Kapila Vatsyayan enriched world of arts in myriad methods


Nonika Singh

Renowned artwork scholar Kapila Vatsyayan was a girl of many skills, who wore many hats. A redoubtable creator, an erudite scholar par extraordinaire, an in a position administrator/adviser and a dancer in her personal time, her journey could have began when authorities patronage in the direction of arts was unparalleled.

She patronised arts at a private stage and labored with luminaries corresponding to Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Indira Gandhi. The founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, she was additionally the chairperson of the Asia Project on the India International Centre.

Vatsyayan acquired a grasp’s diploma in English literature from Delhi University and later studied within the US. Mixed influences as soon as made her quip in an interview, “I belonged nowhere and I belonged everywhere.”

Author of books corresponding to “The Square” and “Circle of the Indian Arts”, she is hailed as basic by bureaucrat creator Pavan Ok Varma in a tweet.

Eminent artist and former Principal of the Government College of Art, Chandigarh, Prem Singh recollects her as a mentor in his artwork journey and the foremost authority on Indian arts and tradition after AK Coomaraswamy.

Architect artist SS Bhatti remembers her from her go to to Panjab University. He recollects, “She soon transcended her well-known image as a versatile scholar of far-reaching consequence and engaged in a theatrical and audience-capturing performance.”

The Padma Vibhushan recipient and former MP, she has left behind a treasure trove of knowledge and information.



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