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.