Music director Ilaiyaraaja, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh ideologue P Parameswaran are among the 85 personalities named for the 2018 Padma Awards by the Home Ministry.
One of the highest civilian Awards of the country, Padma Awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
The 'Padma Vibhushan' is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service.
'Padma Bhushan' for distinguished service of high order and
'Padma Shri' for distinguished service in any field.
Illaiyaraja – Art-Music
Ghulam Mustafa Khan – Art-Music
P Parameswaran- Literature and Education
Pankaj Advani – Sports-Billiards/Snooker
Philipose Mar Chrysostom – Others-Spiritualism
Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Sports-Cricket
Alexander Kadakin (Foreigner/Posthumous) – Public affairs
Ramachandran Nagaswamy – Others-Archaeology
Ved Prakash Nanda (OCI) – Literature and Education
Laxman Pai – Art-Painting
Arvind Parikh – Art-Music
Sharda Sinha – Art-Music
Anwar Jalalpuri (Posthumous) – Literature and Education (Literature – Urdu)