The Darpana Academy of Performing Arts

Linked with Mallika Sarabhai – India.

From a small dance academy that was founded over five decades ago, today Darpana is a workshop for the arts where tradition meets technology to break down boundaries of art and life and where performers from the world over work together to open mindscapes through the arts. Established by Mrinalini and Vikram Sarabhai in 1949, for the last two decades the academy has been directed by their daughter Mallika Sarabhai. Today it has a permanent staff of over 60 people and several hundred others on projects. Its departments range from performance and teaching of the arts to their use as development communication through face to face impacting and software production. Its audiences range from arts lovers to district and supreme court judges, the less privileged across the world, children, women, tribal populations and more. With over 25000 graduates, nearly 10000 performances, audiences in 90 countries and a vibrant arts environment, Darpana today is a centre for artists committed to excellence, innovation and the excitement of using the arts for change. Darpana’s vision is a contemporary symbiosis affirming the role of creativity in culture, researching into our origins and reaching out to the unsaid or unthought of, with a language that is universal. (The Institution).

Classical Dance;
Folk & Tribal Dance;
Natarani: A Theatre for Creative Performance (a diashow);
Darpana For Development;
Darpana Institute for Performance, Arts and Cultural studies DIPAC;
Vikram Sarabhai Festival;

About: Club Natarani: With new and innovative work from Ahmedabad and elsewhere in the world, overseas performing groups touring India, traditional and folk performances, films, cartoon festivals, children’s events and performances, Natarani’s wide canvas has something to offer for everyone.

Natarani offers a variety of workshops conducted by renowned artists, both local and international. The Natarani amphitheatre is also available for rent to amateur and professional companies.

Art Gallery: The Gallery is unusual and intimate featuring the works of veterans and newcomers in the world of art. Exhibitions are often held on themes related to the events taking place either in the theatre or in the cafe.

Cafe: Cafe Natarani, which also functions as an alternate performing space was created by local and international artists entirely from recycled material and factory waste. The cafe offers a diverse selection of food and has frequent jazz evenings, poetry readings and happenings.

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