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Malavika Sarukkai

Malavika Sarukkai, the nationally and internationally acclaimed dancer-choreographer, initially trained under eminent Gurus, Guru Kalyanasundaram, Guru Rajaratnam and Guru Kalanidhi Narayanan. An expert in abhinaya, her classic style of making every moment of her performance personal, spontaneous and contemporary in spite of obeying the rules of the traditional dance form, is admired by audiences worldwide. Ms. Sarukkai has participated in several major dance festivals in India and abroad, and has participated in numerous cultural events. Her performances, like Sakthi Sakthimaan, Ganga - Nitya Vaahini, Fireflies, Srinkhala, Srotasvini-Multiple Streams, Khajuraho, etc., have been acclaimed by critics of leading newspapers in India and abroad, and her artistry was featured in the BBC/WNET television documentary “Dancing,’ a nine hour series on world dance. Sequences of her dance have been filmed by German TV for ARTE and by inematheque of Dance, Paris. A film by Sushant Misra, Samarpanam, was specially commissioned by the Government of India for the National Archives; and Malavika Sarukkai – Dancing Life, reflecting her philosophy on dance was produced by Barbara and Eberhard Fischer of Museum Rietberg, Zurich, and directed by Prasanna Ramaswamy. Ms. Sarukkai is a recipient of numerous awards and felicitations including the Padam Shri, the Kalaimamani, the Mrinalini Sarabhai Award for excellence in Classical Dance, the Nrityachoodamani, Haridas Sammelan & the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. She has also received senior fellowships and production grants from the Department of Culture, Government of India, for creating new work and extending the repertoire. Malavika Sarukkai lives and works in Chennai, Tamilnadu.

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