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Padma awards: ORS pioneer Dilip Mahalanabis to receive Padma Vibhushan; 25 others to get Padma Shri | India News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: ORS (oral rehydration solution) pioneer Dilip Mahalanabis will receive the Padma Vibhushan (posthumous) in the field of Medicine (Pediatrics), the Centre announced on Wednesday. A total of 25 other personalities across various walks of life will be awarded the Padma Shri.

ORS is a simple, inexpensive yet effective solution due to which there has been a 93% reduction in deaths globally due to diarrhea, cholera and dehydration, especially in infants children. ORS is estimated to have saved over 5 crore lives globally.
Mahalanabis demonstrated the effectiveness of ORS while serving in refugee camps during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, having returned from USA to serve.
Padma Shri awardees:

  1. Ratan Chandra Kar, a retired government doctor from the Andamans working with the Jarawa tribe who inhabit an island 48 km from North Sentinel, will receive the Padma Shri in the field of Medicine (Physician).
  2. Hirabai Lobi, a Siddi Tribal social worker and leader, who has dedicated her life for the betterment of the Siddi community in Gujarat will receive the Padma Shri in the field of Social Work (Tribal).
  3. Munishwar Chander Dawar, a war veteran and doctor from Jabalpur treating underprivileged people for the past 50 years, will be awarded the Padma Shri in the field of Medicine (Affordable Healthcare).
  4. Ramkuiwangbe Newme, Naga Social Worker from Dima Hasao who dedicated his life for the conservation & preservation of Heraka religion awarded Padma Shri in the field of Social Work (Culture).
  5. V P Appukuttan Poduvalm Gandhian & Freedom Fighter from Payyanur awarded Padma Shri in the field of Social Work (Gandhian).
  6. Sankurathri Chandra Sekhar, Kakinada based Social worker who dedicated his life to providing free medical and education services to needy people awarded Padma Shri in the field of Social Work (Affordable Healthcare).
  7. Vadivel Gopal & Masi Sadaiyan, Expert Snake Catchers from Irula Tribe, specialised in catching dangerous & venomous snakes to receive Padma Shri in the field of Social Work (Animal Welfare).
  8. Tula Ram Upreti, 98-year-old self-sustained small farmer, practicing organic farming using only traditional methods to receive Padma Shri in the field of Others (Agriculture).
  9. Nekram Sharma, Organic farmer from Mandi, reviving the traditional Crop System of ‘Nau-Anaj’ to receive Padma Shri in the field of Others (Agriculture).
  10. Janum Singh Soy, Tribal Ho language Scholar, working for 4 decades for its preservation & promotion to receive Padma Shri in the field of Literature & Education (Ho language).
  11. Dhaniram Toto, Toto (Dengka) language preserver from Totopara village of Jalpaiguri district to receive Padma Shri in the field of Literature & Education (Dengka language).
  12. B Ramakrishna Reddy, 80-year-old Linguistics Professor from Telangana to receive Padma in the field of Literature & Education (Linguistics).
  13. Ajay Kumar Mandavi, Gond Tribal Wood Carver from Kanker to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Wood Carving).
  14. Rani Machaiah, Ummathat Folk Dancer from Kodagu, promoting & preserving Kodava culture through dance to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Folk Dance).
  15. KC Runremsangi, Mizo Folk Singer from Aizwal, safeguarding Mizo cultural heritage for over 3 decades to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Vocals – Mizo).
  16. Risingbor Kurkalang, Tribal Duitara Instrument Maker & Musician from East Khasi Hills to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Folk Music).
  17. Mangala Kanti Roy, 102-year-old Sarinda Player from Jalpaiguri, popular as one of the oldest folk musicians of West Bengal to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Folk Music).
  18. Moa Subong, Eminent Naga Musician & Innovator who developed a new and easy to play instrument ‘Bamhum’, a wind musical instrument made from bamboo to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Folk Music).
  19. Munivenkatappa, Veteran Thamate exponent from Chikkaballapur, working tirelessly towards the preservation and promotion of the folk instrument Thamate to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Folk Music).
  20. Domar Singh Kunvar, Chhattisgarhi Natya Nacha Artist, dedicated his life to keeping the tradition alive since last 5 decades to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Dance).
  21. Parshuram Komaji Khune, Zadipatti Rangbhumi artist from Gadchiroli, having played 800 different roles in more than 5,000 drama shows to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Theatre).
  22. Ghulam Muhammad Zaz, 8th Generation Santoor Craftsman from a family known for making the finest Santoors in Kashmir for the last 200 years to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Craft).
  23. Bhanubhai Chitara, 7th generation Kalamkari artist from the Chunara community, carrying forward the legacy of the 400-year-old traditional craft of Mata ni Pachedi (behind Mother Goddess) to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Painting).
  24. Paresh Rathwa, Pithora Artist from Chhota Udepur, promoting the ancient cultural heritage to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Painting).
  25. Kapil Dev Prasad, Bawan Buti Handloom Weaver from Nalanda to receive Padma Shri in the field of Art (Textile).





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