• 1 of 6 Vani Jairam, K. Kalyanasundaram Pillai, ‘Palam’ Kalyana Sundaram, Vadivel Gopal and Masi Sadaiyan, Nalini Parthasarathy and Gopalsamy
  • Five persons from Tamil Nadu and one from Puducherry have been chosen for Padma Awards this year for their contribution in the their respective fields, including medicine, art and social work.
  • Renowned singer Vani Jairam has been chosen for the Padma Bhushan award. “I feel truly honoured and very grateful to the government for having thought of me for this honour. For the last 52 years, my fans have been listening to my songs and encouraging me and I thank them for this continued support,” she said.
  • A bharatanatyam guru for over seven decades, legendary nattuvanar K. Kalyanasundaram Pillai has been selected for the Padma Shri award. “I humbly accept this honour and see it as an honour bestowed upon my family and a legacy spanning hundreds of years in this art,” he said.
  • Vadivel Gopal and Masi Sadaiyan, expert snake catchers from the Irula community who have been honoured with the Padma Shri award, said:
  • “Snake catching is something we learnt from our parents and has been passed on for generations.
  • We take immense pride in this and this award honours this knowledge we have,” said Mr. Masi. Through his career spanning three decades as a librarian in Thoothukudi, ‘Palam’ Kalyana Sundaram gave away all his earnings to charity and later went on to form the social welfare organisation ‘Palam’.
  • Reacting to his being chosen for the Padma Shri award, Mr. Sundaram said that this would motivate him to continue his service.
  • Recognised with the Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of medicine, Gopalsamy Veluchamy said: “I feel that this honour has been given for the Siddha system of medicine.” He is the former director of the Central Research Institute for Siddha.
  • Nalini Parthasarathy, former Head of Department of Paediatrics, JIPMER and head of Hemophilia Society, Puducherry chapter, has been awarded Padma Shri for her work spanning over three decades among haemophilia patients in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.


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