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Aamir, Zohra Segal, AR Rahman among 37 artists to get Padma awards


Monday, January 25, 2010 07:45:42 PM, Staff Reporter

Bollywood star Aamir Khan

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New Delhi: Thirty-seven of the 130 Padma awardees announced Tuesday are from the field of art. These include theatre personalities Ebrahim Alkazi and Zohra Segal, who have got the second highest civil honour the Padma Vibhushan, as well as Bollywood star Aamir Khan and music maestro A.R. Rahman who have got the Padma Bhushan.


Aamir Khan, enjoying unprecedented public acclaim with his hit film "3 Idiots", has been conferred with Padma Bhushan, the nation's third highest civilian honour.


The 44-year-old, who struck gold at the box office with his latest outing "3 Idiots" that grossed over Rs.375 crore at the worldwide box office, is already a recipient of the Padma Shri.


Known as a perfectionist, Aamir began his film career as a child actor in his uncle Nasir Hussain's "Yaadon Ki Baraat" (1973) and then featured in "Madhosh" (1974).


He made his debut as full-fledged actor in Ketan Mehta's "Holi" (1984) however, he achieved overnight stardom in 1988 with "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak".


He followed it up with his first national award winning role in "Raakh" and successful movies like "Dil" (1990), "Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin" (1991), "Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar" (1992), "Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke" (1993), "Andaz Apna Apna" (1994) and "Rangeela" (1995).


Khan continued to act in just one or two films a year and still does the same. Other hits of Aamir are "Raja Hindustani", "Ishq" and critically-acclaimed "Ghulam", "Sarfarosh" and "Earth".


The Padma Vibhushan awardees also include mridangam artist Uamalaypuram K. Sivaraman.


The second category, the Padma Bhushan awards, have gone to 14 people -- Bollywood icon Aamir Khan; composers Ilaiyaraja, Rahman and Shrinivas Vinayak Khale; artists Akbar Padamsee and Ram Kumar; dancers Kumundini Lakhia and Malika Sarabhai; vocalist Chhannulal Mishra and musicians Madhusudan Amilal Dhaky, Kuzhur Narayana Marar, Puttaraj Gavai, Sultan Khan, Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana.


The Padma Shri awards have been given to 20 people, including Oscar winner Resul Pokutty and actors Rekha and Saif Ali Khan.


The other awardees are Arjun Prajapati, Arundhati Nag, Carmel Berkson, Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Gul Bardhan, Haobam Ongbi Ngangbi Devi, Hari Uppal, K. Raghavan, Guru Mayadhar Raut, Mukund Lath, Nemai Ghosh, Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi, Rajkumar Achouba Singh, Ram Dayal Munda, Shobha Raju, Sumitra Guha and Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar.


with inputs from IANS









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