This year, a total of 119 Padma awardees were announced on Jan 26. The list comprises of many names from various domains, many of them belonging to the field of literature and education. Here is a look at authors who were conferred with the Padma Awards 2021.
1. Chandrashekhar Kambara
Kambara is a prominent Indian poet, playwright, folklorist, and film director in Kannada language. His works revolve around folk or mythology interlinked with contemporary issues. He has also been conferred with the Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Shri, Jnanpith Award, etc.
2. Prakasarao Asavadi
An Indian poet, critic, translator and scholar, Prakasarao is known for his poetry and prose works. He is celebrated for his noteworthy contribution to Telugu and Sanskrit literature. He has given 170 performances and has written and published 50 books across various genres.
3. Srikant Datar
An Indian American economist, Datar is the 11th dean of Harvard Business School. His research interests include cost management, measurement of productivity, new product development, innovation, time-based competition, incentives, and performance evaluation.
4. Mangal Singh Hazowary
He is an Indian Bodo language poet. Bodo is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken mainly by the Boro people of Northeast India, Nepal and Bengal. He is also a recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award for his poetry “Ziuni Mwkthang Bisombi Arw Aroj” in 2005.
5. Rangasami Lakshminarayana Kashyap
An Indian applied mathematician and a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Kashyap is famed for developing the ‘Ho-Kashyap rule’. He has translated all the four Vedas, and also penned several books revolving around the hidden meanings behind the Vedic Mantras.
6. Imran Shah
Shah is an Assamese writer, poet, novelist, and scholar. His novel ‘Jabanbandi’ was broadcast as a radio-recitation by Akaashvani, Dibrugarh. In addition, the Assamese film ‘Rasmirekha’, is based on his novel, Rajanigandha.
7. Usha Yadav
An Agra based author, Usha Yadav has authored more than 100 books. Among them, the children’s literature books are most appreciated.