Anuradha Kapur

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Anuradha Kapur
OccupationTheatre Director

Anuradha Kapur is an Indian theatre director and professor of drama. She taught at the National School of Drama (NSD) for over three decades and was the Director of NSD for six years (2007-2013). For her work as a theatre director, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award was conferred on her in 2004.[1]

Early life[edit]

Anuradha Kapur was born in Nainital in 1951. She is the daughter of M. N. Kapur, the longest-serving Principal of Modern School, New Delhi, and Amrita Kapur. Art historian and critic Geeta Kapur is her sister.[2] After completing her schooling from Modern, Anuradha studied English at Miranda House, Delhi. She obtained her Master's degree in English from the University of Delhi in 1973.


Kapur started her teaching career as Lecturer in English in Delhi University's Bharati College. However, she was always sure that she wanted to pursue theatre as a profession.[3] During her student days, she had been a member of the theatre group Dishantar led by Om Shivpuri, and acted in a number of plays, including Adhe-Adhure by Mohan Rakesh. She obtained leave from the college to study for a Master's degree in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Leeds, U. K., where she eventually completed a Ph. D.

In 1981, Kapur joined the faculty of NSD as Associate Professor. She later became Professor, and stayed with NSD until her superannuation. During this period, she taught many students who went on to make a mark in theatre and cinema. Some of them are Seema Biswas, Irrfan Khan, Rajpal Yadav and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.[4]

In July 2007 Kapur was appointed Director of NSD for a five-year term, later extended by a year up to July 2013. She was also Chief of the NSD Repertory Company. [5] Currently she is visiting Professor at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi.[6]

Kapur has taught in several institutions in India and abroad. During 2016-2017, she was Fellow at Freie Universitat, Berlin.[7]


A distinguishing feature of Kapur's work as a director has been its open and interactive nature. She has worked extensively in collaboration with visual and video artists and filmmakers. Some of the people she has worked with are Arpita Singh, Bhupen Khakhar, Madhusree Dutta, Nalini Malani, Nilima Sheikh and Vivan Sundaram. She is one of the founding members of Vivadi, a working group of painters, musicians, writers and theatre practitioners.[8]

Books authored by Anuradha Kapur[edit]

  • Actors, Pilgrims, Kings, and Gods: The Ramlila at Ramnagar, by Anuradha Kapur. Seagull Books, 1990. ISBN 9788170460466
  • Intercultural Acting and Performer Training, by Zarrilli Phillip, T. Sasitharan and Anuradha Kapur. 2019.

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b "SNA: List of Awardees". Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  2. ^ Kapur, Geeta (2000). When was Modernism: Essays on Contemporary Cultural Practice in India. Tulika. p. xv. ISBN 81-85229-14-7. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ Phukan, Vikram (1 December 2018). "Anuradha Kapur - Directing change". ForbesLife India. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  4. ^ Saravanan, T. (8 January 2015). "Cutting across the divide". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  5. ^ "The Repertory Company of the National School of Drama". National School of Drama. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  6. ^ "AUD - School of Culture and Creative Expressions". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Anuradha Kapur - International Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures"". Freie Universitat, Berlin. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Anuradha Kapur". The Hindu. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Anuradha Kapur awarded first JV Lifetime Achievement award". The Hindu. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2019.

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