S.L. Kirloskar

A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Shantanu L. Kirloskaran Indian businessman, son of Laxmanrao Kirloskar and instrumental in growth of the Kirloskar Group :

Shantanurao Laxmanrao KirloskarFICCI President : Kirloskar GroupIssued by India

Issued on Feb 26, 2003

Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to issue a postage stamp to mark the birth centenary of S.L. Kirloskar.

Credits :
Stamps & FDC : Based on material received from the sponsors.
Cancellation : Alka Sharma

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Colour : Four Colour

Denomination : 500 Paise

Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.

Printing size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.

Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5 mm with elliptical hole on each 3.91 cms sides

Paper : Matt Chromo

Stamps Printed : 0.4 million

Number per issue sheet : 40

Printing Process : Photo Offset

Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.

Name : Shantanurao Laxmanrao Kirloskar

Born on May 28, 1903 at India

Died on Apr 24, 1994 at Pune, Maharashtra, India

About : 

  • Shantanu L. Kirloskar (1903-1994) was a visionary who set benchmarks for excellence in the nascent industrial sector in post-independence India.
  • Hailing from Sholapur in Maharashtra, Shantanu completed his higher education in the United States. As a student of Engineering in the USA, he learnt the essentials of the economics of mass production. Returning to India and joining as an engineer in his father’s small production facility in a rural setting, he put his exposure to western work culture to good use. Over the next twenty years he assiduously built up a team of committed professionals who were trained to approach work with a new perspective. A keen observer, he studied the traditional products in the market and went on to introduce newer and better products. With his insight, he could also anticipate the products for future requirements.
  • Building in quality into his products, entering into some collaborations with overseas partners and making use of the industrial opportunities offered by the Second World War, he made ‘Kirloskar‘ a name to reckon with in the engineering field. By the time of Independence in 1947, the Kirloskar group had four major companies engaged in the production of machine tools, electrical equipments and diesel engines. In free India the Kirloskar group contributed its share to the building of the young nation by undertaking production and supplies to core areas like defence, power generation, oil and gas, railways, transportation etc. S.L. Kirloskar captained the group with élan till 1994, nurturing it to dynamic growth and diversification. The tally of Kirloskar companies added upto 51 in the 1990s, most of them in sectors crucial to the country’s development.
  • S.L. Kirloskar had a thorough grasp of the dynamics of market forces, which became an asset to the Indian Industry when he took over as President of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1966. A statesman among industrialists, he believed that business houses should also fulfill their social obligations. He was a man of many parts – a music and theatre enthusiast, voracious reader, and philanthropist. He received many awards including a D. Litt from the University of Poona and the Padma Bhushan.
  • Text : Based on material received from the sponsors.

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