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Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers, in constant demand as a soloist and with the Darpana Performing Group, creating and performing both classical and contemporary works. She is Darpana's esteemed honorary director and has been instrumental in leading the organization in the direction of direct social change and activism through the arts.
Mallika first made a name for herself in India as a film actress but soon was recognized as an exceptional young dancer in the classical forms of Bharata Natyam 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.
Always an activist for human rights, education, and women’s empowerment, Mallika began using her work for change. In 1989 she created the first of her hard-hitting solo theatrical works, Shakti: The Power of Women.
Since then Mallika has created numerous stage productions that have raised awareness, highlighted crucial issues and advocated change, several of which productions have toured internationally as well as throughout India.
In the mid-90s Mallika began to develop her own contemporary dance vocabulary and went on to create short and full-length works that have been presented in North America, Scotland, Singapore, China and Australia, and throughout India. See the complete repertoire of Mallika's solo pieces.
Visit www.mallikasarabhai.com for more information on Mallika as a writer, performer, and activist.
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