As many as nine achievers in various fields from Karnataka were conferred the prestigious Padma awards on Thursday, January 25 for their contributions to society. Reputed industrialist Sitaram Jindal has been named for the Padma Bhushan in the field of Trade and Industry. The 90-year-old veteran industrialist and philanthropist is promoting naturopathy through the Jindal NatureCure Institute in Bengaluru.
The list of Padma Shri awardees includes a burns survivor-turned-surgeon, a social worker, an educationist, a puppetry artist, a welfare activist, and world doubles No1 tennis player Rohan Bopanna.
Prema Dhanraj, a 72–year-old burns surgeon, has been awarded the prestigious award in the field of Medicine. She is a pioneer in the field of reconstructive surgery and has operated on 25,000 burn victims. Dhanraj, a burns survivor, committed herself to their welfare.
K Rajanna, who lost both his hands and legs to polio, has been conferred the prestigious award in the field of social work. The 63-year-old is a social worker committed to the welfare of persons with disabilities.
Sridhar Makam Krishnamurthy has been conferred the Padma Shri in the field of literature and education. The 69-year-old educationist and administrator made important contributions to the country's education policies.
Chandrashekar Channapatna Rajannachar has been awarded for free treatment for mental disabilities. The 75-year-old veteran psychiatrist provides free mental health treatment to 50,000 patients and has trained 20,000 professionals.
59-year-old Anupama Hoskere has been conferred the Padma Shri for contributions in the field of art. She is a puppetry artist promoting 'Dhaatu Puppetry' for over three decades in Karnataka and other places. Hoskere has performed in international puppet festivals, and trained puppeteers globally.
Famous sports person Rohan Machanda Bopanna has been named for the Padma Shri in Sports for 2024. The 43-year-old tennis player is currently the World Doubles Number 1.
66-year-old Somanna has been conferred the Padma Shri for social work. A tribal welfare worker from Mysuru, he has been working for the upliftment of the Jenu Kuruba forest-dwelling community for four decades.
Shashi Soni has also been conferred the Padma Shri for her contributions in trade and industry. The 82-year-old achiever is an old serial entrepreneur powering global success in hi-tech automotive and defence manufacturing.