Dr Love,Jungle Queen,99-yr freedom fighter..Unsung Heroes are Padma Shri



New Delhi, Jan 25: A 75-year-old tribal woman who prepares herbal medicines to cure snake and insect bites, a 99-year-old freedom fighter, a nanogenarian Tibetan healer and a yoga instructor from Saudi Arabia were among those selected on Thursday for Padma Shri award -- the fourth highest civilian award in India.



Others chosen include scientist Arvind Gupta, who has inspired students to learn science from trash, Gond artist Bhajju Shyam and M.R. Rajagopal, an expert on pain management called "medical messiah" for terminally ill patients.



R. Vasudevan, known as plastic road maker of India; Murlikant Pedkar, India's first paralympic gold medalist in 1972; Subasini Mistry, a poor woman activist who built a humanity hospital for poor in West Bengal; Sulagatti Narasimma, 90, a farm labourer providing midwifery services in backward areas of Karnataka; Yeshi Dhoden, a 90-year-old Tibetan monk healer; and Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan, a Tamil folk art exponent are among the others selected for Padma Shri awards.



Others named are: Rani and Abhay Bang, a doctor couple from Gadchiroli in Maharashtra; Gandhian from Nagaland Lentina Ao Thakkar; wildlife conservationist and herpetlogist Romulus Whitaker; Sampath Ramteke, sickle cell torch bearer; and Sandukruit, an opthalmologist.



Anwar Jalalpuri, an Urdu poet from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh who traslated over 700 shlokas of Bhagwad Gita from Sanskrit to Urdu; Ibrahim Sutar, a Sufi Bhajan singer from Karnataka; Manas Bihari Verma, former Programme Director of indegenous light combat aircraft Tejas; Sitavva Joddati, social activitst; Nouf Marwaai, a yoga instructure from Saudi Arabia; V. Nanammal, a 98-year-old India's oldest yoga teacher from Tamil Nadu also feature in the list.



According to a Home Ministry official, Lakshmikutty, the tribal woman from Kerala who prepares 500 herbal medicines from memory has helped thousands who suffered snake and insect bites. She is fondly called "vanamuthassi" (grandmother of jungle).



Freedom fighter Sudhanshu Biswas, was shot at and jailed during India's independence movement, has won Padma Shri. Biswas runs schools, orphanages and dispensaries in rural West Bengal. He has also founded Ramakrishna Sevaashram and set up free schools for poor children.



Gupta, 64, from Maharashtra has been for the last 40 years inspiring students to learn science from trash and using household materials and garbage as building blocks for scientific experiments. He has travelled to 3,000 schools and made 6,200 short films on toy-making in 18 languages.



The IIT-Kanpur alumnus also provides free books in 12 languages. Gupta has hosted a popular science show "Tarang" on Doordarshan in 1980s.



Shyam, 46, from Madhya Pradesh, is an internationally-acclaimed artiste of Gond -- a traditional painting style of his home state. He is known for his art work of depicting life in Europe through painting. He has illustrated and contributed to eight books, including the "London Jungle Book" that sold 30,000 copies and was published in five foreign languages.



Rajagopal, 70, runs a palliative care unit for specialised medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses or terminal illnesses. He has specialised in pain-free neonatal surgeries and brought down post-surgical neonatal deaths from 75 to 28 per cent in 1980s.



He is credited to have set up India's first palliative care unit in Kozhikode in Kerala in 1993 and introduced safe anesthesiology procedures. He is ranked among top 30 anesthesiologist globally.

Full list of Padma Awardees:

Padma Vibhushan:

1. Shri Illaiyaraja

Art-Music

Tamil Nadu

2. Shri Ghulam Mustafa Khan

Art-Music

Maharashtra

3. Shri Parameswaran Parameswaran

Literature and Education

Kerala 

Padma Bhushan:

4. Shri Pankaj Advani

SportsBilliards/Snooker

Karnataka

5. Shri Philipose Mar Chrysostom

Others-Spiritualism

Kerala

6. Shri Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Sports-Cricket

Jharkhand

7. Shri Alexander Kadakin

(Foreigner/Posthumous)

Public Affairs

Russia

8. Shri Ramachandran Nagaswamy

Others-Archaeology

Tamil Nadu

9. Shri Ved Prakash Nanda

(OCI) Literature and Education

USA

10. Shri Laxman Pai

Art-Painting

Goa

11. Shri Arvind Parikh

Art-Music

Maharashtra

12. Ms. Sharda Sinha

Art-Music

Bihar

Padma Shri:

13. Shri Abhay Bang and Ms. Rani Bang (Duo)

Medicine

Maharashtra   

14. Shri Damodar Ganesh Bapat

Social Work

Chhattisgarh

15. Shri Prafulla Govinda Baruah

Literature and Education-Journalism

Assam

16. Shri Mohan Swaroop Bhatia

Art-Folk Music

Uttar Pradesh

17. Shri Sudhanshu Biswas

Social Work

West Bengal

18. Ms. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Sports-Weightlifting

Manipur

19. Shri Pandit Shyamlal Chaturvedi

Literature and Education-Journalism

Chhattisgarh

20. Shri Jose Ma Joey Concepcion III

(Foreigner)

Trade & Industry

Philippines

21. Ms. Langpoklakpam Subadani Devi

Art-Weaving

Manipur

22. Shri Somdev Devvarman

Sports-Tennis

Tripura

23. Shri Yeshi Dhoden

Medicine

Himachal Pradesh

24. Shri Arup Kumar Dutta

Literature and Education

Assam

25. Shri Doddarange Gowda

Art-Lyrics

Karnataka

26. Shri Arvind Gupta

Literature and Education

Maharashtra

27. Shri Digamber Hansda

Literature and Education

Jharkhand

28. Shri Ramli Bin Ibrahim

(Foreigner)

Art-Dance

Malaysia

29. Shri Anwar Jalalpuri

(Posthumous)

Literature and Education

Uttar Pradesh

30. Shri Piyong Temjen Jamir

Literature and Education

Nagaland

31. Ms. Sitavva Joddati

Social Work

Karnataka

32. Ms. Malti Joshi

Literature and Education

Madhya Pradesh

33. Shri Manoj Joshi

Art-Acting

Maharashtra

34. Shri Rameshwarlal Kabra

Trade & Industry

Maharashtra

35. Shri Pran Kishore Kaul

Art

Jammu and Kashmir

36. Shri Bounlap Keokangna

(Foreigner)

Others-Architecture

Laos

37. Shri Vijay Kichlu

Art-Music

West Bengal

38. Shri Tommy Koh

(Foreigner)

Public Affairs Singapore

39. Ms. Lakshmikutty

Medicine-Traditional

Kerala

40. Ms. Joyshree Goswami Mahanta

Literature and Education

Assam

41. Shri Narayan Das Maharaj

Others-Spiritualism

Rajasthan

42. Shri Pravakara Maharana

Art-Sculpture

Odisha

43. Shri Hun Many

(Foreigner)

Public Affairs

Cambodia

44. Ms. Nouf Marwaai

(Foreigner)

Others- Yoga

Saudi Arabia

45. Shri Zaverilal Mehta

Literature and Education-Journalism

Gujarat

46. Shri Krishna Bihari Mishra

Literature and Education

West Bengal

47. Shri Sisir Purushottam Mishra

Art-Cinema

Maharashtra

48. Ms. Subhasini Mistry

Social Work

West Bengal

49. Shri Tomio Mizokami

(Foreigner)

Literature and Education

Japan

50. Shri Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong

(Foreigner)

Others-Spiritualism

Thailand

51. Shri Keshav Rao Musalgaonkar

Literature and Education

Madhya Pradesh

52. Dr Thant Myint – U

(Foreigner) Public Affairs

Myanmar

53. Ms. V Nanammal

Others-Yoga

Tamil Nadu

54. Ms. Sulagitti Narasamma

Social Work

Karnataka

55. Ms. Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan

Art-Folk Music

Tamil Nadu

56. Shri I Nyoman Nuarta

(Foreigner)

Art- Sculpture

Indonesia

57. Shri Malai Haji Abdullah Bin Malai Haji Othman

(Foreigner) Social Work

Brunei Darussalam

58. Shri Gobaradhan Panika

Art-Weaving

Odisha

59. Shri Bhabani Charan Pattanaik

Public Affairs

Odisha

60. Shri Murlikant Petkar

Sports-Swimming

Maharashtra

61. Shri Habibullo Rajabov

(Foreigner)

Literature and Education

Tajikistan

62. Shri M R Rajagopal

Medicine-Palliative Care

Kerala

63. Shri Sampat Ramteke (Posthumous)

Social Work

Maharashtra

64. Shri Chandra Sekhar Rath

Literature and Education

Odisha

65. Shri S S Rathore

Civil Service

Gujarat

66. Shri Amitava Roy

Science and Engineering

West Bengal

67. Shri Sanduk Ruit (Foreigner)

MedicineOphthalmology

Nepal

68. Shri R Sathyanarayana

Art-Music

Karnataka

69. Shri Pankaj M Shah

Medicine-Oncology

Gujarat

70. Shri Bhajju Shyam

Art-Painting

Madhya Pradesh

71. Shri Maharao Raghuveer Singh

Literature and Education

Rajasthan

72. Shri Kidambi Srikanth

Sports-Badminton

Andhra Pradesh

73. Shri Ibrahim Sutar

Art-Music

Karnataka

74. Shri Siddeshwara Swamiji

Others-Spiritualism

Karnataka

75. Ms. Lentina Ao Thakkar

Social Work

Nagaland

76. Shri Vikram Chandra Thakur

Science and Engineering

Uttarakhand

77. Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Tharanathan and  Shri Rudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Thyagarajan (Duo)

Art-Music

Karnataka

78. Shri Nguyen Tien Thien (Foreigner)

Others-Spiritualism

Vietnam

79. Shri Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi

Literature and Education

Uttar Pradesh

80. Shri Rajagopalan Vasudevan

Science and Engineering

Tamil Nadu

81. Shri Manas Bihari Verma

Science and Engineering

Bihar

82. Shri Panatawane Gangadhar Vithobaji

Literature and Education

Maharashtra

83. Shri Romulus Whitaker

Others-Wildlife Conservation

Tamil Nadu

84. Shri Baba Yogendra

Art

Madhya Pradesh

85. Shri A Zakia

Literature and Education

Mizoram 

 

News24Bureau/IANS

 

 

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