Sandhya Manoj Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

Sandhya Manoj

Sandhya Manoj is a Malaysian Odissi dancer and yoga instructor. She is famous for being a contestant in Bigg Boss Malayalam 3 (2021).

Wiki/Biography

Sandhya Manoj was born on 1 August 1979 (age 41 years; as of 2020) in Kuwait City, Kuwait. She was brought up in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Her zodiac sign is Leo. While in Kuwait, at the age of five, Sandhya started learning Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam under Parvathy Narayana Swamy.

Sandhya Manoj with her mentor Parvathy Narayana Swamy

Sandhya Manoj with her mentor Parvathy Narayana Swamy

After her marriage, she moved to Kuala Lampur in Malaysia and found herself getting attracted to Odissi dance. There, she joined the Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lampur to learn Odissi and has been dedicated to the dance form since then. In 2006, she went to Odisha with a group of senior practitioners to learn Odissi directly from gurus Durga Charan Ranbir and Ratikant Mohapatra. She also attended a workshop by Guru Padma Shri Madhavi Mudgal in Odissi dance.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 6″

Eye Colour: Jade Green

Hair Colour: Black

Sandhya Manoj

Family & Caste

She belongs to a Malayali family. [1]Times of India She follows Hinduism. [2]Facebook – Sandhya Manoj

Parents & Siblings

Her father’s name is Kunjanmenon Das. She has a brother named Sanjiv Das and a sister named Manju Menon.

Sandhya Manoj with her parents

Sandhya Manoj with her parents

Husband & Children

She got married to Malaysia-based yoga expert Manoj Kaimal on Saturday, January 23 1999.

Wedding picture of Sandhya Manoj and Manoj Kaimal

Wedding picture of Sandhya Manoj and Manoj Kaimal

The couple has a son named Sidharth Manoj and a daughter named Shivani Manoj.

Sandhya Manoj with her husband and children

Sandhya Manoj with her husband and children

Career

Dance & Yoga

She has performed classical dances for more than three decades. As a child, she began performing on stage in Kuwait. As a Bharatanatyam dancer, she performed her first Dashavatar ‘Paalkadal Allaimelle’ taught by her first guru. Her first performance in Kerala happened at Nishagandhi auditorium, where she presented two numbers – ‘Navarasa’ and ‘Dasha Maha Vidya’ for her short recital. She has performed at several national and international events like Raindrops Festival, Surya Festival (Kerala), and Natyolsavam (Thiruvananthapuram). She has also performed at events for the Government of India and Government of Malaysia. After spending years performing Odissi, she produced her own dance theatres such as Shakthi Praleeyanam, Ardhnaarishwara, Padmanabha Daasa, Swati Thirunal Dashavatar, Dashamahavidhya, Prerna, and Ashtanayika Radha.

Sandhya Manoj performing Ardhnaarishwara

Sandhya Manoj performing Ardhnaarishwara

Her performance was under the auspices of Guru Gopinath Natanagramam & Dance Museum in Thiruvananthapuram. She is a yoga enthusiast and gained world attention when she came up with the idea to implement dance into yoga. In 2000, when she was 21, she opened Manasa Yoga School, a yoga studio in SS 2, Petaling Jaya, with her husband. The yoga school is touted as the best yoga school in Malaysia. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Manasa Yoga School opened online classes in Odissi.

Logo of Manasa Yoga School

Logo of Manasa Yoga School

She also helped her husband conceptualized Manasa Yoga. She is a dance and yoga instructor at Manasa Yoga School. She also conducts dance workshops. She also teaches Odissi at the Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur.

Favourite Things

  • Song: Alhamdulillah from the film Sufiyum Sujatayum (2020)
  • Beverage: Coffee
  • Restaurant: Hailam Kopitiam

Facts/Trivia

  • She has endorsed product such as Oatsify, 88KETO, and Malabar Gold and Diamonds on her social media accounts. She has modelled for the jewellery designer Malika Sinha in an ad campaign.
  • She has also performed in theatre. In one of the plays titled ‘Devadasi,’ she sang, acted, danced, and played multiple roles.
    Sandhya Manoj in Devadasi

    Sandhya Manoj in Devadasi

  • She has hosted prestigious events for High Commission of India to Malaysia and ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia, and Malayalam Talentime Contest by Association of Malayalam Movie Artists.
  • Talking about her love for dancing in an interview, Sandhya said,

    Dancing has been a passion for me since childhood. It helps me connect to the energy of the moment, and it makes me feel complete. More than just staring at the dancer, the audience has to understand what I am doing.”

  • In 2017, she appeared as a guest in a morning program on the channel Jai Hind News TV Kerala.
    Sandhya Manoj on Jai Hind News TV Kerala

    Sandhya Manoj on Jai Hind News TV Kerala

  • In 2020, she contested the television reality show Bigg Boss Malayalam 3, which premiered on Asianet.
    Sandhya Manoj as a contestant of Bigg Boss Malayalam 3

    Sandhya Manoj as a contestant of Bigg Boss Malayalam 3

  • She has an eponymous YouTube channel in which she uploads her dance, travel, and achievements.
    Sandhya Manoj- YouTube channel

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