On account of International Women’s day, team Urban Tree has meticulously chosen some great women achievers of our country. As we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women on March 8, this is a series of blogs that feature those strong women of India who have made their way up to become successful by breaking stereotypes!
Mallika Sarabhai who hails from Ahmedabad, is a renowned artist in the Indian classical world. She specializes in Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam. She obtained her MBA from IIM ahmedabad in 1974 along with a doctorate in organizational behaviour from the Gujarat university in the year 1976. Her most notable performance was the hard hitting solo work known as Shakti: the Power of Women. As a young dancer Mallika won many international awards for classical dances including the “French Palme D’or” (the highest civilian award in France).
Mallika went on to direct as well as act in many productions that reflect the current issues to incite awareness among the people. Some of the works that she had produced are “An Idea Named Meera; In Search of the Goddess and SvaKranti: The Revolution Within”.
In 2009 she acted in the Indian adaptation of “The food Person of Szechwan which was directed by Arvind Gaur in the 34th Vikram Sarabhai International Art Festival. In 2012 she co-directed “Women with Broken Wings” which served as a tribute to the millions of women both past and present.
Later, Mallika went on to become a notable publisher. In the year 1979 she published the first ever design magazine in India “Inside Outside.” These are some of the acclaimed books that are published by her and the Mapin Publishing Private Limited;
- India’s Daughters
- Cultural Guide to Ahmedabad
- Spectacular India
- Jute Handlooms of India
- Sufism and Beyond
- Romance of Golconda Diamonds
- From Mustard fields to Disco Lights
- Documenting Chandigarh
- Performing Arts of Kerala
- Image & imagination: 5 Indian Artists
- Understanding Kuchipudi (Co-Author)
In the year 2008, Sarabhai took up many developmental projects. The most known is the “Acting Healthy Project” the project is to serve the society better. This is supported by ArtVenture which strives to avoid maternal deaths and infant deaths that are rampant amongst the very deprived communities. Along with this she also has an active role in UNICEF Peer Educators Project, UNICEF Anandshala project from 2005-2007 and the UNICEF Rural Health Project.
Till this day her quote “You have treated the arts as the cherry on the cake. It needs to be the yeast”, is the watchword of many in the media world.