Irish Sanskrit scholar receives Padma Shri from President

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Kortenhorst, a Sanskrit enthusiast and researcher, has been a pioneer in propagating Sanskrit in Ireland…reports Asian Lite News

President Ramnath Kovind on Monday presented Rutger Kortenhorst, a Sanskrit teacher at John Scottus Senior School in Dublin, Ireland, with the Padma Shri Award for Literature and Education.

Kortenhorst, a Sanskrit enthusiast and researcher, has been a pioneer in propagating Sanskrit in Ireland.

“I am very honoured and very humbled to receive this,” he said after the event.

Earlier in August 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned Kortenhorst and his contribution during his weekly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ during the ‘Sanskrit Week’.

Classical singer Prabha Atre and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh (posthumous) were presented Padma Vibhushan; actor Victor Banerjee, scientist Sanjaya Rajaram (posthumous), author Pratibha Ray and Sanskrit scholar Acharya Vashishtha Tripathi were among those who were presented with the Padma Awards 2022 on Monday.

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Awards for the year 2022 at the Civil Investiture ceremony II. The Civil Investiture Ceremony – I was held on March 21.

This year a total of 128 Padma Awards were conferred, including two duo cases (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one). The list of awardees comprises four Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri Awards.

The awardees included 34 women and 10 persons from the category of foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 13 posthumous awardees.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were the Vice President of India, Prime Minister and Union Minister for Home Affairs, a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

The awards are given in various disciplines/fields of activities such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘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.

The awards were announced on the eve of Republic Day.

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