19 women among Padma award winners

Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Nineteen women, including veteran actor Shabana Azmi and director Mira Nair, have won this year's Padma awards announced Wednesday.

Azmi, Nair and educationist Vidya Dehejia are the three women in the list of 27 Padma Bhushan award winners.

There are no women among the Padma Vibhushan winners.

Among the Padma Shri winners is woman fast bowler Jhulan Goswami, Odissi dancer Minati Mishra, Lavani artist Yamunabai Waikar and artist Laila Tayebji.

A total of 109 Padma awards have been announced this year, comprising five Padma Vibhushan, 27 Padma Bhushan and 77 Padma Shri awards.