NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 25, 2016 (Government of India Press Information Bureau): Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. 'Padma Vibhushan' is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; 'Padma Bhushan' for distinguished service of high order and 'Padma Shri' for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
This year's winners for spirituality included Padma Vibhushan for Shri Shri Ravi Shankar, Padma Bhushan for Swami Tejomayananda and Swami Dayananda Saraswati (posthumous).
Smt. Hui Lan Zhang of China and Shri Predrag K. Nikic of the Yoga Federation of Serbia won Padma Shri for their contribution to Yoga.
Hinduism Today took note of the Padma Shri award to Shri Sudhakar Olwe for Social Work in Maharashtra. He served as photographer for our Amarnath Cave feature story, working steadily to produce outstanding photos through the arduous trek on horseback over several days. Download an epub of the April 2013 issue here: https://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/ ... nloads/viewcat.php?cid=49
These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year. This year the President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 112 persons as per the list below. The list comprises of 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan and 83 Padma Shri Awardees. 19 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs (include one posthumous) and 4 Posthumous awardees. Click source abo e for the complete list.