Noted philanthropist and UAE-based entrepreneur Ronald Colaco is among the eminent personalities chosen by the Karnataka government for this year's prestigious Rajyotsava Awards.
Among the other recipients from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are human rights activist from Udupi Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag for social service, Dr Vaidehi for literature, Shivaram Jogi for Yakshagana, 'Nritya Guru' Ullal Mohan Kumar (dance) and Sahana Kumari for sports.
Historian Ramachandra Guha has also been chosen for the award.
Ronald Colaco, known and admired for his benevolent philanthropy that transcends barriers of caste and community, and that has helped thousands of needy, has been chosen for Rajyotsava award under the category of NRI/outer state achievers. His philanthopic gestures include generous grants to renovate/build temples and churches, support children of police personnel and much more. He has been a pioneer in providing infrastructure facilities for the benefit of the public at large.
The Rajotsava Award will be another among the several prestigious national and international awards he has received. Earlier this year, he was honoured with the Times Now NRI of the Year Award for philanthropy. He was also among the few Indians to have been invited to breakfast with US President Donald Trump. He was the recepient of the '2015 International Recognition Award for Leadership in Service Excellence' from the office of The Prime Minister of Australia through CSIA at the Australian Service Excellence award ceremony held in Melbourne in 2015, the only person chosen for this prestigious award internationally from among 80 countries.