In classical Indian dance, Mrinalini Sarabhai is internationally recognized as a dancer and choreographer whose reputation for innovation is unmatched. She began her training at an early age in forms of Bharata Natyam. She trained in Java and the United States, studying acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Sarabhai founded Darpana, an academy of dance, drama and music, in Ahmedabad in 1948.
She has traveled extensively with her troupe, and has received many distinguished awards and citations in recognition for her artistic eminence. Sarabhai is a director as well as an author of scholarly books, novels and children’s books. Her extraordinary ability to fuse new ideas with traditional form has been her great contribution to the world of dance.