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Darpana Academy of Performing Arts

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Formation  1949
Founder  Mrinalini Sarabhai
Director  Mallika Sarabhai
Leader  Mallika Sarabhai
Website  darpana.com
Founded  1949
Phone  079 2755 1389
Purpose  Dance school for Indian classical dance, theatre, puppetry
Location  Usmanpura, Ahmedabad- 380013, Gujarat, India.
Address  Near Paritosh Building, Usmanpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380013
Similar  Srushti Shah's Academy, Archie Dance Academy, DV Dance Crew Dance Cl, Kadamb centre for Dance

Mrinalini sarabhai

Darpana Academy of Performing Arts is a school for performing arts in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, established by Mrinalini Sarabhai and Vikram Sarabhai in 1949, it has been directed by their daughter Mallika Sarabhai for the last three decades. The school organises a three-day Interart, the "Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival" at Ahmedabad, every year. It celebrated its golden jubilee on December 28, 1998, with the announcement of the annual "Mrinalini Sarabhai Award for Classical Excellence", in the field of classical dance.


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The Darpana Academy of Performing Arts was founded in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Vikram Sarabhai and his wife Mrinalini Sarabhai.


The academy offers courses in Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam, Indian Classical Vocal, Mridangam, Violin and Flute, puppetry and martial art Kalaripayattu. Its departments range from performance and teaching of the arts, to the use of performance and arts as development communication, through face-to-face impact and software production.

The Drama Section, under acting duo Kailash Pandya and Damini Mehta, is responsible for more than 100 productions of a wide variety.

Darpana attracted young writers and staged their first scripts, making them an integral part of production efforts. Some of the names can be mentioned as Madhu Rye, Labhshankar Thakar, Shrikant Shah, Subhash Shah, Chinu Modi, and Hasmukh Baradi. It also conducted theatre-training courses for over two decades. The Academy also offers Artist Residency programs under the aegis of UNESCO.

Its research wing, Janvak, published monographs like Goverdhan Panchal's on Bhavai. Darpana has also built an experimental thrust auditorium, Natrani, reminiscent of Greek amphitheatres, on the banks of the river Sabarmati.

List of Kathakali Artists and Musicians who worked in Darpana since 1949

Guru Vazhenkada Kunchu Nair, Kavungal Shankarankutty Panicker, Guru Kottakkal Gopi Nair, Kottakkal Appu Nair, V.P. Ramakrishnan, Chandramana Govindan Namboodiri, Mankombu Sivashankara Pillai, Kalamandalam Govindan Kutty, Kalamandalam Murali, Kalamandalam Gopinath, Kavungal Chathunni Panicker, Kalamandalam Ravindra Warrior, Kalamandalam Madhavan, Kalamandalam Bhaskara Menon, Thakazhi Kuttan Pillai, Kalamandalam Unnikrishna Kurup, Kalamandalam Subrahmanian, Kalamandalam Sukumaran, Kalamandalam Haridas, Kottakkal Narayanan Namboodiri, Kavungal Gopala Panicker, Kavungal Krishna Panicker, Kalamandalam Narayanan, Kalamandalam Ananda Narayanan, Kalamandalam Sasi Poduval, Kalamandalam Balaraman, Kalamandalam Anandan, Thichur Vasu Variar, V.P. Shankara Narayanan, Kalamandalam Shivaraman Nair, Kalamandalam Devaki, Kalamandalam Sitalakshmi, Painkulam Narayana Chakkyar, Kalamandalam Hariharan, Kalamandalam Kalyanikutti Amma, Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair


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