Dr Sonal Mansingh
Dr Sonal Mansingh is a celebrated name with a six-decade long career as a solo dancer, Guru and cultural educationist. She has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan (2003) and Padma Bhushan (1992) among many other national and international awards and honours. She is one of the navratnas for PM Modi’s prime mega project Swachh Bharat Mission. A book on her life, Sonal Mansingh: A Life Like No Other was published last year. She has recently added newer dimensions to her art to address contemporary socio-cultural issues through the Naatya-Katha. The Repertory Group has been presenting choreographic thematic work under her direction. Having remained chairman of the National Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sonal is currently serving her second term as trustee and is also an Executive director for Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). She has also been nominated as a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.