Sunita Kohli, Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 76 Years
Husband: Ramesh Kohli
Hometown: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Full name Sunita Surya Kohli [1]Sunita Surya Kohli – Facebook
Nickname Guddi [2]Sunita Surya Kohli – Facebook
Profession(s) Interior Designer, Architectural Restorer, Furniture Manufacturer, Author, Social Activist
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 165 cm
in meters– 1.65 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 5”
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper
Awards, Honours, Achievements Mahila Shiromani Award (1991) [3]K2India

Civilian Award
1992: Padma Shri by the Government of India for work in the field of “Architectural Restoration and Design” [4]K2India

2014: First woman to be appointed as the Chairperson of The School of Planning and Architecture in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh [5]K2India

Personal Life
Date of Birth 28 December 1946 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2022) 76 Years
Birthplace Lakshmi Mansion (the Victoria Building), in Lahore, Pakistan [6]Forbes
Zodiac sign Capricorn
Nationality Indian
Hometown Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India [7]Royal Over-Seas League
School Roman Catholic School, Lucknow
College/University • Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi [8]Forbes
• Lucknow University [9]Forbes
Educational Qualification • Graduated in English Literature at Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi [10]Forbes
• Pursued a Master of Arts degree in English at Lucknow University [11]Sunita Surya Kohli – Facebook
Company K2India [12]K2India
Food Habit Non-vegetarian [13]The Hindu
Address 31st, Golf Link, Ground Floor, Frount Apartment, New Delhi [14]School of Planning and Architecture
Relationships & More
Marital Status Married [15]Sunita Surya Kohli – Facebook
Marriage Date 21 November 1971 [16]Sunita Surya Kohli – Facebook
Husband/Spouse Ramesh Kohli [17]Forbes

Children Son– Suryaveer Kohli (CEO & Founder at SVK Home) [18]Suryaveer Kohli – Facebook

Daughter– Kokila Kohli (Sole Proprietor at Koko’s KitChan) [19]Kokila Kohli – Facebook and Kohelika Kohli (Archtect, Interior Designer, and CEO & Creative Director at K2India) [20]K2India

Parents Father– Indar Prakash [21]Forbes
Mother– Chand Sur (deceased) [22]Forbes


Some Lesser Known Facts About Sunita Kohli

  • Sunita Kohli is an Indian research-based interior designer, architectural restorer, and furniture manufacturer with no formal training in design. [23]K2India She has restored, styled, and designed various properties such as luxurious hotels, prestigious buildings, palaces, and forts in different parts of the world including Bhutan, Pakistan, Egypt, Sri Lanka, and India.
  • Sunita was born in a family that discovered its roots in Lahore; however, the family moved to Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, after the partition of India. [24]Forbes
  • Her father, Indar Prakash, belonged to a Rajput family, and her mother, Chand Sur, belonged to the minority group of Hindu Balochi from Quetta. [25]Forbes
  • Sunita Kohli grew up in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. [26]Royal Over-Seas League
  • As a child, Sunita used to go for many sales and auctions with her father, Indar Prakash, where she grew her interest in designs as the collections of Osler chandeliers and Writ and Butler lamps would attract her. [27]The Economic Times
  • In an interview, Sunita Kohli revealed that after her marriage in 1971 to one of India’s most successful equity investors, Ramesh Kohli, she started visiting ‘kabadi’ shops (scrap dealer’s shops) in Lucknow, Rajasthan, Dehra Dun, and Mussoorie with her husband, where antiquities such as the early 19th century lights and Edwardian furniture could be found. [28]Forbes Looking at those antiquities, Sunita decided to become an antiquarian. [29]Forbes
  • According to Sunita Kohli, she learned manufacturing skills from a master craftsman in Lucknow and later, she decided to sell Davenport desks and Regency wine tables [30]Forbes after which she started receiving requests for redecoration works as well from clients. [31]Forbes In an interview, Sunita Kohli said,
    When clients commissioned me to restore furniture, they also asked for advice about how to redecorate their homes. Interior design as a profession actually came to India only in the 1970s.” [32]Forbes
  • Sunita Kohli set the foundation of an interior design firm in New Delhi named ‘Sunita Kohli Interior Designs’ in 1971. [33]K2India
  • In 1972, she established ‘Sunita Kohli and Company’ – a contemporary- classic furniture manufacturing company. [34]K2India
  • As she was climbing the stairs of success, Sunita Kohli received the opportunity to help restore the works of many prominent architects including Sir Edwin Lutyens, Sir Herbert Baker, and Sir Robert Tor Russell. [35]Forbes
  • Sunita Kohli has restored and decorated India’s prominent properties, designed by Lutyens, Baker, and Robert Tor Russell, including the Prime Minister’s Office (in 1985 and 1986), [36]One Global Forum Rashtrapati Bhawan (1982, 1985 to 1989, 2010 and 2012), [37]One Global Forum Nos. 3 and 5 Racecourse Road (1984 and 2004) [38]One Global Forum, Parliament House Colonnade, Hyderabad House (1988 to 1989) [39]One Global Forum in New Delhi, and the Bungalows of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum. [40]One Global Forum
  • In 1989, she designed the National Assembly Building in Thimpu, Bhutan. [41]One Global Forum
  • In 1990, Sunita gave shape to the British Council Building and the DLF Corporate Office (9th Floor), [42]One Global Forum on Parliament Street, New Delhi. [43]The Times of India
  • By receiving Padma Shri in 1992, Sunita became the only interior designer to be awarded the fourth highest civilian award in India. [44]Forbes
  • Kohli has worked in Bhutan as well where her work in the Parliament Building of Bhutan, [45]One Globe Forum King Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s international conference centre in the Buddhist style, and in many hotels can be seen. [46]Forbes
  • Sunita Kohli’s work in Egypt includes the design of many luxury hotel boats on the Nile for the Egyptian General Company For Tourism and Hotels (EGOTH) and the ‘Oberoi Group.’ [47]Forbes
  • Sunita restored, designed, and furnished the Naila Fort in Jaipur for the Oberoi Group. [48]Forbes
  • Sunita has written papers in different fields such as Design, Architecture, Historical Conservation, Literature, World Heritage Cultural Sites in India, Mughal Jewellery as a Statement of Empire, and on Social Entrepreneurship. [49]K2India
  • Sunita Kohli’s ‘Children’s series on Indian culture’ – illustrated by the grandchildren, Anadya, Zohravar and Aaryaman Bhati – starts with a book on Delhi’s architecture and others titled ‘Traditional lamps of India,’ ‘Awadhi Cuisine from the Jehangirabad Kitchens,’ ‘Tanjore Paintings,’ and the ‘World Heritage Cultural Sites in India.’ [50]K2India
  • Sunita wrote the chapter on Lutyens and New Delhi for ‘The Millennium Book on New Delhi’, published by Oxford University Press, titled ‘The Creation of a Planned City.’ [51]K2India
  • In association with the ‘National Museum of Women in the Arts’ in Washington DC, Sunita Kohli founded the ‘National Museum of Women in the Arts in India’ in 2005 [52]Forbes “to honour women artists of the past, promote the accomplishments of the women artists of present, and assure the place of women artists in the future.” [53]Forbes Sunita Kohli serves as part of the National Advisory Board of the ‘National Museum of Women in the Arts’ in Washington DC. [54]Forbes
  • In 2010, Sunita Kohli and her daughter, Kohelika Kohli, co-founded a multi-disciplinary design and architectural firm, ‘K2India’ based in New Delhi. [55]K2India

    Sunita Kohli with daughter, Kohelika Kohli attending an award function – GROHE Bath & Design Awards in association with AD India

    The company was formed by merging different companies namely ‘Kohelika Kohli Architects’ (the Architecture and Project Management cell of the company, established in 2004), ‘Sunita Kohli Interior Designs Pvt. Ltd.’ (interior designer cell of the company, established in 1972), and ‘Sunita Kohli & Co.’ (the Furniture Manufacturing cell of the company, established in 1971). [56]K2India

  • ‘K2India’ deals mainly with the designing of hotels and resorts, gyms, private residences, corporate offices, restaurants, luxury hotel boats, and aircraft; and the restoration of forts, heritage identities, palaces, and public buildings. The company has completed successful projects in Bhutan, Egypt, England, and Shri Lanka. [57]K2India

    CJ Living – K2India’s one of the commercial projects

    Private residence in Jor Bagh – K2India’s one of the residential projects

  • In 2014, the company was given the Architectural Digest 50 Award; [58]K2India however, the company has been awarded many other awards such as the AD Award (2020), FCCI FLO (2019-2020), India’s Most Prominent Architect and Design Award (2019), Inkpot Achievers Award (2019), ID Honors Award (2019), AD Award (2108), The Fashion Awards (2017), AD50 Award (2017), the Festival of Architecture and Interior Designing Award (2016), Society Interiors Honors Award (2015), The ET Architecture & Design Summit(2014), AD50 Award (2014), Building Industry Leadership (2006), Wade ‘Role Model’ Interior Designer, Jama Masjid United Forum: Terrorism National & International World Conference, etc. [59]K2India
  • ‘The Lucknow Cookbook,’ a 230-paged book with 18 chapters [60]The Hindu, is a book containing recipes for almost 150 vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, which has the essence of Lucknowi cuisines and culture taken directly from the kitchens of their friends and family; Sunita Kohli and her mother, Chand Sur, co-authored the book and got it published on 5 December 2017. [61]The Times of India

    Sunita Kohli with her mother, Chand Sur, holding ‘The Lucknow Cookbook’

    In 2019, Sunita Kohli talked about the book in an interview and said,

    The recipes in the book are distilled from this rich culinary heritage, the preparation of food is learnt by observation, it is a process of osmosis. With four generations in our family being reasonably good cooks, this book documents recipes we learnt from my mother and other close friends.” [62]The Hindu

  • In an interview, while talking about her book ‘The Lucknow Cookbook,’ Sunita Kohli shared that one of her favourite desserts is a homemade kulfi. [63]Hindustan Times
  • Sunita Kohli is a founder and trustee of the Satyagyan Foundation – an affiliate of “World Literacy of Canada,” in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh; [64]K2India Satyagyan Foundation is a non-governmental organisation formed for the economic empowerment of women by providing vocational training and literacy.
  • Being a social activist, Sunita Kohli is associated with many non-governmental organisations – Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of ‘Save-a-Mother’ [65]K2India (an NGO with a motive to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates in India), and a contributor to ‘Women’s Cancer Intitiave’ of the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. [66]The Times of India
  • Sunita Kohli is one of the members of the Advisory Committee of Rashtrapati Bhawan. [67]K2India
  • She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Sushant School of Art and Architecture in Haryana, India, and a member of the General Council of the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi. [68]K2India
  • Sunita Kohli is associated with the Della Leaders Club (DLC). [69]Della Leaders Club
  • Kohli has also delivered lectures at many renowned universities including Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom. [70]K2India
  • Sunita Kohli’s house in Golf Links, New Delhi, was built in 1954. [71]Houzz According to Sunita Kohli, the furniture at her house is contemporary in design and most of them are designed by her daughter, Kohelika Kohli; [72]Houzz however, the house is styled by Sunita herself. [73]Houzz

    Furniture at the house – designed by Kohelika Kohli

    While talking about her house in an interview, Sunita Kohli said,

    My home is biographical, full of memories of people and places. Designed to be functional first and to house all that is precious to me. I have always believed in the greatness of India‘s everyday art. Our home reflects this, and conveys many more narratives.” [74]Houzz

    Sunita Kohli’s house – The Courtyard entrance to the living room surrounded by planters, copper, and brass collected from around the world

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↑1, ↑11, ↑15 Sunita Surya Kohli – Facebook
↑2 Sunita Surya Kohli – Facebook
↑3 K2India
↑4, ↑5, ↑12, ↑23, ↑33, ↑34, ↑49, ↑50, ↑51, ↑64, ↑65, ↑67, ↑68, ↑70 K2India
↑6, ↑24, ↑25 Forbes
↑7, ↑26 Royal Over-Seas League
↑8, ↑9, ↑10, ↑17, ↑21, ↑22, ↑28, ↑29, ↑30, ↑31, ↑32, ↑35, ↑44, ↑46, ↑47, ↑48 Forbes
↑13, ↑60, ↑62 The Hindu
↑14 School of Planning and Architecture
↑16 Sunita Surya Kohli – Facebook
↑18 Suryaveer Kohli – Facebook
↑19 Kokila Kohli – Facebook
↑20 K2India
↑27 The Economic Times
↑36, ↑37, ↑38, ↑39, ↑40, ↑41, ↑42 One Global Forum
↑43, ↑61, ↑66 The Times of India
↑45 One Globe Forum
↑52, ↑53, ↑54 Forbes
↑55, ↑56, ↑57, ↑58, ↑59 K2India
↑63 Hindustan Times
↑69 Della Leaders Club
↑71, ↑72, ↑73, ↑74 Houzz

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