Puneet Varma

Padma Shri

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Type  Civilian
Instituted  1954
Last awarded  2017
Category  National
First awarded  1954
Total awarded  2913

Padma Shri (also Padmashree) is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. Awarded by the Government of India, it is announced every year on India's Republic Day.

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History

Padma Awards were instituted in 1954 to be awarded to citizens of India in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Medicine, Social Service and Public Affairs. It has also been awarded to some distinguished individuals who were not citizens of India but did contribute in various ways to India.

The selection criteria have been criticized in some quarters with the claim that many highly deserving artists have been left out in order to favor certain individuals.

On its obverse, the words "Padma", meaning lotus in Sanskrit, and "Shri", a Sanskrit-derived honorific equivalent to 'Mr.' or 'Ms.', appear in Devanagari above and below a lotus flower. The geometrical pattern on either side is in burnished bronze. All embossing is in white gold.

As of 2017, 2913 people have received the award.

Awards by decade

  • List of Padma Shri award recipients (1954–59)
  • List of Padma Shri award recipients (1960–69)
  • List of Padma Shri award recipients (1970–79)
  • List of Padma Shri award recipients (1980–89)
  • List of Padma Shri award recipients (1990–99)
  • List of Padma Shri award recipients (2000–09)
  • List of Padma Shri award recipients (2010–19)
  • References

    Padma Shri Wikipedia


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