Smt. Sanjana Kapoor
Sanjna Kapoor is well known for her passionate work with theatre over two decades and for having built Prithvi Theatre into one of India’s premier cultural hubs (1990 to 2011). She is responsible for having brought to Indian audiences some of the finest of world and Indian theatre, being the first to introduce a touring theatre festival into the Indian scene. She has also played a key role as catalyst for theatre for children. Her vision, commitment and enthusiasm ensure that she keeps bringing the richness of theatre into people’s lives in multiple ways. She cofounded Junoon (2012 to 2020), and spearheaded Junoon’s school programme, and continued the legacy of both the Kapoors and the Kendals to take theatre to people across the country. The role of theatre in schools holds a special place in her heart, and if she was not working in the field of theatre she would work in the field of education. Sanjna has also been responsible for initiating the India Theatre Forum network for theatre practitioners. She was involved in building an all-India theatre alliance, based on a practical sharing of resources and ideas, as well as consolidating and strengthening theatre practice in India, that developed the first theatre management training programme, and is one of the core team member and facilitator of SMART India, Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre. In 2020 Sanjna was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a knighthood conferred by the Ministry of Culture, Government of France in recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature and the propagation of these fields. She lives in Delhi with her wildlife conservationist husband Valmik Thapar and 18-year-old son Hamir. Scuba diving and safari’s into the magnificent wilderness of India and Africa are what recharge her soul!