Indian art must reconnect with the masses and for that we need individual artists, corporates and the state to contribute to the yajna of revival.
82.5 Degrees East (82.5° E) is an audio webcast that brings together diverse voices from the Indic / Dharmic tradition to discuss, deliberate and propagate views that find their origin in the ancient civilizational ethos of Sanatan Dharma. We debate on a wide range of topics and make it conducive for an original Indic perspective to emerge.
In this part, we bring to the listeners one of the greatest exponents of Indian classical dance in this era, whose impact on all kinds of art forms and artists cannot be overstated. Born in 1944 in Mumbai, Sonal Mansingh began her training as a dancer at the tender age of four, though there is good reason to believe that it would've begun informally even earlier than that. It is difficult to associate her with just one dance form, such is her mastery of so many different forms of Indian dance including Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and Manipuri. She is also a polyglot with degrees in Sanskrit and German literature. The Government of India has honoured her on several occasions, most notably by presenting her with the Padma Bhushan in 1992 and the Padma Vibhushan (India's second highest civilian award) in 2003.
Guest: Sonal Mansingh
Hosts: Sonalee Hardikar and Ashish Dhar