The Padma awards for the year 2012 have been announced 9on Wednesday. The President approved 109 awards including five Padma Vibhushan, 27 Padma Bhushan and 77 Padma Shri awards. Among 109, Nineteen awards have been conferred to women. Well-known singer and musician, late Dr.Bhupen Hazarika and popular cartoonist Late Mario De’ Miranda have been conferred Padma Vibhushan award posthumously. Mr.KG Subramanium, in the descipline of art, painting and sculpture, Dr.Kanti Lal Hastimal Sancheti for medicine and Mr.T.V.Rajeshwar for civil service are the other recipients of the Padma Vibhushan.
Bollywood actors Shabana Azmi, Dharmendra and cinema director Meira Nair have been conferred the Padma Bhushan awards. Other recipients of the Padma Bhushan awards include theatre artist Khalid Choudhury, painter Jatin Das, Sarod player Pandit Bhuddhadeb Dasgupta, violen player MS Gopalkrishnan, cardiologist Dr.Devi Prasad Shetty and neurologist Dr.Noshir H.Wadia.
Dr.Jose Pereira, Dr.Homi K.Bhabha, Professor Arvind Panagariya, Professor Vidhya Daheja and Professor Shantaram Majumdar have been given Padma Bhushan award in the field of literature and education.
Music director Vanraj Bhatia, well-known vocalist Zia Fariddudin Dagar, playwright Motilal Kemmu, Sitar player Shahid Parvez Khan, Rajasthani folk singer Sakar Khan Manganiar and Bhajan singer Anup Jalota are among the 77 persons who have been conferred Padma Shri awards.