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Sarla Thukral

India's First Women Pilot

Sarla Thukral

Text and Photographs compiled by MILAN KUMAR ITTAL - Central Adventures and Holidays Pvt Ltd

Birth: 8th August 1914

Place: JODHPUR - RAJASTHAN

Parents Name

Mother : SHUSHILA DEVI

Father : BRIJLAL RAJOTIA

FIRST MARRIED TO CAPT PRABHU DUTT SHARMA

SECOND MARRIAGE: MR R.P.THUKRAL

FLYING LICENCE DATE: 27TH MARCH 1936  ISSUED AT DELHI

Daughters: Mrs Manjul Balkrishan and Mrs Anjali Singhal

Grandsons: Mr Milan Kumar Ittal, Mr Rahul Ittal, Mr Riten Singhal,

Granddaughters: Mrs Kum Kum Sehgal, Mrs Richa Thadhani, Mrs Suchi Krishan, Mrs Manisha S

Great Grandsons: Sameer Mohan Sehgal, Amrish Sehgal, Pranav Krishan Ittal, Vishal Thadhani, Nishith Ittal, Manav Krishan,

Great Granddaughters: Ruchika Ittal, Vidisha Krishan, Reema Thadhani,

Great Great Grandsons: Leo Sehgal, Satkrit Sehgal, Suryansh, Kartikeyan,

Great Great Granddaughters: Kiara Sehgal, Shanaya Sehgal,

History

Smt Sarla Thukral [Nee Sarla Rajotia ] was born in a Rajasthani Family in Jodhpur. After having passed her 10th class, from Arya Putri Sr Secondary School - Ajmer, with flying colours she Maried a Scion of India's Pioneering Flying family of Mr Prabhu Datt Sharma, who was incidently India's first Air Mail Pilot. The Bust of Capt Prabhu Datt Sharma still adorns the Entrance to the Delhi Flying Club of which he was one of the first members.

Capt Prabhu Datt Sharma born to Father Kalu Ram Ji  was born in Delhi on 4th October 1906. He received his early education from Gurukul and then Ramjas High School Delhi. He then Joined for some time his family business of looking after the Brick Klins which were at that time Money Spinners. It was at this time that he learnt Flying on the Sly by bunking from the Brick Klins and learning flying.

Capt Prabhu Datt Sharma's brother also was a pilot named - Capt Bhram Datt Sharma who also graduated from Ramjas School, New Delhi.. Both were at that time India's Ace pilot flying the likes of Jawaharlal Nehru on his pre Independence Congress meeetings.

Sarla Thukral Indias first women pilot

 

Prabhu Datt Sharma

Captain Prabhu Datt Sharma - India's Frst Air Mail Pilot

This Bust Adorns the entrance to the Delhi Flying Club

In the News

https://www.ndtv.com/video/features/news/down-memory-lane-first-woman-pilot-recounts-life-story-6231

 

 

 

Air Ticket of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Air ticket issued to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru flown by Capt Prabhu Datt Sharma and signed by him.

Above: Outer Cover of the Ticket

Below: Inner Main Ticket Copy

Air ticket of Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru

 

Personal Autograph Given by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to my Grand Father after the tour was over - Published in the Ilustrated Weekly of India

Prabhu Datt Sharma

 

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

These Photos taken of Captain Prabhu Datt Sharma - when he was 10 Years old and Mrs Sarla Thukral - when she was 12 years old. By the time she was 12 Years old she had read all the Vedas and was conversant with them. In the picture she can be seen with the Vedas by her side.

Childhood pictures of Sarla Thukral and Prabhu Datt Sharma

 

WEDDING CARD

This is the wedding Card of Mrs Sarla Thukral when she was married to Captain Prabhu Datt Sharma

Wedding Invite of Sarla Thukral