Legendary dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai passed away

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Who: Legendary dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai
Where: Ahmedabad
What: Died
When: 21 January 2016

Legendary dancer and Padma Bhushan recipient Mrinalini Sarabhai passed away on 21 January 2016 in Ahmedabad. She was 97.

Besides being a classical dancer, Sarabhai was a poet, writer and environmentalist. She also played a leading role in the social and art scene in Ahmedabad. She was one of the first classical dancers to turn to choreography.

About Mrinalini Sarabhai

Mrinalini Sarabhai was the founder director of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, an institute for imparting training in dance, drama, music and puppetry, in Ahmedabad.

She received many distinguished awards and citations in recognitions of her contribution to art.

She trained over 18000 students in Bharatnatyam and Kathakali.

Besides choreographing more than three hundred dance dramas, she has also written many novels, poetry, plays and stories for children.

She was the chairperson of the Gujarat State Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation Ltd.

She was also one of the trustees of the Sarvodaya International Trust, an organisation for promotion of Gandhian ideals.

Her autobiography is titled Mrinalini Sarabhai: The Voice of the Heart.

She was honoured with the national civilian awards Padma Bhushan in 1992 and the Padma Shri in 1965.