Along with her other interests, she took her Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a doctorate in organisational behaviour. Mallika, along with her mother co-directs the Darpana Academy of Performing arts in Ahmedabad, a unique centre for the arts which has performed all over India and abroad. Today the academy has many faces; the Darpana Performance Group, the Janavak Folk and Tribal Dance Company, Darpana for Development, Darpana Communications, the Darpana Conservatoire etc. Mallika received her first award in 1977. She was the recipient of the "French Palme D'or", the highest civilian award by the French Government and in Paris she was honoured as the 'Best Soloist Artist' among 400 dancers from 25 countries among other awards.
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