In Sujata Prasad, danseuse Sonal Mansingh has found her dream bio­grapher. There is so much empathy between author and subject that the writer moves comfortably bet­ween dance, music, choreography, spirituality, culture, heritage, Sonal’s startling artistic innovation and her turbulent private life. Sonal’s own voice comes through with clarity and in tel­ling excerpts of interviews that end many of the chapters. This is a work for anyone interested in the renaissance in the performing arts that has been nurtured and promoted in independent India. It makes one proud to be an Indian.