5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sonal Mansingh

In her career of fifty-five years, Sonal Mansingh’s legacy has spanned across three dance forms—Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Chhau. She is the second woman dancer after Balasaraswati to receive Padma Vibhushan.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the cultural icon.

Away from dancing, Sonal took on various projects. She also helped refurbish Jogi Mahallocated inside the Ranthambore National Park.
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Overriding his wife’s protests, Dr Mansingh had taken Sonal to Kelucharan Mohapatra.  And that’s how the phenomenal journey in Odissi began.
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Despite being vegetarian, she expanded her cooking repertory to include non-vegetarian dishes.
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Horror-struck, she left the place and lived for a while at the India International Centre, before taking refuge at John Lall’s house in Jorbagh.
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Her Volkswagen Beetle skidded on the rain-drenched road, did three somersaults, turned upside down and settled on its roof.
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Find out more about the diva in Sonal Mansingh: A Life Like No Other.

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