Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan is India’s foremost expert on classical dance and for more than 50 years, as an eminent scholar of arts and culture, she has dedicatedly influenced the understanding and spread of India’s cultural heritage. For 13 years, as the founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, she laid the foundations for the Centre to become a focal point for the preservation and dissemination of Indian culture. She also established the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies and the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training.
She served the Government as cultural advisor for 30 years. Dr. Vatsyayan spearheaded the development of national policy for educational programmes for art and cultural awareness, and initiated a major reprinting of rare books, dramatically improving access to numerous ‘lost’ works of Indian literature and history, both within India and around the world. The recipient of several awards, Dr. Vatsyayan received the Rajiv Gandhi National Award for Harmony and National Integration.