Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities that include art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year and are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhavan usually around March/ April every year.
This year, the President of India has approved conferment of 112 Padma Awards with 4 Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri Awards. From the film fraternity, we have Mohanlal receiving the Padma Bhushan from the President of India Ram Nath Kovind. Dressed in a bandhgala formal suit Lalettan as he is fondly called looked every bit the smart and dashing hero that he is. The thick beard added to his macho look.
This year from the film fraternity we have four celebs receiving the Padma Shri award. Prabhu Deva, the dancing sensation received his Padma Shri from the President in a traditional dhoti and a maroon silk shirt. He looked cool and happy getting the award. Singer Shankar Mahadevan was delighted to receive his Padma Shri in a dazzling self-printed bandhgala suit from Ram Nath Kovind. Drums Sivamani and Manoj Bajpayee are others celebrities from the film world to have been conferred with the Padma Shri. Congratulations to all the winners.