Gangubai Hangal, Kishori Amonkar among Padma Vibhushan awardees

New Delhi, January 25: | Updated: Jan 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
Hindustani vocalists Gangubai Hangal and Kishori Amonkar, noted economist C Rangarajan, attorney general Soli Sorabjee and tabla player Pandit Kishan Maharaj were on Friday chosen for Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian honour.

Prominent among the Padma Bhushan awardees are cricketer Chandu Borde, mountaineer HPS Ahluwalia, theatre personality Habib Tanwir, film maker Ismail Merchant, jurist KK Venugopal, diplomats MK Rasgotra and Jagat S Mehta, tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, danseuse Sitara Devi and leading expert in banking and trade and head of a trust that runs a major Gujarati newspaper Pravinchandra V Gandhi. US congressmen Frank Pallone and Gary Ackerman, leading members of the India caucus, have also been conferred the awards.

Others among the 27 named for the Padma bhushan are Yoga guru BKS Iyengar, IT expert Faquir Chand Kohli, businessman Henniing Holck Larsen, thumri exponent Shobha Gurtu, vocalist Prabha Atre, industralist Keshub Mahindra. — PTI