Late Singer SP Balasubrahmanyam was awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously. His son SP Charan went to Delhi to receive this award on behalf of the singer and said that the last time they went, his father was receiving the Padma Bhushan. “We are grateful to the government of India for having honoured dad with this award. This actually feels surreal. We expected this to happen when dad was around. It’s a moment of mixed emotion for us,” said Charan.
Apart from SPB, Singer Chithra won the Padma Bhushan. KS Chithra already won the Padma Shri for her contributions in Singing back in 2005. Now, she has won the Padma Bhushan in 2021. Chithra is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated singers of South India and has sung many duets along with SPB.
In sports, Mary Kom was awarded the Padma Vibhushan as she became a padma awardee for 2020. She already won the Padma Shri in 2006 and the Padma Bhushan in 2013. PV Sindhu was awarded with the Padma Bhushan for the year 2020. She too won the Padma Shri back in 2015.
Kangana Ranaut, Ekta Kapoor and Karan Johar from the Bollywood world won Padma Shri awards for the year 2020. Singer Bombay Jayashri, and speaker Solomon Pappaiah won Padma Shri awards for the year 2021. Subbu Arumugam, the renowned Villu Paatu artist and KC Shivashankaran, the cartoonist behind the famous ‘Chandamama’ comics were others who also received the Padma Shri from down South.
The transgender awardee was Manjamma Jogati from Karnataka, who won the Padma Shri for her contribution in the field of art, specifically Jogati Nritya and Janapada Songs.