Padma Awards 2019 were held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 11th March 2019. A total of 56 personalities were felicitated from different fields such as arts, literature, sports, medicine etc.
The awards function that was held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among others. The Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian awards of India - are conferred in three categories: The Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri.
As many as 112 inspiring personalities were selected for this year's Padma awards and their names were announced on the eve of Republic Day this year. The remaining awardees are likely to be conferred the honour at another function to be held on March 16.
Some of the recipients of the Padma Shri this year include former foreign secretary S Jaishankar, musician Shankar Mahadevan Narayan, physicians Sandeep Guleria and Ilias Ali, dancer, actor and producer Prabhu Deva and wrestler Bajrang Punia.
Akali Dal leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, journalist Kuldip Nayar, actor Mohanlal, Bihar leader Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, former CEO of multinational techno giant Cisco systems John Chambers and former Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha Karia Munda received the Padma Bhushan.
A record 50,000 nominations were received for the 2019 awards, which is 20 times more than the number in 2014.
This year's awardees are from across the nation, all segments of society and the government has gone beyond excellence alone, recognising larger impact and their selfless service.