Mallika Sarabhai

Mallika Sarabhai appointed chancellor of Kerala Kalamandalam

December 7, 2022

The Kerala government on Tuesday appointed eminent dancer Mallika Sarabhai as the Chancellor of Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed to be University for Art and Culture.

A letter issued by the office of the State’s Cultural Affairs Minister VN Vasavan’s office said that the LDF government believes that the appointment of Sarabhai as Chancellor would be highly beneficial for the institution.

Sarabhai’s appointment comes weeks after the Pinarayi Vijayan government had amended the rules of the Kalamandalam to remove Governor Arif Mohammed Khan as its Chancellor.

The minister’s office said that she had been chosen for the top post as per a clause of the Memorandum of Association of the Kalamandalam which says that “the Chancellor shall be an eminent person in the field of art and culture appointed by the sponsoring body.”

The daughter of renowned dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai and space scientist Vikram Sarabhai, Mallika Sarabhai is a renowned Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi performer who has made a mark world over.

Apart from being a dancer, she has also proved her abilities in the areas of theatre, film and television and also established herself as a writer, publisher and director, it added.

The amendment was made amidst the government’s ongoing tussle with Khan over functioning of universities, including appointment of Vice-Chancellors, in the state.

The amended rules of the deemed university also stated that the governance system and management structure of the Kerala Kalamandalam shall be in accordance with the decision of the state government.

(Inputs from PTI)

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