In 1936, Sarla became the
first Indian woman to earn her pilot’s license.
She soon accumulated over 1000 hours of flight time, earning both her
class A pilot’s license and her airmail pilot’s license.
World War II ended civil flight training and Sarla transferred
her aspirations from flying to art. After
her first husband’s death in 1939, Sarla enrolled in Lahore’s Mayo School of Arts
(today the National School of Arts).
After the Partition, Sarla moved to Delhi. There she remarried and built her own
clothing and jewelry company.
“November’s theme is ASSEMBLY, inspired by the quiet sense of unity that wells up after the initial shock of how ginormous the world is, that your teachers are real people with problems, and that your friends’ families are messed up, too.”