New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi have made it to the list of Padma awardees for this year. They will be accorded the Padma Vibhushan the second highest award.
Legendary singer K.J. Yesudas, late Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, late Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma, late Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunder Lal Patwah will also be accorded the second highest civilian honour.
Continuing his good year in cricket, Indian captain Virat Kohli will be awarded the Padma Shri. Other sportspersons to get the award include Olympian Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Vikas Gowda for discus throw and P.R. Sreejesh for hockey.
Among NRIs to be awarded this year are pioneering AIDS researcher Dr Suniti Solomon, surbahar artist Imrat Khan and Anuradha Koirala from Nepal for social work.
Among journalists, film critic Bhavna Somaiya will be awarded the Padma Shri.
“Mohanveena” maestro Vishwa Mohan Bhat will be awarded the Padma Bhushan, while singer Anuradha Paudwal will be awarded the Padma Shri.