21 distinguished persons were honoured with Padma Bhushan by President Pratibha Patil at a ceremony in the Ashoka Hall at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi Wednesday, Music maestro A R Rahman and Aamir Khan were among those.
Union Minister for Textiles Dhayanidhi Maran and Union Minister for Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah were among the early birds who greeted Rahman and Aamir for the honour and posed together for photographs.
Rahman, clad in white attire, was all smiles when he received the award from the first citizen of the country. Equally thrilled was Aamir Khan, who as a straight contrast to the music maestro, was seen in black costume.
Nobel laureate Indian-origin scientist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and noted theatre personality Ebrahim Alkazi were conferred the Padma Vibhushan, while classical vocalist Pandit Channulal was honoured with Padma Bhushan.