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Dr. Sonal Mansingh, was nominated by President of India to Rajya Sabha the Upper House of Indian Parliament in July 2018 in recognition of her life-long dedication and service to India’s arts. She is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan in 2003 from Shri APJ bdul Kalam and Padma Bhushan in 1992 from Shri R. Venkataraman. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi nominated her as a NAVRATNA for Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission).

Her unique contribution has been her lifelong work using her knowledge to address socio-cultural issues through the chosen medium of dance, as a soloist, teacher, choreographer and motivational speaker.

As the Founder-President of Shri Kamakhya Kalapeeth (Centre for Indian Classical Dances, est. in 1977 at Delhi) she has trained several thousand talented students who are carrying the message of Indian culture globally. She teaches the Art as holistic concept combining music, yoga, Sanskrit and cultural traditions of India.

Dr. Sonal Mansingh

Inaugural Interview - Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh on "Breaking Boundaries - Dance, Culture and Society" In conversation with Ms. Barkha Mathur

On 27th Nov - 6.30 p.m.- 7.00 p.m.

Coincidentally I am from a political family. My granddad, Mangal Das Pakwasa, was one of the initial five Governors of India. My granddad and both my folks were significantly intrigued by expressions of the human experience thus well-known craftsmen would frequently come and perform at our home. I grew up among these craftsmen and normally grew an interest in it.

Dance is intended to honor individuals. They engage while teaching the individuals. In India, dance is viewed as a vital piece of day by day life. It sustains individuals with otherworldliness and gives social analysis. In the event that a message is portrayed straightforwardly it will be exhausting. In any case, on the off chance that they are encompassed in excellent developments, alluring ensembles, and fascinating stories, the message will be generally welcomed by the crowd. I would state the job of dance has been critical in India.

My desire is to make everybody dance. I am not cursorily telling this. Dance is so essential to an individual. Everybody ought to become familiar with a tad of dance in whatever from - society, social or old style. In Germany, expressive dance is mandatory for young men and young ladies up to standard eight. Dance suggests an equilibrium of body, comprehension of room, intensity of the body, its beauty, music, and mood. Through dance, the brain gets sensitive to a musicality. It is just common that something so indispensable should be essential for our fundamental instruction.