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Kapila Vatsyayan, Montek Ahluwalia, Azim Premji among 13 chosen for Padma Vibhushan
New Delhi, January 25, 2011
Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, the well-known scholar of Indian classical dance and art, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and industrialist and philanthropist Azim Premji are among the 13 eminent people chosen for the Padma Vibhushan, the nation's second highest civilian honour, on the occasion of the 61st Republic Day.
Former diplomat Brajesh Mishra, who was National Security Adviser in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, Vadodara-based Homai Vyarawala, 97, the first Indian woman photo-journalist, well-known Malayalam poet O N V Kurup and Telugu actor A Nageshwara Rao were also chosen for the Padma Vibhushan, an official press release said here today.
Others who got the Padma Vibhushan were Mr Parasaran Kesava Iyengar, the well-known lawyer, economist and 13th Finance Commission Chairman Vijay Kelkar, former Governor of Haryana, West Bengal and Bihar Akhlaq-ur-Rehman Kidwai, well-known metallurgist Palle Rama Rao and Oriya poet Sitakant Mahapatra.
The late Gandhian and former Planning Commission member L C Jain, who died recently, was chosen for the honour posthumously.
In all, the President has approved the conferment of 128 Padma Awards this year, including 31 Padma Bhushans and 84 Padma Shris. This year's awardees include 31 women.