Updated: January 8, 2014 15:45 IST

Mallika Sarabhai

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Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers. She has a Ph.D in organisational behaviour and has been the co-director of the prestigious arts institution, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, for over 36 years. Initially, Mallika made a name for herself as a film actress, but soon was recognised as an exceptional young dancer in the classical forms of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. She first came to international notice when she played the role of Draupadi in Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata for 5 years, first in French and then English, performing in France, North America, Australia, Japan and Scotland.

Mallika has created numerous stage productions (including Shakti: The Power of Women) to raise awareness and bring about change for various social issues. With her own contemporary dance vocabulary, she has created short and full-length works which have been presented worldwide.

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