Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon and renowned music composer MM Keeravani were honored with the prestigious Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in India, at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Draupadi Murmu presented the awards to the two esteemed personalities.
The event was graced by the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who attended the presentation ceremony. The occasion was a moment of pride for the Indian film industry as two prominent figures from the entertainment industry were being acknowledged for their contributions.
Raveena Tandon, who has worked in numerous Bollywood films and has won several awards for her performances, expressed her gratitude for receiving the Padma Shri award. She said, “Honoured and grateful. Thank you so much, Government of India, for acknowledging my contributions, my life, my passion and purpose — cinema and the arts, that allowed me to contribute, not only to the film industry, but beyond. I thank all those who guided me through this journey of Art and Craft of Cinema — all those who held my hand through it, and all those who watched me from their place above. I owe this to my father.”
MM Keeravani, who is known for his soulful compositions and has won an Academy Award for his work in the movie “Baahubali,” was also delighted to receive the prestigious award. He expressed his gratitude to the government and said that the honor is an inspiration for him to work harder and create more meaningful music.
The Padma Shri award is a recognition of the contributions made by individuals in their respective fields of expertise. Raveena Tandon and MM Keeravani have added another feather to their caps with this honor, and their fans are proud of their achievements.