Search engine Google, on Friday, paid its tribute to classical dancer, choreographer Mrinalini Sarabhai on the occasion of her 100th birth anniversary in the form of a doodle on its homepage.
“One of the few classical dancers trained in more than one form, Sarabhai was able to quickly build a career in choreography and teaching. Despite seeing the continuous evolution of dance forms over her multi-decade career, she was inspired to choreograph more than three hundred dance dramas with a strong base of classical tradition behind them,” it said.
The doodle, illustrated by Sudeepti Tucker, depicts Sarabhai with her signature parasol, standing proudly in the auditorium of that same academy where her students are dancing on stage.
She was the wife of Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai, who is considered the father of the Indian space programme.
Talking about her illustrious career, it added, “Sarabhai hoped to share the craft with future generations, which led her and her husband to found the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in 1949. The small dance academy grew to become not only a study center for diverse art forms, but one that used the power of arts to bring about positive change to the critical issues facing society.”