Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Sonal Mansingh, is celebrated cultural personality of India. Currently she is serving a second term as Trustee of Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and is a visiting professor at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. She is now the Kalapeethadheesh of Kalayoga Peetham at S-YVASA University, Bangalore. She has served as Chairperson of Central Sangeet Natak Akademi and on several important official and cultural bodies.
She is proficient in several languages and their literature. She is unique among performing artists of India because of her training and deep knowledge of several Indian dance styles as well as the three (3) prevalent classical music traditions of India viz Hindustani, Oriya and Carnatic. Her unique contribution has been her lifelong work using & utilizing her knowledge and talents to address socio-cultural issues through the chosen medium of Naatya-Katha (solo-dance theatre).
As the Founder-President of Centre for Indian Classical Dances (estd. 1977, Delhi) she has trained several talented artists who are carrying the message of Indian culture all over the world.
She is the recipient of highest civilian awards the Padma Vibhushan (2003) and the Padma Bhushan (1992) from President of India among many coveted national & international awards & honours.
Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi nominated her as a NAVRATNA for Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission).