Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani received the Padma Bhushan award, the country's third-highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan, from President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday (April 02).
Along with 32-year-old Advani, India’s 2011 cricket World Cup winning captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the second sportsperson present there to receive the award.
Besides Dhoni and Advani, folk artist Sharda Sinha, contemporary Indian artist Laxman Pai and former Ambassador of Russia to India, Alexander Kadakin (posthumously), were also presented with the Padma Bhushan by Kovind.
Five Padma Bhushan and 38 Padma Shri awards were presented by the President at the civil investiture ceremony held at the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Other than Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan were other several dignitaries who were present at the ceremony.
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