The Padma shri awards were announced on Thursday, on the evening of Republic Day. This year 110 personalities will be awarded Padma Shri. These include two persons from Punjab and four from Haryana. Nirmal Rishi and Pran Sabharwal of Punjab have been honored with Padma Shri for their outstanding contribution to the field of arts.
Meanwhile, Haryana’s Mahabir Singh Guddu has been selected for arts, Ram Chandra Sihag for science and engineering, Gurvinder Singh for social work, and Hari Om for excellence in science and engineering.
Nirmal Rishi is a famous actress of Punjabi film industry and television world. Nirmal Rishi is best remembered for her role as Gulabo Masi in her debut film Long Da Lishkara (1983). She was born in 1943 in the village of Khiva Kalan in Mansa district. Her father’s name was Baldev Krishna Rishi and her mother’s name was Bachani Devi.
She was very fond of theater since her school days. Then she joined Government College, Patiala as a physical education teacher. Let it be known that Nirmal Rishi has acted in more than 60 films. Also came into the limelight with Punjabi films like ‘Nikka Zaildar’ and ‘The Great Sardar’.
At the age when people think to come and relax, Nirmal Rishi is very active in the field of acting continuously even at this age. Even at the age of 79, Nirmal Rishi is seen entertaining Punjabis. Actress Nirmal Rishi, who has made a name for herself in the Punjabi cinema world, does not need any identity. She has given many superhit films to the Punjabi cinema world decorated with her acting.
Pran Sabharwal is a veteran actor and popular theater artist from Punjab. He was born in Jalandhar in 1930 and became interested in acting when he was just nine years old. He used to go to Jalandhar with his uncle and father to watch Ramlila and immediately fell in love with the art of acting Ram in the theatre.
Pran Sabharwal made his debut in the film industry with the film ‘Sardara Kartara’ released in 1980. In September 2022, Pran Sabharwal was also awarded the Guru Topam Award by the Royal Patiala Cultural and Welfare Society at the Kalidas Auditorium NZCC.