Padma Shri (
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: ''padma śrī''), also spelled Padma Shree, is the fourth-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the
Bharat Ratna
Bharat Ratna
, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. It is awarded by the Government of India every year on India's Republic Day.


Padma Awards were instituted in 1954 to be awarded to citizens of India in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the
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, social service and public affairs. It has also been awarded to some distinguished individuals who were not citizens of India but did contribute in various ways to India. The selection criteria have been criticised in some quarters with the claim that many highly deserving artists have been left out in order to favour certain individuals. India has now created an online nomination platform for the common citizens to recommend the nomination for the annually given civilian "Padma" awards. On its obverse, the words " Padma", meaning lotus in
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, and " Shri", a Sanskrit-derived honorific equivalent to 'Mr.' or 'Ms.' (ie., "Noble One in Blossom"), appear in Devanagari above and below a Nelumbo nucifera, lotus flower. The geometrical pattern on either side is in burnished bronze. All embossing is in white gold. , 3123 people have received the award.


Several intended recipients, including sitar player Vilayat Khan, academic and author Mamoni Raisom Goswami, journalist Kanak Sen Deka and noted Bollywood screenwriter Salim Khan, have declined the Padma Shri for various reasons. Some intended recipients, such as environmental activist Sunderlal Bahuguna and English billiards champion Michael Ferreira, have refused the honour but have subsequently accepted a more prestigious one such as the Padma Bhushan or Padma Vibhushan. Other individuals, such as author Phanishwar Nath 'Renu', Punjabi author Dalip Kaur Tiwana and noted poet Jayanta Mahapatra, have returned the honour after initially accepting it.

Awards by decade

* List of Padma Shri award recipients (1954–1959) * List of Padma Shri award recipients (1960–1969) * List of Padma Shri award recipients (1970–1979) * List of Padma Shri award recipients (1980–1989) * List of Padma Shri award recipients (1990–1999) * List of Padma Shri award recipients (2000–2009) * List of Padma Shri award recipients (2010–2019) * List of Padma Shri award recipients (2020–2029)

See also

* List of recipients of the Padma Shri in sports


External links

* * * {{India Honours and Decorations Awards established in 1954 Civil awards and decorations of India Recipients of the Padma Shri