Dif­fer­ent Strokes

Busi­ness woman, artist, phi­lan­thropist, and still only 23, Manasi Kir­loskar is charting her own des­tiny.


Th­ese wheels make life so much eas­ier,” says Manasi Kir­loskar. The artist is work­ing on two large can­vases at the same time and the ta­ble- top palate moves be­tween the two projects. Manasi’s mod­est stu­dio at the fam­ily’s self- de­signed Ban­ga­lore home is al­most a dio­rama of who she is. In this room flooded with sun­light, fresh air and good cheer there is art in progress, but with a sys­tem­atic busi­ness- like ap­proach. There is also an un­seen pres­ence. That of Kir­loskar fam­ily pa­tri­arch and Manasi’s great­grand­fa­ther, the late Shan­ta­nu­rao Lak­sh­man­rao Kir­loskar, who is cred­ited with the growth of en­gi­neer­ing con­glom­er­ate Kir­loskar Group of In­dus­tries. She re­mem­bers her Mutha Baba, as she ad­dressed S. L. Kir­loskar, and keeps his leather- han­dled por­ta­ble easel in her stu­dio to re­mind her of the lessons learnt at his lap, about art, work and life. Manasi is now ready to take on his legacy, built on by her par­ents.

Her fa­ther Vikram, 54, is chair­man Kir­loskar Sys­tems Limited ( the com­pany that holds the in­vest­ments of all their joint ven­tures with Toy­ota and also de­vel­ops and man­ages real es­tate hold­ings.) He is also vice- chair­man of the flag­ship Toy­ota Kir­loskar Mo­tors, with a com­bined turnover of Rs 15,000 crore. Her mother Gee­tan­jali, 47, left a ca­reer in ad­ver­tis­ing and tele­vi­sion to join the fam­ily busi­ness and set up Toy­ota Tsusho In­sur­ance Bro­kers In­dia and is pro­mot­ing the soon- to- be- in­au­gu­rated 320- bed Sakra Hos­pi­tal Ban­ga­lore, the first in the firm’s foray into health­care.

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