List of Padma Bhushan award recipients (1954–1959)

Padma Bhushan
Awarded by

Government of India
Country India
Type National Civilian
Obverse A centrally located lotus flower is embossed and the text "Padma" written in Devanagari script is placed above and the text "Bhushan" is placed below the lotus.
Reverse A platinum State Emblem of India placed in the centre with the national motto of India, "Satyameva Jayate" (Truth alone triumphs) in Devanagari Script
Established 1954
Previous name(s) Padma Vibhushan "Dusra Warg" (Class II)
First awarded 1954
Total awarded 94
Next (higher) Padma Vibhushan
Next (lower) Padma Shri

The Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award of the Republic of India.[1] Instituted on 2 January 1954, the award is given for "distinguished service of a high order", without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex.[2] The recipients receive a Sanad, a certificate signed by the President of India and a circular-shaped medallion with no monetary association. The recipients are announced every year on Republic Day (26 January) and registered in The Gazette of Indiaa publication used for official government notices and released weekly by the Department of Publication, under the Ministry of Urban Development.[3] The conferral of the award is not considered official without its publication in the Gazette. The name of recipient, whose award have been revoked or restored, both of which require the authority of the President, is archived and they are required to surrender their medal when their name is struck from the register;[4] none of the conferments of Padma Bhushan during 1954–1959 have been revoked or restored. The recommendations are received from all the state and the union territory governments, as well as from Ministries of the Government of India, the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan awardees, the Institutes of Excellence, the Ministers, the Chief Ministers and the Governors of State, and the Members of Parliament including private individuals.[3]

When instituted in 1954, the Padma Bhushan was classified as "Dusra Warg" (Class II) under the three-tier Padma Vibhushan awards, which were preceded by the Bharat Ratna in hierarchy. The original specification of the award was a circle made of standard silver 1 38 inches (35 mm) in diameter, with rims on both the sides. A centrally located lotus flower was embossed on the obverse side of the medal and the text "Padma Vibhushan" written in Devanagari script was inscribed above the lotus along the upper edge of the medal. A floral wreath was embossed along the lower edge and a lotus wreath at the top along the upper edge. The State Emblem of India was placed in the centre of the reverse side with the text "Desh Seva" in Devanagari Script on the lower edge. The medal was suspended by a pink riband 1 14 inches (32 mm) in width divided into three equal segments by two white vertical lines.[2]

On 15 January 1955, the Padma Vibhushan was reclassified into three different awards; the Padma Vibhushan, the highest of the three, followed by the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri. The criteria includes "distinguished service of a high order in any field including service rendered by Government servants" but excluding those working with the Public sector undertakings with the exception of doctors and scientists. The 1954 statutes did not allow posthumous awards but this was subsequently modified in the January 1955 statute. The design was also modified to the form that is currently in use. The current design is a circular-shaped toned bronze medallion 1 34 inches (44 mm) in diameter and 18 inch (3.2 mm) thick. The centrally placed pattern made of outer lines of a square of 1 316 inches (30 mm) side is embossed with a knob embossed within each of the outer angles of the pattern. A raised circular space of diameter 1 116 inches (27 mm) is placed at the centre of the decoration. A centrally located lotus flower is embossed on the obverse side of the medal and the text "Padma" written in Devanagari script is placed above and the text "Bhushan" is placed below the lotus. The Emblem of India is placed in the centre of the reverse side with the national motto of India, "Satyameva Jayate" (Truth alone triumphs) in Devanagari Script, inscribed on the lower edge. The rim, the edges and all embossing on either side is of standard gold with the text "Padma Bhushan" of gold gilt. The medal is suspended by a pink riband 1 14 inches (32 mm) in width with a broad white stripe in the middle.[3][4] It is ranked fifth in the order of precedence of wearing of medals and decorations of the Indian civilian and military awards.[lower-alpha 1]

A total of twenty-three awards were conferred in 1954 followed by twelve in 1955; thirteen in 1956; sixteen in 1957; sixteen again in 1958, and fourteen in 1959, giving a total of 94 recipients in the first six years—including one foreign recipient awarded in 1955. Till 1959, individuals from nine different fields were awarded which includes twenty-six from literature and education, seventeen from civil service, twelve artists, ten from science and engineering, ten from social work, eight from public affairs, six from medicine, four sportspersons, and one from trade and industry.


Award recipients by year[16]
Year Number of recipients
Award recipients by field[16]
Field Number of recipients
Civil Service
Literature & Education
Public Affairs
Science & Engineering
Social Work
Trade & Industry
List of Padma Bhushan award recipients, showing the year, field, and state/country[16]
Year Recipient Field State
1954 Homi Jehangir Bhabha Science & EngineeringMaharashtra
1954 Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Science & EngineeringUttar Pradesh
1954 Mahadeva Iyer Ganapati Civil ServiceOdisha
1954 Jnan Chandra Ghosh Science & EngineeringWest Bengal
1954 Radha Krishan Gupta Civil ServiceDelhi
1954 Maithili Sharan Gupt Literature & EducationUttar Pradesh
1954 R. R. Handa Civil ServicePunjab
1954 Amarnath Jha Literature & EducationUttar Pradesh
1954 Ajudhiya Nath Khosla Science & EngineeringDelhi
1954 Kariamanickam Srinivasa Krishnan Science & EngineeringTamil Nadu
1954 Moulana Hussain Ahmed Madni Literature & EducationPunjab
1954 Josh Malihabadi Literature & EducationDelhi
1954 V. L. Mehta Public AffairsGujarat
1954 Vallathol Narayana Menon Literature & EducationKerala
1954 A. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar Literature & EducationTamil Nadu
1954 Maharaj Kr. Palden T Namgyal Public AffairsPunjab
1954 V. Narahari Rao Civil ServiceKarnataka
1954 Pandyala Satyanarayana Rau Civil ServiceAndhra Pradesh
1954 Jamini Roy ArtsWest Bengal
1954 Sukumar Sen Civil ServiceWest Bengal
1954 Satya Narayana Shastri MedicineUttar Pradesh
1954 M. S. Subbulakshmi ArtsTamil Nadu
1954 Kodandera Subayya Thimayya Civil ServiceKarnataka
1955 Fateh Chand Badhwar Civil ServicePunjab
1955 Lalit Mohan Banerjee MedicineWest Bengal
1955 Suniti Kumar Chatterji Literature & EducationWest Bengal
1955 Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Social WorkWest Bengal
1955 Surender Kumar Dey Civil Service[lower-alpha 2]
1955 Vasant Ramji Khanolkar MedicineMaharashtra
1955 Sunder Das Khungar Civil ServicePunjab
1955 Rameshwari Nehru Social WorkUttar Pradesh
1955 Prana Krushna Parija Literature & EducationOdisha
1955 Madapati Rao Social WorkAndhra Pradesh
1955 Maneklal Sankalchand Thacker Literature & EducationDelhi
1955 Attur Rangaswami Venkatachari Civil ServiceTamil Nadu
1956 Rukmini Devi Arundale ArtsTamil Nadu
1956 Rajshekhar Basu Literature & EducationWest Bengal
1956 Dhyan Chand SportsPunjab
1956 Malur Srinivasa Thirumale Iyengar Civil ServiceTamil Nadu
1956 Nawab Zain Yar Jung Public AffairsAndhra Pradesh
1956 Pushpavati Janardenrai Mehta Public AffairsMaharashtra
1956 Cottari Kankaiyah Nayudu SportsTamil Nadu
1956 Muthulakshmi Reddi MedicineTamil Nadu
1956 Kanwar Sain Civil ServiceRajasthan
1956 Vir Singh Literature & EducationPunjab
1956 Kasturi Srinivasan Literature & EducationPunjab
1956 Mahadevi Varma Literature & EducationUttar Pradesh
1956 Tiruvadi Sambasiva Venkataraman Science & EngineeringTamil Nadu
1957 Bhikham Lal Atreya Literature & EducationUttar Pradesh
1957 T. Balasaraswati ArtsTamil Nadu
1957 Alagappa Chettiar Social WorkTamil Nadu
1957 Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Literature & EducationUttar Pradesh
1957 Abid Hussain Literature & EducationUttar Pradesh
1957 Mushtaq Hussain Khan ArtsMadhya Pradesh
1957 Lakshmi Menon Public AffairsKerala
1957 Radha Kumud Mukherjee Public AffairsWest Bengal
1957 K. Covilagam Kutti Ettan Raja Civil ServiceKerala
1957 Andal Venkatasubba Rao Social WorkAndhra Pradesh
1957 Shrikrishna N. Ratanjankar ArtsUttar Pradesh
1957 Shyam Nandan Sahay Literature & EducationBihar
1957 Govind Sakharam Sardesai Literature & EducationMaharashtra
1957 K. A. Nilakanta Sastri Literature & EducationTamil Nadu
1957 Boshi Sen Science & EngineeringWest Bengal
1957 Siddheshwar Varma Literature & EducationChandigarh
1958 Salim Ali Science & EngineeringMaharashtra
1958 Vijaya Anand SportsUttar Pradesh
1958 D. P. Roy Choudhury ArtsWest Bengal
1958 Jeahangir Ghandy Trade & IndustryMaharashtra
1958 Narayan Subarao Hardikar Social WorkKarnataka
1958 Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar ArtsTamil Nadu
1958 Allauddin Khan ArtsUttar Pradesh
1958 Kumar Padma Siva Shankara Menon Civil ServiceKerala
1958 Arathil C. Narayanan Nambiar Civil ServiceKerala
1958 Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa Literature & EducationKarnataka
1958 Poola Tirupati Raju Literature & EducationRajasthan
1958 Kamalendumati Shah Social WorkDelhi
1958 Rao Raja Hanut Singh Public AffairsRajasthan
1958 Rustom Jal Vakil MedicineMaharashtra
1958 Surya Narayan Vyas Literature & EducationMadhya Pradesh
1958 Darashaw Nosherwan Wadia Science & EngineeringMaharashtra
1959 Sisir Kumar Bhaduri[lower-alpha 3] ArtsWest Bengal
1959 Ramdhari Singh Dinkar Literature & EducationBihar
1959 Ali Yavar Jung Civil ServiceMaharashtra
1959 Hansa Jivraj Mehta Social WorkMaharashtra
1959 Pammal Sambandha Mudaliar ArtsTamil Nadu
1959 Tiruppattur R. Venkatachala Murthi Literature & EducationTamil Nadu
1959 Tenzing Norgay SportsWest Bengal
1959 Bhaurao Patil Social WorkMaharashtra
1959 Jal Gawashaw Paymaster MedicineMaharashtra
1959 Dhanvanthi Rama Rau Social WorkMaharashtra
1959 Nirmal Kumar Sidhanta Literature & EducationWest Bengal
1959 Kankanhalli Vasudevachary ArtsKarnataka
1959 Bhargavaram Viththal Varerkar Public AffairsMaharashtra
1959 Ghulam Yazdani Science & EngineeringAndhra Pradesh

Explanatory notes

  1. The order of precedence is: Bharat Ratna, Param Vir Chakra, Ashoka Chakra, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.[5]
  2. Surender Kumar Dey was a USA citizen.
  3. Sisir Kumar Bhaduri refused the award.[17]


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