Silloo Manekshaw Wiki, Age, Death, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Silloo Manekshaw

Silloo Manekshaw (1911-2001) was an Indian artist and painter, known for being the wife of the late Indian Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

Wiki/Biography

Silloo Bode was born in 1911 (age 90 years; at the time of death) in Amritsar, Punjab. She obtained her graduate degree at Elphinstone College in Mumbai. She then pursued higher education at Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai. [1]Mumbai Mirror

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 5″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Silloo Manekshaw

Family

Parents & Siblings

Not much is known about her parents. Silloo Bode had a sister who used to live in Lahore, Pakistan, and her brother-in-law was a doctor in the British Indian Army.

Husband & Children

On 22 April 1939, Silloo Bode got married to Sam Manekshaw, the first Army Chief to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. Sam died in 2008.

Silloo and Sam Manekshaw on their wedding day

Silloo and Sam Manekshaw on their wedding day

The couple has two daughters named Maja Daruwala (a lawyer and human rights advocate) and Sherry Batliwala (a retired corporate employee).

A picture of Maja Daruwala

A picture of Maja Daruwala

A picture of Sherry Batliwala

A picture of Sherry Batliwala

Her granddaughter, Brandy Batliwala, lives in New York and works in the hospitality sector.

Sam Manekshaw and Silloo Manekshaw, along with their daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, on their 50th wedding anniversary

Sam Manekshaw and Silloo Manekshaw, along with their daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, on their 50th wedding anniversary

A picture of Brandy Batliwala

A picture of Brandy Batliwala

Relationships/Affairs

In 1937, during a social event in Lahore, Sam Manekshaw met Silloo Bode, and they developed a romantic relationship and tied the knot in 1939.

Sillo Manekshaw and her husband, Sam Manekshaw

Silloo Manekshaw and her husband, Sam Manekshaw

Social Work

As an Army officer’s wife, Silloo Manekshaw prioritized the welfare of Coonoor’s local community in Tamil Nadu. She notably founded a charitable clinic for the underprivileged and directed plays at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Silloo used Sam’s reputation to attain financial support from across India for community well-being and also sold her paintings to raise funds.

Silloo with Sam Manekshaw during a social meeting

Silloo with Sam Manekshaw during a social meeting

Death

Silloo Manekshaw died on 13 February 2001 in Tamil Nadu, India, after suffering from cancer. [2]The Week After her death, Silloo Manekshaw was buried at Parsi cemetery in Ooty.

Facts/Trivia

  • During the 1950s, Silloo and Sam Manekshaw were often seen attending Bollywood parties.

    Sillo Manekshaw and her husband, Sam Manekshaw, at a Bollywood party

    Sillo Manekshaw and her husband, Sam Manekshaw, at a Bollywood party

  • According to Sam Manekshaw, Silloo was both his ardent supporter and his harshest critic. In a media interview, Sam’s elder daughter, Sherry Batliwala, narrated that her mother, Silloo, was a strict wife. She said,

    She would remind him that he came from a middle-class family in Amritsar. ‘They would venerate you today, but tomorrow when you are no longer the field marshal or the director of a company, you would be a nobody,’ she would warn him. I think that kept him a little focused also.”

    Sillo Manekshaw and her husband, Sam Manekshaw with their first daughter

    Sillo Manekshaw and her husband, Sam Manekshaw with their first daughter

  • Silloo Manekshaw was an avid reader, a talented painter, and an intelligent conversationalist, as per her daughters.

    Silloo Manekshaw with her husband, Sam and daughters, Maja and Sherry

    Silloo Manekshaw with her husband, Sam Manekshaw, and daughters, Maja and Sherry

  • Sherry Batliwala once narrated about Silloo’s room and wardrobe at their bungalow ‘Stavka’ in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. Silloo’s room at ‘Stavka’ had beautiful pink and blue decorations. She had the largest wardrobe and dressing room, extending from wall to wall and floor to ceiling.

    A picture of 'Stavka' in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

    A picture of ‘Stavka’ in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

  • According to her granddaughter, Brandy Batliwala, Silloo was the one who designed their house. She also created paintings that decorated various parts of it.

    A picture of Sam Manekshaw and Silloo Manekshaw 's house in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

    A picture of Sam Manekshaw and Silloo Manekshaw ‘s house in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

  • She loved music and used to listen to Western classical music every morning.
  • The Hindi-language biographical war drama film, ‘SAMबहादुर,’ based on the life of India’s first field marshal, Sam Manekshaw, was released on 1 December 2023. Silloo Manekshaw, portrayed by Indian actress Sanya Malhotra, is a significant character in the film.

    The poster of the film 'SAMबहादुर' (2023)

    The poster of the film ‘SAMबहादुर’ (2023)

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