President Pranab Mukherjee confers Padma awards 2017

The President awarded Padma Shri to celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, singer Kailash Kher, Bollywood chronicler Bhawana Somaaya and others.

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President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday conferred coveted Padma awards to 44 persons which included celebrities and unsung heroes who have worked for the society.

In a formal ceremony in the imposing Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Mukherjee conferred Padma Vibhushan to mystic guru Sahdguru Jagadish Vasudev and singer K J Yesudas.

Sadhguru Jagadish Vasudev

Sadhguru Jagadish Vasudev has been conferred India's second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, for his contribution to spirituality.

Genabhai Darghabhai Patel

President Pranab Mukherjee confers Padma Shri on Genabhai Darghabhai Patel, aka Anar Dada, who is a divyang farmer during Padma Awards 2017 function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Singer K J Yesudas

President Pranab Mukherjee confers Padma Vibhushan on Singer K J Yesudas during Padma Awards 2017 function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar

Karmakar, who was limping because of a knee injury, attracted the attention of prime minister who was sitting in front row and queried about her well being. "It is a knee injury. I have to take rest for five-six months, then I will train for Commonwealth Games," Karmakar said after the ceremony.

Wrestler Sakshi Malik

Malik is the first woman wrestler from the country to win an Olympic Bronze medal in the women's 58 kg wrestling.

Birkha Bahadur Subba Muringla

Noted Nepali literature Birkha Bahadur Muringla has been conferred the prestigious Padma Shri Award. Muringla is one of the eminent writers in Limboo Literature. He was born at Lingchom village in Sikkim.

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

President Pranab Mukherjee confers Padma Bhushan on Grammy Award-winner music maestro Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt during Padma Awards 2017 function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

OneIndia News (with PTI inputs)

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