Music, Dance, and Social Change

A longtime advocate for women’s empowerment, renowned Indian choreographer and dancer Mallika [...]Sarabhai strives to create social change through her art. “I always assumed that art was to talk about things that mattered,” she says, “things that needed to break through walls and get to people. Art was never about entertainment.”

Sarabhai is co-director of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts and holds a doctorate degree in organizational behavior. She came to international prominence when she landed the role of Draupadi in Peter Brook’s nine-hour play, The Mahabharata. A longtime activist for societal education, Sarabhai created Shakti: The Power of Women in 1989—a powerful dance response to a male-dominated society. Her stage productions tour throughout India and abroad raising awareness, highlighting crucial issues, and advocating for social change.

Sarabhai's presentation at the College of Fine Arts was followed by a panel conversation with Benjamín E. Juárez, dean of CFA , André de Quadros, a CFA professor of music, and Adil Najam, director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. 

Hosted by the Pardee Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, in collaboration with the BU Center for the Study of Asia, the CAS Core Curriculum, the CFA School of Music, the CFA School of Theatre, and the School of Public Health on October 18, 2010.

Tags: cfa, dance, cas, india, art, pardee center, School of Music, School of Public Health, School of Theatre, Study of Asia, adil najam, mallika sarabhai, social change, darpana academy, mahabharata, benjamín e. juárez, andré de quadros

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