Kamal was given the Padma Shri award in 1990 previously. Telugu badminton legend Pullela Gopichand also received the Padma Bhushan award for the year. The award comes as a recognition for the immense service the former champion is doing for Indian Badminton.
Two Padma Bhushan awards and seven Padmasri awards were won by people belonging to Andhra Pradesh. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan was also presented with her Padma Shri Award today.