Six prominent personalities from the Northeast, were honoured Padma Awards this year. Padma Awards are one of India’s highest civilian awards and are conferred in three categories – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree.
The awardees included noted Assamese tea industrialist Hemendra Prasad Barooah, Xatriya dance exponent Ghanakanta Bora Borbayan, Sikkimese folk musician Hilda Mit Lepcha, Manipuri boxer Dingko Singh and Mizoram educationist J Malsawma for the Padma Shree awards.
|H Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom||Sports||Manipur|
|Ghanakanta Bora Borbayan||Art||Assam|
|Hilda Mit Lepcha||Art||Sikkim|
|Hemendra Prasad Barooah||Trade and Industry||Assam|
|J Malsawma||Literature and Education||Mizoram|
|Ngangom Dingko Singh||Sports||Manipur|
(Profile Photo: Padma Shri awardee and Lepcha folk singer Hilda Mit Lepcha. Photo courtesy: Feast for Thought)