Tamil superstar Rajnikanth, sportsperson Sania Mirza, South Indian film personality Ramoji Rao and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra were among several eminent personalities who today received the Padma awards from President Pranab Mukherjee.
Mr Mukherjee presented the Padma awards to several eminent personalities at a glittering civil investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan with superstar Rajnikanth receiving Padma Vibhushan, sportsperson Sania Mirza getting Padma Bhushan and actor Priyanka Chopra being awarded the Padma Shri award.
The glittering ceremony was attended by Vice-president Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP president Amit Shah , Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of state for Home Kiren Rejiju, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla.
Dressed in a Light Green Sari, Priyanka Chopra was the cynosure of all eyes at the Padma awards ceremony. The government had announced Padma awards for 112 eminent personalities on the eve of Republic Day.