The excelling students admitted under Fine Arts subject are provided with a motivational “Prashanta Scholarship Award” every year. This scholarship has been established for the purpose of encouraging students to do more significant work in the field of arts.
Students who have excelled their performance in graduation level with major major subject as painting and sculpture under fine arts enrolled in Lalitkala Campus (under the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, Tribhuvan University), Sirjana College of Fine Arts, and Center for fine arts and designs, Kathmandu University are awarded the “Prashant Scholarship Award” to three students.
For this, the results published by the Tribhuvan University and the Kathmandu University Examination Control Office and the distribution letter was considered as the main criteria and the winners were awarded NRS. 15,000 each (fifteen thousand rupees) and testimonials as a scholarship.
The recipients of Prashant Scholarship Award of the year 2075 (2018) are Ms. Sony Rai-Lalitkala Campus, Mr. Hiraram Adhikari-Sirjana College of Fine Arts, and Ms. Nilam Bhurtel-Center for fine arts and designs, Kathmandu University. The winners were awarded the scholarship by the Prashant Memorial Society in presence of Prof. Dr. Abhi Subedi and in memory of late Mr. Prashant Shrestha. Also, the sole painting of late Mr. Prashant Shrestha was inaugurated during the prize distribution program.
About Prashant Memorial Society
Prashanta Memorial Society was established with an aim to promote upcoming new young artists from the Fine Arts Colleges in the name of Prashanta Scholarship Award. It was initiated in the name of late artist Prashanta Shrestha in 2003. Since then the Society is giving scholarship awards for the 3 young artists from 3 Fine Arts Colleges in Kathmandu with cash awards and certificates. The Prashanta Memorial Society is Chaired by Mr. Batsa Gopal Baidya, Senior Artist, since 2003.
Prashanta Shrestha was born in 1968 in Sankhu, was the youngest son of Gauri Narayan Shrestha and Laxmi Shrestha. He was the founder and co-ordinator of the Kasthamandap Artists Group.
Kasthamandap Artists Group is a cluster of visual artists that provides a workspace for young artists committed to explore and promote the genre of contemporary art in Nepal. It’s a community art center established by eight young artists in 1994. The founders of the studio are, Late Prashanta Shrestha, Asha Dangol, Erina Tamrakar, Bhairaj Maharjan, Binod Pradhan, Pradip Bajracharya, Pramila Bajracharya and Sunila Bajracharya.
Prashanta passed away at the age of 31 in 1999. He had 5 solo exhibitions in Kathmandu and did participated in more than 20 group shows in Nepal and in Bangladesh. He was awarded consolation prize in the National Art Exhibition in 1996.