Three out of Five Padma Shri awards for Karnataka goes to agrarians – 2022
President Ram Nath Kovind confirmed the names of 128 Padma Award recipients on Tuesday and this includes five awards for karnataka out which three goes to agrarian veterns and other two for Art and Education and Literature.
The Padma Awards are among the highest civilian honours bestowed by the Government of India. The awards are given out in three categories each year on the eve of Republic Day:
- Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service),
- Padma Bhushan (higher order of distinction), and
- Padma Shri (distinguished service)
Agriculture and Innovations Area
Subbanna Ayyappan (Science and Technology):
Prof Ayyappan is a former Director-General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Secretary to the Government of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), and Chancellor of the Central Agricultural University of Manipur.
He is a renowned Aquaculture Scientist from Bengaluru who has played a key role in propelling India’s Blue Revolution.
Dr. Ayyappan holds a Ph.D. from Bangalore University as well as a master’s degree in Fish Production and Management from Mangalore’s College of Fisheries. He has a long list of publications in the fields of fisheries, limnology, and aquatic microbiology.
Abdul Khader Nadakattin (Agricultural Innovation):
Abdul Khader Imamsab Nadakattin lives in Annigeri village, Navalgund taluk, Dharwad district. He is credited with more than 40 innovations that benefit small and marginal farmers throughout India. Abdul, a farmer scientist himself, founded the Vishwashanti Agricultural Centre in Annigeri.
Nadakattin five-in-one is one of his most popular inventions. This equipment can perform five actions – deep digging, uprooting grass when the farmland is wet, spraying herbal pesticides, and applying fertilizers – and can cover 20-25 acres in 12 hours even if the gap between the lines is four feet.
Amai Mahalinga Naik (Agriculture):
Naik is a farm labourer and a green revolutionary known as the ‘one-man army’ by many. He is well-known for transforming 2 acres of a barren plot of land into a lush organic farm on his own.
Over 300 areca nut palms, 75 coconut trees, 150 cashew trees, 200 banana plants, and pepper vines can be found on his farm in Adyanadka, near Mangaluru.
Siddalingaiah (Posthumous) Education and Literature:
Dalit activist Siddalingaiah (1954-2021) also wrote a number of poems and books. He is credited with launching the Dalit-Bandaya movement in Kannada, as well as the Dalit writing genre in Kannada literature.
In the 1980s and 1990s, he was at the forefront of Dalit politics in Karnataka, and he was one of the founders of the Dalit Sangharsha Samiti.
His poem ‘Yaarige Bantu Yellige Bantu Nalavattera Swatantrya’ (Who received freedom and where is the freedom of 1947?) became an anthem of the Karnataka Dalit movement.
He was a member of the Legislative Council for two terms, from 1988 to 1994 and again from 1995 to 2001. He also served as the former chairman of the Kannada Development Authority and the Karnataka Book Authority.
H R Keshavamurthy (Art):
Murthy is a Gamaka practitioner from the Shimoga district of Hosahalli. He is one of the artists featured in the Gamaka soundtracks available from the Gamaka Kala Parishat (Gamaka Art Academy) in Hosahalli. He was recognised for preserving the Kavya Vachana storytelling art form.