Full List of the Padma Awardees of 2017

Full List of Padma awardees 2017


The Padma Awards for the year 2017 which include 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri have been announced by the government on Wednesday, January 25, and this year saw the inclusion of many unsung heroes who have been working tirelessly towards the betterment of the society and development of the traditional crafts of India.

Conferred by the President of India at a ceremonial function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in March or April, the Padma Awards are given to the Indian citizens in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres.

This year 89 citizens are being conferred the Padma Awards including 19 women awardees, 5 from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs  and 6 posthumous awardees.

Padma Vibhushan is the country’s second highest civilian award, preceded by the Bharat Ratna and followed by the Padma Bhushan awards. The Padma awards was instituted on January 2, 1954, where in Padma Vibhushan is awarded for “exceptional and distinguished service”, Padma Bhushan for “distinguished service of a high order” and  Padma Shri is awarded for “distinguished service” , without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex.

The List of Awardees

Not only is the Padma Awards List shorter this year, the selection committee has also taken care to strike a balance between the celebrity achievers and honouring and recognising those who work silently at the grassroots level. A regional balance has also been maintained ensuring that awards have been distributed equitably across the states.

Surprisingly, there was not a single Bollywood star at the receiving end of the award.

The Celebrity List

This year saw the government awarding the Padma Vibhushan to political leaders Murli Manohar Joshi (Veteran BJP), Sharad Pawar (NCP chief), Sunderlal Patwa (ex-chief minister of Madhya Pradesh) and former Lok Sabha Speaker and Meghalaya chief minister PA Sangma (posthumous), thus cutting across affiliations.

2017 Padma awards list saw famous names in sports such as Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, hockey captain PR Sreejesh, Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik , gymnast Dipa Karmakar for her spirited performance at Rio Olympics, and Deepa Malik for her silver medal at the Paralympics in shot put.

The list also included famous musicians such as KJ Yesudas, Kailash Kher and Anuradha Paudwal, mohan veena player and Grammy Awards winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, as well as spiritual leaders Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Ratna Sundar Maharaj, yoga exponent Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati and political satirist Cho Ramaswamy (posthumous).

The Unsung Heroes

Among the Padma awardees are 15 ordinary people who have been trying to make a difference in the positive direction, without vying for the limelight, through their rare talent and innovation. Among them are the following:

  • Kalaripayattu exponent Meenakshi Amma received the Padma Vibhushan for practising the ancient art form said to be at the root of Chinese martial arts.
  • Chintakindi Mallesham, a school drop-out who invented the Laxmi ASU machine which reduces the time and labour required to weave Pochampalli silk sarees, has got the Padma Shri in the category ‘science and engineering’.
  • Daripalli Ramaiah, who has planted over 1 crore trees and is nicknamed ‘Tree Man.’
  • Sixty-year-old Bipin Ganatra who has devoted his life to rescuing people from fires after losing his brother to one.
  • Dr Subroto Das was on the list of awardees for setting up the Lifeline Foundation in Gujarat to help road accident victims after realising the poor state of emergency services during his own accident.
  • 91-year-old gynaecologist, Dr Bhakti Yadav, who has been treating patients for free for 68 years and has delivered thousands of babies.
  • Girish Bharadwaj, an engineer, who has built over 100 suspension bridges.
  • Karimul Haque, an ordinary tea garden worker who became extraordinary when he converted his bike into a free 24×7 ambulance.
  • Swachch Bharat pioneer Dr Mapuskar.
  • Genabhai Dargabhai Patel, a physically challenged farmer who transformed the drought-prone Banaskantha into India’s largest pomegranate producer.
  • Shekhar Naik, the captain of the Indian visually-challenged cricket team who led it to victory in the T-20 World Cup 2012 and ODI World Cup 2014.

The aforesaid awardees have been honoured in the absence of any recommendations and purely on the basis of research.

The Complete List

The following are the 89 recipients of the Padma Awards, 2017.

Padma Vibhushan

No. No.Awardee Field of Prominence
1 Sharad Pawar Public Affairs
2 Murli Manohar Joshi Public Affairs
3 P.A. Sangma (posthumous) Public Affairs
4 Sunder Lal Patwah (posthumous) Public Affairs
5 K.J.Yesudas Art – Music
6 Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Others – Spiritualism
7 Udipi Ramachandra Rao Science & Engineering


Padma Bhushan

No. No.Awardee Field of Prominence
1 Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Art – Music
2 Devi Prasad Dwivedi Literature & Education
3 Tehemton Udwadia Medicine
4 Ratna Sundar Maharaj Others-Spiritualism
5 Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati Others-Yoga
6 H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (Foreigner) Literature & Education
7 Cho Ramaswamy (Posthumous) Literature & Education –Journalism


Padma Shri

No. No.Awardee Field of Prominence
1 Basanti Bisht Art-Music
2 Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair Art-Dance
3 Aruna Mohanty Art-Dance
4 Bharathi Vishnuvardhan Art-Cinema
5 Sadhu Meher Art-Cinema
6 T K Murthy Art-Music
7 Laishram Birendrakumar Singh Art-Music
8 Krishna Ram Chaudhary Art-Music
9 Baoa Devi Art-Painting
10 Tilak Gitai Art-Painting
11 Aekka Yadagiri Rao Art-Sculpture
12 Jitendra Haripal Art-Music
13 Kailash Kher Art-Music
14 Parassala B Ponnammal Art-Music
15 Sukri Bommagowda Art-Music
16 Mukund Nayak Art-Music
17 Purushottam Upadhyay Art-Music
18 Anuradha Paudwal Art-Music
19 Wareppa Naba Ni Art-Theatre
20 Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary Civil Service
21 T.K. Viswanathan Civil Service
22 Kanwal Sibal Civil Service
23 Birkha Bahadur Limboo Muringla Literature & Education
24 Eli Ahmed Literature & Education
25 Narendra Kohli Literature & Education
26 G. Venkatasubbiah Literature & Education
27 Akkitham Achyuthan Namboothiri Literature & Education
28 Kashi Nath Pandita Literature & Education
29 Chamu Krishna Shastry Literature & Education
30 Harihar Kripalu Tripathi Literature & Education
31 Michel Danino Literature & Education
32 Punam Suri Literature & Education
33 VG Patel Literature & Education
34 V Koteswaramma Literature & Education
35 Balbir Dutt Literature & Education-Journalism
36 Bhawana Somaaya Literature & Education-Journalism
37 Vishnu Pandya Literature & Education-Journalism
38 Subroto Das Medicine
39 Bhakti Yadav Medicine
40 Mohammed Abdul Waheed Medicine
41 Madan Madhav Godbole Medicine
42 Devendra Dayabhai Patel Medicine
43 Harkishan Singh Medicine
44 Mukut Minz Medicine
45 Arun Kumar Sharma Others-Archaeology
46 Sanjeev Kapoor Others Culinary
47 Meenakshi Amma Others-Martial Art
48 Genabhai Dargabhai Patel Others-Agriculture
49 Chandrakant Pithawa Science & Engineering
50 Ajoy Kumar Ray Science & Engineering
51 Chintakindi Mallesham Science & Engineering
52 Jitendra Nath Goswami Science & Engineering
53 Daripalli Ramaiah Social Work
54 Girish Bhardwaj Social Work
55 Karimul Hak Social Work
56 Bipin Ganatra Social Work
57 Nivedita Raghunath Bhide Social Work
58 Appasaheb Dharmadhikari Social Work
59 Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal Social Work
60 Virat Kohli Sports-Cricket
61 Shekar Naik Sports-Cricket
62 Vikasa Gowda Sports-Discus Throw
63 Deepa Malik Sports-Athletics
64 Mariyappan Thangavelu Sports-Athletics
65 Dipa Karmakar Sports-Gymnastics
66 P. R. Shreejesh Sports-Hockey
67 Sakshi Malik Sports-Wrestling
68 Mohan Reddy Venkatrama Bodanapu Trade & Industry
69 Imrat Khan  (NRI/PIO) Art-Music
70 Anant Agarwal (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education
71 H.R. Shah (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education-Journalism
72 Suniti Solomon (Posthumous) Medicine
73 Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya (Posthumous) Others-Archaeology
74 Dr. Mapuskar (Posthumous) Social Work
75 Anuradha Koirala (Foreigner) Social Work