Dance for social change : Mallika Sarabhai, Dancer, Actor, Writer and Activist
Updated on: 13 May 2016
Mallika Sarabhai tells her route might be different but she shares her mother's constant search for justice and abiding love for nature
Described as dancer, actor, writer, activist Mallika Sarabhai, 62, draws crowds wherever she appears and performs. Daughter of illustrious parents, space scientist Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and legendary dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai, Mallika has carved her own identity outgrowing the shadow of her parents by her hard work and independent thinking. She has used dance as a tool for social change. She continues to fight against issues like social injustice against women. She firmly believes in empowerment of women, fights against gender bias, concentrating on development of performance as language of change. Recently she was in New Delhi on World Dance Day, to pay tribute to her mother Mrinalini Sarabhai, who passed away recently, with her brother Kartikeya Sarabhai and son Revanta Sarabhai.
Excerpts from an interview:
Having known you working with your mother, you must be feeling a sense of great loss.
You know, Amma gave us a longish period to get used to her final absence. It was as though, over a five year period, she removed herself gently from one active involvement after another, so that we found the time and space, while she could guide us, to be able to step in and take up those responsibilities. And then again she is everywhere, in every thought, in every conversation, in every brick. For the first month, I woke up every morning conversing with her, reminding myself to tell her something. But now it is as if I am suffused by her. She is in every gene.