Bhubaneswar: Pravakara Moharana and Gobaradhan Panika from Odisha on Tuesday were among 85 people, who have been named as winners of the country’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Awards, received the awards from President Ram Nath Kovind today evening.
Moharana and Panika were conferred with Padma Shri for Art-sculpture and Art Weaving, respectively by the President.
The function was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here with the attendance of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Ministerial colleagues besides others.
This year, as many as 84 Padma awards were announced. The list comprises three Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan and 72 Padma Shri awards.
The awards – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri – are announced on the eve of the Republic Day every year.
The awards are given in different fields and disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry annually.
On Monday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh hosted a dinner for 43 of the award winners.