Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers, in constant demand as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, creating and performing both classical and contemporary works. A PhD in Organizational Behavior from Gujarat University, Mallika Sarabhai has been the director of the prestigious arts institution, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, for nearly 35 years. Further, as an activist for societal education and women’s’ empowerment, she has successfully used her work for social change. She first came to international notice when she played the role of Draupadi in Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata for 5 years, first in French and then English, performing in France, North America, Australia, Japan and Scotland. In 1989 she created the first of her hard-hitting solo theatrical works, Shakti: The Power of Women. In the mid-90s Mallika began to develop her own contemporary dance vocabulary and went on to create short and full-length works which have been presented in North America, Scotland, Singapore, China and Australia, as well as in India.
It gives MICA an immense pleasure to witness her performance where she is going to present ‘India: Then, Now, Forever' at MICA’s International Conference on 'People, Planet, and Profit: Synergistic Leadership for Social and Communication Innovations'. ‘India: Then, Now, Forever’ depicts India living daily in multiple realities. The tribal people of Mizoram and their lifestyles are as much a part of the country as are the hip hop dancers of Bollywood. This show is a travel through time and incorporates classical, folk, tribal and contemporary dance to celebrate India’s multiculturalism and plurality. The show takes the audience from the temples of southern India to the forests of the Dangs and the minds of today’s creators.