Bangalore: Wheelchair tennis star Boniface Prabhu among seven to get Padma Shri

Bangalore: Wheelchair tennis star Boniface Prabhu among seven to get Padma Shri

Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

New Delhi/Bangalore, Jan 25: Wheelchair tennis star H Boniface Prabhu has been chosen for the prestigious Padma Shri award.

He is among among the seven Padma Shri awardees announced on the eve of the 65th Republic Day. Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, squash queen Dipika Pallikal, Anjum Chopra (women's cricketer), Sunil Dabas (kabaddi), Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu and Mamta Sodha (mountaineering) are the others who will get Padma Shri.

Harry Boniface Prabhu

B K S Iyenger, Prof P Balaram, Dr K Radhakrishnan and Dr Kamini Rao

Other Padma awardees from Karnataka include yoga expert B K S Iyenger, Prof P Balaram, Dr K Radhakrishnan, and Dr Kamini Rao.

The Padma awards, India's highest civilian honour, will be presented by the president at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan around March-April.

Boniface Prabhu is a wheelchair tennis player of international fame. He is a quadriplegic by disability. Prabhu has competed in all the major Grand Slam Wheelchair Tennis Championships including the Australian Open, British Open, French Open and US Open. He is the first Indian wheelchair tennis player to reach the semi-finals and finals of all these tournaments.

He is the only Indian to be listed among World Wheelchair tennis rankings. He became the first Indian to win a medal at the 1998 World Championship, and in 1996 he won two gold medals and one silver medal at the World Wheelchair Games.

Born on May 14, 1972, Prabhu is an enthusiastic participant in other sporting activities as well. He has represented India over 50 times in 6 different sporting events including shot put, badminton, javelin and discus throw and won medals in many of them.

He founded the ‘Boniface Prabhu Wheelchair Tennis Academy’ to encourage, train and find new talent among the physically and intellectually challenged community. He has been the brand ambassador for various companies and products and is India’s brand ambassador for wheelchair tennis.

He is the recipient of various awards including the Prathiba Bhushan, Rising Star of the Millennium, Ekalavya and most importantly the Rajyotsava Award which is the highest award in the state.

In 2011, he was honoured with Daijiworld Weekly Swabhiman Appreciation Award.


Kamal Haasan, Vidya Balan get Padma awards

Noted scientist R.A. Mashelkar, actors Kamal Haasan and Vidya Balan, tennis player Leander Paes, cricketer Yuvraj Singh, and former chief justice of India J.S.Verma have been conferred the Padma awards on the occasion of the 65th Republic Day.

While Mashelkar and Iyengar were the two named for Padma Vibhushan, 24 eminent people including Verma, Haasan, writers Anita Desai and Ruskin Bond, badminton player P.Gopichand and Paes got the Padma Bhushan.

The 101 conferred the Padma Shri include Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal, cricketers Yuvraj and Anjum Chopra, Odisha sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik, and fashion designer Wendell Rodricks.

Padma Awards - the country’s highest civilian awards, are conferred to eminent people for their contribution in the field of social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service.

The awards will be presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan around March/April.


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  • gangadhar, 1758/24 saraswathi nagar davangere

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    contact number r address my friend doing projects work

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  • a.v.a, blore

    Mon, Jan 27 2014

    We are proud of Bonni, must be the first catholic to receive such an honorary award.

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  • Murali Rao, Bangalore

    Mon, Jan 27 2014

    Boni.. we are proud of you... you are one of the jewels in India's crown !!!.. You are an inspiration to millions of people worldwide. Wishing you all the best and looking forward to see you achieve more and more awards. We salute for your hard work and making our nation proud.

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  • VIN, Mumbai/Kuwait

    Mon, Jan 27 2014

    Everyone is UNIQUE and their contribution to our Mother land - INDIA irrespective of sector.
    They deserve it. Salute!

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  • RAZ, Karaikal/PARIS

    Mon, Jan 27 2014

    Congratulations Prabhu god bless you...well done...proud of you...

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/Dubai/New York,USA.

    Mon, Jan 27 2014

    I am proud of you and so is the whole country. My heartiest congratulations to tennis star Boniface Prabhu for being chosen for the prestigious Padma Shri award. Good Luck and God Bless.

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  • vasudev bhat, Rayee/Rome

    Sun, Jan 26 2014

    Thanks Dinesh, i wanted to read something positive comments from you and i got it. These positive comments which makes more human than criticizing and humiliating others. When you make positive comment you feel good, readers feel good, and around us the atmospheres become positive. it helps us build a good nation. Jai Hind

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  • nelson, mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2014

    You are cent percent right, Mr Bhat. If at all everyone thinks like you think this world would have been such a better place.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sun, Jan 26 2014

    Congratulations Boniface Prabhu....

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  • John DSouza, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2014

    Congratulations to wheelchair tennis star Bonifas Prabhu
    You are an excellent inspiration and encouragement to millions of people who are pressured and depressed, today.
    Do we realize that we have been moving millions of commuters and goods of millions of tons on wheels every day like infants?
    Do you believe that the huge weight on wheels can be converted as free pushing force to have a rapid revolution in the surface transport sector giving incredible solutions?
    Happy Republic Day

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  • Veena castelino, Kankanady

    Sun, Jan 26 2014

    Congratulations boniface god bless you...well done...proud of you...

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  • leslie fernandes, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 26 2014


    I salute you...

    Facts are sacred and comments are free...

    I will not comment...I will just salute you...

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Sat, Jan 25 2014

    Congralation to Wheelchair Tennis Star Boniface Prabhu for getting the award of Padma Shri which he desrves for his great performance in tennis.Wish him all the best and many more laurels in his life.Thanq.

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