Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam were honoured with Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civil decoration, the government declared today. Celebrated singer SP Balasubrahmanyam was awarded the title posthumously. He died last year in a hospital in Chennai after nearly two months of treatment.
Former CM of Assam Tarun Gogoi and former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan were both awarded Padma Bhushan, the third highest civil award posthumously. The former speaker of Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan was also conferred on Padma Bhushan.
Ram Vilas Paswan’s son, Chirag, thanked the government for the award and tweeted in Hindi that he was honoured for his father’s “impeccable political career of 51 years.” Veteran playback singer KS Chithra has also been awarded with Padma Bhushan.
The Padma awards were announced this evening by the Government, which honoured 119 distinguished personalities from different fields such as sports, medicine, architecture, literature and others for their distinguished work. The awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
This year, 102 individuals have been awarded with the Padma Shri, which includes the acclaimed Bombay Jayashri singer and six sportsmen.
Veteran table tennis player Mouma Das was awarded Padma Shri as one of the six sportsmen.