Shankar Mahadevan on receiving the Padma Shri

By Bryan Durham - March 11, 2019

Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan has become the proud recipient of the Padma Shri at a recently concluded event at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi. The honour was conferred on him by President Ram Nath Kovind for his contribution to the arts and music.

Shankar Mahadevan on receiving the Padma Shri

The Padma Awards – one of India’s highest civilian awards — are conferred in three categories: the Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri.

We reached out to Shankar to ask him if he felt that the honour came in a little late, he said, “I’ve never thought of these things. My job is to go on working and I feel it’s better if it comes late rather than it coming earlier than needed. If someone says, ‘Oh, you should have got it earlier’, it is a bigger compliment than someone saying, ‘Oh, you’ve already won a Padma Shri?’ (Laughs) Then you’re less deserving. So it’s a very big honour and I accept it humbly.”

When asked who he would like to dedicate this honour to, he said, “I would like to dedicate this honour to all those people, those gurus who have taught me, all those people who have showered their love upon me all these years. To every single musician who’s played in every single piece of music I’ve ever created from the smallest to the biggest. I’d like to thank every body who has made my music what it is today.”

Around 112 personalities were selected and their names were announced on Republic Day’s eve this year. The remaining awardees will be conferred the honour at another function to be held on March 16, according to reports.

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