New Delhi, Mar 11: President Ramnath Kovind presented Padma Awards year 2019 in New Delhi today. Total 56 of the 112 selected persons won the Padma awards from different fields. Among the south film fraternity, Mohanlal was honoured with Prestigious 'Padma Bhushan'. Prabhudeva, Drum artist Shivamani and singer Shankar Mahadevan were among those who received 'Padma Shri' award from the president.
Mohanlal said that "It's a great honour. It's a great achievement as an individual and as an actor. It’s my 41st year in the film industry so I'm giving all the credit to my colleagues, my family and those who supported me in this beautiful journey."
Prabhudeva tweeted that "Thanks for all the love you all gave. Your love gave me this award. I dedicate this award to the love you all gave."
The sports stars to receive the Padma Shri honours are wrestler Bajrang Punia, cricketer Gautam Gambhir, football captain Sunil Chhetri, basketball player Prashanti Singh, archer Bombayla Devi Laishram, grandmaster Harika Dronavalli, kabaddi captain Ajay Thakur and table tennis player Sharath Kamal.
Awards were given in Art, Social Work, Public Affairs, Science and Engineering, Trade and Industry, Medical, Literature and Education, Sports, and Civil Services etc.