Devanur Mahadeva, Nomita Chandy, Ramdas Pai and R.K. Srikantan
A total of eleven persons of eminence from Karnataka, including IT head honchos Azim Premji and Kris Gopalakrishnan, filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli and litterateur Devanur Mahadeva, besides Ramdas Pai of the Manipal Group, figure in the list of 128 Padma award winners announced by the Union Government on Tuesday.
While Mr. Premji, Wipro chairman, is the lone recipient of the Padma Vibhushan from the State; Mr. Gopalakrishnan, Infosys chief executive officer (trade and industry); R.K. Srikantan (music-vocal); T.J.S. George and Dr. Pai, chairman of the Manipal Education and Medical Group (both for literature and education), have been chosen for the Padma Bhushan.
Padma Shri winners
Mr. Kasaravalli (filmmaking), Nomita Chandy and Anita Reddy (social work), Dr. Mahadeva (literature and education), Anant Darshan Shankar (public affairs) and M. Annamalai (science and engineering) figure in the list of Padma Shri winners from the State.
Mr. Kasaravalli, who is the first Kannada director to win a Padma award, told The Hindu, “I am glad I was instrumental in bringing this honour to Kannada films. Not many from the Kannada industry have got the award, though many of them were richly deserving.”
Ms. Chandy said, “I am delighted to be recognised with this honour. This is not only a personal recognition for me, but an acknowledgement of the entire team that helped create the Ashraya Neelbagh Residential School [for children of migrant labourers] and worked on our projects with underprivileged children.”
‘Award for the State'
Padma Bhushan winner and doyen of Carnatic music Mr. Srikantan, who turned 91 on Sankranti this year said, “I feel very proud. It's a Union Government recognition that anyone would be happy with after decades of association with music. I would say it is an award bestowed on Karnataka State for Carnatic music.”
Azim Premji, Wipro chairman, is the lone recipient of the Padma Vibhushan from the State
Girish Kasaravalli the first Kannada film director to win a Padma award