Mallika Sarabhai is one of India’s leading classical dancers. She has received the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India, in recognition of her contribution to the arts. She first came to international notice when playing Draupadi in Peter Brook’s famed version of The Mahabharata. She is the founder of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts and has a Ph.D in Organisational Behaviour. She has been using dance and other artistic forms for the last four decades, to propound causes relating to women, violence and human rights. She is currently teaching a course on India’s plural cultures at Ahmedabad University.