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Dr.R. Mahendran
Born (1963-06-21) 21 June 1963 (age 57)
Occupation Doctor and Organic Vanilla Farming
Children Pavithra, Nayanthara, Nakshathra and Keerthen
Parents Mr. Rajaram and Mrs. Vijayalakshmi

Dr.R.Mahendran[1]is an Indian farmer, doctor, and proponent of Organic Vanilla Farming[2]. Mahendran heads his own Vanilla business[3] which deals with cultivation, processing, and marketing internationally and in India.

Early life

Born into a predominantly agricultural family in Pollachi[4], Tamil Nadu, India, to Mr.Rajaram and Mrs.Vijayalakshmi, R.Mahendran was initiated into agriculture by his grandfather, a farmer of repute in the region.


R.Mahendran studied at The Laidlaw Memorial High School, Ketti, Nilgiris & St. Josephs High School, Coonor, Nilgiris and has a degree in (MBBS) from the KIMS, Bangalore and studied for (MD) in Internal Medicine at Stanley Medical College, Chennai.

Personal life

Mahendran is married to Abhiramhi Mahendran.They have three daughters Pavithra, Nayanthara, Nakshathra and a son Keerthen.


In 1990, R.Mahendran started to manage his family farms, which were mostly Coconut plantations. His immersion into the planting and management of coconut saplings led him to study different crops that could be suitable for intercropping with coconut. This search leads him to the most interesting options of Vanilla[5], Nutmeg[6], and Cocoa[7], including their cultivation, processing and marketing.He is also a member of All India Spices Exporters Forum (AISEF)[8]

In 2004, as a joint venture with a French company, he started processing and marketing Indian Vanilla beans worldwide. This went on to become a major success story of the Vanilla crop in India. In 2015, he launched the brand “Goodness Vanilla” through his company “Indian Vanilla Enterprise with the brand mission “Indian Vanilla for the Indian Consumer”[9].

He is also the mastermind behind the “Indian Vanilla Initiative”, an organization which offers Vanilla cultivation expertise to Vanilla growers in India with 100% buyback guarantee of Green Vanilla to be processed and marketed worldwide through his company, “Expovan”.