Narayanan Krishnan

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Narayanan Krishnan
Born1981 (age 40–41)
OccupationSocial Worker / Chef (past)
Known forFeeding Homeless

Narayanan Krishnan (born 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. from CNN[2]


Krishnan founded the Akshaya Trust organization 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.[3][4]

He also provides haircuts and shaves to give dignity to those he serves. He was selected as one of the Top 10 in "CNN heroes 2010" list.[5][6][7]

The character Narayanan Krishnan played by Jayaprakash in the 2012 Malayalam film Ustad Hotel is based on him.[8]


In June 2014 a 23-year-old inmate who left the Akshaya Trust home alleged that she was sexually abused. The news was featured in the media.[9] Although the Akshaya Trust home was exonerated by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court,[10] It was asked to submit regular monthly reports, due to the rather high number of human rights abuses that have been reported from the home.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Catch: He brings hot meals to India's homeless" from NDTV
  2. ^ IBN-Live
  3. ^ "Roy Exum: He’s Still My Hero" Archived 2010-10-06 at the Wayback Machine from The Chattanoogan
  4. ^ "TheHindu June-2006". Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ CNN-heroes-2010
  6. ^ Times of India - Dec 2010
  7. ^ AtlantaDunia - Salute to real hero
  8. ^ "Narayanan Krishnan – The real inspiration behind the latest malayalam movie 'Usthad Hotel'". Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Inmate's rape allegation casts shadow over Akshaya Trust"
  10. ^ "Court verdict exonerates Akshaya Trust"
  11. ^ "High Court orders monitoring of Akshaya Trust". The Hindu. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2018.

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