London, Dec 31 (Agencies): A sitar player, several doctors and officials in the British government are among several Indian-origin people honoured in the New Year's Honours List for 2011.

London-based Indira Patel has been awarded the 'Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire' for services to human rights. She is among five Patels to figure in the list that honours contribution in different walks of public life.

Two Indian-origin individuals awarded the 'Commanders of the Order of the British Empire' are Ravi Parkash Chand, Head of Equality and Diversity, Home Office in Northamptonshire, and Dr Minaxi Sharad Desai, Consultant Cytopathologist and Clinical Director, at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The title of the 'Officers of the Order of the British Empire' has been awarded to Buckinghamshire-based Nirpal Singh Riat "for services to Charity and to the Punjabi People" and Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive, National Day Nurseries Association, for services to families in Lancashire.

The title of 'Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)' has been awarded to Sarup Singh Dhandia, and Indian artist, for services to Art in Leicester; Carolyn Dhanraj, for services to the Public and Voluntary Sectors in Hertfordshire; Surinder Kaur Dhillon, for services to Community Relations in Coventry.

Indian-origin doctors honoured include London-based Dr Sanjoy Kumar, General Medical Practitioner, East London, for services to the Police.

Four Patels honoured are Babubhai Patel, for services to the community in Tipton, West Midlands; Lina Patel, for services to Black and Minority Ethnic Carers in Greater Manchester; Umeshchandra Babubhai Patel, for services to Healthcare in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear; and Vimla Patel, for services to Asian and Hindu communities in Cardiff.

Hull-based Dr Ashok Pathak has been honoured for services to Medicine in the East Riding of Yorkshire and in India.

The list includes Adil Rajput has Executive Officer, Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions, Durham; and Dr Jacques Rangasamy, Senior Lecturer, University of Salford, for services to Multicultural Arts Education, in Greater Manchester.

Others honoured include Leicestershire-based sitar player and teacher, Dharambir Singh Dhadyalla, for services to Indian music; Ratilal Devchand Shah, for services to the Indian community in London; Dr Satya Vrat Sharma General Medical Practitioner, Wolverhampton, for services to Healthcare.

London-based Urmila Thakkar has been honoured for services to the community, while Pam Vedhara has been honoured for services to Local Government. Also honoured is Staffordshire based Chelliah Yogamoorthy, Lead Quantity Surveyor, Highways Agency, Department for Transport.