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Padma Bhushan Mrinalini Sarabhai classical dancer, biography, achievements, awards



Mrinalini Sarabhai's 100th birthday- Padma Bhushan classical dancer, biography, works, contribution, awards, achievements

Mrinalini Vikram Sarabhai was an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, and instructor. She was born on May 11, 1918, in Kerala and died on 21 January 2016 in Ahmedabad.

Mrinalini was an expert dancer in Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam, and Kathakali and the first classical dancer who to turned choreography and choreographed more than three hundred dances. She married to the physicist Vikram Sarabhai.  

Life achievement and works-

Mrinalini Sarabhai is best known for founding the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, a center for the arts which focuses on teaching different forms of dance, music, theatre, and puppetry. The organization also works towards women empowerment and addresses other social issues relating to human rights and environment.

In 1965, she received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.

 In 1968, she was honored with a gold medal by the Mexican Government for her choreography for the Ballet Folklorico of Mexico. In 1991, the Gujarat Government honored her with the Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Award.

In 1992, she received the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award of India. 

Mrinalini Sarabhai wrote some books also i.e. 'The voice of the heart-an autobiography', 'stories of India' etc. 

She was well known as Amma. 


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