Danseuse Mrinalini Sarabhai and Physicist Vikram Sarabhai established Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in 1949. Today, their daughter danseuse Mallika Sarabhai heads this academy and has been instrumental in leading the organization in the direction of direct social change and activism through the arts. The Darpana Academy is located on the picturesque banks of the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad featuring a world-class performance venue, Natarani, an open-air café, a library, bookstore, and space for rehearsals and workshops.
It started as a small dance academy and today it is a platform for the arts: where tradition meets technology to break down boundaries of art and life; and where performers from across the world work together to open mindscapes through the arts. Today, Darpana is one of Ahmedabad’s foremost institutions for classical Indian dance and music as well as theatre and puppetry, with over 25,000 graduates to date. It is a centre for artists committed to excellence, innovation and the excitement of using the arts for change. The academy uses different art forms to educate, empower, and raise awareness about the critical issues of today.
If you are a dance enthusiastic, you can learn it professionally at this academy. They offer courses in Bharata Natyam, folk dance, kalaripayattu and music.
Darpana Academy of Performing Arts regularly organizes different shows showcasing different art forms and its audiences range from art lovers to students to tourists to influential people. The performances are known for their innovative choreography, technical excellence, and political and social messages that make audiences sit up and think. The centre also holds a three-day Interart, the “Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival” at Ahmedabad, every year.
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