Legacy and Contribution of Dr Kapila Vatsyayan to Indian Cultural Research

Dr Kapila Vatsyayan who was a Leading scholar of Indian classical dance, art, architecture and art history passed away on September 16, 2020 at the age of 92.

Who was Dr kapila Vatsyayan?

  • She was born in Delhi. Ram Lal was her father and Satyawati Malik was her mother.
  • She married to the Hindi Writer S.H. Vatsyayan ‘Ajneya’. However, later they got separated.
  • She wrote many books including,
  1. The Square and the Circle of Indian Arts in 1997
  2. Bharata: The Natya Sastra in 1996 and
  3. Matralaksanam in 1988.

Her Career

  • She had been a former Member of Parliament.
  • She had served as Secretary to the Government in the Ministry of Education.
  • As the secretary, she was responsible for the establishing many national institutions of higher education.
  • She was also a founding Director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
  • She has worked as former President of India International Centre (IIC).

Her Achievements

  • She reveived the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship which is the highest honour conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1970.
  • She has also been conferred with the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship in 1955 which happens to be highest honour in the fine arts.
  • In 2000, she received the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award.
  • In 2011, she was bestowed upon with the Padma Vibhushan by the government of India.




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