|Born||1981 (age 34–35)
Madurai, Tamil Nadu
|Occupation||Social Worker / Chef (past)|
|Known for||Feeding Homeless|
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."
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.
A 23-year-old inmate who escaped from the Akshaya Trust home alleged that she was sexually abused. This cast a shadow over the non-profit organization, and the media jumped on the sensational story. However, the Akshaya Trust home was fully exonerated by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court. They later ordered the Madurai police to rescue the mentally distressed from the streets of Madurai and house them in Akshaya trust.
- "Catch: He brings hot meals to India's homeless" from NDTV
- "Once a rising star, chef now feeds hungry" from CNN
- "Roy Exum: He’s Still My Hero" from The Chattanoogan
- TheHindu June-2006
- Times of India - Dec 2010
- AtlantaDunia - Salute to real hero
- "Narayanan Krishnan – The real inspiration behind the latest malayalam movie ‘Usthad Hotel’". Retrieved November 21, 2012.
- "Inmate's rape allegation casts shadow over Akshaya Trust"
- "Court verdict exonerates Akshaya Trust"
- "Court order directing Madurai Police to rescue the mentally distressed from the streets of Madurai and house them in Akshaya trust"
- Akshaya Trust official website
- Akshaya Trust blog
- A television show about Narayanan Krishnan and Akshaya Trust
- A movie on Narayanan Krishnan
- A documentary including Narayanan Krishnan and Akshaya Trust