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Google honours legendary Indian classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai on her 100th birth anniversary with a sketch doodle
The internet search engine and technology giant Google has honoured legendary Indian dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai on her 100th birth anniversary on May 11 with a sketch doodle on its home page.

She was a versatile artist who not only excelled in dance forms such as Bharatnatyam, Kathakali and Mohiniyattom, but also was the author of quite a few novels, poetry, plays, and stories. Besides writing for adults, she wrote children's stories too, filling the gap in literature meant for children.

"Today's Doodle, illustrated by Sudeepti Tucker, depicts Sarabhai with her signature parasol (Mrinalini Sarabhai), standing proudly in the auditorium of that same academy where her students are dancing on stage," states Google's blog.

According to Google, today's doodle celebrates Indian classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai, who quickly developed her own technique, spirit, and strength by training at a young age, studying both the south Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and the classical dance-drama of Kathakali.

"One of the few classical dancers trained in more than one form, Sarabhai was able to quickly build a career in choreography and teaching. Despite seeing the continuous evolution of dance forms over her multi-decade career, she was inspired to choreograph more than three hundred dance dramas with a strong base of classical tradition behind them," wrote Google on its blog today.

Born on May 11 in 1918, Padma awardee Mrinalini Sarabhai had her education at Shantiniketan under Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The legendary dancer passed away on January 21, 2016 at the age of 97.

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