Padma Vibhushan for maestro Ilaiyaraaja

Legendary music composer Ilaiyaraaja has done Tamil Nadu proud yet again by receiving the Padma Vibhushan, the nation’s second-highest civilian award. He was earlier conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2010.
Padma Vibhushan for maestro Ilaiyaraaja


Tamil Nadu also saw another representation among the Padma awardees including Archaeologist and historian Ramachandran Nagaswamy who is among this year’s Padma Bhushan recipients.
Among the Padma Shri awardees, renowned folk artist Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan, 64, has been recognised for her contribution to the preservation and propagation of folk art. Rajagopalan Vasudevan, a professor from Madurai who developed and patented a method to reuse plastic waste to construct roads has been honoured for his innovation and the selfless act of providing the technology to the Indian government for free, is another name on the Padma Shri list.
The awardees also include 98-year-old yoga practitioner and instructor Gnanammal of Coimbatore who has also won the Nari Shakti Puraskar Award last year. ‘Snake Man of India’ Romulus Whitaker for preserving bio-diversity in Tamil Nadu, has also been recognised in the list. Former tennis player Somdev Devvarman, who hails from Tripura, but has spent most of his player career in Chennai, also is a recipient.

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