Sonal Mansingh is an unparalleled
representative of the ancient but ever new art dance
traditions of India. She has been on stage since
1964. Her role as a social activist, thinker,
researcher, orator, choreographer and teacher
combines admirably with her dancing further enriching
the tradition. She founded the Centre for Indian
Classical Dances (CICD) in 1977 in Delhi and has
trained many young men and women, some of who have
earned critical acclaim already. She is the youngest
recipient of the high honour of 'Padma Bhusan' among
artists in India.
leading exponent of Odissi, the ancient and
traditional dance style of Orissa with a background
of decades of training in Bharata Natyam, Chhau
(martial dance from Orissa) and Indian music she has
made original choreographies based on Indian
mythology as well as contemporary issues. Lately her
work has veered more and more towards issues
concerning women and environment.
seminars, round table discussions, writings, teaching
workshops and lectures, she shares her perception and
concerns. When Delhi hosted a two day seminar on
"WOMEN, ENVIRONMENT and CULTURE" Sonal was
the key-note speaker.
Sonal, the universal mesage of artistic traditions is
an extra factor binding diverse cultures and
societies. She believes that countries can come close
together in a global atmosphere of friendship and
mutual respect through intra-cultural understanding.