Prof. Anuradha Kapur, Director of the National School of Drama, New Delhi delivered the 4th Nataraja Ramakrishna Lecture titled “Arts Education: Perspectives and practices in Post Colonial India” at the University of Hyderabad. Speaking to the students, faculty and staff of the University, Anuradha Kapur emphasized on the knowledge in the process of practice in an institution which can inform the students of different trends in the stream as well as around to identify the issues that find the new vocabulary. She said that this knowledge always creates new vocabulary to identify new forms of expression. Further she stated that it should be seen as knowledge and at the same time on the backdrop of different genealogies.
Anuradha Kapur was unraveling the whole academic practices in arts in the backdrop of knowledge protection in the respective fields and how this knowledge protection simultaneously helps the process of production and expand or enhance the mental creative landscape of the students which opens up new lenses to look at the society and look at innovative new forms of expression in that backdrop.
Anuradha has written widely on the theatre and has taught and directed in India and abroad. She has worked on Indian and western classics, on writers such as Tagore, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Mohammed Hadi Ruswa, Heiner Muller, and Sophocles. Her theatre work has traveled nationally and internationally to critical acclaim, among other countries to Germany, Japan, Brazil, UK, and Korea. She is one of the founder members of Vivadi, a working group of painters, musicians, writers and theatre practitioners, which was formed in 1989. In 2003 she was invited to curate the performance window actors at work at body.city, an event siting contemporary Indian culture at the House of World Cultures, Berlin.
She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akedemi award for Direction in 2004.