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Renowned Classical Danseuse Mrinalini Sarabhai passes away

Legendary classical danseuse Mrinalini Sarabhai passed away in Ahmedabad, Gujarat due to age related health complications. She was 97.

She was trained in Bharatnatyam, Kathakali and Mohiniyattom and was educated at Shantiniketan under the guidance of Rabindranath Tagore.

About Mrinalini Sarabhai

  • Mrinalini Sarabhai was born on 11 May 1918 in Kerala. She was daughter of former MP Ammu Swaminathan and founder of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad.
  • She was trained in the south Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam under Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai.
  • She was also trained in classical dance-drama of Kathakali under the legendary Guru Thakazhi Kunchu Kurup.
  • She was one of the first classical dancer to turn to choreography. She has trained over 18,000 students in Bharatnatyam and Kathakali.
  • Besides being a classical dancer, she was a writer, poet and environmentalist and had played a leading role in the social and art scene in Ahmedabad.
  • Family: She was widow of noted space scientist Dr. Vikram Sarabhai who is considered as the Father of the Indian Space Program. Leading danseuse, actor and activist Mallika Sarabhai is her daughter.
  • Awards and Honours: Padma Bhushan Award (1992), Padma Shri (1965) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (1994).

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Former ISRO chief and Renowned Scientist Dr V R Gowarikar passes away

Former ISRO chief and renowned Scientist Dr. Vasant Ranchod Gowarikar passed away in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 81.

He is considered as the ‘Father of the Indian Monsoon Model’.

About Dr. Vasant Gowarikar

  • Dr. Vasant Gowarikar was born in Pune on 25th March, 1933.
  • He was renowned scientist and his significant contribution includes in field of space research, weather and population study and Polymer Chemistry.
  • In 1965, Dr Gowarikar along with Vikram Sarabhai started working on satellite technology in the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Both of them played important role in laying foundation stone for India’s space technology and space programmes.
  • He also headed Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). On 17th April 1983, under his leadership Satellite launcher SLV-3 became successfully operational in orbit.
  • He was the scientific advisor to late Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao from 1991 to 1993. For some time, he was  Vice Chancellor of Pune University.
  • He was also chairman of Marathi Vidnyan Parishad from 1994 to 2000.
  • Books: Many books and scientific essays are credited to his name. His book ‘I Predict’, an essay on the Indian population, has become famous.
  • Awards: He was honoured with the Padmashree Award, Padma Bhushan (2008)Fie Foundation Award, Nayak Gold Medal and Doctorates from many prestigious universities.
  • The Fertilizer Encyclopedia: Dr. Gowarikar, along with his associates in 2008 had compiled the massive The Fertilizer Encyclopedia that featured 4,500 entries of chemical composition of fertilizers. It contains collection of information related to fertilizers consisting of their manufacturing, application and environmental considerations.

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