"This was surprising to me that President selected me for this honour. I felt extremely happy that someone recognised my work", Varma said.
Earlier on Thursday, a total of 85 people belonging to various disciplines have been named for the Padma Awards in three categories - Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri - on the eve of Republic Day.
These awards will be conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind at the ceremonial functions which will be held at Rashtrapati Bhawan in March or April. (ANI)