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Meet 30 Women Rewriting History With Padma Awards 2024

In 2024, 30 women have been honoured with Padma Awards, spanning the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri categories. Their impactful stories, spanning art, public affairs, social work, and agriculture inspire generations.

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President Droupadi Murmu handed out the prestigious Padma Awards 2024, India's second-highest civilian honours, at New Delhi's Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 9. These accolades, bestowed by the Government of India, serve as a resounding acknowledgement of the exceptional contributions made by women across diverse fields, and their stories serve as an inspiration for generations to come. The Padma Awards, among the highest civilian honours in India, are divided into three categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri, each recognizing outstanding service in various domains such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, and more.

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From India's first female Supreme Court judge to the women striving to preserve handlooms and arts, here are the 30 women bestowed with the coveted Padma Awards in 2024. 

Padma Vibhushan Winners

Name

Field

 

State/Region/Country

 

Vyjayanthimala Bali

Art

Tamil Nadu

Padma Subrahmanyam

Art

Tamil Nadu

Padma Bhushan Winners

Name

Field

 

State/Region/Country

 

M Fathima Beevi

(Posthumous)

Public Affairs

Kerala

Usha Uthup

Art

West Bengal

Padma Shri Winners

Name

Field

 

State/Region/Country

 

Rezwana Choudhury Bannya

Art

Bangladesh

Naseem Bano

Art

Uttar Pradesh

Gita Roy Barman

Art

West Bengal

Parbati Baruah

Social Work

Assam

Takdira Begum

Art

West Bengal

Smriti Rekha Chakma

Art

Tripura

K Chellammal

Others - Agriculture

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Joshna Chinappa

Sports

Tamil Nadu

Charlotte Chopin

Others - Yoga

France

 

Prema Dhanraj

Medicine

Karnataka

Anupama Hoskere

Art

Karnataka

Yanung Jamoh Lego

Others - Agriculture

Arunachal Pradesh

Purnima Mahato

Sports

Jharkhand

Uma Maheshwari D

Art

Andhra Pradesh

Kalpana Morparia

Trade & Industry

Maharashtra

Chami Murmu

Social Work

Jharkhand

G Nachiyar

Medicine

Tamil Nadu

Kiran Nadar

Art

Delhi

Silbi Passah

Art

Meghalaya

Shanti Devi Paswan & Shri Shivan Paswan*

(Duo)

Art

Bihar

Nirmal Rishi

Art

Punjab

Shashi Soni

Trade & Industry

Karnataka

Urmila Srivastava

Art

Uttar Pradesh

Maya Tandon

Social Work

 Rajasthan

Aswathi Thirunal Gouri Lakshmi Bayi Thampuratty

Literature & Education

Kerala

Sano Vamuzo

Social Work

Nagaland

This year, the government has chosen to honour 132 individuals, including five Padma Vibhushan awardees, 17 Padma Bhushan recipients, and an impressive 110 Padma Shri awardees. In total, 30 women have been honoured with Padma Awards in 2024, spanning the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri categories. Each of these recipients stands as a testament to the prowess and influence that women bring to diverse spheres of our society. 

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