Classical dance exponent Sonal Mansingh has expressed displeasure that the present generation of Indians do not know much about dancing legends such as Uday Shankar and Balasaraswati.
Mansingh also wondered why classical dance and other art forms were not getting more space in the media which would have enabled the youth to be aware of the icons in classical music.
"But I am so sad the present day generation do not know much of Uday Shankar. Let us put pressure on Central and respective state governments in keeping the traditions of personalities like Uday Shankar and Balasaraswati alive, our culture alive," she said at the Kolkata Literature Festival.
Mansingh recalled her initiation to classical dance through Manipuri dance form at the age of four learning Bharatnatyam at the age of seven and Odissi exponent Kelucharan Mohapatra later.
Mansingh expressed happiness the way Bengalis love their language and keep it alive.
"This is one of the reasons for which I respect Bengal. Here from important personalities in different fields to the common man everyone speaks in his mother tongue Bengali. That explains your rootedness," she said.
The literary meet was part of the 42nd International Kolkata Book Fair currently being held.
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