25 Facts About Mallika Sarabhai


Mallika Sarabhai is an activist and Indian classical dancer and actress from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.


Daughter of a classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai and space scientist Vikram Sarabhai, Mallika is an accomplished Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer and performer who has specialized in using the arts for social change and transformation.


Mallika Sarabhai was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India to Vikram Sarabhai and Mrinalini Sarabhai.


Mallika Sarabhai completed her MBA from IIM Ahmedabad in 1974 and Doctorate in Organisational Behaviour from the Gujarat University in 1976.


Mallika Sarabhai is a noted choreographer and dancer and has acted in a few Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati and international films.


Mallika Sarabhai started to learn dancing when she was young and started her film career in the parallel cinema when she was 15.


Mallika Sarabhai has won many accolades during her long career, the Golden Star Award is one of them, which she won for the Best Dance Soloist, Theatre De Champs Elysees, Paris 1977.


Mallika Sarabhai manages the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts located at Ahmedabad, a centre for the arts and for the use of arts as a language for behaviour change.


Mallika Sarabhai acted in the Hindi movie titled Himalay Se Ooncha that was released in 1975.


Mallika Sarabhai wrote the script for the play 'Unsuni' based on Harsh Mander's book 'Unheard Voices' to raise awareness amongst children in elite schools and colleges to the real issues facing India's marginalized.


In 2009 Mallika Sarabhai acted in an Indian adaptation Bertolt Brecht's of The Good Person of Szechwan directed by Arvind Gaur in 34th Vikram Sarabhai International Art Festival.


Mallika Sarabhai has used film and television for social change, especially for women's empowerment and environmental consciousness.


Mallika Sarabhai has anchored many shows on STAR TV and Doordarshan as well as the first NACO series on HIV, Talk Positive; the science series Turning Point; Vaividhyotsav, the culture quiz and Srishti: The Environment Quiz.


Mallika Sarabhai first started writing when she produced and performed Shakti: The Power of Women.


Mallika Sarabhai has been a columnist for Times of India, Vanitha, The Week, DivyaBhaskar, Hans and DNA.


Mallika Sarabhai recently appeared on a podcast, The Literary City with Ramjee Chandran to talk about the memoir.


On 19 March 2009, Mallika Sarabhai announced her candidature against the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani for the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, as an independent candidate in the 2009 general election.


Mallika Sarabhai had several offers from the Congress to contest elections, the first being in 1984 from Rajiv Gandhi, but did not join any political party as she believed that all parties are corrupt.


Mallika Sarabhai eventually lost to L K Advani by a huge margin and forfeited her election deposit in the process.


Mallika Sarabhai protested against Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi during Sadbhavna Mission in September 2011.


Mallika Sarabhai accused Narendra Modi of scuttling the petition filed in Supreme court by her on the 2002 Gujarat violence.


Mallika Sarabhai joined the Aam Aadmi Party on 8 January 2014.


Bipin and Mallika Sarabhai co-founded Mapin Publishing in 1984 and continue to run it together.


Mallika Sarabhai is the cousin of Indian politician and member of the Communist Party of India Subhashini Ali, daughter of her mother's sister Captain Lakshmi Sehgal and Colonel Prem Sehgal.


Mallika Sarabhai's brother is environmental educator and director of Centre for Environment Education Kartikeya Sarabhai.