Inspiring Story – When Founder of Leela Hotels C. P. Krishnan Nair impressed ‘Maharaja of Chirakkal’ with his poem


An extraordinary success story lies of C.P. Krishnan Nair, the Founder of Leela Hotels. Apart from being a hotelier, C.P. Krishnan Nair had also remained as a freedom fighter and an entrepreneur. He was known as the man who revived the handloom industry in India and re-energized it. Captain Nair’s reputation was all from his work. Emerged as the market victor, Krishnan Nair made famous the legendary bleeding Madras fabric.

C.P. Krishnan Nair’s story started in Kannur, Kerela where he was born and raised to a father who worked in Government as an official, earning a salary of 9 rs. per month and a mother who was a farmer. Apart from Krishnan Nair, the family had eight other children’s too.

Krishnan Nair was pursuing his education in a school that was funded by Maharaja of Chirakkal and there he got to met Maharaja and recited an impromptu poem.

In an interview, C.P. Krishnan Nair recalled, “he met the Maharaja when he was 10 years old and recited an impromptu poem. The raja was so impressed he said, “This boy must be given a scholarship for life.”

In his life span, Krishnan Nair moved further and later he had worked in Army and then moved to Rishikesh and met a yoga master where he made him a kutir and did all the chores. Later, he married, Leela, daughter of handloom owner from Kannur and the Indian Textile Industry got revolutionarised. Formed the group of hotels after his wife.

C.P. Krishnan Nair was an incredibly warm, honest and an undeniable personality and got involved with passion in his work. He was the man behind the triumph of Handloom Industry.


  • No matter what your beginning is, the end is in your hands.
  • Success comes with experience. You should be true to your every work.
  • Do not let fear restrain you. Overcoming it may remove all the hurdles.

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