The sensational singer Sona Mohapatra has been invited to the launch of an Indian satellite in Paris to provide an Indian perspective in the event & to help amplify interest for space studies & science in India as a youth influencer.
For Sona Mohapatra the year kickstarted with going back to her academic roots, her being a brilliant science student & engineer. The talented artist was recently invited to go to Paris for a talk show that will see the launch of an Indian Satellite by the European space launcher, Ariane. The organizers of the event requested her to represent the country and speak about the importance and relevance of space and science in our daily lives.
Arianespace, the European launch service provider headquartered in France, produces a curated show for each of their launches and this time it will be Sona representing India at the prestigious international event. On January 16, the space agency will be launching ISRO satellite GSAT-30, hence the organizers wished for someone to discuss the importance of space and its study in India. Sona being someone who is articulate on a wide number of issues that resonate with the youth & has the qualifications of BTech in Instrumentation & Electronics was an obvious choice. She harbors a great love for space studies since she was a little girl and when the opportunity presented itself, she was happy to accept & provide a lay-man’s perspective on the occasion.
An ecstatic Sona tells us, “My father has a profound connection with the stars, being a Navigation Specialist and instructor on Astro and Radar Navigation in the Indian Navy. While I went on to other fields of study and studied to be an engineer, I eventually found my calling in music. That hasn’t diminished my fascination for space. This opportunity thrills me to bits. I feel fortunate that I will be able to contribute through my participation in a small way.”