The Sarabhai family has been a major business family of India belonging to the Shrimal Jain community. Sheth Ambalal Sarabhai, the doyen, an industrialist, who had five daughters and three sons. The family was involved the independence movement for India and later with the developmental tasks undertaken by the government of India.
- Family members
- Institutions built by Sarabhai family
- Major Institution Building Efforts of Vikram Sarabhai 1947 1971
Ambalal Sarabhai was a mill-owner and also interested in philanthropic activities. His wife Sarladevi Sarabhai got inspired by the Maria Montessori philosophy and in the year 1922, Montessori sent E. M. Standing to India for the homeschooling of Sarabhai children.
Sarabhai Enterprises branched out after India's independence and many pioneer ventures were made in fields dominated by foreign companies. The manufacture of drugs and pharmaceuticals, chemicals and intermediates, dyes and pigments, industrial and house hold detergents, soaps and cosmetics, industrial packaging and containers, and later engineering and electronic products.
Prominent members of the Sarabhai family include:
Institutions built by Sarabhai family
- Calico Mills - Ambalal Sarabhai
- Jubilee Mills - Ambalal Sarabhai
- Jyoti Sangh - Mridulaben Sarabhai
- Vikas Gruh - Mridulaben Sarabhai
- Majoor Mahajan - Anasuyaben Sarabhai
- Kasturba Gandhi Rashtriya Smarak Trust - Sarladevi Sarabhai
- Shreyas Foundation & School - Leenaben Sarabhai
- B.M. Institute of Mental Health - Gautam Sarabhai & Kamlini Sarabhai
- The Physcotherapy Study Group - Gautam Sarabhai
- National Institute of Design - Gautam Sarabhai & Giraben
- Darpana Academy of Performing Arts - Mrinalini & Vikram Sarabhai
- Calico Museum of Textiles - Giraben Sarabhai
- Ambalal Sarabhai Enterprises, Baroda - Gautam Sarabhai
- Centre for Environment Education - Kartikeya Sarabhai
- VIKSAT - Kartikeya Sarabhai
- CHETNA - Kartikeya Sarabhai
- Sangeet Kendra - Geeta Mayor
- Darpana for Development - Mallika Sarabhai
- Mapin Publishing - Mallika Sarabhai & Bipin Shah
Major Institution Building Efforts of Vikram Sarabhai (1947-1971)
No.4 was renamed as the Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre after Dr. Sarabhai’s death in 1971. No.18 & 19 were merged under the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre after Dr. Sarabhai’s death in 1971. Nos.21,22,23,24,25 and 26 were merged under the Space Applications Centre after Dr. Sarabhai’s death in 1971. No. 31 was renamed as Vikram Earth Station after Dr. Sarabhai’s death in 1971.