A short video of the RNRI 25th Anniversary Celebration Event

Life time achievement award given to Sri.N.R.Narayana Murthy, Founder Infosys

Smt.Sudha Murthy, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation addressing the event


On this occasion we felicitated leading RNRIs in Karnataka, which includes:

Mr.Narayana Murthy, founder Infosys, who will be honored with a prestigious “Life time Achievement Award”. Sri.Narayana Murthy founded Infosys the software giant in 1981. He served as its CEO from 1981-2002, as the Chairman and Chief Mentor during 1981-2011. Mr.Murthy was listed among the ‘12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time’, by the Fortune magazine in 2012. In 2014, he was ranked 13th among CNBC’s 25 global business leaders who have made maximum impact on society during the last 25 years. In 2015, Mr. Murthy is ranked among the top 10 of the Financial Times’ list of “Business pioneers in technology”. He has been awarded the Legion d’honneur by the Government of France, the CBE by the British government and the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India.

Mr.Ricky Kej, the Grammy® Award Winning musician will be honored with RNRI Prestigious Professional achievement Award for his dedicating his life to music and creating Environmental Consciousness and Climate Change awareness. Ricky is a US Billboard #1 artist and is an internationally renowned Indian Music Composer, Conservationist and Professor. Ricky Kej composed and produced his latest album ‘SHANTI SAMSARA’, which was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande in the presence of World Leaders at the United Nations COP21 Paris Summit. Ricky went on to performing music from this album twice at the United Nations General Assembly, NY among other venues worldwide.
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Mr.Ashok Khenny, Managing Director, M/s. Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise Ltd. holds an Electrical Engineering Degree and a MS in Management Science from USA. He has been involved with the development of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project right from its inception. He is the founder Member and Principal of SAB Engineering and its affiliate firm SAB International Limited, which are specialized in services to transportation and infrastructure industries. He has over 20 years of experience in engineering, design and construction of major projects in the transportation, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors in the USA. During, 2013, he formed his own party., Viz., Karnataka Makkala Paksha (KMP), fought assembly elections and became an MLA of Bidar South Assembly Constituency.

Dr.Sharan Shivaraj Patil, He is the Chairman & Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon of SPARSH Hospitals. Dr Sharan Patil was born in Raichur district of Karnataka, his father is a well-known legal luminary, Justice Shivaraj Patil. Dr.Sharan did his medicine in Gulbarga and post-graduation at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. He was awarded MS Ortho in 1991 with a Gold medal. In 1992, Sharan moved to the UK for further training. In 1995, Sharan was bestowed with the coveted degree of Mch Orth from Liverpool University, making him the youngest graduate to be accorded this honor since the course began in 1926. In the year 2006 Sharan started SPARSH Hospital, which has now grown Over 5 major units, with over 100 consultants and 150 doctors working as team at SPARSH hospitals practicing state of art medicine.

Prashanth Prakash, Partner at Accel Partners, did his Computer Science in Bangalore and post-graduation in University of Delaware in 1990. Prashanth began investing in Indian technology start-ups (as early as in 2004) much before they acquired global attention. He started his investing career as co-founder of Erasmic, one of India’s first early stage funds. Prior to that, Prashanth co-founded NetKraft and established it as one of the leading offshore solutions companies. As a key member of Accel’s India team, he focuses on consumer Internet services, online marketplaces and SaaS. Prashanth is the Chairman of Sikshana Foundation, a social enterprise (NGO), started in 2002 with a vision to ensure Quality education for every child studying in the Government/Public Education system. Over 3,00,000 children from 3000 plus Govt.Schools are benefitted by this program. Prashanth is also the Chairman of United Way of Bengaluru (UWBe) a unique Social organization which had address many environmental challenges faced by the community.


Inauguration of the RNRI Silver Jubilee event

Shri Manjunath Bijjahalli Co-Founder and President RNRI addressing the  event

His Highness Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the Maharaja of Mysore addressing the event

Dr Arathi Krishna, Deputy Chairperson, NRI-Forum, Govt.Of Karnataka addressing the RNRI event

Shri Ashok Kheny, Chairman, NICE Ltd. addressing the RNRI event

Smt Sudha Murthy, Chairperson – Infosys Foundation addressing the RNRI event

Dr Sharan Patil, Founder SPARSH HOSPITALS, addressing the RNRI event

Shri Prashanth Prakash, Partner, Accel India, addressing the RNRI event


Shri Narayana Murthy, Founder, The Infosys LTD, accepting RNRI Life Time Achievement Award for Information Technology & Corporate Governance

Shri Ashok Kheny accepting outstanding achievement award for Infrastructure & Engineering

Dr. Sharan Patil accepting outstanding achievement award for Medicine

Shri Prashanth Prakash accepting outstanding achievement award for Venture Capital & Social Entrepreneurship

Shri Ricky Kej accepting outstanding achievement award for Music and Environmental Consciousness




The Returned NRIs along with the NRI Forum of the Government of Karnataka is celebrating the Silver Jubilee of RNRI Association this year. On this historic occasion, the RNRI Association and the Government of Karnataka will recognize and felicitate a select few prominent NRIs who have returned ‘Back to Serve’ Karnataka, joining a few eminent Kannadiga personalities currently living abroad. The Forum will confer the title “Non-Resident Kannadiga of the Year” to a distinguished NRI figure. The event will be held at a prominent star hotel in Bengaluru and will be presided by famous personalities, including Union Ministers and the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka.

NRI Forum of Karnataka has been formed to forge a symbiotic relationship between Karnataka and its diaspora and has policy measures like:
• Non Resident Kannadiga (NRK) Card
• Creating a network of “Non-Resident Kannadigas”
• Encourage Kannada Kootas all over the world
• Promotion of Art, Festivities & Culture of Karnataka
• NRIs/NRKs Entrepreneurs Guidance Cell
• Business Incubation Centre for NRKs
• Encouraging Cross Border Entrepreneurship
• Facilitation of General Welfare issues of NRIs/NRKs
• NRIs/NRKs Support Service Centre
• Welfare services to Migrant workers & NRIs/NRKs returning home

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