On 69th Republic Day, Government of India felicitates Ilaiyaraaja, Manoj Joshi and M.S. Dhoni with the Padma Awards.
By BollywoodMDB Team - January 27, 2018
Yesterday, on the occasion of 69th Republic Day, Government of India felicitated some legends from their respective fields with the prestigious Padma Awards. While actor Manoj Joshi gets the Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian award, cricketer and former captain of India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, received Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award and ace singer and music composer, Ilaiyaraaja, was felicitated with the second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.
Former Indian cricket team captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has won all the three ICC Cups, was awarded Padma Shri in 2009 and yesterday he received Padma Bhushan.
One of the most prestigious awards, i.e. Padma Vibhushan, was given to music maestro Ilaiyaraaja. Ilaiyaraaja has composed over 6500 songs and provided film scores for more than 1000 films, predominantly for Tamil cinema. He has won the National Film Award five times. Ilaiyaraaja received the Padma Bhushan in 2010.
“The Padma Vibhushan award conferred upon me is an indication of PM Modi-led government's respect to Tamil people and Tamil Nadu," ANI quoted Ilaiyaraaja as saying.
This year 85 recipients have been selected for the prestigious awards including two duo cases. This includes 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri awards. Fourteen of the awardees are women, while 16 persons are foreigners and three are being awarded posthumously.
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