For three decades, Malavika Sarukkai has been a hallmark dancer and choreographer in the traditional bharatanatyam style. She performed onstage for the first time in Mumbai when she was twelve, and since has been dancing for diverse audiences in cities and towns all over India and throughout the world. A firm believer in the continuity of Indian classical tradition, Ms. Sarukkai preserves key elements of bharatanatyam while providing a personal interpretation of the dance’s cultural significance. A favorite of Indian dance critics, she inspired the phrase “innovative-within-tradition” to describe her stimulating dances. Malavika’s artistry was featured in the BBC/WNET television documentary Dancing, a nine hour series on world dance and the film Samarpanam, specially commissioned by the Government of India, has been made on her life and work. She has been honored with numerous Indian awards including the Padma Shree from the President of India, the Kalaimamani from the State Government, the Mrinalini Sarabhai Award for Excellence in Classical Dance, the Nrityachoodamani from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Sanskriti award, the Haridas Sammelan award, and the SNA Award by Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi.