Sangit Kala Kendra
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Smt. Mrinalini Sarabhai
Classical Dance

A celebrated dancer and choreographer. Trained under Gurus Meenakshisundaram Pillai and Muthukumar Pillai in Bharatnatyam and Kunju Kurup in Kathakali. Studied at Shantiniketan. Set up the Darpana Dance Academy. Trained hundreds of disciples. She epitomizes the highest form of dance as a medium of expression. In fact the first breeze of change wafted in with her interpretation of this creative form of expression. Much credit must go to Mrinaliniji for the institutionalization of training in dance, for making it attractive enough for the educated young and for giving it a tremendous sense of respectability.

She has given Indian dance a new profile, inventing new forms and languages that enrich our tradition. She has been one of the first dancers to use the medium of dance to focus on social realities and to give voice to contemporary concerns. As a matter of fact, she has been an alchemist, an agent of social change. Honoured with Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Deshikottam Award and Kalidas Samman.

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