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

Sandhya Manoj is a Malaysian Odissi dancer, dance teacher, and yoga instructor. She is famous for being a contestant in the reality TV show Bigg Boss Malayalam 3 (2021).

Wiki/Biography

Sandhya Manoj was born on Wednesday, 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.

Sandhya Manoj as a child

Sandhya Manoj as a child

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 the 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 has also attended a workshop by Guru Padma Shri Madhavi Mudgal in Odissi dance. After completing her schooling in Saudi Arabia, she did her graduation in English Literature from India.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 6″

Eye Colour: Jade Green

Hair Colour: Black

Sandhya Manoj

Family & Caste

She belongs to a Malayali family. She follows Hinduism.

Parents & Siblings

Her father’s name is Kunjanmenon Das. Her mother, Kala Das, is a dancer. She has a brother named Sanjiv Das, who works at Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company.

Sandhya Manoj with her parents

Sandhya Manoj with her parents

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Sandhya Manoj's brother with his son

Sandhya Manoj’s brother with his son

Husband & Children

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

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 the 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

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She also helped her husband conceptualise 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. She has also taught children in two international schools and at Taraana (a school for special children).

Favourite Things

  • Song: Alhamdulillah from the film Sufiyum Sujatayum (2020)
  • Restaurant: Hailam Kopitiam in Kuala Lumpur

Facts/Trivia

  • When she decided to pursue dance as her career, her family was against it as none of her family members thought of dance as a potential career. According to her,

    If I had half the courage as now I would have reacted as ‘Oh Gosh, I come with such a culture less background family, who find it shame to stand and embrace and stand for the exposure of our tradition.’ But I was a timid child then and so, kept quiet and buried the dream of going to the institutions like Kalakshetra and Kalamandalam.”

  • She has endorsed products 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 the High Commission of India to Malaysia, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia, and Malayalam Talentime Contest by the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists.
    Sandhya Manoj at an event of the High Commission of India to Malaysia

    Sandhya Manoj at an event of the High Commission of India to Malaysia

  • 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 2019, she appeared on the cover of Yoga Life magazine with her husband.
    Sandhya Manoj and her husband on the cover of Yoga Life magazine

    Sandhya Manoj and her husband on the cover of Yoga Life magazine

  • In 2021, 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 videos.Sandhya Manoj- YouTube channel
  • She is a founder of a non-profit organization called Persatuan Abhaya Malaysia, which is helping in empowering victims of sexual and physical abuse by indulging them in performing arts and yoga.
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