Raveena Tandon and RRR Composer MM Keeravani Receive Padma Shri Award. While Vani Jairam and Suman Kalyanpur Padma will be honored with Padma Bhushan.
According to an official statement released on the eve of Republic Day, Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, MM Keeravaani, actor Raveena Tandon and singers Suman Kalyanpur and Vani Jairam were among the 103 recipients of the coveted Padma Awards for the year 2023 on the eve of Republic Day. Day. Hussain, also a composer and percussionist, awarded for exceptional and remarkable service. The acclaimed musician received Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan in 1988 and 2002 respectively.
Jairam and Kalyanpur have announced the recipients of the Padma Bhushan, which is presented for outstanding service of a high order. Keeravaani and Tandon received the Padma Shri, an award for outstanding service in any field.
The awards are given in various disciplines/fields such as – arts, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, commerce and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. The list includes six Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan and 91 Padma Shri Awards. Nineteen of the prize winners are women and the list also includes two persons from the Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI category and seven posthumous prize winners.
Meanwhile, MM Keeravani’s song Naatu Naatu from RRR has officially entered the Oscars race in the Best Original Song category. After a stellar winning streak at Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, the movie is officially in the running for the Academy Awards. MM Keeravani took to Twitter and wrote, “Congratulations to my team! Big hugs to all.”
Previously, Naatu Naatu won the Golden Globes for Best Original Song category. The song also won the Critics Choice Award in the same category. The film also won Best Foreign Language Film at the Critics Choice Award. If RRR wins the Oscars, it will be the most memorable, remarkable, golden moment for the Indian film industry.
Speaking of India’s performance at the Academy Awards so far, the first Oscars, to be by an Indian performer, was for costume design. Bhanu Athaiya won the Oscars in 1983 for designing the costumes in the 1982 historical film Gandhi. (With input from PTI)