QUEEN’S ROAD: Indian classical dance should be part of school and college curricula as it helps students remain focused in studies, said celebrated danseuse Sonal Mansingh. She was in the city to encourage her disciple Hasmitha Ganesh, who made her rangapravesha on Sunday.
“The world is changing fast and people’s interest in Indian classical dance is fading. But the dance forms have managed to retain their charisma, thanks to the artistes who work hard to practise, perform and keep them alive,” she said.
Speaking about the entertainment industry making a shift towards reality shows, Mansingh said that this is the time for us to give more importance to Indian classical dance.
Having performed and given lectures at over 91 countries in the world, Mansingh said that she has a great connect with Bengaluru as her first rangapravesha was at Rajbhavan in 1961. She said the audience here has always appreciated the classical dance forms and encouraged performers, which is why she always looks forward to visiting Bengaluru.