Tamil Super Sta Kamal Haasan and Bollywood actress Vidya Balan received their awards from President Pranab Mukherjee for this year's Padma honourees at a glittering ceremonial in New Delhi on March 31.
Versatile actor Kamal Haasan received the Padma Bhushan and dirty picture Actress Vidya Balan received the Padma Shri, India's third and fourth highest civilian awards correspondingly.
Well-known author Ruskin Bond, classical singer Begum Parceen Sultana, percussionist Vikku Vinayakram and badminton player and Coach Pullela Gopichand received the Padma Bhushan.
The Padma Shri’s built-in squash player Dipika Pallikal, Bengali actress Sabitri Chatterjee, sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik and designer Wendell Rodricks. The President handed out two Padma Vibhushan, 12 Padma Bhushan and 53 Padma Shri awards at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 31.