New Delhi: Google honored legendary Indian classical dancer and Padma bhushan recipient Mrinalini Sarabhai on her 100th birth anniversary with a doodle.
The Google doodle, illustrated by Delhi-based graphic designer and illustrator Sudeepti Tucker, features Mrinalini with her signature parasol in the auditorium of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, which she founded in 1949 with her husband and well-known Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai. Her students are depicted dancing on the stage. The doodle celebrates Mrinalini’s technique, spirit, and strength.
Mrinalini began training to be a dancer from a young age, studying both the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and the classical dance-drama of Kathakali.
Mrinalini Srabhai’s institute in Ahmedabad is considered to be a leading centre in training different forms of dance, drama, puppetry, and music. Mrinalini is known to have instructed over 18,000 students in Bharatanatyam and Kathakali.
The academy has now transformed into a study center for diverse art forms. It has also grown into an institute that employs the power of arts to bring about a positive change to critical issues facing the society.