The multi-talented singer has been invited by France based space agency, Ariane to be present at the event representing India for the ISRO launch. Sona Mahapatra will provide an Indian perspective in the event and help amplify interest for space studies and science in India as a youth influencer.
Arianespace, the European launch service provider headquarter in France, produces a curated show for each of their launches. “On January 16, the space agency will be launching ISRO satellite GSAT-30, hence the organisers 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 which resonate with the youth and has the qualifications of BTech in Instrumentation and Electronics. Therefore, she was an obvious choice. She harbours a great love for space studies since she was a little girl and when the opportunity presented itself, she was happy to accept and provide a lay-mans perspective on the occasion,” says a source.
At the event, she will be joined by US based Television presenter Sarah Cruddas and Athena Brensberger, an astro-physicist amongst others.
Sona tells, “My childhood fascination for space is well known in my close circles. My father has a profound connection with the stars, being a Navigation Specialist and instructor on Astro and Radar Navigation in the Indian Navy. He used to sit us three sisters down in the lawn and make us stare into the sky and do a Star Quiz. 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. Knowing that the success of a show like the Big Bang Theory has made kids all around the world interested in science. I feel fortunate that I will be able to contribute through my participation in a small way.”