The Voice of the Heart: An Autobiography

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HarperCollins Publishers India, a joint venture with India Today Group, 2004 - Bharata natyam dancers - 316 pages
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Dance Is My Breath, My Passion, My Self&It Was Not To Meet The Current Desires Of The Audience That I Began To Create New Works, But To Meet An Innate Need To Express My Involvement With The World Around Me The World I Live In. Breathed In, The World Of Constant Dualities, Joy-Sorrow, Life-Death, Love-Hate, Creation And Destruction& Renowned Dancer And Choreographer Mrinalini Sarabhai Is Single-Handedly Responsible For Taking Classical Indian Dance Beyond The Shores Of India And Making Bharatanatyam A Dance From That Is Revered And Respected Throughout The World. Born Into The Highly Educated And Well-Placed Swaminadhan Family In Chennai, Where The Intelligentsia And Elite Of The Time Often Came Visiting, She Enjoyed Theatre And Dance Even As A Young Girl, But It Was Only In Shantiniketan, Under The Guidance And Encouragement Of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore And Amongst Her Equally Gifted Friends, That She Realized Her True Calling. It Was In The Dance Dramas Of Tagore That Her Innate And Immense Capacity For Innovation And Experiment Was Recognized And Allowed To Flower. After A Short Stint In American, Where She Enrolled In The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, She Came Back To India To Seriously Pursue A Career In Dance Where Along With Bharatanatyam, She Discovered The Pristine Energy Of Kathakali And Used It Extensively In Her Compositions. Her Marriage To The Brilliant Scientist, Industrialist And Visionary Vikram Sarabhai, In 1942, Helped Her Consolidate Here Dreams. Her Passion For Dance And Her Genius Re-Inventing Traditional Dance Techniques Were In Perfect Consonance With Her Husband S Scientific Career And The Account, In This Book, Of How The Two Of Them Leaned So Effortlessly, Yet So Unobtrusively, Into Each Other S Spheres, Is A Wonderful Example Of How Science And Art Coexist. In 1948 She Started Darpana, An Academy Of Dance, Drama, Music, Puppetry In Ahmedabad. In 1949, She Danced At The Palais De Chaillot In Paris, Where The Formidable Critics Of Paris Were Unanimous In Their Praise. Since Then, She Has Travelled Extensively With Her Troupe, Bringing India And Its Culture Alive With Her Dance Wherever She Goes. But Life Has Not Always, Been Easy For Her, The Death Of Her Husband In 1972 Was A Terrible Blow. Though Many Misfortunes Have Dogged Her Through The Years, She Has Faced Them Always With Dignity, Courage, And An Abiding Faith In God. Written With Disarming Honesty And Simple Eloquence, The Voice Of The Heart Is A Warm And Vivid Memoir Of A Life Optimally Lived.

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