The star attraction of the evening was Neeraj Chopra, who received his Khel Ratna award amid thunderous applause from the select dignitaries present on the specially organised function.
Five Indian players and the head coaches of both the men's and women's teams in Tokyo claimed the top honours across different categories.
Kerala has unfinished business in Japan because a tenth athlete from the State will soon embark on a medal hunt in Tokyo.
Hare Krishna Fuels at Kanjirampara in the state capital has announced free petrol worth Rs 101 for the Olympic medallist's namesakes.
The former Indian fast bowler said that he has texted Olympic bronze medallist Sreejesh, congratulating him on the success and was waiting for a response.
Harmanpreet Singh, Vandana Katariya and Navjot Kaur have been nominated for the Arjuna Award, while former India players R P Singh and Sanggai Ibemhal have been recommended for the Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The 31-year-old revealed to Malayala Manorama readers during an interactive session how he found his calling in hockey and how he could combine the love for the game and a career as a professional.
The 33 players will report to coach Graham Reid at the Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru on Sunday to prepare for the upcoming Belgium tour later in September and the Olympics qualifiers in October/November.
Team India led, by goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, are eyeing to retain the hockey gold for the first time.