Arts scholar, ‘institution builder’ Kapila Vatsyayan dies in Delhi dwelling


New Delhi, September 16

Scholar, creator and connoisseur of the humanities Kapila Vatsyayan died at her Delhi dwelling on Wednesday. She was 92.

“She passed away at 9 am today at her home in Gulmohar Enclave,” Kanwal Ali, secretary of the India International Centre the place she was a lifetime trustee, advised PTI.

Vatsyayan, who was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2011, was the founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. A former nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, she was additionally chairperson of the Asia Project on the IIC.

The famend scholar of artwork historical past, structure and Indian classical dance was born in New Delhi in 1928 and did her masters in English Literature from Delhi University and in Education from the University of Michigan within the US. She was the youthful sister of poet and critic Keshav Malik.

Vatsyayan authored almost 20 books on completely different types of artwork and their histories in her lengthy profession.

Some of her notable works embrace “The Square and the Circle of Indian Arts” (1997), “Bharata: The Natya Sastra” (2006), “Dance in Indian Painting” (2004), “Classical Indian Dance in Literature and the Arts” (2007), and “Transmissions and Transformations: Learning Through the Arts in Asia” (2011).

Remembering her as an “institution builder” and a real scholar, a number of personalities from the world of arts and tradition took to Twitter and Facebook to precise their condolences.

Renowned Hindi author Ashok Vajpeyi stated Vatsyayan’s demise was a “personal loss” for him.

“l deeply mourn the passing away of Kapila Vatsyayan, a terrific scholar, a pointy thoughts, a artistic individual and a terrific institution-builder.

“The world of culture in India loses a doyen, a tireless promoter and a bridgemaker amongst the arts, thought and imagination. Also a personal loss to many like me,” he wrote on Facebook.

Describing Vatsyayan as a “true scholar of the deep refinements of ancient Indian culture and civilisation”, politician Pavan Ok Varma stated he was “deeply grieved” by her demise.

“She was a true scholar of the deep refinements of ancient Indian culture and civilisation.  Her book ‘The Square and The Circle of Indian Arts’ is a classic. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Eminent sarod participant Amjad Ali Khan stated she was a number one scholar of Indian classical dance, artwork, structure, and artwork historical past.

She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1970 and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana award in 2000, among the many many accolades she gained over time.

The ultimate rites had been held on the Lodhi Cremation Ground on Wednesday afternoon. — PTI



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