Padma awards are highest civilian awards in India. It includes Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. Padma awards were instituted in 1954.
In 2018, Padma awards have been conferred to 85 distinct personalities from different fields like art, culture, medicine, literature, civil services, science and technology, sports and others. This year 6 sports personalities were awarded with Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards.
He became World Champion of Billiards and Snooker 18 times and won 6 Asian titles and 29 National Championship titles. He is awarded with 3rd highest civilian award Padma Bhushan. He hails from Karnataka.