Sarala Birla passes away

Pratim Bose Kolkata | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on March 28, 2015

Sarala Birla

Sarala Birla, wife of the Birla family patriarch B K Birla, passed away on Saturday. She was 90 years.

Sarala Birla was born on 23 November 1924 at Kuchhaman, in the State of Rajasthan to Brijlal Biyani, a respected freedom fighter, and Savitri Devi Biyani. She was married to B K Birla in 1942.

PTI adds:

Sarala Birla died at her residence this morning in Delhi. She was 91 and had been suffering from old—age related problems. Her husband was with her when she breathed her last. Her body will be brought to the city tomorrow for the final rites. She lost her only son, industrialist Aditya Vikram Birla, who died at a premature age.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters — Manjushree Khaitan and Joyshree Mohta.

“An accomplished academic, an extremely supportive wife, a doting mother, a philanthropist and pragmatist, Sarala Birla was a human being of a rare quality,” said a statement issued by the B K Birla group.

Her collection of Indian art, including that on display at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture in the city, ranks amongst India’s most distinguished private collections.

The Sangit Kala Mandir besides the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, were both set up by the couple and are famous in their own right.

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Published on March 28, 2015
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