Kapila Vatsyayan

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| birth_place = Delhi| death_date = | nationality = | other_names = | alma_mater = Delhi University, University of Michigan, Banaras Hindu University| occupation = scholar, art historian| known_for = | spouse = Sachchidananda Vatsyayan 'Agyeya'}}Kapila Vatsyayan (कपिला वात्स्यायन) (born 25 December 1928) is a leading scholar of Indian classical dance, art, architecture, and art history. She was formerly a member of parliament and bureaucrat in India, and served as the founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.In 1970, Vatsyayan received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's national academy for music, dance and drama; this was followed by the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour in the fine arts conferred by Lalit Kala Akademi, India's national academy for fine arts in 1995. In 2011, the Government of India bestowed upon her the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour.

Early life and background

She was born in Delhi to Ram Lal and Satyawati Malik.WEB, Members Biodata,weblink Rajya Sabha, 8 July 2013, She earned an MA in English literature from Delhi University.WEB, Kapila Vatsyayan – Formative Influences, Uttara Asha Coorlawala,weblink narthaki, 12 January 2000, 8 July 2013, Thereafter, she completed a second MA in Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a PhD at the Banaras Hindu University.The poet and art critic Keshav Malik was her older brother, and she was married to the noted Hindi Writer S.H. Vatsyayan 'Ajneya' (1911–1987). They married in 1956 and separated in 1969.


Vatsyayan is the author of many books, including The Square and the Circle of Indian Arts, Bharata: The Natya Sastra, and Matralaksanam.Bouton, Marshall & Oldenburg, Philip, Eds. (2003). India Briefing: A Transformative Fifty Years, p. 312. Delhi: Aakar Publications.In 1987, she became the founder trustee and member secretary of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (Indira Kalakendra), India's premier arts organisation, in Delhi.WEB, About IGNCA,weblink IGNCA, 8 July 2013, Thereafter, in 1993, she was made its academic director, a post she held until 2000, when she was retired by a BJP-led centre-right government. In 2005, when an Indian National Congress-led centre-left government returned to power, she was made the chairperson of the institution.WEB, Congress appoints Kapila Vatsyayan as IGNCA chairperson, completes tit-for-tat with NDA,weblink India Today, 31 October 2005, 8 July 2013, She also served as Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Education, where she was responsible for the establishment of a large number of national institutions of higher education. She is the chairperson of the Asia Project at the India International Centre, New Delhi.She was nominated as a member of the Upper House of Parliament of India, the Rajya Sabha in 2006, though subsequently in March 2006, she resigned following an office of profit controversy.WEB, Vatsyayan resigns from RS,weblink India News, 24 March 2006, 8 July 2013, In April 2007, she was renominated to the Rajya Sabha, with a term expiring in February 2012.WEB, Swaminathan, Vatsyayan nominated to Rajya Sabha,weblink The Hindu, 11 April 2007, 8 July 2013,


Vatsyayan received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1970.WEB,weblink SNA: List of Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna Puraskar winners (Akademi Fellows), Official website, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 4 March 2016, In the same year she was awarded a fellowship from the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund to survey cultural institutions and contemporary art developments in the United States and Indonesia. She was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1975.WEB, Official list of Jawaharlal Nehru Fellows (1969-present), Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund,weblink In 1992 the Asian Cultural Council honoured her with the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award for outstanding professional achievement and her significant contribution to the international understanding, practice, and study of dance and art history in India.WEB,weblink ACC: List of John D. Rockefeller 3rd Awardees, Official website, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 26 July 2014, dmy-all, In 1998, she received the "Outstanding Contribution to Dance Research" award, given by Congress on Research in Dance (CORD).WEB, Past Award Recipients, Congress on Research in Dance,weblink 13 December 2013, In 2000, she was a recipient of Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana AwardNEWS, Secularism under assault, says Sonia,weblink The Hindu, 21 August 2001, and in 2011, she was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India.PRESS RELEASE, Padma Awards Announced,weblink Ministry of Home Affairs (India), Ministry of Home Affairs, 25 January 2011, 25 January 2011,


  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Jayadeva, Jāur GÄ«ta-Govinda: a dated sixteenth century GÄ«ta-Govinda from Mewar,weblink 1980, National Museum,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Dance Sculpture in Sarangapani Temple,weblink 1982, Society for Archaeological, Historical, and Epigraphical Research,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Traditions of Indian folk dance,weblink 1987, Clarion Books associated with Hind Pocket Books,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Concepts of Space: Ancient and Modern,weblink 1991, Abhinav Publications, 978-81-7017-252-9,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Indian classical dance,weblink 1992, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India, 978-81-230-0589-8,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Baidyanath Saraswati, Subhash Chandra Malik, Madhu Khanna, Art, the Integral Vision: A Volume of Essay in Felicitation of Kapila Vatsyayan,weblink 1994, D. K. Print World (P) Limited, 978-81-246-0029-0,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Paramparik bharatiya rangmanch: anant dharane,weblink 1995, National Book Trust, 978-81-237-1432-5,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, The Indian Arts, Their Ideational Background and Principles of Form,weblink 1995, Affiliated East-West Press,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, PrakÅ—ti: The Integral Vision,weblink 1995, D K Printworld (P) Limited, 978-81-246-0036-8,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, The Square and the Circle of the Indian Arts,weblink 1997, Abhinav Publications, 978-81-7017-362-5,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Dance in Indian Painting,weblink 2004, Abhinav Publications, 978-81-7017-153-9,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Bharata The Natyasastra,weblink 2006, Sahitya Akademi, 978-81-260-1808-6,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Classical Indian dance in literature and the arts,weblink 2007, Sangeet Natak Akademi,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan (ed.), Transmissions and Transformations: Learning Through the Arts in Asia,weblink 2011, Primus Books, 978-93-80607-14-6, 9–,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, The Darbhanga Gita-Govinda,weblink 2011, Abhinav Publications, 978-81-7017-447-9,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Asian Dance: Multiple Levels,weblink 2011, B.R. Rhythms, 978-81-88827-23-7,
  • BOOK, Kapila Vatsyayan, Plural Cultures and Monolothic Structures,weblink 2013, Primus Books, 978-93-80607-45-0,



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