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Kamal Haasan, Paresh Rawal and Sooni Taraporewala among Padma Awardees

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NEW DELHI: Veteran actor Kamal Hassan and vocal artiste Begum Parveen Sultana have been conferred the Padma Bhushan while actors Paresh Rawal, Vidya Balan, and filmmaker Santosh Sivan have been named for the Padma Shri awards in the Republic Day Honours this year.

Renowned Ghatam artiste T H Vinayakaram has also been named for a Padma Bhushan in the list announced by the President late this evening.

Veteran animation filmmaker Ram Mohan, actors Supriya Devi and Sabitri Chatterji from West Bengal and script writer and director Sooni Taraporewala have also been named for Padma Shri.

Renowned Tabla player Vijay Ghate, Sarangi exponent Ustad Moinuddin Khan of Rajasthan, pauna manjha music artiste Musafir Ram Bhardwaj, wellknown theatre exponent Bansi Kaul of Kashmir, eminent poet Ashok Chakradhar, eminent authors Ruskin Bond and Manorama Jafa are also among the Padma Shri recipients.

The late Justice J S Verma who had headed the News Broadcasting Standards Authority and later the inquiry into the rape of a medical student in December 2012 has been named posthumously for the Padma Shri.

Tennis ace Leader Paes, badminton player Pullela Gopichand, cricketer Yuvraj Singh from Haryana and Anjum Chopra of Delhi, kabaddi star Sunil Dabbas of Haryana, Delhi mountaineering enthusiast Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu, squash player Dipika Rebecca Pallikal, wheelchair tennis player H Boniface Prabhu of Karnataka, and mountaineer Mamta Sodhna of Haryana figured among the sports persons who received the Padma Shri. 

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