RK Krishnakumar: A heart that loved Malayalis

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RK Krishnakumar with Ratan Tata | Photo: File

Mumbai: RK Krishnakumar, popularly known as KK in the business world, was not a prominent face in the Malayali world. Born into the Rayaroth Kuttambally family in Mahe, Krishnakumar completed his studies in Chennai as his father, RK Sukumaran, was the Chennai police commissioner.

His contributions to the growth of Tata Group in the plantation-hotel-beverages sector were huge. He grew second only to Ratan Tata. Krishnakumar was also active in Tata Sons. He spent his post-retirement life at the Tata Sons’ apartment at Nariman Point.

The last time Krishnakumar was seen on a public stage of Malayalis was before Covid, at a musical event based on the works of Sree Narayana Guru by TM Krishna. The event was held at Tata Theatre.

Except his speech at the annual meeting of the Sree Narayana Mandira Samiti in Mumbai, Krishnakumar never ventured to mark his presence at Malayali events. But he had a special love for the Malayalis working at Tata Group.

He used to visit the Virar Shree Muthappan temple near Mumbai. Krishnakumar has also made immense contributions to several temples in Kerala. But he never revealed them.

He was in Kerala last month, to receive an award from UPASI (United Planters Association of Southern India). His son Ajit also holds a top position in Tata Group.

KK always cared for the common people: MV Shreyams Kumar

Kozhikode: RK Krishnakumar was a man who always cared for the common people even though he held a top post at a big company, Managing Director of Mathrubhumi, MV Shreyams Kumar said. Starting from a humble position, Krishnakumar rose to the rank of Tata managing trustee, he added.

His efficiency and concern for the common man was evident from the time he worked at Kannan Devan, Shreyams Kumar said. Even after reaching top positions, he continued philanthropic activities through Tata Hospitals. He helped several families.

Krishnakumar led a simple life. Shreyams Kumar added that Krishnakumar was one of the persons who inspired him and provided confidence in his life. “Krishnakumar's demise is a great loss for me personally,” he said.

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