Bangaloreans get a chance to nominate their unsung heroes for Namma Bengaluru Awards

Namma Bengaluru Foundation is calling for citizens to send in nominations for the Namma Bengaluru Awards and celebrate exceptional individuals and organisations in the city.

Noted Kannada film actress, Thara Anooradha launches the Namma Bengaluru Awards 2014.

The 6th Edition of Namma Bengaluru Awards (NBA) was launched on October 31st 2014. An initiative of the Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), the Namma Bengaluru Awards are meant to celebrate exceptional individuals and organisations – nominated by citizens for making Bengaluru a more sophisticated, humane and dignified city, truly one of the best governed cities!

Namma Bengaluru Foundation CEO, Sridhar Pabbisetty said, “Namma Bengaluru has a glorious history of 477 years. It has been nurtured by many visionaries who have strived hard to make this city better. The Namma Bengaluru Awards strives to find the unsung heroes of today who imbibe the spirit in their thoughts and actions. Please nominate your unsung hero who has gone beyond his own comforts to make Bengaluru a better place.”

Renowned Kannada film actor, Ugramm Srimurali made the first nomination and said, “This is a commendable initiative of Namma Bengaluru Foundation. It is important to recognise the unsung heroes of our city and honor their dedication towards making Namma Bengaluru a better place. I request all Bengalureans to nominate their heroes for the Namma Bengaluru Award.”

Renowned Kannada film actor, Ugramm Srimurali making the first nomination for the Namma Bengaluru Awards.

The NBA nominees are the men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty to answer a higher call: that of humanity. They will be nominated as heroes by those who truly make or break heroes: ordinary citizens. That citizens are as keen to celebrate these heroes is evident from the staggering number of nominations received: 4,000 in 2009; 10,000 in 2010 14,000 in 2011, 61,000 in 2012 and 71,000 in 2013.

Beyond Just Awarding

Award Categories

The 2014 awards program includes a total of 14 award categories. Citizens are encouraged to send in nominations in the below listed categories. 

  1. Citizen
    • Individual
    • Youth
  2. Government
  3. Official
  4. Organisation
  5. Elected Representative
  6. Citizens’ Groups
    • RWA /CBO
    • NGO *
  7. Media
  8. Individual
  9. Organisation
  10. Social Entrepreneur
  11. Corporate Social Responsibility
  12. Non Resident Bengalurean
  13. Foreigner Resident in Bengaluru
  14. Namma Bengalurean of the year 2014

* RWA – Resident Welfare Associations, CBO – Community Based Organisations, NGO – Non Government Organisation

No self-nominations are entertained in any other category apart from the Corporate Social Responsibility. 

The Namma Bengaluru Foundation’s mission includes strengthening and supporting the civic agencies, private institutions and individuals of Bengaluru, by building and nurturing partnerships to create sustainable and impactful improvements to the city.  

NBF also believes in supporting the good work, mentor and scale up process of the nominees and awardees and hence has tied up with Knowledge Partners, India Cares Foundation. India Cares Foundation aims to collaborate with NGOs; and has a mission to enhance the quality of services, income and accountability of NGOs. India Cares Foundation has been associated with the Namma Bengaluru Awards, since 2011, and handholds the awardees in the social sector to improve their volunteering, mentoring and fundraising support based on their merit and need.

Send in your nomination

To nominate, you simply need to complete a nomination form. Nominations can be made online through You can also email the duly filled Forms to The Nomination Forms can be picked up and dropped at CUPPA, Bangalore One, BBMP (Head office & Zonal office), Jagadish Tours, Ammi’s Biryani, Channel9 and C Krishnaiah Chetty & Sons.

To facilitate every citizen to nominate their heroes, canters carrying Nomination Forms will visit all parts of the city. The schedule of canters will be made available on

Jury Panel 2014

A panel of jury of distinguished citizens has been formed which will assess and finalise the winners. The highlight of the panel is that it includes people from all walks of life; those who in their own individual capacities have made the city proud. From corporate heads to Resident Welfare Association members, the jury panel comprises of 23 celebrated citizens.

  1. Justice Santosh Hegde – Hon’ble Ex – Lokayukta of the State of Karnataka and former Judge Supreme Court of India.
  2. Shri Pradeep Kar – Chairman and MD – Microland Limited and past President of the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Bangalore chapter.
  3. Shri RK Misra – Member ofnational governing council of Nav Bharath and chairs Mahadevapura Agenda Task Force. Was a key member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF).
  4. Dr Ashwin Mahesh – Co-founder of India Together and Mapunity. Past member of Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure Development (ABIDe) Task Force.
  5. Dr Anil Menon – President – Globalization & Smart Connected Communities. Cisco Systems, Inc.
  6. Prof G.S.Siddalingaiah – eminent Kannada poet, writer and professor and recipient of Sahitya Academy and Rajyotsava Award.
  7. Shri. Sajan Poovayya – Eminent Lawyer and Managing Director of Poovayya & Co, a full service law firm.
  8. Smt Vasanthi Hariprakash – IndependentJournalist and former special correspondent NDTV.
  9. Shri H S Balram – Trustee, Namma Bengaluru Foundation and Director, Asianet News Network
  10. Smt Subhashini Vasanth – acclaimed Bharatanatyam artiste and founder of the Vasanth Ratna Foundation of Arts.
  11. Shri N S Mukunda -Former President, Citizen Action Forum.
  12. Shri Murray Culshaw – Chairman, Advisor to Mahiti Infotech and founder India Cares Foundation.
  13. Shri Ravichander – Chairman, Feedback Consulting and member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF).
  14. Shri Syed Kirmani – Legendary International Cricketer and recipient of the National Awards of ‘Padma Shree’ and‘ Arjuna award’ and the Rajyotsava State Award.
  15. Shri Mahendra Mishra -Founder Mentor, TV 9 India’s largest regional news channel.
  16. Smt Thara Anooradha – Well known actress and has worked in over 500 films. Was the former Chairperson of Karnataka Chalachitra Academy and is a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council since 2012.
  17. Shri T.R. Raghunandan – Advisor, Accountability Initiative and a public finance expert.
  18. Shri Gautam Machaiah -Media and corporate professional.
  19. Shri Jishnu Das Gupta – Musician and Marketing consultant. Member of the Bengaluru folk-rock band Swarathma.
  20. Shri DVS Gupta -Freelance journalist, former member of Tumkur Town Municipality and founder of the Abhinaya Amateur Artist group.
  21. Shri H S Venkatesh Murthy – a poet, novelist and writer in Kannada Language. Former professor at St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Bangalore.
  22. Shri DVS Gupta -Freelance journalist, former member of Tumkur Town Municipality and founder of the Abhinaya Amateur Artist group.
  23. Dr Sudarshan Ballal – Medical Director & Chairman – Medical Advisory Board; Director, Manipal Institute of Nephrology & Urology. Recipient of the Rajyotsava Award by the Government of Karnataka in 2005; Namma Bengaluru Awards 2009. 

About Namma Bengaluru Foundation

Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) is an independent organisation committed to the betterment of the city of Bengaluru, through collective social engagement. The Namma Bengaluru Foundation works on public interest issues of Bengaluru through a combination of litigation, policy and broad based research, and by engaging with the communities in the city and those that matter to make a difference. We are focused on taking strategic action on public interest issues with a focus on Bengaluru and our priorities are set following a review of current and emerging issues and consultation with stakeholders. 

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