TV Asia Chairman H.R. Shah received the Padma Shri award from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on April 13. Shah received India’s fourth highest civilian honor in the field of Literature & Education – Journalism. Shah, who has lived in the United States for 46 years, is originally from Bahadarpur, Gujarat. Two other Indian-Americans named for this year’s Padma Shri award include Ustad Imrat Khan in the field of Art-Music and Anant Agarwal in the field of Literature & Education.
A unique NRI success story and a self made man Mr. Shah has been the voice of community for last three decades. Instituted in 1954, Padma Shri is 4th highest and a rare civilian honor conferred on individuals for excellence. Congratulatory messages starting pouring from leaders of multiple organizations and individuals belonging to different Indian sub-ethnicity groups all over USA and India. Mr. Shah came to US almost five decades ago and is a classic success story… with almost no money and minimal education, he made a name when he bailed out Krauzsers in 90s, rebuilding the corporation to grand success. A philanthropist, Mr Shah then took over much troubled TV Asia from Mr. Bachchan in 90s and rebuilt as “voice of Indian-Americans”. A brand that reverberates from coast to coast, TV Asia celebrates 25th year and is today a household name serving 4 million plus Indian community.
Shah is also chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (USA), an institution dedicated to literature, culture, education, music and arts. He has devoted his life to community service as well as fostering close relations between India and the United States through his many endeavors and enterprises over the years.
A recipient of the 2005 Ellis Island Medal of Honor he is also a well-known entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader. With TV Asia, Shah is the first NRI to run a 24/7 TV station in North America. He is also the first NRI to own a chain store business anywhere in the world – Krauszer’s Food Stores.