Mallika Writes

Mallika's foray into writing started when she wrote the script for her one-woman show Shakti: The Power Of Women. Since then she has written many scripts and essays. She has also been a regular columnist in English, Hindi, and Gujarati newspapers and magazines.

Mallika Sarabhai has been one of India’s leading choreographers and classical dancers for over four decades. She is a publisher, a writer, a theatre maker, a motivational speaker and public commentator who has used all her languages for empowerment and change. She has been Director, Darpana Academy, since 1977. The Academy, a crucible for classical and contemporary work and a teaching institution, was founded by her mother in 1949.

Mallika first came to the nation's attention as a soloist in the late 70's. She won her first major international dance award, The Golden Star, in Paris in 1977. In the late 80's she was chosen by famed theatre director Peter Brook to star in his international production of The Mahabharata. She spent five years performing in the French and English versions of the play, in its TV and film versions. This brought her great international acclaim as an actor.

Since 1990 Mallika has been using total theatre in her many one woman shows to highlight issues like violence., communal conflicts and women. She has also developed her own alphabet of contemporary Indian dance and engages creatively with artists of may different genres.

Involved in using television for social change since the early 80's, Mallika headed TARA Gujarati, a channel with a focus to bring about social and societal change, from 2000 to 2002. Since 2001 she has been working closely with Darpana Communications, a unit of Darpana launched to create innovative programming for TV and now for the web.

Having been a columnist for several newspapers and magazines, she is now writing books on health and fiction for children.


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