Mrinalini Vikram Sarabhai

Born in Madras, Shrimati Mrinalini Vikram Sarabhai received her training in Bharatanatyam from Gurus Mannorkoil Muthukumara Pillai, Kanchipuram Ellappa Pillai, Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, Chokkalingam Pillai, Mylapore Gouri Ammo and Thanjavur Andalamma. She received her training in Kathakali from Guru Kunju Kurup. Shrimati Mrinalini Sarabhai has achieved rare distinction as a dancer and choreographer. Beginning with her first experimental work Manushya – The Life of Man, she has built up a large repertoire of choreographic works reflecting a variety of ideas and concerns. Her works have been based on Tamil classics, Jayadeva’s Geeta Govindam, Valmiki’s Ramayana, the poetry of Kalidasa, Meerabai, Tagore — and have often dealt with contemporary themes. Shrimati Sarabhai has also collaborated with leading dancers and composers abroad in her choreographic work. She is the founder-Director of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad, established in 1949, and the author of several books on dance. Shrimati Sarabhai received the Gujarat Sangeet Nrutya Natya Akademi Award in 1969 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1970. She was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1965 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. For her contribution to Indian dance, Shrimati Mrinalini Vikram Sarabhai is elected Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi.