Padma Awards: Rajesh Khanna, Jaspal Bhatti, Rahul Dravid honoured
New Delhi: Yesteryears cinestar Rajesh Khanna and comedian Jaspal Bhatti were conferred Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civillian award posthumously on Friday. Former cricket captain Rahul Dravid and Olympic medal winner boxer MC Marykom also got Padma Bhushan for their extraordinary contribution to Indian sports.
Actress Sharmila Tagore, who had a great onscreen chemistry with Late Rajesh Khanna, was also chosen for Padma Bhushan. Renowned sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and painter S Haider Raza were chosen for Padma Vibhushan as government came out with a list of 108 Padma awardees that included actress Sridevi, actors Nana Patekar and Malayalam star Madhu of Chemmeen fame and Olympians Mary Kom, Yogeshwar Dutt and Vijay Kumar.
Noted physicist Yash Pal and space scientist Roddam Narasimha were chosen for this year's second highest civilian honour of Padma Vibhushan
In all four personalities were awarded Padma Vibhushan, 24 for Padma Bhushan and 80 Padma Shri. Of the awardees 24 are women, 11 belong to the category of foreigners, NRI, PIOs and posthumous.
Nobody was named for Bharat Ratna for this year too. The last awardee was late Bhimsen Joshi in 2008.