Saturday 26 January 2019 2:56 AM UTC
NEW DELHI Jan 26: Actor Mohanlal and scientist Nambi Narayanan have been conferred with Padmabhushan.
The late Bollywood actor, Kader Khan, has been named for the Padma Shri honour by the government, which will also confer the fourth-highest civilian honour on film celebrities like Prabhudheva and Manoj Bajpayee.
The Padma awardees for the year were announced on Friday, the eve of India’s 70th Republic Day.
Kader Khan, who died on December 31 last year after prolonged illness in Canada, is being recognised for his immense contribution to the world of films as a writer and actor par excellence. He was 81.
Mohanlal, who will be conferred the third-highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, has had a prolific career spanning four decades, during which he has worked across Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films.
In 1994, scienctist Nambi Narayanan was falsely charged with espionage and arrested. The charges against him were dismissed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 1996, and the Supreme Court of India declared him not guilty in 1998.
In 2018, the Supreme Court through the bench of Dipak Misra awarded Narayanan a compensation of ₹50 lakh, to be recovered from the government of Kerala within eight weeks, and the apex court also constituted a committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge D. K. Jain to inquire into the role of officials of the Kerala police in the arrest of Narayanan.
He was awarded India’s third highest civilian award the Padma Bhushan in 2019.
Among the Padma Shri awardees, Manoj has been recognised for his work as an actor, while Prabhudheva has been named for his skills in dance.
From the world of music, the versatile singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan, who is proficient in classical as well as mainstream Hindi film music, has been chosen for the Padma Shri.
In times when gender equality is much spoken about, the Padma awardee list, however, makes no mention of a woman from the film industry. Swami Visudhananda of Sivagiri Mutt and singer K G Jayan are awarded Padma Shri.
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