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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian classical dancer Datuk Ramli Ibrahim (pic) will be conferred one of India’s highest civilian awards to honour his distinguished service in the arts.
According to a statement by India’s Home Ministry, the Padma Awards are conferred in three categories, namely the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
The awards, which are given in various disciplines such as the arts, social work, public affairs and more, are announced annually on the occasion of India’s Republic Day.
The Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, while the Padma Bhushan is awarded for distinguished service of high order.
Ramli, the 64-year-old Sutra Foundation chairman, will receive the Padma Shri, which is awarded for distinguished service in any field.
Ramli would be one of 16 foreigners to receive a Padma Award.
According to the Home Ministry, this year the President of India has approved the conferment of 85 Padma Awards.
The list comprises three Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri Awards. Of the awardees, 14 are women and three are posthumous awardees.
The Star has contacted Ramli Ibrahim for his comments on the award
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