Koirala family

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Koirala family (Nepali: कोईराला परिवार) is one of the important political families of Nepal in the Republican Era. The family was founded by Krishna Prasad Koirala, a Rana Era socio-political activist who was exiled to Bihar, India by then Prime Minister Maharaja Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana.[1] Many of the family members have remained prominent figures in the Nepali Congress party since the country's first democratic movement. Four members, three of them brothers (Matrika Prasad Koirala, B. P. Koirala and Girija Prasad Koirala) and their maternal cousin Sushil Koirala, have been Prime Minister of Nepal. Some members who do not have political aspirations have gone on to become prominent members in Nepali society making substantial personal contributions in the professions, the arts, academia, and the media as Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala.

Koirala family were original inhabitants of Dumja village, Sindhuli district[2] belonging to the Hill-Brahmin caste.[note 1]

Family members[edit]

Father: Krishna Prasad Koirala


  1. Matrika Prasad Koirala (1912–1997) ex-prime minister
  2. Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala (1914–1982) ex-prime minister
  3. Keshav Prasad Koirala (1922–1974)
  4. Tarini Prasad Koirala (1923–1973) journalist, writer
  5. Girija Prasad Koirala (1925–2010) ex-prime minister


  1. Nalini Koirala (Upadhaya)
  2. Indira Koirala (Acharya)
  3. Vijaya Laxmi Koirala (Zaki)
  4. Sauri Koirala (Arjel)


  1. Sudarsun Koirala

Family of Matrika Prasad Koirala[edit]


  1. Bimal Koirala, deceased (wife: Sharda (Binita) Koirala), Sons: Bikash Koirala (wife: Ranjeeta Aryal Koirala), Ashish Koirala (wife: Poonam Bhattarai Koirala)
  2. Kamal Koirala, journalist, diplomat (previous Ambassador to South Korea), politician with CPNUML (wife: Dhana Koirala), children: Dr. Kanchan Koirala (wife: Dr. Regina Koirala), Richa Koirala (husband: Anil Adhikari)
  3. Ajay Koirala, deceased Son: Amit Koirala (wife: Srijana Prasai Koirala)
  4. Bijay Koirala (wife: Anita Koirala)
    children: Anshu Koirala (wife: Kirti Koirala), Anisha Koirala Sapkota (husband: Deepak Sapkota)
  5. Sanjay Koirala, deceased (wife: Pushpa Acharya), son: Dipanker Acharya-Koirala


  1. Sabita Koirala (Aryal) (deceased) (husband: Dhruba Aryal)
  2. Kabita Koirala ( Acharya) ( deceased) (husband: Madhav Acharya)

Family of Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala[edit]

Wife: Shushila Koirala


  1. Prakash Koirala, (married to Sushma Koirala)
  2. Dr. Shree Harsh Koirala, Engineer (married to Ruchira Koirala, from Mumbai)
    • Shreyas Koirala, Grandson
    • Avanti Koirala, Granddaughter
  3. Dr. Shashanka Koirala, Eye Specialist, Leader of Nepali Congress (married to Suphatra Koirala)
    • Supriya Koirala, Granddaughter


  1. Chetana Koirala

Family of Keshav Prasad Koirala[edit]

Wife: Nona Koirala


  1. Niranjan Koirala (Wife: Santosh Koirala, deceased, Ila Dalmia Koirala, deceased), Sons : Himanshu Koirala, Bhaskar Koirala (founder of the Nepal Institute of International and Strategic Studies in Kathmandu which launched the first China-India-Nepal Trilateral Forum in 2012)
  2. Dr. Shekhar Koirala (Wife: Poonam Koirala), Nepali Congress-CWC Member, current Member of the Constituent Assembly, former Vice Chancellor of B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal
    • Neha Koirala

Family of Tarini Prasad Koirala[edit]

Wife: Rosa Koirala


  1. Jyoti Koirala, Engineer, NC General Convention (Maha Samiti) Member, Wife: Indira Koirala, NC General Convention (Maha Samiti) Member, Dr. Megha Koirala, Pooja Koirala


  1. Kalpana Koirala, deceased, husband: Laxman Basnet, president of Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC) Daughters: Aparna Basnet(Daughter Adya Basnet), Prasanna Basnet (Husband Siddharth Mani Rajbhandari), Priyanka Basnet (Ninesh Tiwari)

Family of Girija Prasad Koirala[edit]

Wife: Sushma koirala


  1. Sujata Koirala, Deputy Prime Minister

Family of Sauri Koirala (Arjel)[edit]


  1. Uday Arjel - Deceased

Son: Dr. Russ Raj Arjal Grandchildren: Reed Kathleen Arjal, Henry Raj Arjal, Soren Rose Arjal


  1. Nirja Khanal, Sons: Nirmesh Khanal, Rajesh Khanal Daughter: Naina Khanal

2. Daughter: Neeta Dhungel Husband: Dr. Sanat Dhungel

3. Daughter: Nupur Khanal Husband: Deepak Kumar Khanal Son: Aditya Kumar Khanal Wife: Aishwarya Gautam Khanal

Related Koirala Family (Famous people with Koirala Surname)[edit]



  1. ^ Krishna Prasad Koirala, founder of the family, was a Hill-Brahmin.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Girija Prasad Koirala: The architect of democracy in Nepal". Dawn. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  2. ^ "NC to measure 'BP jail route' on foot - Nepali Headlines". nepaliheadlines.com. Retrieved 10 September 2017.