Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Indian cueist Pankaj Advani have been awarded the Padma Bhushan on Monday.
Dhoni received the Padma Bhushan which is country’s third highest civilian award on the same day (April 2) as the wicket-keeper batsman-led team India lifted the World Cup at Wankhede Stadium in 2011.
The now 36-year-old then finished the game with a gigantic six to help India lift the most celebrated trophy in Cricket after a long wait of 28 years.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday, hosted a dinner for 41 personalities, who have been honoured with the Padma awards. Dhoni and Advani were honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The function is attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and his ministerial colleagues.
84th Padma awards were announced earlier this year and the list comprises three Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan and 72 Padma Shri awards.
Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri are announced every year on Republic Day. These are awarded to people of different fields such as art, literature, education, sports, medicine, social work, science, public affairs, etc.
Padma Vibhushan: Illaiyaraja, Ghulam Mustafa Khan, P. Parameswaran
Padma Bhushan: Pankaj Advani, Philipose Mar Chrysostom, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Alexander Kadakin (Foreigner/Posthumous), R. Nagaswamy, Ved Prakash Nanda (Overseas Citizen of India), Laxman Pai, Arvind Parikh, Sharda Sinha,
Padma Shri: Abhay and Rani Bang, Damodar Ganesh Bapat, Prafulla Govinda Baruah, Mohan Swaroop Bhatia, Sudhanshu Biswas, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, Pandit Shyamlal Chaturvedi, Jose Ma Joey Concepcion III (Foreigner), Langpoklakpam Subadani Devi, Somdev Devvarman, Yeshi Dhode, Arup Kumar Dutta, Doddarange Gowda, Arvind Gupta, Digamber Hansda, Ramli Bin Ibrahim (Foreigner), Anwar Jalalpuri (Posthumous), Piyong Temjen Jamir, Sitavva Joddati, Malti Joshi, Manoj Joshi, Rameshwarlal Kabra, Pran Kishore Kaul, Bounlap Keokangna (Foreigner), Vijay Kichlu, Tommy Koh (Foreigner), Lakshmikutty, Joyshree Goswami Mahanta, Narayan Das Maharaj, Pravakara Maharana, Hun Many (Foreigner), Nouf Marwaai (Foreigner), Zaverilal Mehta, Krishna Bihari Mishra, Sisir Purushottam Mishra, Subhasini Mistry, Tomio Mizokami (Foreigner), Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong (Foreigner), Keshav Rao Musalgaonkar, Thant Myint – U (Foreigner), V Nanammal, Sulagitti Narasamma, Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan, I Nyoman Nuarta (Foreigner), Malai Haji Abdullah Bin Malai Haji Othman (Foreigner) and others