Mallika Sarabhai India’s leading choreographers and dancer Profile
Mallika Sarabhai
Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi
Mallika Sarabhai  India’s leading choreographers and dancer Profile

Educated as an economist and a business manager from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management–Ahmedabad, Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s best-known Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi dancers, who has taken her work and that of her company Darpana, to over 90 countries of the world and to the farthest parts of India.

A multi-talented creative individual, she celebrates positive reaffirmation of images ofwomanhood. She has used every medium—dance, theatre, television, film, writing and publishing—for her work, winning recognition in India and abroad. In recognition of her efforts to promote social justice through the arts, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1, 000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize campaign. She has received numerous awards including the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the Government of France, and several awards from the Government of

India.

Mallika Sarabhai is the director of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, which is a centre for the arts where the focus is on the use of arts for social change. In 1982 she founded Darpana for Development to concentrate on developing performance as a language for change; and JANAVAK, the voice of the people, to archive, record and preserve folk and tribal culture.

She played the lead character of Draupadi in the international theatre production of The Mahabharata by world-renowned director Peter Brook. She spent five years performing the play in French and English, and playing the role in the film and TV versions, to much accolade. On her return to India in 1989 she got deeply involved in creating her own contemporary dance vocabulary beginning with her first solo theatrical work, Shakti: ThePower of Women.

From 2000 to 2002 she was CEO of TARA, a TV channel dedicated to using mainstream genres of programming for activism. She founded Darpana Communications in 2001 to harness the potential of TV in changing attitudes and fighting social prejudice.

As dancer, actress, choreographer, writer, social entrepreneur and instigator of community projects, Mallika Sarabhai has fearlessly challenged audiences to sit up and think, and to realign themselves to critical questions of gender bias, communal hatred, the environment, corruption, violence and more.

She creates and performs, gives lectures and workshops, makes films, writes and speaks, all in the hope of being able to spark something that will lead to a more just and humane world.

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Mallika Sarabhai
Usmanpura
Ahmedabad
Gujarat
India 380013
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