Dancing legend no more
Classical dancer, choreographer and instructor Mrinalini Sarabhai passed away in Ahmedabad on Thursday morning, at the age of 96. She was born to Dr Swaminathan and social worker Ammu Swaminathan at Vadakathau tharavad at Aanakara in Palakkad in 1918 and spent her childhood days in Switzerland. Captain Lakshmi was her elder sister. Mrinalini married Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai in 1942.
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Mrinalini founded Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad in 1948.

In the picture, Prime Minister Jawharlal Nehru congratulating the young dancer Mrinalini after her performance in a dance drama in New Delhi

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She has 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 awarded Padma Bhushan in 1992 and the Padma Shri in 1965

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She has a son, Kartikeya, and a daughter Mallika.

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Mrinalini has trained over 18,000 students in Bharatnatyam and Kathakali. She would visit Darpana until she was 90.

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An old picture of Mrinalini's performance

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With A P J Abdul Kalam

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She has 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 awarded Padma Bhushan in 1992 and the Padma Shri in 1965

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Mrinalini performing with daughter Mallika

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Mrinalini and Mallika with Mallika's children Revanta and Anahita

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Mrinalini with Susheela, a senior member of Vadakkathu tharavadu, when she visited there in 2006

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Mrinalini presenting a book on Mahatma Gandhi to the Dalai Lama of Tibet at Gujarat Vidhyapith in Ahmedabad in 2008

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Mallika and Mrinalini with the 'Bharat Asmita Jana Shreshtha 2011' award at her residence in Ahmedabad on February 5, 2011. The award was presented to Mallika Sarabhai for her contributions in the use of arts for public

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Mrinalini at Vadakkathu tharavad on the occasion of her 93rd birthday

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Mrinalini Sarabhai receiving the first 'Pravasi Kalaratna Award' by the Government of Kerala, from minister K C Joseph in Ahmedabad in 2014

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