Make detection and treatment for heart defects accessible and affordable to all by lowering costs through innovation.


Save young lives coming from underprivileged families; lower infant mortality rate through early detection and treatment of heart defects.

When asked which Indian social service organisations I most respect and admire, at the top of a very short list is the Aishwarya Trust. Founded on a big idea and run with exemplary passion, dedication, love, care, focus, efficiency, quality, efficiency and integrity, they do rather than tell. The outcome they achieve speaks for itself…

NIHAL KAVIRATNE, Former Chairman, AkzoNobel India Limited


It was following the loss of my beautiful daughter, Aishwarya, to a congenital heart defect and with the inspiration of a friend that Aishwarya Trust was founded in March 2008 in Chennai. My father K Nagarajan is the founder and backbone of the Trust. Our personal life-changing experience with Aishwarya has made this cause very real, meaningful and worthwhile for us.

Every year hundreds of thousands of children are born with severe congenital heart defects in India. What’s worse is that most parents cannot afford the required life -saving surgery. Aishwarya Trust is a charitable organisation that seeks to reduce the number of preventable deaths associated with CHD. Our comprehensive program includes screening, diagnosis, treatment and review.

We have helped screen more than 1.5 lakh children and supported more than 3,500 successful surgeries so far. Seeing these children lead happy and healthy lives has spurred us on to redouble our efforts. We hope to increase the magnitude of our assistance in the future. With your support and well wishes this dream can soon become a reality.

Chitra Viswanathan, Trustee, Aishwarya Trust

The bird and the heart in the Aishwarya Trust logo symbolise the free spirit that gets kindled in little children when they are free of all constraints in their heart – both literally and figuratively. Our mission is to help as many of these little angels, set them free of heart ailments and allow them to soar high and achieve bigger things in life.

Aishwarya Trust, under the leadership of Mrs. Chitra Viswanathan, is doing outstanding work in the focused area of providing medical support to underprivileged children with CHD in Tamil Nadu. A civilized society should not allow its young to die, only for want of means. Institutions like Aiswarya Trust truly give us the comfort that our society is civilized and caring.

R SESHASAYEE, Former Chairman, Board Of Directors, Infosys


K Nagarajan
K Nagarajan
Born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Mr. Nagarajan retired as Director (Finance and Administration) of Plasser India, after 40 years of service. A philanthropist, he has helped scores of children with funding for education and health needs. He is responsible for setting up an efficient financial system for Aishwarya Trust. Soaked in classical Carnatic music since childhood, he listens, appreciates and even enjoys singing. He has encouraged and helped budding musicians by setting up scholarships and prizes.
Chitra Viswanathan
Chitra Viswanathan
Chitra has a B.A (Hons) in Political Science from Lady Sri Ram College, New Delhi and a degree in Textile Designing from Polytechnic, New Delhi. She has also done an advanced course in Tiffany stained glass from the Tiffany Glascenter at Stuttgart, Germany. In 1992, Chitra founded a creative studio, Aishwarya Arts to design and display her art collection. She has held exhibitions in Mumbai, London, New York, and Chicago. She has been featured in numerous publications, journals, and magazines.
Dr. K R Balakrishnan
Dr. K R Balakrishnan
Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan graduated with an MBBS from JIPMER, Pondicherry, and MS (General Surgery) from AIIMS, New Delhi, where he was awarded the Hiralal Gold Medal in Surgery. He also earned an M.Ch in Cardio-Thoracic Specialty from KEM Hospital, Mumbai. He has advanced training in Cardiovascular surgery with special emphasis on congenital heart repairs and has worked with Dr. Albert Starr at the Oregon Health Services University. Dr. Balakrishnan has several accomplishments: a) The largest number of heart transplants in India, b) Over 16000 cardiac surgeries for various heart diseases and disorders, c) several firsts in India- first pediatric heart transplant, first LVAD and HVAD pump transplant. He has received numerous awards for his work which have been published in some of the highest-ranking medical journals
K K Sridhar
K K Sridhar
Mr. Sridhar holds an M.B.A from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and an M.Sc (Physics) from Delhi University. He has four decades of Senior Management experience in General Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Marketing and Sales in two of the world’s top FMCG multinational corporations. Mr. Sridhar has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and the USA. He devotes his time to supporting non-profits including one in the U.S. targeting underprivileged urban young adults and to Executive Coaching and Mentoring.
K R Chandrasekaran
K R Chandrasekaran
Mr. Chandrasekaran is a mechanical engineer (B.E) from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai with a PGDM (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC). He has more than 35 years of senior management experience across industries, with a mix of experience in established companies and start-up operations. Post his retirement, he splits his time between supporting Aishwarya Trust’s activities and management consultancy projects.



Mr. K Nagarajan – Founder, Trustee

Mrs Chitra Viswanathan – Managing Trustee &  Co Founder

Dr K.R. Balakrishnan-Trustee – Co-Founder & Head of Medical Team

Mr. K. K. Sridhar – Trustee & Advisor

Mr. K.R. Chandrasekaran – Trustee


Mrs. Prabha Sridhar – Head of Marketing

Dr. V K Swamy, Paediatric Cardiologist

Mr. Shanker Annasamy (Ex MD of IBM India) – Patron & Advisor

Mr. T V Srinivasan (Executive Coach & Mentor MD of Ms Probex) – Patron & Advisor

Mr. Vaidyanath (Ex CFO of ITC Ltd) – Advisor

Mr. Dr. C. Chandramouli, Retired Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training – Advisor

Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh – Patron

Mr. R Kumaresh – Patron

Mr. Aditya Narayan (Partner, Saakshya Law Advocates) – Legal Advisor


Fortis Malar Hospital Chennai

G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital

MGM Hospital Chennai

Fortis Hospital Kolkatta

Tamil Nadu State Health & Family Welfare Department

Saidapet Corporation Hospital

Vellore Medical College

Tiruvanamalai Medical College

Villipurum Medical College

Chengalpet Medical College


There is so much more to be done to bring a smile and give a hope of life to children affected by CHD. Your support can help us ensure that every child with treatable heart ailment gets the best possible care.