News & Updates
January 6th, 2023
Conferment of the KAILASA’s BHUSHAN AWARDS for the 64 Vedic Arts
to Mr. Richard King and Mrs. Lauren King
KAILASA’s Bhushan Awards are established under the guidance of and conferred by the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism (SPH), Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, to distinguished individuals from various walks of life, professions, backgrounds, and faiths who contribute to the World and Humanity through their sincere hard work and alignment with SPH Nithyananda Paramashivam’s and KAILASA’s vision and mission of global peace, harmony, and co-existence amongst all peoples.
On the occasion of the 46th Jayanthi (birthday) celebrations of the SPH Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, KAILASA’s Bhushan Awards for the 64 Vedic Arts is being conferred posthumously upon Richard King, founding member of King World Productions, Inc., for his outstanding and exemplary contributions in the world of art.
KAILASA’s Bhushan Awards for the 64 Vedic Arts are the highest awards given in KAILASA. These awards are:
Given to artists or those who support and promote artists.
Conferred by the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism directly to the honorees.
Given by the Department of Religion and Arts, the United States of KAILASA.
The recipients are also given a replica of the medallion, which they can wear during any rituals/ceremonial/State functions, etc. if the awardees so desire.
Mr. Richard King and Mrs. Lauren King
Richard and his wife, Lauren King, have supported, nurtured, and successfully evolved various artists and productions in television and film through their production house, King World Productions. Their contributions have enabled the evolution of traditional Vedic Arts through dance, acting. Richard King was born in New Jersey and moved to California where he lived for many years with his family. Over his career, he has served as the head of a radio station, started a chain of all-night boutiques, and worked as a property developer in Southern Florida. King World Productions, started in 1964 by King’s father, Charles King, was built by Richard King and his siblings into the television industry’s dominant distributor of game and talk shows including Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Richard King was on the Board of Directors of The Caron Foundation, and was deeply committed to philanthropic and charitable activities worldwide. He passed away on December 7, 2020.
Lauren King is a highly respected and accomplished member of the commercial, residential, and hospitality design community since 1977. A painting major from Carnegie-Mellon University, King applies these fine art principles and aesthetics into her 3D interior design works. Her designs have been featured in numerous prestigious publications, such as Architectural Digest, Los Angeles Confidential, and House & Garden. Lauren King is very involved in her community, with a strong interest in architectural preservation. She has served on the board of the Los Angeles Conservancy, Bel Air Garden Club, as well as the executive board of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Lauren King also serves as a Board Member of The Colleagues serving The Children’s Institute.