Mrinalini Sarabhai dies at 97.

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One of country’s most eminent artistic personalities, Indian classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai, died here in Ahmedabad. She was 97.

Sources said that she was suffering from an infection after which she was admitted to a hospital the day before.

She was a proponent of various dance forms including Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, and was awarded the Padma Bhushan, in 1992.

She is the wife of the noted scientist, Vikram Sarabhai, who is considered the architect of India’s space program.

Besides training thousands of students in classical dance over the course of her decades-long career, she was also a writer, poet and environmentalist.

“My mother just left for her eternal dance,” her daughter Mallika, also a dancer, wrote in a post on Facebook announcing her death.