Anuradha Kapoor



Born in 1951 in Nainital, Shrimati Anuradha Kapur took her M.A. in English from Delhi University and subsequently qualified for a Masters and PhD in drama and theatre arts at the University of Leeds, U.K. She joined the faculty of the National School of Drama, Delhi, in 1981, where she is now Professor of Acting and Direction. Alongside teaching theatre and drama, Shrimati Anuradha Kapur has directed plays since the early 1980s. Her work includes street performances in the 1980s as part of the women’s movement and thereafter several plays for closed spaces and auditoriums. A distinguishing feature of her work is its collaborative nature, as she has consistently sought to work on projects with artists, film-makers, musicians and writers. Several texts such as Umrao (1993), Sundari (1996-7), Navlakha (2000) and others have been devised in partnership with a writer, with the mis en scène constructed in collaboration with visual artists. Music, which has also been a motivating force in the constitution of her work, has usually been designed in collaboration with musicians. Her collaborators in various productions include the visual artists Vivan Sundaram, Nilima Sheikh, and Bhupen Khakkar, the musician Vidya Rao, and the film-maker Ein Lall. Her recent work includes The Antigone Project (2003) and Pata: Shahar Mumbai (2004), a version of two texts by Vijay Tendulkar. Her plays have travelled widely in India and to several cities abroad including London, Tokyo, Berlin, and Sao Paulo. Since the 1980s, Shrimati Anuradha Kapur has written on historical and cultural aspects of Indian theatre in periodicals such as the Journal of Arts & Ideas, the Seagull Theatre Quarterly, and Theatre India. She has also contributed to books edited by well-known scholars. Her PhD thesis has been published in book form under the title Actors, Pilgrims and Gods: The Ramlila of Ramnagar (1990). Shrimati Anuradha Kapur receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribu- tion to theatre as a director.