Purple Ribbon Award

Purple Ribbon Award

(Highest honor of the year)


What PRA is?

Purple Ribbon Award (aka PRA) is the most prestigious award of the Nepalese Society, TX. The vision behind this award is to recognize and honor the person and/or the organization who has done exceptional work towards humanity and social work. The exception may be granted for other good cause as well, especially if the work has remarkable impact to improve the lives of the Nepalese around the world or if it has contributed to national integrity and development of Nepal.

The PRA was conceptualized by 2014 EC member Binay Aryal in association with the then GS (Bijay Bhattarai), Finance VP (Bal Joshi) and the president (Bhuwan Acharya) with the aim to encourage people to get involved in the area such as social justice, humanity, national integrity and national development of Nepal.

Why we needed PRA in NST?

Nepalese Society, TX has been awarding people under so many titles but it lacked one honor that could highlight the most exceptional work for Nepal and the Nepalese around the world. In addition, NST also lacked the award that could help the candidate stand distinguished in the crowd of other award recipients.

Selection Process:

The PRA is given out only once a year and that to only one person or one institution. This awards is usually handed over during Dashain’s cultural event where we have been having the largest crowd of the year.

NST's award committee takes opinions or nominations from various members of the community, including EC members. It then tables the list of two nominees before the full body meeting of the EC and it approves one of the two nominees. The candidate needs to be approved by at least 75% of the EC members. NST EC may get approval through electronic process as well.

How we hand-over and what it contains:

  1. Award recipient will be called up on the stage.
  2. Current and all available past presidents will be called up on the stage.
  3. National anthem of Nepal will be played.
  4. The current president of NST will affix the NST pin and hand over a Nepalese national flag to the recipient.
  5. The team of former NST presidents led by the current president will jointly hand over the purple ribbon plaque, certificate and an envelope with a check for a small donation ($1000-$2500), as a token of gift, expected to be utilized in the related project/s. The gift amount needs to be pre-approved by the Executive Team.
  6. The MC will request the audience to stand up and applaud, to pay respect to the Award and the receipent for his contribution.

List of PRA recipients:

Year: 2015
Date Awarded: Jan 9th, 2016
Award Title: Purple Ribbon Award
Award Contains: Purple Ribbon Award & a check for $1500 to be utilized in the related relief projects.
Award handed over by: NST Current president, Mr. Bhuwan Acharya along with former presidents (Mr. Ram C Pokhrel, Baikuntha B Thapa, Dr. Prem R Adhikari). 
Reciepeint/s: Shesh Ghale, Australia. Due to his busy schedule, he had sent his representative NRNA, USA president, Dr. Keshab Paudel to recieve the award.
Cause: For leading several NRNA relief projects aimed to help the earthquake victims and their families in Nepal in the year of 2015.
Venue: NST Office Buliding, 2016 W. Grauwyler Rd, Irving, TX, 75061

Shesh Ghale, originally from Lamjung, Nepal, is an Australian business entrepreneur who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Ghale also led NRNA who was actively engaged to help the earthquake victims and their families in Nepal during the crisis in 2015. Nepalese Society, TX had unanimously approved his name to receive its highest award of the year 2015 for his dedicated contribution towards helping the people in Nepal, through various post-earthquake relief projects.

Shesh is the founder and CEO of Melbourne Institute of Technology. He was ranked 99th richest person in Australia in the 2015 BRW Rich 200. He became 3rd richest man in Nepal in 2015. Ghale was graduated in Master of Civil Engineering from Kharkov Automobile and Highway Institute of Kharkiv, Ukraine from 1979 to 1986 which was the scholarship program of the government of Nepal. He then returned and worked for Department of Transport Management as an engineer in a highway development project. In 1990, he moved to Melbourne, Australia to do further studies where he completed Master of Business Administration from Victoria University, Australia in 1994.
Mr. Ghale with his wife Jamuna
Mr. Ghale with his wife Jamuna
Mr. Ghale and his mother

Year: 2014
Date Awarded: Oct 6th, 2014
Award Title: Purple Ribbon Social Service Award
Award handed over by: Jointly by NST's 3 past presidents (Mr. Gouri Raj Joshi, Mr. Ram C Pokhrel, and Dr. Prem R Adhikari). NST president Mr. Bhuwan Acharya could not participate due to family emergency.
Cause: Exceptional contribution to humanity and social justice through media and entertainment.
Venue: 1102 Interstate 635 Service Rd, Irving, TX 75063
Reciepeint/s: MAHA Duo

1. Madan Krishna Shrestha   

Pic: Madan Krishna with his wife

Madan Krishna Shrestha (Nepali: मदन कृष्ण श्रेष्ठ) is a Nepalese television actor and comedian, well known for his method acting.
Madan Krishna Shrestha was born on April 19, 1950. His mother, Laxmi Devi Shrestha, died during his childhood and was the reason for his seriousness. He and his wife live in Dhobidhara,Kathmandu, Nepal, and he has a son and a daughter. Madan Krishna received his primary education from the Montessori school, J.P. school and Padmadev School. He did his I.Com. at Mahendra Ratna Public College and attempted a B.A. at a private institute. Since he was very much involved in the field of art he could not make it through his graduation. Madan Krishna Shrestha became noted by Nepalese viewers and critics after his performance in Rastriya Gaijatra Mahotsav in 2032 BS. Before meeting Hari Bansha Acharya he had contributions in art for 10 years. The duo have become a hit and have done many comedic dramas and events in all parts of the world.

2. Hari Bansha Acharya

Pic: Hari Bansha with his wife Ramila

Hari Bansha Acharya (Nepali: हरिवंश आचार्य) is a Nepalese actor and a comedian. He is one of the most successful and respected comedians in the Nepalese entertainment industry. He is well known for his method acting. He is one of the comedy duo, "MaHa Jodi", the other one being Madan Krishna Shrestha. He also performs on stage most of the time with his partner, Madan Krishna Shrestha. Hari Bansha Acharya's father’s name is Homanjaya Acharya and Mother’s name is Ganesh Kumari. Born on 27th Kartik 2014 BS (9 October 1958) in Gairidhara, Kathmandu, Hari Bansha Acharya got married with Meera Acharya in 2040 BS. He has two sons Trilok Acharya and Mohit Acharya.Hari Bansha's wife Meera Acharya died from a stroke on April 20, 2011. After one and a half year since his 1st wife’s death, veteran comedian Hari Bansha Acharya married  Ramila Pathak of Butwal for the second time on Thursday, 21st June, 2012.

Hari Bansha started his career by performing with Hari Prasad Rimal and Jitendra Mahat Avilashi in 2031 BS in Radio Nepal. Back then, Radio Nepal was the only radio station in Nepal. In 2032, Hari Bansha Acharya joined Rastriya Naach Ghar. He had participated in Gaijatra Mahotsav in 2034 BS that upsurged his fame.


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