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Indian President Conferred Padma Awards on Several Eminent Personalities


Fri 26 Apr 2024 | 10:14 AM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu presented Padma Awards for the year 2024 at a ceremonial function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 22, 2024. 

In January, 2024, the President of India had approved conferment of a total 132 Padma Awards on the occasion of 75th Republic of India. Out of 132 awardees, 30 are women from different walks of life. 

8 recipients are from the category of Foreigners / Non-Resident Indians/ Oversees Citizens of India.

Padma Awards is India's second-highest civilian honor after the ‘Bharat Ratna’ and is considered among the greatest civilian honors across the globe. These awards are given by the Government of India every year to individuals in recognition of their extraordinary service in the fields of art, social work, public affairs, trade and industry, medicine, and science & engineering among others.

Some of the prominent awardees for 2024, include the following names:

Mr. Ghulam Nabi Dar, a renowned Wood Carving Craftsperson, was awarded for his exceptional artistic talent and significant contribution to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Kashmir through his intricate wood carvings.

Mr. Khalil Ahamad was awarded in the field of art. He is a skilled craftsman and is famous as ‘Carpet Man’ for his valuable contributions as an artisan, master trainer, innovative craftsman, and designer.

Ms. Naseem Bano was awarded in the field of art. She is a master craftswoman of Anokhi Chikankari of Lucknow. Smt. Bano has also been imparting training to other women to make them self-reliant.

Dr. Yazdi M. Italia was awarded in the field of medicine. Dr. Italia has been working to raise awareness about Sickle Cell Anaemia in many tribal communities in India.

Dr. Zahir Ishaq Kazi was awarded in the field of literature & education, for his exceptional contributions in the fields of education, literature and medicine.

Ms. M. Fathima Beevi, the first woman judge of the Supreme Court who later became the Governor of Tamil Nadu, was posthumously conferred with the Padma Bhushan award.