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04 December 2023

Padma Shri for Kajol, Tabu, Usha Uthup

By Staff

Talented Bollywood actors Kajol, Tabu and Irrfan Khan were named for the Padma Shri, India's the fourth highest civilian honour on the eve of Republic Day Tuesday, NDTV reported.

Daughter of veteran actress Tanuja and late Bengali filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee, Kajol made her Bollywood debut with not so successful movie "Bekhudi"  in 1992 at the age of 17.

But the 35-year-old tasted commercial success with her second outing "Baazigar" where she shared the screen with Shah Rukh Khan for the first time and after that there was no looking back for the actress. She gave hit after hit like "Karan Arjun", "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" and most recently "My Name Is Khan". Kajol is married to Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and they have two children.

"It's an honour and a pleasure when you are selected for the Padma Shri and I thank all those who thought me worthy of it. I am very, very happy with the way this year has started," Kajol said.

Tabu, one of the most talented actresses in Hindi film industry, debuted in Bollywood with commercial movie "Vijaypath", but it was offbeat films like "Maachis" and "Chandni Bar" that brought her accolades and awards.

Irrfan Khan has also been conferred with Padma Shri. With his unconventional and powerful performances in "Salaam Bombay", "Maqbool", "Life... In A Metro" and "The Namesake", the actor has carved a niche for himself in filmdom.

And singer Usha Uthup, who can effortlessly croon in 24 languages, was as it is enjoying her moment of glory with her recent song "Darling" from the film "7 Khoon Maaf", which has become a chartbuster and now she has one more reason to celebrate. 

"I was thrilled beyond comprehension when the news broke out. I couldn't believe it. This is so amazing and I'm so greatful to god. I'm also happy that my belief in the kind of music I wanted to make and in the fact that music gets hearts closer, paid off," Uthup said in an interview. "I'm thankful to everyone for their support."

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The full list of the Padma Awards:

Padma Vibhushan

Dr (Smt) Kapila Vatsyayan (Art - Art Administration and Promotion).

Mrs Homai Vyarawalla (Art - Photography)

Shri A Nageshwara Rao (Art- Cinema)

Shri Parasaran Kesava Iyengar (Public Affairs)

Dr Akhlaq-ur-Rehman Kidwai (Public Affairs)

Shri Vijay Kelkar (Public Affairs)

Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia (Public Affairs)

Shri Palle Rama Rao (Science and Engineering)

Shri Azim Premji (Trade and Industry)

Shri Brajesh Mishra (Civil Services)

Prof (Dr) Ottaplakkal Neelakandan Velu Kurup (Literature and Education)

Dr Sitakant Mahapatra (Literature and Education)

Late Shri LC Jain (Public Affairs)

Padma Bhushan

Shri Satyadev Dubey (Art - Theatre)

Shri Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi alias Khayyam (Art - Cinema - Music)

Shri Shashi Kapoor (Art - Cinema)

Shri Krishen Khanna (Art - Painting)

Shri Madavur Vasudevan Nair (Art - Dance - Kathakali)

Ms Waheeda Rehman (Art - Cinema)

Shri Rudrapatna Krishna Shastry Srikantan (Art - Music-Vocal)

Ms Arpita Singh (Art - Painting)

Dr Sripathi Panditharadhyula Balasubrahmanyam (Art - Playback Singing, Music Direction & acting)

Shri CV Chandrasekhar (Art - Classical Dance-Bharatanatyam)

Shri Dwijen Mukherjee (Art)

Smt Rajashree Birla (Social work)

Mrs Shobhana Ranade (Social work)

Dr Suryanarayanan Ramachandran (Science and Engineering)

Shri S (Kris) Gopalakrishnan (Trade and Industry)

Shri Yogesh Chander Deveshwar (Trade and Industry)

Ms Chanda Kochhar (Trade and Industry)

Dr K Anji Reddy (Trade and Industry- Pharmacy)

Shri Analjit Singh (Trade and Industry)

Shri Rajendra Singh Pawar (Trade and Industry)

Dr Gunapati Venkata Krishna Reddy (Trade and Industry)

Shri Ajai Chowdhary (Trade and Industry)

Shri Surendra Singh (Civil Services)

Shri MN Buch (Civil Services)

Shri Shyam Saran(Civil Services)

Shri Thayil Jacob Sony George (Literature and Education)

Dr Ramdas Madhava Pai (Literature and Education)

Shri Sankha Ghosh (Literature and Education)

Late Shri K Raghavan Thirumulpad (Medicine - Ayurveda)

Late Dr Keki Byramjee Grant (Medicine - Cardiology)

Late Shri Dashrath Patel (Art)

Padma Shri

Ms. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry (Art - Theatre)

Shri Makar Dhwaja Darogha (Art- Chhau Dance)

Shri Shaji Neelakantan Karun (Art - Film Direction)

Shri Girish Kasaravalli (Art - Film making)

Ms. Tabassum Hashmi Khan alias Tabu (Art - Cinema)

Shri Jivya Soma Mase (Art - Warli Painting)

Guru (Ms.) M.K. Saroja (Art - Dance- Bharatnatyam)

Shri Jayaram Subramaniam (Art - Cinema)

Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty (Art - Music-Indian Classical Vocal)

Smt. Mahasundari Devi (Art - Mithilia/ Madhubani Painting)

Shri Gajam Govardhana (Art - Handloom Weaving)

Ms. Sunayana Hazarilal (Art - Dance - Kathak)

Shri S.R. Janakiraman (Art - Carnatic Vocal Music)

Shri Peruvanam Kuttan Marar (Art - Chenda Melam- Drum concert)

Smt. Kalamandalam Kshemavathy Pavithran (Art - Dance - Mohiniattam)

Shri Dadi Dorab Pudumjee (Art - Puppetry)

Shri Khangembam Mangi Singh (Art - Traditional Music of Manipur) (Pena)

Shri Prahlad Singh Tipaniya (Art - Folk Music)

Smt. Usha Uthup (Art - Music)

Smt. Kajol (Art- Cinema)

Shri Irfan Khan (Art- Cinema)

Shri Mamraj Agrawal (Social work)

Shri Jockin Arputham (Social work)

Ms. Nomita Chandy (Social work)

Ms. Sheela Patel (Social work)

Ms. Anita Reddy (Social work)

Shri Kanubhai Hasmukhbhai Tailor (Social work)

Shri Anant Darshan Shankar (Public Affairs)

Prof. M. Annamalai (Science and Engineering)

Dr. Mahesh Haribhai Mehta (Science and Engineering - Agricultural Science)

Shri Coimbatore Narayana Rao Raghavendran (Science and Engineering)

Dr. (Mrs.) Suman Sahai (Science and Engineering)

Prof.(Dr.) E.A. Siddiq (Science and Engineering - Agricultural Science)

Shri Gopalan Nair Shankar (Science and Engineering - Architecture)

Shri Mecca Rafeeque Ahmed (Trade and Industry)

Shri Kailasam Raghavendra Rao (Trade and Industry)

Shri Narayan Singh Bhati (Civil Services)

Shri P K Sen (Civil Services)

Ms. Shital Mahajan (Sports - Adventure Sports- Para Jumping)

Ms. Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi (Sports - Weightlifting)

Shri Sushil Kumar (Sports - Wrestling)

Shri Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman (Sports - Cricket)

Shri Gagan Narang (Sports - Shooting)

Smt. Krishna Poonia (Sports - Discus Throw)

Shri Harbhajan Singh (Sports - Mountaineering)

Dr. Pukhraj Bafna (Medicine - Padeatrics)

Prof. Mansoor Hasan (Medicine- Cardiology)

Dr. Shyama Prasad Mandal (Medicine - Orthopaedic)

Prof. (Dr.) Sivapatham Vittal (Medicine - Endocrinology)

Prof. (Dr.) Madanur Ahmed Ali (Medicine - Gastroenterology)

Dr. Indira Hinduja (Medicine - Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

Dr. Jose Chacko Periappuram (Medicine - Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)

Prof. (Dr.) A. Marthanda Pillai (Medicine - Neurosurgery)

Shri Mahim Bora (Literature and Education)

Prof. (Dr.) Pullella Srirama Chandrudu (Literature and Education- Sanskrit)

Dr. Pravin Darji (Literature and Education)

Dr. Chandra Prakash Deval (Literature and Education)

Shri Balraj Komal (Literature and Education)

Mrs. Rajni Kumar (Literature and Education)

Dr. Devanooru Mahadeva (Literature and Education)

Shri Barun Mazumder (Literature and Education)

Dr. Avvai Natarajan (Literature and Education)

Shri Bhalchandra Nemade (Literature and Education)

Prof. Riyaz Punjabi (Literature and Education)

Prof. Koneru Ramakrishna Rao (Literature and Education)

Ms. Buangi Sailo (Literature and Education)

Prof. Devi Dutt Sharma (Literature and Education)

Shri Nilamber Dev Sharma (Literature and Education)

Ms. Urvashi Butalia # (Literature and Education, Ms. Ritu Menon(Literature and Education)

Prof. Krishna Kumar (Literature and Education)

Shri Deviprasad Dwivedi (Literature and Education)

Ms. Mamang Dai (Literature and Education)

Dr. Om Prakash Agrawal (Others - Heritage Conservation)

Prof. Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar (Others - Archeology)

Ms. Shanti Teresa Lakra (Others-Nursing)

Smt. Gulshan Nanda (Others - Handicrafts promotion)

Dr. Azad Moopen (Social work)

Prof. Upendra Baxi (Public Affairs -Legal Affairs)

Dr. Mani Lal Bhaumik (Science and Engineering)

Dr. Subra Suresh (Science and Engineering)

Prof. Karl Harrington Potter (Literature and Education)

Prof. Martha Chen(Social work)

Shri Satpal Khattar (Trade and Industry)

Shri Granville Austin (Literature and Education)