Cricketer Rahul Dravid, actresses Sharmila Tagore and Sridevi, and DRDO chief V K Saraswat were among the 54 people honoured with Padma awards today by President Pranab Mukherjee. Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and researcher Yash Pal received Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award.
Saraswat, Tagore, film producer D Ramanaidu and Dravid were presented the third highest Padma Bhushan, while Sridevi got Padma Shri from the President at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan's Darbar Hall. The ten recipients of Padma Bhushan included Hemendra Singh Panwar, Shivajirao Girdhar Patil, Kanak Yatindra Rele, Prof Ashoke Sen, Prof Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Ramamurthy Thyagarajan.
Theatre personality B Jayashree, boxer Nga