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04-01-2009, 01:26 PM #1
Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Receive Padmashree Awards
[B]Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar, a key architect of the Indo-US Nuclear deal, Bollywood actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar were among the 62 personalities who received the Padma awards on Tuesday evening.
Patil conferred Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian award, to Kakodakar for his contributions in the field of nuclear science and technology during the function attended by Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmoahn Singh and a host of other dignitaries. Kakodakar was actively involved in the Indo-US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement.
Famous playback singer of yesteryear Shamshad Begum and director of the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India Ashok Shekhar Ganguly are among prominent persons to get the award from President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday at a special function in the Ashoka Hall of Rashtapati Bhavan.
Ashok Shekhar Ganguly, a director of the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India, was also awarded with Padma Vibhushan on the occasion. Ganguly is also a member Prime Minister's council on trade and industry and a member of the National Knowledge Commission.
The other Padma Vibhushan award winners are Chandrika Prasad Srivastava, secretary general of International Maritime Organisation, UN, eminent civil servant Govind Narain and noted bio-medical scientist Prof Jasbir Singh Bajaj.
Former superior general of the Missionaries of Charity Sister Nirmala, who was selected for Padma Vibhushan award, was not present at the function.
Padma Bhushan recipients include L&T chairman Anilkumar Manibhai Naik, management guru C. K. Prahalad, eminent Tamil writer D Jayakanthan, Ayurvedic physician Vaidya Devendra Triguna, leading film personality G. Krishna, member of Northeastern Council Inderjit Kaur Barthakur and Planning Commission member Kirit Shantilal Parikh.
Litterateur Kunwar Narain, academician Minoru Hara, playback singer Shamshad Begum, INTACH chairman S. K. Mishra, danseuse V. P. Dhananjayan and his wife Shanta Dhananjayan and well-known sculptor and architect Vaidyanathan Ganapati Sthapati were also conferred with Padma Bhushan awards.
Similarly the Padma Shri awards were received by Aishwarya Rai Bachhan and Akshay Kumar, Ashok Kumar Grover, Abhaya Chhajlani, Ashok Kumar Gupta, B. R. Setty, Bansilal Rathi, Birendranath Datta, C. K. Menon, Devinder Singh Rana, G. Vijayaraghavan and Geeta Kapoor.
Mumbai, Mar 31: It was a proud day for ?Bachchan Bahu? Aishwarya and ?Kinng? Akshay Kumar as they received one of the highest civilian honours ? Padma Shri from President Pratibha Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Aishwarya is the youngest person to ever achieve this honour from the film fraternity.
Tall, lissome and clad in an embroidered sari, Aishwarya looked regal as she received the award. Akshay Kumar looked equally impressive and suave in his formals.
The two good-looking actors were among the 62 personalities who received the Padma awards on Monday. Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar, a key architect of the Indo-US nuclear deal, famous playback singer of yesteryear Shamshad Begum and director of the central board of Reserve Bank of India, Ashok Shekhar Ganguly were among other prominent persons to get the award from the President at the special function in the Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Patil conferred the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian award, to Kakodkar for his contributions in the field of nuclear science and technology during the function attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a host of other dignitaries.
Earlier, Ash?s father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan said after the announcement of awardees, ?Aishwarya will become the 5th Padma Award in our household. My Father with the Padma Bhushan the first, then the Padma Shri for me, followed again by the Padma Bhushan to me some years later, Jaya?s Padma Shri and now Aishwarya?s. This must be a record for the country. 5 Padma Awards in one family. God has been very kind to us. The people of this land have been very kind to us. We are humbled and with bended knee and bowed heads acknowledge your affection and care and love.? Hubby Abhishek expressed his joy at the news and fondly called wife as ?Padma Shrimati?.
Besides Akshay and Ash, veteran actress and dancing queen of yesteryears Helen was also bestowed with the Padma Shri for her contribution to art and cinema.
From the field of music, playback singers Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan, Ghazal singer Penaaz Masani and music composer Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar also made it to the list of Padma Shri awardees this year.
Simplicity of Akshay shows here
Man Akshay and ASH are looking so good together, too many small holes and roughness on Abhishek's face, remnants of pimples I guess.
Akshay's skin is so much fresher and smoother and fairer and ASH is at her best looking like a goddess on Earth, the most beautiful woman on this planet.
Long Live ASH and Akki.