New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday conferred honours on 56 Padma awardees, including Dhirubhai Ambani (posthumously), actor Anupam Kher and former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai, at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.
Mukherjee bestowed the Padma Vibhushan on Ambani, economist Avinash Kamalakar Dixit, former Jammu and Kashmir governor Jagmohan, danseuse Yamini Krishnamurthi and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Padma Bhushan awardees included architect Hafeez Sorabe Contractor, educationist and journalist Barjinder Singh Hamdard, actor Anupam Kher, industrialist Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, badminton star Saina Nehwal, scientist Alla Ventaka Rama Rao and gastroenterologist Duvvur Nageshwar Reddy.
The 43 Padma Shri awardees included ISRO scientist Mylswamy Annadurai, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, actor Ajay Devgn, archer Deepika Kumari and celebrated chef Mohammed Imtiaz Qureshi.
After receiving his Padma, veteran actor Anupam Kher, said he got a "flashback" of his life while getting dressed for the ceremony earlier on Monday.
"As I get ready for Padma Awards Ceremony I have a flashback of my life. Journey of a small town boy. Thank You India for the Love. Padma Bhushan," Anupam had tweeted before leaving for the ceremony.
The actor kept up a steady stream of tweets as he set off for, and after the ceremony.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) March 28, 2016
Anupam has been in the Hindi film fraternity for over two decades and has been part of films like Saaransh, A Wednesday, and Silver Linings Playbook, which also starred Hollywood actors Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.
The 60-year-old actor has been honoured with Padma Bhushan.