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When flashbulbs popped at Saif, Sant Chatwal

Last updated on: April 7, 2010 22:29 IST

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NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal, music composer Ilaiyaraaja and top businessman Vindi Banga were conferred the Padma Bhushan awards by President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi on Wednesday.

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Image: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil with the awardees at the Civil Investiture Ceremony-II at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Photographs: Press Information Bureau
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Sachin Tendulkar's 'guru' Ramakant Achrekar, boxer Vijender Singh, leading actor of yesteryears Rekha, sound technician and Oscar award winner Resul Pookutty and ace car racer Narain Karthikeyan were among those conferred with the Padma Shri at a glittering ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.


Image: President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Shri Award to Vijender Singh

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The entire Ashoka Hall reverberated with applause as actor Saif Ali Khan walked up to the President to receive his Padma Shri at the function attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other guests.

Flashbulbs popped at Khan and his companion actor Kareena Kapoor as they walked in together to attend the ceremony.


Image: President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Shri Award to Saif Ali Khan Pataudi

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Noted Mridangam exponent Umayalpuram K Sivaraman, former RBI Governor Y V Reddy and nonagenarian artiste Zohra Sehgal were honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian awards.


Image: President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Shri Award to Narain Karthikeyan

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Painter Akbar Padamsee, former Cabinet Secretary and now Member in the Planning Commission B K Chaturvedi, educationists Moosa Raza, Anil Bordia and Gian Prakash Chopra were honoured with the Padma Bhushan.


Image: President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Shri Award to Rekha

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Chatwal, whose selection for the award had triggered a controversy, was seen seated in the last row of the awardees almost behind a battery of lensmen.

Other Padma Bhushan awardees were: cardiologist B M Hegde, nuclear scientist Bikash Sinha, historian Bipin Chandra, kathak exponent Kumudini Lakhia, panchavadya exponent Kuzhur Narayana Marar, versatile artiste Mallika Sarabhai, banker N Vaghul, eye specialist Noshir Minoo Shroff, music composer Shrinivas Khale, sarangi player Ustad Sultan Khan and Ayurveda practitioner E T Narayanan Mooss.


Image: President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Sant Singh Chatwal

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Sculptor Arjun Prajapati, versatile Assamese dramatist Arun Sarma, liver transplant specialist Arvinder Singh Soin, social worker Deep Chandra Joshi, businessman Deepak Puri, Manipuri Ras exponent Haobam Ongbi Ngangbi Devi and noted Indologist of German origin Hermann Kulke received the Padma Shri.

Nemai Ghosh, who had done camera work for Satyajit Ray, music exponent Shobha Raju, environment activist Ranjit Bhargava, TVS Motor Company Chairman Venu Srinivasan, businessmen Irshad Mirza, Kapil Mohan, founder of Nirma Karsanbhai Patel and T N Manoharan received the Padma Shri.


Image: President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Dr Mallika V Sarabhhai

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Ghulam Mohammad Mir, who played a key role in fighting terrorism in Kashmir valley and in the release Rubaiya Sayeed, the then Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's daughter from militants, was honoured with the Padma Shri.

Former Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University Hamidi Kashmiri, social workers Sudha Kaul, Sudhir Parikh, Kurian John Melamparambil and Kranti Shah received the Padma Shri.


Image: President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award to Zohra Segal

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Noted surgeon K S Gopinath, geologist V P Dimri, educationists Romuald D'Souza and Y G Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy and Sadiq-ur-Rahman Kidwai, trustee of the Ghalib Institute received the Padma Shri.

Other awardees were: Lal Bahadur Singh Chauhan, Ranganathan 'Indira' Parthasarathy, Sheldon Pollock (all literature), Guru Mayadhar Raut (Odissi dance), Rajkumar Achouba Singh (Manipuri dance), and nuclear scientist Pucadyil Ittoop John.


Image: President Pratibha Patil presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award to Dr Yaga Venugopal Reddy

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