Mallika Sarabhai - An embodiment of the multifaceted woman of today!
A dancer, choreographer, publisher, activist, writer and actor, Mallika Sarabhai has proven her versatility in numerous ways. She likes to believe that she is a "communicator", and she has proven it time and again in her illustrious journey so far. Having won accolades from one and all for all her accomplishments, she still has a lot of energy, spirit and dynamism to exude. The following interview reveals just that, and much more!
1.You're a multi-talented individual, having been a successful dancer, choreographer, activist, writer and so on. What do you enjoy doing the most and why?
I enjoy doing all of that at the same time and juggling priorities.
2.How have you managed to do justice to such multiple roles?
I have a very understanding support system of family. When the kids were growing up, there was also my amazing nanny Narmadabai, like a second mother, that I could trust and be confident about the children and my home. Her values were my values. That helped.
3.You have had such an illustrious career in so many fields. What has been your most memorable experience till date?
I don't have single favorites in anything, books, films, moments. There are many significant moments, professionally and personally. I live in the now, neither in the past nor future. Today is significant today and needs to be experienced and lived fully.
4.As a social activist, what are some of the issues that concern you the most?
The country is at its moral and ethical abyss, with selfishness, deceit and greed at their zenith. We need to change complete mindsets, values.
5.What are your future goals as a social activist?
Continue fighting this mindset and try and bring humanness and empathy in whoever I can touch.
6.How do you feel can women contribute in a larger way to social upliftment?
As women we can choose to opt out of the tyrannical male game that holds us as chattel. We can treat other women differently, bring up children to be gender and caste bias free, start conversations with the men around us about the need for respect, space and dignity.
7.According to you, how have your roles as a performer, a writer and a creator facilitated your role as a social activist and strategist?
They all merge to make me, me.
8.What does woman empowerment mean to you?
The possibility of not letting your gender define who you are, how you think and behave, what choices you make.
9. Are you glad to be a woman? Why?
Absolutely. Because in me are both Shakti and Shiva.