Saturday, April 5, 2014


Mallika Sarabhai is a well renowned Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam Dancer,Activist, Politician,Actress, Writer,Book Publisher etc.
Her mother Mrinalini Sarabhai is famous Classical Dancer who has trained more than 10000 students in  different types of classical dances.Her father was world famous Scientist and Physicist Vikram Sarabhai who is considered as the father of Indian Space program.
Mallika Sarabhai was born on May 9, 1954 in Ahmedabad,Gujarat State.She completed her MBA from IIM Ahmedabad in 1974 and got doctorate from Gujarat University in 1976.
Mallika Sarabhai who got trained in classical dances from childhood  became an exponent of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi and she was also interested in acting.She started acting in parallel cinema from the age of 15.
She is interested in theatre and has performed in several reputed plays also.
She along with her mother manages the 'Darpana  Academy of Performing Arts' located at Ahmedabad.She is a social activist and participated in many socio  developmental projects initiated by the United Nations.
She has acted in more than 30 films in different languages only because of her flair in acting.She was the only Indian actor in the cast of 'The Mahabharata' which was directed by renowned director Peter Brook.She depicted the character 'Draupadi' in that movie.It was launched in English and French.
In 1974 she acted in the film 'Muthi Bhar Chawal' in which Mallika and Rakesh Pandey were the main pair.She received Film Critics Award for Best Actress for this film.
In 1975 she acted in ' Mena Gurjari', a Gujarati film which narrated the story of a Gujarati  girl by name 'Mena' which was directed by Dinesh Rawal.Snehalata and Upendra Trivedi acted along with her.She got Best actress award for that film.
Mallika Sarabhai was the heroine of famous Bollywood film 'Himalay Se Ooncha' in 1975 in which Sunil Dutt was the hero.Rakesh Pandey and Ranjeet were also in the cast.It was directed by B.S.Thapa.
In 1979 she acted in Hindu Mythology film Shankar Parvaty in which she depicted Devi Maa Sati,Devi Maa Parvati,Shiv Shakti,Jagadamba, and Mahakali.
'Peethi Pili Ne Rang Rato' was a Gujarati film starring Kiran Kumar and Mallika in 1982.
In 1983 she acted in the Hindi feature film 'Katha' directed by Sai Paranjye.
This film won National Award as Best feature film in Hindi.Farooq Shah,Deepti Nawal,Naseeruddin Shah etc also acted in it.

'Amma' was a noted film  which she acted in 1986 along with Mithun

Chakraborty,Vijay Arora,Rakhee,Ashok Kumar etc.
Mallika Sarabhai acted along with Mithun Chakraborty,Moon Moon Sen,Vijayendra Ghatge etc in the film 'Sheesha' which was directed by Basu Chatterjee and received Best Supporting actress award for her excellent portrayal of her character.

In 2001 she acted in 'Danny', a Malayalam film directed by T.V.Chandran in which Mammootty,Vani Viswanath,Vijaya Raghavan etc acted along with Mallika Sarabhai.This film received National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam.
In 2005 she acted in a Gujarati film 'Hashidhi Mata'  starring Kiran Kumar.
In 2008 she acted in the film 'Love Songs:Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow' which was directed by Jayabrato Chatterjee.This film received much critical acclaim.Other noted  films are 'Sonal,Maniyaro, and Kehkashaa.'
She received Sangeet Natak Academy Award for Creative Dance in 2000.
She received 'French Palma D'or' highest Civilian Award of France.
She is also recipient of 'Padma Bhushan' Award from Government of India.

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