Padma Awardees of 2021: Brief History and Winners

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President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the prestigious Padma awards on November 8, 2021 to the 2020 and 2021 recipients in a ceremony held in New Delhi. The ceremony in 2020 was not held because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • The Padma Awards are one of the highest and most respected civilian honours of India. These awards are announced on Republic Day eve annually.
  • The ceremony is held at Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Hon’ble President of India confers the awards to the recipients. 
  • The Padma Awards Committee makes recommendations for these awards.This Committee is constituted by the Prime Minister every year. 
  • The Prime Minister and President of India approve the recommendations.
Padma Awardees of 2021

Brief History of Padma Awards

In 1954, the Government of India introduced two civilian awards-

  • Bharat Ratna– highest civilian award of India
  • Padma Vibhushan– This has three tiers: 
  • Pehla Varg
  • Dusra Varg
  • Tisra Varg

Subsequently, vide a Presidential notification issued on January 08, 1955, they were renamed as-

  • exceptional and distinguished service- Padma Vibhushan
  • distinguished service of high order- Padma Bhushan
  • for distinguished service- Padma Shri

Evolution of the Padma Awards

  • The nominee groups have changed since 1954. In other words, the number of nominations for the awards have increased as these awards have begun recognising a wider range of people.
  • In 2020, 46,000 nominations were received by the government. On the other hand, only 2,200 nominations were received in 2014.
  • The government launched the Padma Quiz 2018, which allows the winners to attend the award ceremony in person.

Fields of Padma Awardees 2021

Overview: Padma Awardees of 2021

  • In 2021, 119 Padma awards were conferred.
  • 16 awards were conferred posthumously.
  • The awardees include 29 women and one transgender awardee.

Winners of Padma Awardees 2021 

Padma Vibhushan

It is the second-highest civilian award, after the Bharat Ratna.

In 2021, the Padma Bhushan award has been conferred on 7 recipients. The complete list of awardees is given below:

Name of RecipientFieldState/Country
Shri Shinzo AbePublic AffairsJapan
Shri S. P. Balasubramaniam (Posthumous)ArtTamil Nadu
Dr. Belle Monappa HegdeMedicineKarnataka
Shri Narinder Singh Kapany (Posthumous)Science and EngineeringUnited States of America
Maulana Wahiduddin KhanOthers- SpiritualismDelhi
Shri B. B. LalArcheologyDelhi
Shri Sudarshan SahooArtOdisha

Padma Bhushan

Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award. This award succeeds Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan. 

For the year 2021, this award has been conferred on 10 recipients. is the list of the awardees:

Name of RecipientFieldState/Country
Ms. Krishnan Nair Shantakumari ChithraArtKerala
Shri Tarun Gogoi (Posthumous)Public AffairsAssam
Shri Chandrashekhar KambaraLiterature and EducationKarnataka
Ms. Sumitra MahajanPublic AffairsMadhya Pradesh
Shri Nripendra MisraCivil ServiceUttar Pradesh
Shri Ram Vilas Paswan (Posthumous)Public AffairsBihar
Shri Keshubhai Patel (Posthumous)Public AffairsGujarat
Shri Kalbe Sadiq (Posthumous)Others- SpiritualismUttar Pradesh
Shri Rajnikant Devidas ShroffTrade and IndustryMadhya Pradesh
Shri Tarlochan SinghPublic AffairsHaryana

Padma Shri 

Padma Shri is the fourth-highest civilian award. It succeeds Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. 

In 2021, this award was conferred on 102 recipients. The list of the awardees is given below:

Name of RecipientFieldState/Country
Shri Gulfam AhmedArtUttar Pradesh
Ms. P. AnithaSportsTamil Nadu
Shri Rama Swamy AnnavarapuArtAndhra Pradesh
Shri Subbu ArumugamqArtTamil Nadu
Shri Prakasarao AsavadiLiterature and EducationAndhra Pradesh
Ms. Bhuri BaiArtMadhya Pradesh
Shri Radhe Shyam BarleArtChhattisgarh
Shri Dharma Narayan BarmaLiterature and EducationWest Bengal
Ms. Lakhimi BaruahSocial workAssam
Shri Biren Kumar BasakArtWest Bengal
Ms. Rajni BectorTrade and IndustryPunjab
Shri Peter BrookArtUnited Kingdom
Ms. Sangkhumi BualchhuakSocial WorkMizoram
Shri Gopiram Bargayn BurabhakatArtAssam
Ms. Bijoya ChakravartyPublic AffairsAssam
Shri Sujit ChattopadhyayLiterature and EducationWest Bengal
Shri Jagdish Chaudhary (Posthumous)Social workUttar Pradesh
Shri Tsultrim ChonjorSocial workLadakh
Ms. Mouma DasSportsWest Benagl
Shri Srikant DatarLiterature and EducationUnited States of America
Shri Narayan DebnathArtWest Bengal
Ms. Chutni DeviSocial WorkJharkhand
Ms. Dulari DeviArtBihar
Ms. Radhe DeviArtManipur
Ms. Shanti DeviSocial WorkOdisha
Shri Wayan DibiaArtIndonesia
Shri Dadudan GadhaviLiterature and EducationGujarat
Shri Parshuram Atmaram GangavaneArtMaharashtra
Shri Jai Bhagwan GoyalLiterature and EducationHaryana
Shri Jagadish Chandra HalderLiterature and educationWest Bengal
Shri Mangal Singh HazowaryLiterature and EducationAssam
Ms. Anshu JamsenpaSportsArunachal Pradesh
Ms. Purnamasi JaniArtOdisha
Matha B. Manjamma JogatiArtKarnataka
Shri Damodaran KaithapramArtKerala
Shri Namdeo C KambleLiterature and EducationMaharashtra
Shri Maheshbhai & Shri Nareshbhai Kanodia (Duo) (Posthumous)ArtGujarat
Shri Rajat Kumar KarLiterature and EducationOdisha
Shri Rangasami Lakshminarayana KashyapLiterature and educationKarnataka
Ms. Prakash KaurSocial workPunjab
Shri Nicholas KazanasLiterature and educationGreece
Shri K KesavasamyArtPuducherry
Shri Ghulam Rasool KhanArtJammu and Kashmir
Shri Lakha KhanArtRajasthan
Ms. Sanjida KhatunArtBangladesh
Shri Vinayak Vishnu KhedekarArtGoa
Ms. Niru KumarSocial WorkDelhi
Ms. LajwantiArtPunjab
Shri Rattan LalScience and EngineeringUnited States of America
Shri Ali ManikfanOthers- Grassroots InnovationLakshadweep
Shri Ramachandra ManjhiArtBihar
Shri Dulal MankiArtAssam
Shri Nanadro B MarakOthers- AgricultureMeghalaya
Shri Rewben MashangvaArtManipur
Shri Chandrakant MehtaLiterature and EducationGujarat
Dr. Rattan Lal MittalMedicinePunjab
Shri Madhavan NambiarSportsKerala
Shri Shyam Sundar PaliwalSocial WorkRajasthan
Dr. Chandrakant Sambhaji PandavMedicineDelhi
Dr. J N Pande (Posthumous)MedicineDelhi
Shri Solomon PappaiahLiterature and Education- JournalismTamil Nadu
Ms. PappammalOthers- AgricultureTamil Nadu
Dr. Krishna Mohan PathiMedicineOdisha
Ms. Jaswantiben Jamnadas PopatTrade and IndustryMaharashtra
Shri Girish PrabhuneSocial WorkMaharashtra
Shri Nanda PrustyLiterature and EducationOdisha
Shri K K Ramachandra PulavarArtKerala
Shri Balan PutheriLiterature and EducationKerala
Ms. Birubala RabhaSocial WorkAssam
Shri Kanaka RajuArtTelangana
Ms. Bombay Jayashri RamnathArtTamil Nadu
Shri Satyaram ReangArtTripura
Dr. Dhananjay Diwakar SagdeoMedicineKerala
Shri Ashok Kumar SahuMedicineUttar Pradesh
Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Singh SanjayMedicineUttarakhand
Ms. Sindhutai SapkalSocial WorkMaharashtra
Shri Chaman Lal Sapru (Posthumous)Literature and EducationJammu & Kashmir
Shri Roman SarmahLiterature and Education- JournalismAssam
Shri Imran ShahLiterature and educationAssam
Prem Chandra SharmaOthers- AgricultureUttarakhand
Shri Arjun Singh ShekhawatLiterature and EducationRajasthan
Shri Ram Yatna ShuklaLiterature and EducationUttar Pradesh
Shri Jitender Singh ShuntySocial WorkDelhi
Shri Kartar Paras Ram SinghArtHimachal Pradesh
Shri Kartar SinghArtPunjab
Dr. Dilip Kumar SinghMedicineBihar
Shri Chandra Shekhar SinghOthers- AgricultureUttar Pradesh
Ms. Sudha Hari Narayan SinghSportsUttar Pradesh
Shri Virender SinghSportsHaryana
Ms. Mridula Sinha (Posthumous)Literature and EducationBihar
Shri K C Sivasankar (Posthumous)ArtTamil Nadu
Guru Maa Kamali SorenSocial WorkWest Bengal
Shri Marachi SubburamanSocial WorkTamil Nadu
Shri P Subramanian (Posthumous)Trade and IndustryTamil Nadu
Ms. Nidumolu SumathiArtAndhra Pradesh
Shri Kapil TiwariLiterature and EducationMadhya Pradesh
Father Vallés (Posthumous)Literature and EducationSpain
Dr. Thiruvengadam Veeraraghavan (Posthumous)MedicineTamil Nadu
Shri Sridhar VembuTrade and IndustryTamil Nadu
Shri K Y VenkateshSportsKarnataka
Ms. Usha YadavLiterature and EducationUttar Pradesh
Col. Quazi Sajjad Ali ZahirPublic AffairsBangladesh

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