Sonal Mansingh

About Sonal Mansingh

Who is it?: Odissi Dancer
Birth Day: April 30, 1944
Birth Place: Mumbai, Indian
Birth name: Sonal Pakvasa
Origin: India
Genres: Indian classical dance
Occupation(s): Indian classical dancer, Cultural Icon of India, Guru, motivational speaker
Years active: 1961–present

Sonal Mansingh

Sonal Mansingh was born on April 30, 1944 in Mumbai, Indian, is Odissi Dancer. Sonal Mansingh is an eminent Indian classical dancer and choreographer, renowned for her Odissi dancing style. Prominently a dancer, she is also a philosopher, social reformer, thinker, choreographer and teacher. Despite the fact that dancing was not seen as a respectable profession in her time, she fought her way and achieved excellence in dancing which eventually connected her with the world. To her, dance is the medium through which she can present the views of the unheard. Her dance performances are simply amazing and her works have always been highly applauded, bringing her a lot of fame and fortune. In the history of Indian dance, her body of work is unique in range and scope, and covers several themes, both of traditional and contemporary interest. Lately, her work has shifted towards issues concerning women, environment, prison reforms and re-interpretation of ancient myths. A mesmerizing dancer, she is also a fine orator and through her determined participation in seminars, discussions, workshops and lectures she is able to influence a lot of people of her community. According to her, dance should speak the issues concerning the society at large and dancers must have love for literature, poetry, languages, sculpture and painting as dance is a rare confluence of all these arts.
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Popular As Sonal Mansingh
Occupation Dancers
Age 80 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Born April 30, 1944 (Mumbai, Indian)
Birthday April 30
Town/City Mumbai, Indian
Nationality Indian

🌙 Zodiac

Sonal Mansingh’s zodiac sign is Taurus. According to astrologers, Taurus is practical and well-grounded, the sign harvests the fruits of labor. They feel the need to always be surrounded by love and beauty, turned to the material world, hedonism, and physical pleasures. People born with their Sun in Taurus are sensual and tactile, considering touch and taste the most important of all senses. Stable and conservative, this is one of the most reliable signs of the zodiac, ready to endure and stick to their choices until they reach the point of personal satisfaction.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Sonal Mansingh was born in the Year of the Monkey. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey thrive on having fun. They’re energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They’re heart-breakers, not good at long-term relationships, morals are weak. Compatible with Rat or Dragon.

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Sonal Mansingh dancing career which started in 1962, after her arangetram in Mumbai, and in 1977, she founded, Centre for Indian Classical Dances (CICD) in New Delhi.


Though, her real training in dance started when at age 18, despite her family's opposition, she went to Bangalore, to learn Bharatanatyam from Prof. U. S. Krishna Rao and Chandrabhaga Devi at age 18, abhinaya from Mylapore Gowri Ammal, and later started learning Odissi from Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra in 1965.


To mark the completion of her 40 years in dancing in 2002, noted Hindi film Director, Prakash Jha made a documentary film on her, title Sonal, which also won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film for the year.


Sonal Mansingh was born in Mumbai, second of three children to Arvind and Poornima Pakvasa, a noted social worker from Gujarat and Padma Vibhushan winner in 2004. Her grandfather was Mangal Das Pakvasa, a freedom fighter, and one of the first five Governors of India.


Over the years, dance has taken her all over the world and brought her many awards, including the Padma Bhushan (1992), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987 , and the Padma Vibhushan, India's the second highest civilian award, in 2003; making her the second woman Dancer in India to receive such an honour after Balasaraswati. This was followed by Kalidas Samman of Madhya Pradesh government, in 2006 and on April 21, 2007, she was conferred with Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by G.B. Pant University, Uttarakhand at Pantnagar and Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by Sambalpur University.

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