Kapila Vatsyayan, Chairperson, IIC-Asia Project, India International Centre, New Delhi, and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), is a well-known and leading scholar of classical Indian dance and Indian art history. She was the founder-director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi, and has been Secretary, Government of India in the Department of Arts and Culture, where she was involved in framing policies with regard to many institutions of higher education and culture in India. She has also been the President, India International Centre; and Member, UNESCO Executive Board. She is the author of numerous books including The Square and the Circle of Indian Arts (1983), Classical Indian Dance in Literature and the Arts (1968), and a series of monographs on the Gita Govinda. She has conceived and organized conferences and exhibitions covering a range of concerns in Indian art, education and culture, and is the editor and general editor of several publications. In 2011, she was honoured with the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ by the Government of India.