Padma Shri Awards: Meet the unsung heroes, Part I

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The government recognised the many faceless heroes of India in the 2017 Padma Awards list.

Meenakshi Amma: Granny with a sword!

Meenakshi Amma: Granny with a sword!

She is India's oldest woman Kalaripayattu exponent, a centuries-old martial art form

Chintakindi Mallesham: Weaver of hopes

Chintakindi Mallesham: Weaver of hopes

He is the inventor of the ASU machine who significantly reduced the time and menial labour required to weave Pochampalli silk sarees.

Daripalli Ramaiah: The tree man

Daripalli Ramaiah: The tree man

He has dedicated his life to make India green, and has planted over 1 crore trees!

Bipin Ganatra: The fire fighter

Bipin Ganatra: The fire fighter

He is famous across Kolkata for being there to rescue people whenever there is fire, without fear for his own life.

Suniti Solomon: AIDS crusader

Suniti Solomon: AIDS crusader

Dr Solomon diagnosed India's first AIDS case in 1985.

Subroto Das: The highway messiah

Subroto Das: The highway messiah

Dr Das provides immediate medical help to road accident victims on highways.

Bhakti Yadav: Doctor dadi

Bhakti Yadav: Doctor dadi

Dr Yadav is 91, and has been treating patients for free for the last 68 years.

Girish Bhardwaj: The dam maker

Girish Bhardwaj: The dam maker

Bhardwaj has built more than 100v low-cost and eco-friendly suspension bridges connecting remote villages across India

Balbir Singh Seechewal: The eco baba

Balbir Singh Seechewal: The eco baba

He has resurrected the 160-km long kali Bein River in Punjab by mobilising local volunteers.

Anuradha Koilrala: The saviour mother

Anuradha Koilrala: The saviour mother

Koirala has rescued and rehabilitated 12,000 sex trafficking victims, and prevented over 45,000 others.

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