President presents Padma awards

President presents Padma awards

The heartthrob of yesteryear Rekha and rather young Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan received Padma Sri for their contribution to the Indian cinema. Rekha acted in 180 films in a career of over 40 years as against Saif Ali’s two decade career.

Ilaiyaraja, the celebrated music composer of over 900 Indian films, was conferred the Padma Bhushan award for his contribution to art in India and abroad.

Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty was presented the Padma Shri award for his contribution to sound mixing in the Indian film industry and abroad.

Olympian boxer Vijender Singh was conferred the Padma Shri award for his contribution to the field of sports.

And motor racing driver Narain Karthikeyan too received the Padma Shri. Karthikeyan has been an active formula one racer and shot to prominence in a short period of 5 years.

And, famous cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar was another Padma Shri winner for his
immense contribution to cricket. The septuagenarian’s most famous and successful pupil is Sachin Tendulkar.

Brushing aside controversies surrounding his nomination, the US-based hotelier Sant Chatwal also received Padma Bhusan award, saying he was happy to contribute to establishing friendship between India and the US. He attributed controversy to the media hype.

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