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 Mahal, located inside the Ranthambore National Park.
Overriding his wife’s protests, Dr Mansingh had taken Sonal to Kelucharan Mohapatra. And that’s how the phenomenal journey in Odissi began.
Despite being vegetarian, she expanded her cooking repertory to include non-vegetarian dishes.
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.
Her Volkswagen Beetle skidded on the rain-drenched road, did three somersaults, turned upside down and settled on its roof.
Find out more about the diva in Sonal Mansingh: A Life Like No Other.