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Complete List Of Recipients Of Padma Awards 2021

Padma Awards 2021 Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honors in India. These awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day (January 26th) every year and are conferred by the President of India in an event at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace in the country.

These awards recognize the achievement in fields or activities that involves an element of public service. As per the process, the nominations are taken in and the awards are conferred to the people recommended by the committee constituted by the Prime Minister every year.

The awards are conferred in three categories:

- Padma Vibhushan: Conferred for exceptional and distinguished service in a field/activity

- Padma Bhushan: Conferred for distinguished service of high order in a field/activity

- Padma Shri: Conferred for distinguished service in any field/activity

The Awards are given in fields of activities that include art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.

This year (2021), the President has approved the conferment of awards to 119 people: 7 with Padma Vibhushan; 10 with Padma Bhushan; and 102 with Padma Shri Awards. Here is the complete list of Padma Awards Recipients:

Padma Vibhushan:

1. Shri Shinzo Abe:

Field: Public Affairs

Country: Japan

Shinzo Abe is the Former Prime Minister of Japan and the longest-serving Prime Minister in the history of Japan. He served as the President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and as Prime Minister from 2006 to 2007 and then from 2012 to 2020. He has been honored with Padma Vibhushan for his service in Public Affairs.

2. Shri S P Balasubramaniam:

Field: Art

State: Tamil Nadu

Renowned singer of Bollywood SP Balasubramanyam (Popularly known as SPB) had won six National Film Awards for ‘Best Playback Singer’ for his exemplary works spanning more than five decades of service to the film industry. He held a Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs in a day. He was a singer of more than 40,000 songs across four different languages- Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. He died on September 25th, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19.

Padma Awards 2021 3. Dr. B. M. Hegde:

Field: Medicine

State: Karnataka

Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde (BM Hegde as he is popularly known) is a renowned cardiologist, professor of medicine, and author. He is the former Vice-Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and the chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mangalore. He has been the author of several books on medical practice and ethics.

4. Shri Narinder Singh Kapany (Posthumous):

Field: Science and Engineering

Country: USA

Mr. Narinder Singh Kapany was an Indian-American physicist. He is best known as an inventor of fiber optics and is considered the 'Father of Fiber Optics' which has transformed communication and image quality. He had over 120 patents in his name from his work that encompassed Fibre Optics communications, lasers, biomedical instrumentation, solar energy, and pollution monitoring. He expired on December 4th, 2020 aged 94, and has been posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.

5. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan (Posthumous)

Field: Others- Spiritualism

State: Delhi

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was an Indian Islamic scholar who was considered among the 500 Most Influential Muslims of the world. He is also known for having written a commentary on the Quran translated Quran into contemporary English.

6. Shri B.B. Lal

Field: Others- Archaeology

State: Delhi

Mr. Braj Basi Lal (better known as B.B. Lal), is a renowned Indian archaeologist. He served as the Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) from 1968 to 1972. Mr. B.B Lal has also served on various UNESCO committees. He has been honored with Padma Vibhushan, the 2nd highest Civilian honor for his works in the field of Archaeology.

7. Shri Sudarshan Sahoo

Field: Art

State: Odisha

Mr. Sudarshan Sahoo is a renowned sculptor hailing from Odisha state in India. He has been a recipient of many awards for his work including the National Award for stone carving in 1981, the Padma Shri in 1988, the Shilp Guru Award in 2003, and the Dharmapada award by Odisha Lalit Kala Academy in 2012. He has also established the Sudarshan Crafts Museum in the year 1977 to exhibit his work and promote Arts.

Padma Bhushan:

Padma Awards 2021 1. Ms. Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra:

Field: Art

State: Kerala

Ms. Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra (popularly known as K. S. Chithra or Chithra) is a renowned Indian playback singer and Carnatic musician. She has recorded more than 25,000 songs in various South Indian languages including Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and other languages like Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi, Gujarati, etc. She has also recorded songs in foreign languages such as Malay, Latin, Arabic, Sinhalese, English, and French.

2. Shri Tarun Gogoi (Posthumous):

Field: Public Affairs

State: Assam

Mr. Tarun Gogoi had served as the Chief Minister of Assam from 2001 to 2016, becoming the longest-serving chief minister of the state. He passed away in November 2020 due to complications from Covid-19.

3. Shri Chandrashekhar Kambara

Field: Literature and Education

State: Karnataka

Mr. Chandrashekhara Kambara is a prominent poet, playwright, folklorist, film director in the Kannada language (in Karnataka, India), and the founder-vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi also president of the Sahitya Akademi, the country's premier literary institution.

4. Ms. Sumitra Mahajan

Field: Public Affairs

State: Madhya Pradesh

Ms. Sumitra Mahajan is a politician who was the Speaker of Lok Sabha from 2014 to 2019. She belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party, a political party in India. She is the longest-serving Woman Member of Parliament. She is the second woman after Meira Kumar to be elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

Padma Awards 2021 5. Shri Nripendra Misra

Field: Civil Service

State: Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Nripendra Misra was the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi from 2014 to 2019. He has also served as the chairperson of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Telecom Secretary of India, and Fertilizers Secretary of India.

6. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan (Posthumous)

Field: Public Affairs

State: Bihar

Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan was a politician from Bihar and the Cabinet Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in the first and second Modi ministries. Paswan was also the president of the Lok Janshakti Party, a nine-time Lok Sabha member, and Rajya Sabha MP.

7. Shri Keshubhai Patel (Posthumous):

Field: Public Affairs

State: Gujarat

Mr. Keshubhai Patel was a politician who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 1995 and from 1998 to 2001. He was a six-time member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly

8. Shri Kalbe Sadiq (Posthumous):

Field: Others-Spiritualism

State: Uttar Pradesh

Maulana Dr. Syed Kalbe Sadiq was an internationally renowned Islamic scholar, thinker, reformer, educationist, and man of principles.

9. Shri Rajnikant Devidas Shroff

Field: Trade and Industry

State: Maharashtra

Mr. Rajnikant Devidas Shroff is a businessperson and billionaire. He is the founder and chairman and UPL Limited. He is considered as India's 'Crop Protection King'. Mr. Rajnikant Shroff received the Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca (Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle) in September 2018. It is the highest Mexican order awarded by the Mexican government to foreigners in recognition of outstanding services to Mexico.

10. Shri Tarlochan Singh

Field: Public Affairs

State: Haryana

Mr. S. Tarlochan Singh is a politician. He is a Member of the Parliament of India, representing Haryana. He served as Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities from 2003 to 2006; and he was a member of the National Human Rights Commission of India, Govt. of India, 2003 to 2006. He served as Vice Chairman, National Commission for Minorities from 2000 to 2003.

Padma Shri Awards:

Padma Awards 2021 1. Shri Gulfam Ahmed:

Field: Art

State: Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Gulfam Ahmed hails from the Uttar Pradesh state of India. He is a Sarod & Afghani Rabab player and is known for promoting Indo-Afghan cultural relations through his creations.

2. Ms. P. Anitha

Field: Sports

State: Tamil Nadu

Ms. Anitha P is an Indian basketball player hailing from the Tamil Nadu state of India. She has been the captain of the India women's national basketball team for 8 years becoming the youngest captain at the age of 19. Anitha has a record of 30 medals in national championships to her credit including a gold medal in FIBA Asian Basketball Championship, South Asian Beach Games, and 3rd Asian Beach Games.

3. Shri Rama Swamy Annavarapu

Field: Art

State: Andhra Pradesh

Aged 95, Shri Rama Swamy Annavarapu is an Indian classical violinist from Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a renowned musician in the field of Carnatic music for his contributions. He has invented new Ragas and Talas such as Vandana Raga, Sri Durga Raga and Tinetradi Tala and Vedadi Tala.

4. Shri Subbu Arumugam

Field: Art

State: Tamil Nadu

Shri Subbu Arumugam is an Indian musician. He is also a writer and Villupattu theatre art exponent. He is the author of 15 published books that contain Villu Pattu narratives, songs, short stories, and novels such as Veera Pandia Kattabomman. His notable works include Noolaga Villisai, Ramayanam, and Villisai Mahabharatham.

5. Shri Prakasarao Asavadi

Field: Literature and Education

State: Andhra Pradesh

Mr. Prakasarao Asavadi is an Indian poet and scholar known for his significant contribution to Telugu and Sanskrit literature through his poetry and prose. The most notable literary contribution is his literary performance of Avadhanam.

6. Ms. Bhuri Bai

Field: Art

State: Madhya Pradesh

Ms. Bhuri Bai is a Bhil artist belonging to the community of the largest tribal group of India called ‘Bhils’ in Madhya Pradesh. Bhil is considered to be one of the oldest tribal art forms. She has won many awards including Shikhar Samman, the highest state honor accorded to artists by the Madhya Pradesh government.

7. Shri Radhe Shyam Barle

Field: Art

State: Chhattisgarh

Radhe Shyam Barle is a Panthi folk dancer and artist who has been awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award, the ‘Padma Shri’. He was awarded for his contribution to promoting the messages of Baba Guru Ghasidas through Panthi, a folk dance form in Chhattisgarh.

Padma Awards 2021 8. Shri Dharma Narayan Barma

Field: Literature and Education

State: West Bengal

Mr. Dharma Narayan Barma is a Kamatpuri linguist. He hails from Cooch Behar, a city in West Bengal. He is known for his contributions towards promoting the Kamtapuri language which is a beautiful fusion of Bengali & Assamese languages.

9. Ms. Lakhimi Baruah

Field: Social Work

State: Assam

Ms. Lakhimi Baruah is a banker who is the founder of Konoklata Mahila Urban Cooperative Bank for women, Assam's first women-run Cooperative bank. She has been awarded Padma Shri for contributions and efforts to financially empower the women of Assam.

10. Shri Biren Kumar Basak

Field: Art

State: West Bengal

Mr. Biren Kumar Basak is a Bengali businessman whose handloom saree business boasts of a clientele that includes renowned names like Mamata Banerjee (the Chief Minister of West Bengal), Sourav Ganguly, noted classical musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, among others. He used to sell sarees going door-to-door in the 1970s with his brother in Kolkata. and today his annual turnover is ?25 crores. At least 5,000 rural weavers work for him now.

11. Ms. Rajni Bector

Field: Trade and Industry

State: Punjab

Ms. Rajni Bector is a businesswoman who founded her company Mrs. Bector's Food Specialities. It is said that she started her business in her backyard with a meager investment of Rs.300 and grew it to the level that it has raised Rs.541 crores from the market. The IPO of her company was oversubscribed 198 times.

12. Shri Peter Brook

Field: Art

Country: United Kingdom

He is an English theater and movie director who has been called "our greatest living theatre director". He has won many awards including multiple Tony and Emmy Awards, a Laurence Olivier Award, the Praemium Imperiale, and the Prix Italia, prestigious awards in the UK.

13. Ms. Sangkhumi Bualchhuak

Field: Social Work

State: Mizoram

Ms. Sangkhumi Bualchhuak has played an instrumental role in promoting education, enterprise, and legal reforms for women in Mizoram and empowered them. It was because of her movement that the State Law Commission has undertaken a review of several bills and amend them to provide legal protection to women.

14. Shri Gopiram Bargayn Burabhakat

Field: Art

State: Assam

Mr. Gopiram Burabhakat is a veteran Assamese folk musician who is known for growing the Sattriya traditional music for over 7 decades. He hails from the Majuli district in Assam.

Padma Awards 2021 15. Ms. Bijoya Chakravarty

Field: Public Affairs

State: Assam

Bijoya Chakravarty is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling political party in India. He was a Member of the Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2019 and a Member of the Lok Sabha from 1999 to 2004.

16. Shri Sujit Chattopadhyay

Field: Literature and Education

State: West Bengal

'Master Moshai' as he is popularly known, is a 77-year-old village school teacher. He has been working tirelessly for decades to spread education, especially amongst tribal students. He has been teaching alphabets and basics of other subjects for Rs.2 to more than 350 tribal children.

17. Shri Jagdish Chaudhary (Posthumous)

Field: Social Work

State: Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Jagdish Chaudhary was popular for his work as Domraja (who light funeral pyres) of Varanasi. He worked towards social harmony and he was the one to propose the name of PM Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

18. Shri Tsultrim Chonjor

Field: Social Work

State: Ladakh

Mr. Tsultrim Chonjor is considered a hero. This hero from Ladakh constructed a 38-km road to connect remote villages situated in Kargil. The regions connected through the roads he built include Kargyak village in the Zanskar valley of the Ladakh region, Darcha village in tribal Lahaul, and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and Shinku La. He got the road constructed from May 2014 to June 2017. He spent Rs. 57 lakh from his own pocket and sold his ancestral property for the construction of the road.

19. Ms. Mouma Das

Field: Sports

State: West Bengal

Ms. Mouma Das is an Indian Table Tennis player who has won several medals at the CWG and gold at a team competition in 2018. Mouma Das has also been awarded Arjuna Award in 2013 for her contribution to the sport.

20. Shri Srikant Datar

Field: Literature and Education

Country: United States of America

Mr. Srikant Datar is an Indian-American economist and the Dean of Harvard Business School succeeding another Indian Mr. Nitin Nohria. He became the 2nd consecutive person of Indian origin to occupy the chair of Dean in a prestigious institution like Harvard.

21. Shri Narayan Debnath

Field: Art

State: West Bengal

Mr. Narayan Debnath is an Indian comics artist, writer, and illustrator popular for his Bengali comic series like Handa Bhonda (1962), Batul The Great (1965), and Nonte Phonte (1969). Handa Bhonda has completed its 53 years of running, thus becoming the longest-running comics by an individual artiste.

22. Ms. Chutni Devi

Field: Social Work

State: Jharkhand

Women in the region of Jharkhand were subject to a lot of witch-hunting. Ms. Chutni Devi single-handedly saved 60 women from Witch-hunting. She is also famously called the 'Tigress' for her acts of bravery. She has created awareness in her village and the neighboring ones and would continue to do so.

Padma Awards 2021 23. Ms. Dulari Devi

Field: Art

State: Bihar

Ms. Dulari Devi is an Indian artist and illustrator who works on the Madhubani art tradition. She is a Maithili painter and has kept the traditional Dalit arty form alive through her works.

24. Ms. Radhe Devi

Field: Art

State: Manipur

Ms. Radhe Devi is an 88-years old Potloi Setpi Weaver from Manipur. She is keeping the art of 'Potloi' alive. Potloi Setpi is a form of traditional bridal wear designing. She has created more than 1,000 bridal wear being in the profession for the past 58 years.

25. Ms. Shanti Devi

Field: Social Work

State: Odisha

Ms. Shanti Devi is famous for her contribution towards restoring peace in the Maoist-affected areas in Odisha. She leads Seva Samaj, a voluntary organization, and also has founded an ashram at Gobarapalli in the Rayagada district. She worked towards the development and education of tribal girls to make them self-sufficient.

26. Shri Wayan Dibia

Field: Art

State: Indonesia

Mr. Wayan Dibia is Bali's most influential Kecak Dancer and Scholar. Kecak is a traditional Indonesian art form depicting chapters of the Ramayana.

27. Shri Dadudan Gadhavi (Posthumously)

Field: Literature & Education

State: Gujarat

Mr. Dadudan Pratapdan Gadhvi (popularly known as Kavi Dad) was a Gujarati poet and folk singer hailing from Gujarat. He is known for his songs and poetry on spirituality.

28. Shri Parshuram Atmaram Gangavane:

Field: Art

State: Maharashtra

Shri Parshuram Atmaram Gangavane is a Folk Artist famous for preserving 500-year-old art of Chitrakathi storytelling. The word Chitrakathi combines ‘Chitra meaning painting and ‘Kathi, which means story. Artisans narrate the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata through paintings and folk songs.

29. Shri Jai Bhagwan Goyal

Field: Literature and Education

State: Haryana

Jai Bhagwan Goyal is an Indian politician with the ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is also a National President of Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena, a political organization.

30. Shri Jagadish Chandra Halder

Field: Literature and Education

State: West Bengal

Shri Jagadish Chandra Halder has authority on Matua Dharma & Spiritualism. He hails from West Bengal is an author from North 24 Parganas.

31. Shri Mangal Singh Hazowary

Field: Literature and Education

State: Assam

Mangal Singh Hazowary is an Indian Bodo language poet who has received Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetry "Ziuni Mwkthang Bisombi Arw Aroj" in 2005.

Padma Awards 2021 32. Ms. Anshu Jamsenpa

Field: Sports

State: Arunachal Pradesh

Ms. Anshu Jamsenpa is an Indian mountaineer who has set a record by becoming the first woman in the world to scale the summit of Mount Everest twice in a season. She has also become the fastest double summitter to scale Mount Everest twice within 5 days. It is also the fastest double ascents of the tallest crest by a woman.

33. Ms. Purnamasi Jani

Field: Art

State: Odisha

Ms. Purnamasi Jani is a tribal poetess who has more than lakh poems to her credit. Her speciality? She has never repeated any of her poems or songs.

34. Matha B. Manjamma Jogati

Field: Art

State: Karnataka

Manjamma Jogathi is the first transwoman to head The Karnataka Janapada Academy, Karnataka state's top institution for folk arts. She is a Kannada theatre actress, singer, and dancer of Jogti Nritya, a folk dance form of North Karnataka.

35. Shri Damodaran Kaithapram

Field: Art

State: Kerala

Mr. Damodaran Kaithapram is a multi-faceted personality who has worked as a Malayalam lyricist, poet, music director, actor, singer, and performer of Carnatic music. He has won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyricist twice.

36. Shri Namdeo C Kamble

Field: Literature and Education

State: Maharashtra

Mr. Namdeo C Kamble is a Marathi writer, journalist, and teacher from Vidarbha. Kamble, who is known for his Sahitya Akademi Award-winning fiction ‘Raghav Vel’, has published 15 novels and story collections furthering unity & convergence. He is also a veteran in the field of critical and philosophical writing.

37. Shri Maheshbhai & Shri Nareshbhai Kanodia (Posthumous):

Field: Art

State: Gujarat

Mr. Mahesh Kanodia and Mr. Naresh Kanodia were Duo singers-turned-politicians from Gujarat state in India. They worked hard to serve society and empower the downtrodden. Their works popularized Gujarati songs, music, and theatre.

38. Shri Rajat Kumar Kar

Field: Literature and Education

State: Odisha

Mr. Rajat Kumar Kar is an eminent author, play-writer, commentator, and administrator. He was the commentator for Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra festival as well. He has authored 7 non-fiction books and is popularly known for writing Upendra Bhanja literature.

39. Shri Rangasami Lakshminarayana Kashyap

Field: Literature and Education

State: Karnataka

Rangasami Lakshminarayan Kashyap is an Indian applied mathematician and a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. He, along with Harvard professor Yu-Chi Ho developed the Ho-Kashyap rule that is proved to be an important algorithm in pattern recognition.

Padma Awards 2021 40. Ms. Prakash Kaur

Field: Social Work

State: Punjab

Ms. Prakash Kaur is a social worker from Jalandhar, a city in the state of Punjab. She has been taking care of 80 abandoned girls through her “Unique Home”.

41. Shri Nicholas Kazanas

Field: Literature and Education

Greece

Mr. Nicholas Kazanas, an eminent Indologist from Athens, Greece, has multiple books and translations on Vedas and Upanishads to his credit.

42. Shri K Kesavasamy

Field: Art

State: Puducherry

Mr. K Kesavasamy is a renowned puppeteer. He is a string puppeteer from Puducherry delivering social messages through his art.

43. Shri Ghulam Rasool Khan

Field: Art

State: Jammu and Kashmir

Mr. Ghulam Rasool Khan is a winner of the National Award for Textile. He is a Jamawar Patchwork Artist and is conserving the oldest form of the Kashmiri shawl technique.

44. Shri Lakha Khan

Field: Art

State: Rajasthan

Mr. Lakha Khan is a Sindhi sarangi player and vocalist. He is hailed as the greatest living exponent of the Sindhi sarangi.

45. Ms. Sanjida Khatun

Field: Art

State: Bangladesh

Ms. Sanjida Khatun is a musicologist from Bangladesh. Ms. Sanjida was one of the founders of Bangladesh Mukti Sangram Shilpi Sangstha during the Liberation War in 1971 and Chhayanaut in the early 1960s. She served as the president of Chhayanaut, an organization to promote the cultural and musical heritage of Bengal.

46. Shri Vinayak Vishnu Khedekar

Field: Art

State: Goa

Mr. Vinayak Vishnu Khedekar is a renowned folklorist, author, scriptwriter, and former journalist from Goa. He is known for preserving Gawda Tribe culture for 6 decades. He has more than two dozen publications to his name.

47. Ms. Niru Kumar

Field: Social Work

State: Delhi

Dr. Niru Kumar is a social activist, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Medical Doctor, Executive Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, and the Founder of AskInsights- a D&I Consulting firm. She is an inspiration as she overcame Polio to become a doctor.

Padma Awards 2021 48. Ms. Lajwanti

Field: Art

State: Punjab

Ms. Lajwanti is a renowned handloom artist from Patiala. She has been promoting Phulkari embroidery (a form of traditional art) for over 4 decades.

49. Shri Rattan Lal

Field: Science and Engineering

United States of America

Mr. Rattan Lal is an Indo-American soil scientist. He has been awarded Padma Shri for his work in soil conservation across 4 continents. He is also a winner of the World Food Prize. He was awarded a 'for the sustainable soil management for global food security and mitigation of climate change’ Prize in Japan in 2019.

50. Shri Ali Manikfan

Field: Others-Grassroots Innovation

State: Lakshadweep

Mr. Ali Manikfan is an Indian marine researcher, ecologist, shipbuilder, and polyglot. He is honored with Padma Shri for his research skills in the marine, ecology, and agricultural fields without any formal educational qualification. Through his marine research, while working with CFMR, he discovered a rare fish that has since been named after him - Abudefduf Manikfani.

51. Shri Ramachandra Manjhi:

Field: Art

State: Bihar

Mr. Ramchandra Manjhi is a Bhojpuri folk dancer and theatre artist from Bihar, India. He was awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2017 for his work as a Launda Naach performer and as a member of Bhikhari Thakur's drama team.

52. Shri Dulal Manki

Field: Art

State: Assam

Shri Dulal Manki is a Renowned Assamese Singer and a musical artist from Tinsukia in Assam, a north-eastern state in India. He is popular as Jhumar Samrat.

53. Shri Nanadro B Marak

Field: Others- Agriculture

State: Meghalaya

Mr. Nanadro B Marak is an organic black pepper Farmer who developed a unique method of growing pepper alongside areca nut to optimize the output. He has been awarded Padma Shri for his contribution to agriculture.

54. Shri Rewben Mashangva

Field: Art

State: Manipur

Mr. Rewben Mashangva is a folk musician and singer from Manipur, India. He had received the National Tribal Award 2011-12 from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for his contribution to the development of tribal music. He has revived the musical tradition of Tangkhul Naga of Manipur.

55. Shri Chandrakant Mehta

Field: Literature and Education

State: Gujarat

Mr. Chandrakant Mehta is an eminent author in Gujarati & Hindi languages. He has over 150 books to his credit and is a popular Columnist for Gujarat Samachar (Kem Chhe Dost, Ek J De Chingari & Guftego). He is also a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat University,

Padma Awards 2021 56. Dr. Rattan Lal Mittal

Field: Medicine

State: Punjab

Dr. Rattan Lal Mittal is a Veteran Orthopaedic surgeon from Patiala, a city of Punjab. He invented many surgical instruments and is also known to perform clubfoot surgeries (a rare surgery) completely free of cost for families that cannot afford it. He has also extensively researched Clubfoot deformities.

57. Shri Madhavan Nambiar

Field: Sports

State: Kerala

Mr. Madhavan Nambiar is an Indian athletics coach who was a coach to P.T. Usha, a renowned Indian athlete. He was awarded the Dronacharya award in 1985.

58. Shri Shyam Sundar Paliwal

Field: Social Work

State: Rajasthan

Mr. Shyam Sundar Paliwal is a Sarpanch of Piplantri village in Rajsamand (a city in Rajasthan). Piplantri is considered to be a model. He has done exemplary work across forestry, water, conservation, and girl child empowerment.

59. Dr. Chandrakant Sambhaji Pandav

Field: Medicine

State: Delhi

Dr. Chandrakant Sambhaji Pandav is a former Community Medicine Head at AIIMS. For his work in the elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, he is popularly known as the 'Iodine Man of India'. He has also won the most prestigious Dr. M.K. Seshadri Prize & Gold Medal by ICMR for the year 2000 for his outstanding contributions to the field of Community Medicine.

60. Dr. J N Pande (Posthumous):

Field: Medicine

State: Delhi

Dr. J. N. Pande was an Indian Pulmonologist, Senior Consultant (Medicine) at Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science & Research, and former Professor & Head of Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi. He was posthumously awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in 2021 for his work in the field of medicine.

61. Shri Solomon Pappaiah

Field: Literature and Education- Journalism

State: Tamil Nadu

Mr. Solomon Pappaiah is a scholar and a television icon in Tamil Nadu, India who has moderated over 12,000 debates including the ones known as 'Patti mandrams' that have been airing on a channel called Sun TV for over two decades. He is considered one of the greatest Tamil scholars.

62. Ms. Pappammal

Field: Others- Agriculture

State: Tamil Nadu

Ms. Pappammal is a 105-years old organic farmer from Tamil Nadu, India. She is supposedly the oldest farmer still active in the field as she works every day on her land of 2.5 acres. She is awarded Padma Shri for her role in organic farming.

63. Dr. Krishna Mohan Pathi

Field: Medicine

State: Odisha

Dr. Krishna Mohan Pathi is an orthopedic surgeon from Odisha. He is the founder of Bharadwaj Gurukul Ashram, a charitable organization that works in tribal areas of the state treating the poor for free of cost. He made it to the Limca Book of Records in 1990 when he made a patient eat after 20 years.

Padma Awards 2021 64. Ms. Jaswantiben Jamnadas Popat

Field: Trade and Industry

State: Maharashtra

Ms. Jaswantiben Jamnadas Popat is one of the seven founders of Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, an organization that produces Lijjat Papad. It had a modest start as a household venture with a seed capital of Rs.80 which now employees nearly 45,000 women and makes a turnover of over Rs. 1,600 crores.

65. Shri Girish Prabhune

Field: Social Work

State: Maharashtra

Mr. Girish Y. Prabhune is a social worker known for his work towards the upliftment of the nomadic Pardhi community and their children since 1970.

66. Shri Nanda Prusty

Field: Literature and Education

State: Odisha

Mr. Nanda Prusty (fondly known as Nanda Mastre) is a 102-years old teacher who has been teaching for almost seven decades. He imparts to students the education of alphabets and a bit of mathematics through Chatisali, an informal form of school education.

67. Shri K K Ramachandra Pulavar

Field: Art

State: Kerala

Puppeteer

Mr. Ramachandra Pulavar is the 11th generation of puppeteers specializing in Kerala’s traditional shadow puppet theatre called Tholpavakoothu. Through their puppet shows, they convey selected stories from the Kamba Ramayana, a Tamil epic.

68. Shri Balan Putheri

Field: Literature and Education

State: Kerala

Mr. Balan Putheri is a visually impaired author from the Malappuram district in Kerala. He has written over 250 books on Indian culture, tradition, and legends.

69. Ms. Birubala Rabha

Field: Social Work

State: Assam

Ms. Birubala Rabha is an activist whose campaigns against witchcraft and witch-hunting in Goalpara, Assam (India) were instrumental in the government of the state passing the Prevention of and Protection from Witch Hunting Act, 2015. For her objective, she has founded and runs an organization called Mission Birubala that spreads awareness against witch-hunting.

70. Shri Kanaka Raju

Field: Art

State: Telangana

Mr. Kanaka Raju is a Gussadi dancer from the Telangana state of India. He has worked towards preserving the dying tribal art form (Gussadi) by training Adivasi youth for over decades.

71. Ms. Bombay Jayashri Ramnath

Field: Art

State: Tamil Nadu

Ms. "Bombay" Jayashri Ramnath (as she is popularly known) is a Carnatic musician from Tamil Nadu, India. She has sung songs in multiple Indian languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi movies. She has become one of the most sought-after Carnatic musicians today.

Padma Awards 2021 72. Shri Satyaram Reang

Field: Art

State: Tripura

Mr. Satyaram Reang is a folk performer from Tripura. He is known for his Hajagiri Dance is a guru training many more students on the same. He was also conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986.

73. Dr. Dhananjay Diwakar Sagdeo

Field: Medicine

State: Kerala

Dr. Dhananjay Diwakar Sagdeo is a renowned hematologist who has dedicated his life to serving the Tribals of Wayanad in Kerala for over 4 decades. He is especially known for his work in treating Sickle Cell Anaemia.

74. Shri Ashok Kumar Sahu

Field: Medicine

Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Ashok Kumar Sahu is a Vipassana Teacher from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. He founded the Dhamma Kalyan Kanpur International Vipassana Sadhana Kendra in 2011 to help people battle mental health issues. He has developed many software that is available to aspirants for doing their spiritual practice online. The softwares are available in 47 languages.

75. Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Singh Sanjay

Field: Medicine

State: Uttarakhand

Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Singh Sanjay is a Senior Orthopaedic surgeon from Dehradun who is known for conducting public awareness and orthopedic camps. He has organized 225 free health camps to create awareness about accidents. He was included in the India Book of Records in 2017 for the same.

76. Ms. Sindhutai Sapkal

Field: Social Work

State: Maharashtra

Ms. Sindhutai Sapkal is a social worker who is often called the 'Mother of a thousand orphans.' She raises orphaned children in India by providing them with quality education and other resources that can help them in becoming self-reliant.

77. Shri Chaman Lal Sapru (Posthumous)

Field: Literature and Education

State: Jammu and Kashmir

Mr. Chaman Lal Sapru is a Hindi professor and a journalist from Srinagar who popularized the Hindi language across Jammu and Kashmir for over 5 decades.

78. Shri Roman Sarmah

Field: Literature and Education- Journalism

State: Assam

Mr. Roman Sarmah is a veteran journalist from Kamrup. He is also the editor of 89-year-old Bordoichila magazine, Guwahati.

79. Shri Imran Shah

Field: Literature and Education

State: Assam

Mr. Imran Shah is an Assamese language writer, poet, novelist, and scholar. He also writes under the pen names Ishan Dutta, Anamika Baruah, Kumbhakarna, and Animesh Baruah.

Padma Awards 2021 80. Shri Prem Chand Sharma

Field: Others- Agriculture

State: Uttarakhand

Mr. Prem Chand Sharma is a horticulture farmer from Dehradun who has been focusing on growing high-quality fruits, vegetables, and grains organically in the state to diversify farming. He has also introduced a range of high-yield pomegranate varieties. He has been awarded Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of Agriculture.

81. Shri Arjun Singh Shekhawat

Field: Literature and Education

State: Rajasthan

Mr. Arjun Singh Shekhawat is, Shekhawat has written and edited over 50 books. He is a writer focusing on Garasia Tribal culture to empower the community.

82. Shri Ram Yatna Shukla

Field: Literature and Education

State: Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Ram Yatna Shukla is a Sanskrit scholar who is one of the foremost authorities on Sanskrit Vyakaran. He has been spreading knowledge on Vedantas, Vedas, and Indian culture for over 6 decades.

83. Shri Jitender Singh Shunty

Field: Social Work

State: Delhi

Mr. Jitender Singh Shunty is a politician and social worker. Mr. Jitender Shunty was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly from Shahdara from Bhartiya Janta Party in 2013; the founder of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Seva Dal, an NGO that helps to cremate unclaimed bodies and immerse the ashes as guided by the Hindu and Sikh religion. He also becomes the 'First Sikh in the world to donate blood 100 times' and was given the title of 'Donor Singh'. He was awarded by Delhi State Blood Transfusion Council and has also been included in the World Book of Records for his ‘100 times Blood Donor’ World Record.

84. Shri Kartar Paras Ram Singh

Field: Art

Himachal Pradesh

Shri Kartar Paras Ram Singh is a miniature artist from Himachal Pradesh who is skilled in making artifacts from bamboo sticks.

85. Shri Kartar Singh

Field: Art

State: Punjab

Mr. Kartar Singh Sonkhle is an artisan who creates miniatures of historical buildings and celebrities in glass bottles.



86. Dr. Dilip Kumar Singh

Field: Medicine

State: Bihar

Dr. Dilip Kumar Singh, the 92-year-old Physician from Bhagalpur, has devoted his life to the health of the poor for over 7 decades.

87. Shri Chandra Shekhar Singh

Field: Others-Agriculture

State: Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Chandra Shekhar Singh is a noted Agriculturalist from Varanasi known for developing high-yield seeds. He was awarded Padma Shri for his contribution to Agriculture.

Padma Awards 2021 88. Ms. Sudha Hari Narayan Singh

Field: Sports

Uttar Pradesh

Ms. Sudha Hari Narayan Singh is a steeplechase athlete from the city of Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. She has represented the country at several international events since 2005 and is known for winning multiple medals for India over her career spanning 12-years including Asian & Continental Championships, Asian Games, and even Olympics. She was conferred with the Arjuna Award (India's second-highest sporting honor) in 2012.

89. Shri Virender Singh

Field: Sports

State: Haryana

Mr. Virender Singh has been one of the renowned wrestlers from India. He has won seven medals (including 4 gold medals) in twelve years of his career. Since he cannot hear or speak, he is famed as the mute wrestler or "Goonga Pehlwan". He is the three-time Deaflympics gold medallist.

90. Ms. Mridula Sinha (Posthumous)

Field: Literature and Education

State: Bihar

Ms. Mridula Sinha was a writer and a politician who served as Governor of Goa from August 2014 to October 2019. She was the first woman Governor of Goa.

91. Shri K C Sivasankar (Posthumous)

Field: Art

State: Tamil Nadu

Mr. K C Sivasankaran is an artist who primarily contributed to Chandamama (also known as Ambulimama), an Indian language magazine for children. He was the artist behind the signature painting of the Vikram and Vetala series, featured in the magazine.

92. Guru Maa Kamali Soren

Field: Social Work

State: West Bengal

Ms. Guru Maa Kamali Soren is a Santhal Social Worker from Maldah who is endlessly working for the betterment of Tribals for 3 decades.

93. Shri Marachi Subburaman

Field: Social Work

State: Tamil Nadu

Mr. Marachi Subburaman is a Social Worker from the city of Trichy in Tamil Nadu. He has impacted lakhs of households by installing 30-lakhs eco-friendly, low-cost toilets to improve sanitization in the region.

94. Shri P Subramanian (Posthumous):

Field: Trade and Industry

State: Tamil Nadu

Mr. P Subramanian is the founder of Shanthi Gears and was known as the 'Gear Man of Coimbatore', a city in Tamil Nadu, India. He dedicated his life & wealth to the upliftment of the underprivileged. He is known for both his contributions to the gear industry and for his philanthropy.

95. Ms. Nidumolu Sumathi

Field: Art

State: Andhra Pradesh

Ms. Nidumolu Sumathi (also known as Dandamudi Sumathi) is a musician and percussionist. She primarily plays the mridangam and is one of the first female Mridangam players in the country and the first female Laya Vinyasam artist.

Padma Awards 2021 96. Shri Kapil Tiwari

Field: Literature and Education

State: Madhya Pradesh

Mr. Kapil Tiwari is a tribal Folk Culture Scholar from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, India. He has showcased Ramayana-themed artwork in Tribal cultures across the country.

97. Father Vallés (Posthumous)

Field: Literature and Education

Country: Spain

Father Vallés (Carlos González Vallés S.J.) was a Spanish-Indian Jesuit priest and author. He has written extensively in Gujarati during his life of five decades he lived in India. He also wrote in English and Spanish. He was a recipient of the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, the highest award in Gujarati literature, in 1978.

98. Dr. Thiruvengadam Veeraraghavan (Posthumous)

Field: Medicine

State: Tamil Nadu

Dr. Thiruvengadam Veeraraghavan was a Doctor from Chennai who served the poor day and night for more than five decades. Because of his charge of a meager Rs.2 for treatment, he was fondly referred to as 'Two Rupees Doctor'.

99. Shri Sridhar Vembu

Field: Trade and Industry

State: Tamil Nadu

Mr. Sridhar Vembu is the founder and CEO of Zoho Corporation, a renowned software company. According to Forbes, he is the 59th richest Indian in the world with a net worth of US$2.5 billion, as of 2020. He decided

100. Shri K Y Venkatesh

Field: Sports

State: Karnataka

Mr. K. Y. Venkatesh is a para-athlete and shot putter from the city of Bengaluru in the Karnataka state of India. He won his first gold for India in the shot put in 1999 in Australia. At the fourth World Dwarf Games in 2005, he secured six medals in various sports, making a world record in the process.

101. Ms. Usha Yadav

Field: Literature and Education

State: Uttar Pradesh

Ms. Usha Yadav is a Hindi writer and poet from Agra who has been enlightening readers for the past 5 decades through over 50 books on social causes.

102. Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir

Field: Public Affairs

Country: Bangladesh

Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir is regarded as the hero of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Initially, he had joined the Pakistani Army, but upon hearing the atrocities by them in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), he fled the country and reached India. He is said to become one of the key persons involved in the independence of East Pakistan (Bangladesh).
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