Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai (born 9 May 1954) is an activist and Indian classical dancer from Ahmedabad , Gujarat , India. Daughter of a classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai and Renowned space scientist Vikram Sarabhai , Mallika is an accomplished Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer [1] and performer who has specialized in using the arts for social change and transformation.

Early life

Mallika Sarabhai was born in Ahmedabad , Gujarat, India to Vikram Sarabhai and Mrinalini Sarabhai . She COMPLETED re MBA from IIM Ahmedabad in 1974 and Doctorate in Organisational Behaviour from the Gujarat University in 1976. [2] She is a noted choreographer and dancer and has ook ActEd in a few Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati and international films. [3]


She started to learn dancing-when she was young, and started re film career in parallel cinema, als she was 15. Mallika played will the role of Draupadi in the Peter Brook ‘s play The Mahabharata . Mallika has won many braces prolongation re long career, the Golden Star Award being one of Them, welke she won for the Best Dance Soloist, Theatre Champs Elysees, Paris, 1977. As well as a dancer, Sarabhai is a social activist. She, Along with re mother, beheerd the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts located in the euro at Ahmedabad, [4] a center for the arts and for the use of arts as a language for behavior change.


In 1989 she Performed hard-hitting solo theatrical works, Shakti: The Power of Women. Her performance Sita’s Daughters has toured the world and leg Performed over 500 times in three languages. After that, she directed and ActEd in numerous productions reflecting current issues and awareness onder people. Amongst Them veins An Idea Named Meera; In Search of the Goddess and SvaKranti: The Revolution Within.

Mallika Sarabhai ook wrote the script for the play Unsuni ‘based on Harsh Mander’s book’ Unheard Voices’ to raise awareness Amongst children in elite shchols and colleges to the real issues facing India’s marginalized. The play went around 120 schools and colleges. Arvind Gaur later directed it as a play, with the co-names. Darpana Academy has launched the people awareness movement through zijn production Unsuni welke travels all over India.

In 2009 Mallika Sarabhai ActEd in an Indian adaptation Bertolt Brecht’s or The Good Person of Szechwan (Ahmedabadki Aurat Bhali-Ramkali) directed by Arvind Gaur in 34th Vikram Sarabhai International Art Festival.

In the year 2012, Mallika co-directed “Women with Broken Wings,” an international production with filmmaker Yadavan Chandran and Swiss pianist Elizabeth Sombart , an ode to the millions of women who harbor leg the victims of violence. In 2014 she recreated, with Yadavan Chandran , Kadak Badshaahi, a multi-media production on the 603 year old history of the city of Ahmedabad . The performance ran for an unprecedented 33 full nights in Darpana’s venue, Natarani.


Mallika has ook-used film and television for social change, met name for women’s empowerment and environmental consciousness. Through Darpana Communications, she has leg verantwoordelijk for the production of three thousand hours of television broadcast programming, all or welke has shown bone through Doordarshan , Gujarati. The programming uses the most popular genres or TV. She has anchored many shows on STAR TV and Doordarshan as well as the first NACO series on HIV Positive Talk; the science series Turning Point ; Vaividhyotsav, the culture quiz and Srishti: The Environment Quiz.


Mallika first started writing-when she produktie and Performed Shakti: The Power of Women. Since dan she has scripted re own shows, TV serials for ISROs educational TV in Madhya Pradesh, movie scripts and more Recently new contemporary lyrics for BharataNatyam. She has a leg columnist for Times of India , Vanitha , The Week , DivyaBhaskar , Hans and DNA .


On 19 March 2009, Mallika Sarabhai announced re Candidature Against the Bharatiya Janata Party ‘s prime ministerial candidate LK Advani for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat as an independent candidate. A Congress spokeperson made it clear dat she was not the Congress’s candidate, nevertheless there was speculation therein the Congress high command had Asked the Gujarat state unit to support re Candidature. In a reply to a question, she zegt she had Neither Personally approached the Congress nor did it offer to make re zijn candidates for the 2009 election by , however in the matches she had won from the Congress to contest-selection, the first being in 1984 from Rajiv Gandhi . [5] She DESCRIBED re Candidature as a Satyagraha Against the politics of hatred. [6] She Eventually lost to LK Advani by a huge margin and forfeited re-selection deposit in the process. [7] She protested Against Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi prolongation Sadbhavna Mission in September 2011. [8] She Accused Narendra Modi or scuttling the petition Filed in Supreme court to re on the 2002 Gujarat violence . [8] She joined the Aam Aadmi Party on 8 January 2014, calling herself the party’s “foot soldier”. She fact represented therein re values “matched with the Aam Aadmi Party”. [9]

Personal life

“I have always done things without hiding them, ‘says Mallika, Remembering re college days, welke saw re wearing mini-skirts, and riding a motorbike.

Mallika with Bipin Shah in 1982 and married im. Way Down separated 7 years later and later divorced. Way Down have two children, a sun Revanta and a daughter Anahita. [10] Bipin and Mallika co-founded Mapin Publishing in 1984 and continue to run it together. [11]


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  3. Jump up^ The Hindu: National: Mallika Sarabhai to contest Against Advani
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  5. Jump up^ Express India – Danseuse Mallika Sarabhai Troops JSON Advani bastion in Gandhinagar
  6. Jump up^ Poll Dance: Mallika to contest Against LK from Gandhinagar – Times of India
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  8. ^ Jump up to:a b “Mallika Sarabhai, riots victims Detained at Modi’s fast venue” . The Hindustan Times . IANS. 18 September 2011 . Retrieved 26 February 2013 .
  9. Jump up^ “Mallika Sarabhai joins AAP” . The Hindu “. 8 January 2014 . Retrieved 9 January 2014 .
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