Six persons from Tamil Nadu and one from Puducherry have been chosen for the Padma Awards this year for their contribution in their respective fields, including medicine, art and social work.
Expert snake catchers from the Irula community, Vadivel Gopal and Masi Sadaiyan, were selected for the Padma Shree award.
While renowned singer Vani Jairam has been selected for the Padma Bhushan award, Palam Kalyana Sundaram (Social Work), Dr. Gopalsamy Veluchamy (Medicine), K Kalyanasundaram Pillai (Art) from Tamil Nadu have been chosen for Padma Shree.
Dr. Nalini Parthasarathi (Medicine) of Puducherry has also been selected for Padma Shree.
Dr Veluchamy was among the first to suggest 'kabasura kudineeer’ as a potential drug for Covid-19 management.
Vani Jairam is the only person from Tamil Nadu to get the prestigious Padma Bhushan.