Mallika Sarabhai Biography
(Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer)
Birthday: May 9, 1954 (Taurus)
Born In: Ahmedabad
Mallika Sarabhai was one of India’s leading classical dancers and choreographers. A truly multifaceted personality, she was also an acclaimed actress and a prominent social and political activist. Born as the daughter of renowned Indian classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai and the legendary space scientist, Vikram Sarabhai, she grew up in an artistically and intellectually stimulating environment. Taking after her mother she began learning dance quite early on in life and started performing when she was just a teenager. She has acted in several Gujarati and Hindi films and has received much acclaim for her dancing and acting skills. A very independent person from a young age, she worked hard to create an identity of her own and refused to be overshadowed by the brilliance of her famous parents who were both highly accomplished in their own chosen fields. She managed to not only emerge as a successful professional in her own right, but also took forward the legacy of her illustrious parents by getting involved in social activism. Trained in the Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance forms, she helps her mother in running the dance academy ‘Darpana’, and has also created her own unique style of choreography in contemporary dance forms. She has been honored with several awards for her contribution to dance and the society.