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Media mainly responsible for young generation's ignorance about classical art: Sonal Mansingh

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Acclaimed classical dance exponent Mansingh on Friday said she feels saddened by the young generation's lack of knowledge about the country's classical arts and the iconic artistes it has produced over the years and held the popular responsible for not highlighting India's cultural

"I feel bad that the younger generation of today's do not know the names of legends like or Balasaraswati. I am so sad about it. For which I hold the press and the responsible mainly. While there is so much of Bollywood, so many reality shows...more than 100 TV channels, where do you see anything about India's cultural relations and artists?" Mansingh said during a session at the Kolkata Literary Festival here.

"I have been talking about it everywhere and I do not care if the houses do not invite me ever," she said.

The legendary Bharatanatyam and said the government should also play a significant role in protecting and nourishing art and urged everyone to put pressure on the concerned authorities to change the current scenario.

"Let us put pressure on whoever is concerned and the governments, the government, the central government... The government also a has a huge role in keeping the cuture alive," she said.

Mansingh said the cultural heritage is one thing that has made this country proud at the worlds stage many times and every Indian citizen should treasure that.

"I think the cultural heritage is one thing that has highlighted the name of in the world time and again. Whether we talk about our tradition or antiquity...has a strong cultural heritage which connects us by the same thread. We still have that with us and I think all of us should respect that," she noted.

About from Bengal Uday Shankar, best known for creating a fusion style of dance by adapting European theatrical techniques, Mansingh said he was the first person who successfully took Indian dance to the West.

"It was who really took the Indian art and dance to the west.An the people of Kolkata and Bengal are very fortunate to have had a like Uday Shankar, whose name remains like a meteor," she added.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 22:58 IST