Narayanan Krishnan

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Narayanan Krishnan
Born 1981 (age 32–33)
Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Residence Madurai
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Social Worker / Chef (past)
Known for Feeding Homeless
Home town Madurai

Narayanan Krishnan (born in 1981 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu) is an Indian chef-turned-social worker.[1]

Early life[edit]

Krishnan was an award-winning chef with Taj Hotels, Bangalore and was short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland. After witnessing a distressing incident in 2002, he quit his job and began feeding the homeless and mentally disabled in his hometown. He said, "I saw a very old man, literally eating his own human waste out of hunger. I went to the nearby hotel and asked them what was available. They had idli, which I bought and gave to the old man. Believe me, I had never seen a person eating so fast, ever. As he ate the food, his eyes were filled with tears. Those were the tears of happiness."[2][3]


Krishnan founded his outfit Akshaya Trust in 2003, which helps to feed the homeless and mentally-disabled in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to 425 indigent and elderly people in Madurai.[4][5]

He also provides haircuts and shaves to give extra dignity to those he serves. He was selected as one of the Top 10 in "CNN heroes 2010" list.[6][7][8]

The character Narayanan Krishnan played by Jayaprakash in the Dulquer Salmaan 2012 Malayalam super hit film Ustad Hotel is based on him.[9]


In June 2014, the CNN turned hero was mired with controversy after a complaint from Shabnam, a previous inmate, that the home is being secretly sed for organ trade. The Madurai High Court ordered a panel, including an advocate commissioner and a psychologist, to probe into the complaint.The Panel reported that some inmates reported physical abuse. Further, 120 people had died in the home in a year. According to the Trust, they all died of cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest. But, no autopsy was carried out on any of the corpses.Also, 60 people were reported to be missing from the home. [10] [11]


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