Padma Awards 2022: From folk artists to painters, meet the winners recognized for their work in art and culture

President of India Ram Nath Kovind conferred the highly revered Padma Award to 54 personalities on Monday. Given in various disciplines, this year the list includes 4 Padma Vibhushans, 17 Padma Bhushans and 107 Padma Shris. No name has been announced for Bharat RatnaIndia’s highest civilian honour.

Here are some of the winners who have been recognized for their outstanding work in the field of art and culture.

President Kovind awarded the Padma Bhushan to Rashid Khan, an Indian classic musician belonging to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, which has developed expertise in the use of sargams and sargam taankari.

Famous Punjabi folk singer Gurmeet Bawa was posthumously awarded Padma Bhushan for her leading role in promoting and recognizing the Punjabi culture.

The President presented the Padma Shri honor to Durga Bai Vyam for her outstanding artistic work. Based in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, she is one of the greatest artists in Pardhan Gond who has worked to regenerate the tribal art form. His paintings are mainly rooted in his tribes and their myths, drawing inspiration from folklores and myths.

Kaajee Singh ‘Vidyaarthee’ has been recognized in the art field for his work in promoting cultural music. Founding President of Samskriti Samrakshan Samsthaan, he pioneered the growth of the Shree Maadal instrument and traditional Maruni dance.

Well-known folk singer Ajita Srivastava received the honor for her work in preserving, conserving and propagating popular folklore from ‘kajli‘.

An expert in doll and toy making crafts, Konsam Ibomcha Singh was honored for his outstanding work in preserving the century-old art of doll making of the Meiti community in Manipur. Singh, who has participated in various national exhibitions, is also a recipient of the Manipur State Prize.

A living legend of Swang, Bhagat, Nautanki, Rasiya and Raaslila folk traditions of North India, Pandit Ram Dayal Sharma has been bestowed in the field of art. Current Guru of Samai-Khera Gharana, he uses his art to raise awareness of various social issues.

Gosaveedu Shaik Hassan Sahieb was awarded posthumously in the field of art. An accomplished scholar and Nadaswaram player, he was the first Asthana Nadswara Vidhwan of Sree Seeta Ramchandra Swamy Devasthanam, Bhadrachalam. He starred in several temples in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Well-known artist Sheesh Ram has been recognized for his paintings on national integration, women empowermentIndian warfare and Indian art history which have been exhibited around the world.

Ram Sahay Pandey is a folk artist from Bundelkhand region who has earned the honor of the country through his work in the field of art. He is the founder of Bundeli Lok Nritya Natya Kala Parishad.

The AKC Carnatic music clarinetist Natarajan was also awarded in art. Hailed as a living legend, he is a great performer and innovator and has performed in many countries.

The President also conferred the honor on R Muthukkannammal for Art. She is the sole living representative of Sadir dance in India and serves as a repository of knowledge on the history of the dance form, Bharathanatyam. Over the past 75 years, she has given more than 1,000 performances.

Darshanam Mogulaiah, who plays Kinnera to sing folk and heroic songs, was awarded for the art. Kinnera is a 500 year old instrument made from bamboo.

Filmmaker Chandraprakash Dwivedi has been awarded for his work in television and films based on ancient and modern literature and history.

Khalil Dhantejvi was honored posthumously for championing the rise of the Gujarati language in Ghazal literature. His Gujarati and Urdu recitals were instrumental in bringing new audiences to the Ghazal Universe.

Dr. Shyamamani Devi was honored for contributing to the systematic development of Odishi music and the codification of its grammar. In a career spanning over seven decades, she captivated audiences with her 4,000 songs.

A Shehnai artist and Hindustani singer, Pandit S Ballesh Bhajanti has been awarded for carrying forward the legacy of Benares Gharana style. He was given the title of ‘Dakshina Bharat Bismillah Khan’ by Ustad Bismillah Khan himself.

A retired music composer and Music Director of All India Radio, Najibabad, Dr. Madhuri Barthwal has been recognized for the preservation and promotion of folk music and culture of Uttarakhand.

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James C. Tibbs