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News |  25 Jan 2016 20:49 |  By RnMTeam

Singer-Actor Priyanka Chopra gets Padma Shree in Republic Day honours

New Delhi: Actor-turned-singer Priyanka Chopra was honoured with Padma Shree award- the fourth highest civilian award- by the government of India.

The 33-year-old won a National Award, back in 2007, for her performance in Madhur Bhandarkar's 'Fashion'.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher and singer Udit Narayan are the only recepients from the entertainment industry apart from Heisnam Kanhaukak of the Padma Bhushan, given for distinguished service of high order. Ms Indu Jain of Bennett Coleman and Co also received the Padma Bhushan.

In the field of music, the Padma Shree recipients are Pt Tulsidas Borkar of Goa for classical music; Dr Suma Ghosh of Uttar Pradesh for vocal singing; and Bhikhudan Gadhvi of Gujarat, Ms Mamta Chandrakar of Chhatisgarh, and Bhojpuri singer Ms Malini Awasthi of Uttar Pradesh for folk music, and late Shri Prakash Chand Surana (posthumously) of Rajasthan for classical music.

The Padma Shree Awardees for distinguished service from the entertainment field include directors Nila Madhab Panda (I want to be Kalam), S S Rajamouli (of Baahubali fame) and Madhur Bhandarkar; filmmaker Narendra Chandra Lal from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands; actor Ajay Devgn and actor--singer Priyanka Chopra, ad guru Piyush Pande; and a posthumous award to the late veteran actor Saeed Jaffrey.

The eminent dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy who has churned thousands of disciples gets the Padma Bhushan, dancer Pratibha Prahlad who founded the Delhi International Arts Festival, and Ms Gulabi Sapera who is a folk dancer from Rajasthan gets the Padma Shree.