It is a great honor to the entire Bollywood, that the actors Kamal Haasan and Vidya Balan were among the batch of this year's Padma honorees. They received their awards from President Pranab Mukherjee at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi on March 31.
Kamal Haasan received the Padma Bhushan and Vidya Balan received the Padma Shri as India's third and fourth highest civilian awards respectively.
Renowned author Ruskin Bond, classical singer Begum Parceen Sultana, percussionist Vikku Vinayakram and badminton player and coach Pullela Gopichand were the others, who received the Padma Bhushan.
Squash player Dipika Pallikal, Bengali actress Sabitri Chatterjee, sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik and designer Wendell Rodricks included in Padma Shris.
On March 31, the President handed out two Padma Vibhushan, 12 Padma Bhushan and 53 Padma Shri awards at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.