Mallika Sarabhai – Indian Classical Dancer

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Mallika Sarabhai is a prominent Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam artist from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Destined to celebrated artist Mrinalini Sarabhai and the notable space researcher Vikram Sarabhai, Mallika is a lady of numerous measurements and gifts. She has additionally demonstrated her ability in the fields of acting, theater, composing and distributing. As a social dissident she has effectively taken an interest in numerous financial formative tasks started by the United Nations.

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Mallika has won numerous national and global honors for her greatness and commitment to performing expressions. She has likewise delivered numerous TV programs and furthermore tied down numerous TV appears. Aside from her commitment to the field of established move, Mallika has likewise contributed segments for a few national papers. She takes care of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, established by her folks.

Youth and Early Life

Her mom Mrinalini Sarabhai was a famous Bharatanatyam artist. Therefore, energy for moving fell into place without a hitch for her. As she was raised by guardians who had liberal and dynamic personality, Mallika dependably stood separated from the group.


Subsequent to finishing financial matters respects from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, she sought after her MBA from the rumored Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad—the highest administration organization in India. A Doctorate in Organizational Behavior from the Gujarat University, Sarabhai ventured into the universe of theater and performing expressions really soon.

Preparing in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi

Mallika’s Bharatanatyam preparing begun off at home itself under her mom’s direction. Her mom guaranteed that she learnt distinctive move shapes and not confine herself to just a solitary workmanship. Mallika started her preparation in Kuchipudi under R. Acharyelu. With her brisk learning capacity, she before long procured the elegance and magnificence of Kuchipudi. Instantly Mallika was seen on the stage rendering some radiant exhibitions.

Relationship with Films

Mallika was first drawn closer by chief Prabhat Mukherjee, for his directorial adventure ‘Sonal’ for the lead job and that is the means by which she appeared in film. She has acted in excess of 30 films in Gujarati and Hindi, including ‘Mena Gurjari’, ‘Mutthi Bhar Chawal’, and ‘Himalaya Se Ooncha’ to give some examples. In 1984, she showed up n the job of Draupadi in ‘The Mahabharata’, a phase play coordinated by prestigious executive Peter Brook. The play kept running for five long years and later made into a film. The motion picture was made in French and English. A portion of her widely praised movies incorporate ‘Lovesongs: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, ‘Kahkasha’, ‘A Thousand Flowers’ and ‘Katha’.

The Legacy of ‘Darpana’

In the year 1949, Mrinalini and Vikram Sarabhai established the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, which was later overseen by Mallika Sarabhai. The fundamental intention of this endeavor was to advance the adolescent socially and save the Indian legacy. To fill this need, an assortment of courses are offered in traditional move Bharatanatyam, Mridangam, Indian Classical Vocal, Flute, Violin, puppetry and military workmanship ‘Kalaripayattu’. Kailash Pandya and Damini Mehta of show area have helped deliver a wide assortment of stage plays. The Academy likewise offers Artist Residency programs under the aegis of UNESCO. In 1982, DAPA extended as Mallika Sarabhai established Darpana for Development. She additionally framed ‘Janavak’, the voice of the general population, to file and protect the people and innate culture of India. In 2001, Darpana Communications was propelled, and from that point forward it has delivered more than 2500 hours of communicate programming in Gujarati managing social issues like sexual orientation inclination, common scorn, the earth, defilement, viciousness and so forth. A three-day occasion, ‘Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival’ is likewise sorted out each year.

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A portion of the eminent Darpana graduated class are Madhu Rye, Labhshankar Thakar, Shrikant Shah, Subhash Shah, Chinu Modi, and Hasmukh Baradi.

Political Career

In March 2009, Mallika Sarabhai declared that she will challenge the Parliamentary races against L.K. Advani, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime clerical competitor, from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha situate. She challenged as an autonomous applicant however wound up losing by an enormous edge. She later joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in January 2014.

A Social Activist

With an end goal to serve the general public, Mallika Sarabhai took up numerous formative activities including ‘The Acting Healthy Project’. The venture taught individuals on the most proficient method to evade maternal passings and newborn child passings because of lack of healthy sustenance. Furthermore, she has likewise assumed a functioning job in the UNICEF Peer Educators Project, UNICEF Anandshala Project, 2007 Fatehpura Model town venture and UNICEF Rural Health Project.

Grants and Achievements

In her long profession, Mallika Sarabhai has been regarded with a few honors. Here is the rundown of honors and respects:

  • Best performing artist grant (1975) – Meena Gurjari
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2000)- Creative Dance
  • Padma Bhushan (2010) – for commitment to Performing Arts.
  • Nobel prize selection – For harmony
  • French Palme D’or (1977) – The most noteworthy Civilian honor in France
  • Theater Pasta Theater Award
  • Chevalier des Palme’s Academiques
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Achievement and discussions go connected at the hip, and Mallika Sarabhai is no special case. In 2001, she was scrutinized by the extraordinary conservative ideological groups. She recorded a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court denouncing then Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, of supporting the destruction against the Muslims in Gujarat. She even created an impression that Modi endeavored to influence her legal counselors to ‘weaken’ the arguments she had recorded against his legislature.

Sarabhai was additionally entangled in a supposed migration racket. She was blamed for making bogus guarantees of sending individuals to the US as individuals from her ‘social troupe’ and of inability to discount the cash to the individuals who were denied visa by the US Consulate-General in Mumbai. As indicated by the grievance, Sarabhai had initially requested Rs 3 lakhs from every one of the individuals. Afterward, Brazil was likewise added to the visit and an extra Rs 30, 000 was requested from every one of them, which they all paid.

Individual Life

In the year 1982, Mallika met Bipin Shah, a New York based distributing official. They got married after a live-in relationship for couple of years. The couple was honored with a child, Revanta, and a little girl, Anahita.

Alongside her significant other, Mallika established Mapin Publishing in 1984. Mapin distributes books predominantly on Indian craftsmanship, culture and writing.

Mallika and Bipin are isolated, however even after their separation, Mallika Bipin still run Mapin together.

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