The government today announced the list of persons who would be awarded the the Padma Awards this year and while there were some surprise inclusions, many of them are not exactly surprises. 

Here’s who will be receiving the Padma Vibhushan awards: 

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth for Cinema

b’Rajinikanth in a still from his film. Source: Screengrab’

Bharat Natyam Dancer Yamini Krishnamurthi for Classical Dance

Singer Girija Devi  for Classical Singing (Vocal)

Media baron Ramoji Rao for Literature and Education (Journalism)

Chairman of Adyar Cancer Institute Dr Viswanathan Shanta for Medicine (Oncology)

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Spiritual guru and Art of Living founder Shri Shri Ravi Shankar 

Former J&K governor Jagmohan  for Public Affairs

Former DRDO chief Dr Vasudeva Kalkunte Aatrre – Science & Engineering

US-based Economist Avinash Dixit for Literature & Education

b’Dhirubhai Ambani in a file image. Source: AFP’

Reliance group founder Dhirubhai Ambani (posthumously) for Trade & Industry

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Actor Anupam Kher for Cinema

b’Kher in a file photo | Source: AFP’

Singer Udit Narayan for Playback Singing

Artist Ram V Sutar for Sculpture

Manipuri theatre personality Heisnam Kanhailal for Theatre

Former CAG Vinod Rai  for Civil Service

b’Rai is credited with blowing the lid off the 2G scam | Source: PTI’

Author Yarlagadda Lakshmi – Lierature & Education

Sanskrit scholar NS Ramanuja Tatacharya – Literature & Education

Editor-in-chief of Punjabi newspaper Daily, Ajit Barjinder Singh Hamdard for Literature & Education

Asian Institute of Gastroenterology founder Dr Nageshwar Reddy for Gastroenterology

Global Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide Swamy Tejomayananda for Spiritualism

b”Nehwal was world no 1 in badminton women’s singles | Source: Reuters”

Badminton star Saina Nehwal 

Tennis star Sania Mirza

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Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam

Actor Ajay Devgn

b”Chopra is also likely to be the face of India’s tourism campaign | Source: Screengrab”

Actor Priyanka Chopra

Bahubali director SS Rajamouli

Folk singer Malini Awasthi