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Amitabh Bachchan receives Padma Vibhushan amidst thunderous applause

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NEW DELHI: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan received the nation’s second highest honoour Padma Vibhushan from President Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of various dignitaries as well as his family.

Due to illness, 92-year-old veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who was also one of the Padma Vibhushan awardees, could not attend the civil investiture ceremony held at the majestic Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The 72-year old Bachchan was cheered by actor son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, wife Jaya and daughter Shweta Nanda, her son Agastye and daughter Navya Naveli. Dressed in a black 'bandhgala' suit, Bachchan folded his hands in respect as he received the honour from the President to thunderous applause.

Bachchan received the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Ministers, BJP patriarch L K Advani, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among those who were present. 

The Padma Bhushan awardees included 12-time national award winning film maker Jahnu Barua.

The awards were presented in two batches, the first batch, having been presented on 30 March. 

Those from the film and music industry who received the Padma Shri awards included music maestro Ravindra Jain, vocalist Tripti Mukherjee, founder of Shillong Chamber Choir Neil Herbert Nongkynrih, and South Indian film star Kota Srinivasa Rao.

The Padma Shri recepients from the field of sports included Captain of Indian women cricket team Mithali Raj, Portuguese yoga grand master Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maha Raja, and Women hockey player Saba Anjum, were given Padma Shri awards.

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