnight’s Children”, based on Salman Rushdie Booker Prize winnng novel of the same name. Earlier, she designed for films like “Love Breakups Zindagi” and styled Freida Pinto for a few of her scenes in “Slumdog Millionaire”.
Her clientele includes Jemima Khan, Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai and almost all the winners of the Miss India titles. She had even designed for late Princess Diana.
Her fascination for tie and dye pattern appealed to former Spice Girls singer Mel B so much that she asked Kumar to design the band’s clothes for one of their shows.
Padma Awards 2013 Winners
Padma Vibhushan 2013
|Sl No.||Name||Discipline||State/ Domicile|
|1.||Shri Raghunath Mohapatra||Art||Orissa|
|2.||Shri S. Haider Raza||Art||Delhi|
|3.||Prof. Yash Pal||Science and Engineering||Uttar Pradesh|
|4.||Prof. Roddam Narasimha||Science and Engineering||Karnataka|
Padma Bhushan 2013
|Sl No.||Name||Discipline||State/ Domicile|
|1.||Dr. Ramanaidu Daggubati||Art||Andhra Pradesh|
|2.||Smt. Sreeramamurthy Janaki||Art||Tamil Nadu|
|3.||Dr. (Smt.) Kanak Rele||Art||Maharashtra|
|4.||Smt. Sharmila Tagore||Art||Delhi|
|5.||Dr. (Smt.) Saroja Vaidyanathan||Art||Delhi|
|6.||Shri Abdul Rashid Khan||Art||West Bengal|
|7.||Late Rajesh Khanna||Art||Maharashtra #|
|8.||Late Jaspal Singh Bhatti||Art||Punjab #|
|9.||Shri Shivajirao Girdhar Patil||Public Affairs||Maharashtra|
|10.||Dr. Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai||Science and Engineering||Delhi|
|11.||Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat||Science and Engineering||Delhi|
|12.||Dr. Ashoke Sen||Science and Engineering||Uttar Pradesh|
|13.||Dr. B.N. Suresh||Science and Engineering||Karnataka|
|14.||Prof. Satya N. Atluri||Science and Engineering||USA *|
|15.||Prof. Jogesh Chandra Pati||Science and Engineering||USA *|
|16.||Shri Ramamurthy Thyagarajan||Trade and Industry||Tamil Nadu|
|17.||Shri Adi Burjor Godrej||Trade and Industry||Maharashtra|
|18.||Dr. Nandkishore Shamrao Laud||Medicine||Maharashtra|
|19.||Shri Mangesh Padgaonkar||Literature & Education||Maharashtra|
|20.||Prof. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak||Literature & Education||USA*|
|21.||Shri Hemendra Singh Panwar||Civil Service||Madhya Pradesh|
|22.||Dr. Maharaj Kishan Bhan||Civil Service||Delhi|
|23.||Shri Rahul Dravid||Sports||Karnataka|
|24.||Ms. H. Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom||Sports||Manipur|
Padma Shri 2013
|Sl No.||Name||Discipline||State/ Domicile|
|1.||Shri Gajam Anjaiah||Art||Andhra Pradesh|
|2.||Swami G.C.D. Bharti alias Bharati Bandhu||Art||Chhattisgarh|
|3.||Ms. B. Jayashree||Art||Karnataka|
|4.||Smt. Sridevi Kapoor||Art||Maharashtra|
|5.||Shri Kailash Chandra Meher||Art||Orissa|
|6.||Shri Brahmdeo Ram Pandit||Art||Maharashtra|
|7.||Shri Vishwanath Dinkar Patekar alias Nana Patekar||Art||Maharashtra|
|8.||Shri Rekandar Nageswara Rao alias Surabhi Babji||Art||Andhra Pradesh|
|9.||Shri Lakshmi Narayana Sathiraju||Art||Tamil Nadu|
|10.||Smt. Jaymala Shiledar||Art||Maharashtra|
|11.||Shri Suresh Dattatray Talwalkar||Art||Maharashtra|
|12.||Shri P. Madhavan Nair alias Madhu||Art||Kerala|
|13.||Shri Apurba Kishore Bir||Art||Maharashtra|
|14.||Shri Ghanakanta Bora Borbayan||Art||Assam|
|15.||Smt. Hilda Mit Lepcha||Art||Sikkim|
|16.||Smt. Sudha Malhotra||Art||Maharashtra|
|17.||Shri Ghulam Mohammad Saznawaz||Art||Jammu and Kashmir|
|18.||Shri Ramesh Gopaldas Sippy||Art||Maharashtra|
|19.||Ms. Mahrukh Tarapor||Art||Maharashtra|
|20.||Shri Balwant Thakur||Art||Jammu & Kashmir|
|21.||Shri Puran Das Baul||Art||West Bengal|
|22.||Shri Rajendra Tikku||Art||Jammu & Kashmir|
|23.||Shri Pablo Bartholomew||Art||Delhi|
|24.||Shri S. Shakir Ali||Art||Rajasthan|
|25.||Sh. S.K.M Maeilanandhan||Social Work||Tamil Nadu|
|26.||Ms. Nileema Mishra||Social Work||Maharashtra|
|27.||Ms. Reema Nanavati||Social Work||Gujarat|
|28.||Ms. Jharna Dhara Chowdhury||Social Work||Bangladesh *|
|29.||Late Dr. Ram Krishan||Social Work||Uttar Pradesh #|
|30.||Late Manju Bharat Ram||Social Work||Delhi #|
|31.||Prof. Mustansir Barma||Science and Engineering||Maharashtra|
|32.||Shri Avinash Chander||Science and Engineering||Delhi|
|33.||Prof. Sanjay Govind Dhande||Science and Engineering||Uttar Pradesh|
|34.||Prof. (Dr.) Sankar Kumar Pal||Science and Engineering||West Bengal|
|35.||Prof. Deepak B. Phatak||Science and Engineering||Maharashtra|
|36.||Dr. Mudundi Ramakrishna Raju||Science and Engineering||Andhra Pradesh|
|37.||Prof. Ajay K. Sood||Science and Engineering||Karnataka|
|38.||Prof. Krishnaswamy Vijayraghavan||Science and Engineering||Karnataka|
|39.||Dr. Manindra Agrawal||Science and Engineering||Uttar Pradesh|
|40.||Dr. Jayaraman Gowrishankar||Science and Engineering||Andhra Pradesh|
|41.||Prof. Sharad Pandurang Kale||Science and Engineering||Maharashtra|
|42.||Smt. Vandana Luthra||Trade and Industry||Delhi|
|43.||Ms. Rajshree Pathy||Trade and Industry||Tamil Nadu|
|44.||Shri Hemendra Prasad Barooah||Trade and Industry||Assam|
|45.||Shri Milind Kamble||Trade and Industry||Maharashtra|
|46.||Ms. Kalpana Saroj||Trade and Industry||Maharashtra|
|47.||Dr. Sudarshan K. Aggarwal||Medicine||Delhi|
|48.||Dr. C. Venkata S. Ram alias Chitta Venkata Sundara Ram||Medicine||Andhra Pradesh|
|49.||Dr. Rajendra Achyut Badwe||Medicine||Maharashtra|
|50.||Dr. Taraprasad Das||Medicine||Orissa|
|51.||Prof. (Dr.) T.V. Devarajan||Medicine||Tamil Nadu|
|52.||Prof. (Dr.) Saroj Chooramani Gopal||Medicine||Uttar Pradesh|
|53.||Dr. Pramod Kumar Julka||Medicine||Delhi|
|54.||Dr. Gulshan Rai Khatri||Medicine||Delhi|
|55.||Dr. Ganesh Kumar Mani||Medicine||Delhi|
|56.||Dr. Amit Prabhakar Maydeo||Medicine||Maharashtra|
|57.||Dr. Sundaram Natarajan||Medicine||Maharashtra|
|58.||Prof. Krishna Chandra Chunekar||Medicine||Uttar Pradesh|
|59.||Dr. Vishwa Kumar Gupta||Medicine||Delhi|
|60.||Prof. (Capt.) Dr. Mohammad Sharaf-e-Alam||Literature & Education||Bihar|
|61.||Dr. Radhika Herzberger||Literature & Education||Andhra Pradesh|
|62.||Shri J. Malsawma||Literature & Education||Mizoram|
|63.||Shri Devendra Patel||Literature & Education||Gujarat|
|64.||Dr. Rama Kant Shukla||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|65.||Prof. Akhtarul Wasey||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|66.||Prof. Anvita Abbi||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|67.||Shri Nida Fazli||Literature & Education||Madhya Pradesh|
|68.||Shri Surender Kumar Sharma||Literature & Education||Delhi|
|69.||Dr. Jagdish Prasad Singh||Literature & Education||Bihar|
|70.||Late Shaukat Riaz Kapoor Alias Salik Lakhnawi||Literature & Education||West Bengal #|
|71.||Prof. Noboru Karashima||Literature & Education||Japan*|
|72.||Shri Christopher Pinney||Literature & Education||UK *|
|73.||Smt. Premlata Agrawal||Sports||Jharkhand|
|74.||Shri Yogeshwar Dutt||Sports||Haryana|
|75.||Shri Hosanagara Nagarajegowda Girisha||Sports||Karnataka|
|76.||Subedar Major Vijay Kumar||Sports||Himachal Pradesh|
|77.||Shri Ngangom Dingko Singh||Sports||Maharashtra|
|78.||Naib Subedar Bajrang Lal Takhar||Sports||Rajasthan|
|79.||Ms. Ritu Kumar||Fashion Designing||Delhi|
|80.||Dr. Ravindra Singh Bisht||Archaeology||Uttar Pradesh|
Padma Awards 2013 Winners Source: Rediff