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Sonal Mansingh has been on stage since 1964. Her role as a social activist, thinker, researcher, orator, choreographer and teacher combines admirably with her dancing. She founded the Centre for Indian Classical Dances (CICD) in 1977 in Delhi and has trained many young men and women, some of who have earned critical acclaim already. A leading exponent of Odissi, with a background of decades of training in Bharata Natyam, Chhau and Indian music, she has made original choreographic works based on Indian mythology as well as contemporary issues. She is a recipient of several honours and awards which include Singar Mani from Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, Mumbai (1967), Medal of Friendship Vietnam (1983), Natya Kala Ratna from National Cultural Organization (1985), Nrityakala Kaumudi Kala Priya, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh (1986), Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award (1991), Padma Bhusan (1992), Indira Priya Darshini Award (1994) and the Medal of Friendship Cuba State Council (1995). She has widely traveled all over India and the world and participated in numerous festivals. Sonal Mansingh's renowned choreographic works include, Indradhanush (1999), Manavatta (1998), Sabras (Odissi Danced on Hindi film songs), Samanavaya (integration of India's Tribal, Urban, Classical, folk dance), Panch-Kanya, Devi Durga, Aatmayan, Mera Bharat, Dharma - Sringaara, Chaturang and Draupadi.