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This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (March 2009) Darpana Academy of Performing Arts Formation 1949 Purpose/focus Dance school for Indian classical dance, theatre, puppetry Location Usmanpura, Ahmedabad- 380013, Gujarat, India. Website Official website Darpana Academy of Performing Arts is a school for performing arts in Ahmedabad Gujarat, established by Mrinalini Sarabhai and Vikram Sarabhai in 1949[1], it has been directed by their daughter Mallika Sarabhai for the last three decades. The school organises a three-day Interart, the "Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival" at Ahmedanbad, every year.[2] It celebrated its golden jubilee on December 28, 1998, with the announcement of the annual "Mrinalini Sarabhai Award for Classical Excellence", in the field of classical dance.[3] Contents 1 History 2 Overview 3 List of Kathakali Artists and Musicians who worked in Darpana since 1949 4 References 5 External links History Founded six decades ago in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Overview Its departments range from performance and teaching of the arts, to the use of performance and arts as development communication, through face-to-face impact and software production. The Drama Section, under acting duo Kailash Pandya and Damini Mehta, is responsible for more than 100 productions of a wide variety. Darpana attracted young writers and staged their first scripts, making them an integral part of production efforts. Some of the names can be mentioned as Madhu Rye, Labhshankar Thaker, Shrikant Shah, Subhash Shah, Chinu Modi, and Hasmukh Baradi. It also conducted theatre-training courses for over two decades. Its research wing, Janvak, published monographs like Goverdhan Panchal's on Bhavai. Darpana has also built an experimental thrust auditorium, Natrani, reminiscent of Greek amphitheatres, on the banks of the river Sabarmati. List of Kathakali Artists and Musicians who worked in Darpana since 1949 Guru Vazhengada Kunjunni Nair, Kavungal Shankarankutty Panicker, Guru Kottakkal Gopi Nair, Kottakkal Appu Nair, V.P. Ramakrishnan, Chandramana Govindan Namboodiri, Mangombu Shivashankara Pillai, Kalamandalam Govindan Kutty, Kalamandalam Murali, Kalamandalam Gopinath, Kavungal Chattunni Panicker, Kalamandalam Ravindra Warrior, Kalamandalam Madhavan, Kalamandalam Bhaskara Menon, Thakazhi Kuttan Pillai, Kalamandalam Unnikrishna Kurup, Kalamandalam Subrahmanian, Kalamandalam Sukumaran, Kalamandakam Haridas, Kottakkal Narayanan Namboodiri, Kavungal Gopala Panicker, Kavungal Krishna Panicker, Kalamandalam Narayanan, Kalamandalam Ananda Narayanan, Kalamandalam Sasi Poduval, Kalamandalam Balaraman, Kalamandalam Anandan, Trichur Vasu Warrior, V.P. Shankara Narayanan, Kalamandalam Shivaraman Nair, Kalamandalam Devaki, Kalamandalam Sitalakshmi, Painkulam Narayana Chakkyar, Kalamandalam Hariharan, Kalamandalam Kalyanikutti Amma, Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair[4] References ^ Epskamp, C. P.; Kees Epskamp (2006). Theatre for development: an introduction to context, applications and training. Zed Books. p. 52. ISBN 1842777335. http://books.google.com/books?id=Ep3eux75oGkC&pg=PA52&dq=%22Darpana+Academy+of+Performing+Arts%22+-inpublisher:icon&cd=3#v=onepage&q=%22Darpana%20Academy%20of%20Performing%20Arts%22%20-inpublisher%3Aicon&f=false.  ^ "Bid goodbye to 2007 on a cultural note!". Indian Express. Dec 27, 2007. http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Bid-goodbye-to-2007-on-a-cultural-note/254794/.  ^ "Tradition takes over". Indian Express. December 26, 1998. http://www.indianexpress.com/res/web/pIe/ie/daily/19981226/36051964.html. Retrieved 20 October 2010.  ^ Kottakkal, Sasidharan Nair. "Biography of Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair". Kottakkal Sasidharan Nair Biography. http://kottakkalsasidharan.com/biography.html. Retrieved 26 May 2011.  External links Official Website UNESCO Residency Darpana Academy updates