25 January 2015 :: Padam Shri to Cricketer Mithali Raj, Badminton Player PV Sindhu, Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Lyricist Prasoon Joshi
Padma Shri (also Padmashree) is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. It is awarded by the Government of India. The award is announced every year on Republic Day
Padma Awards were instituted in the year 1954. It is awarded to citizens of India to recognize their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Medicine, Social Service and Public Affairs. However it has also been awarded to some distinguished individuals who were not citizens of India but did contribute in various ways to India.