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'Sad that youths do not know of Uday Shankar'

Kolkata: 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.
It was Uday Shankar who had taken out Indian dance and music to the West, the legendary Bharatnatyam and Odissi danseuse said last evening.
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.

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