Kapila Vatsyayan, a leading scholar of Indian classical dance, art, architecture, and art history died aged 91.
"She passed away at 9 am today at her home in Gulmohar Enclave," Kanwal Ali, secretary of the India International Centre where she was a lifetime trustee, told PTI.
Vatsyayan was also chairperson of the Asia Project at the IIC. She was a former member of parliament and bureaucrat in India. She served as the founding director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. She also served as Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Education.
He final rites will be held at the Lodhi Cremation Ground on Wednesday afternoon.
"It's scheduled for today at 2 pm, but due to the current restrictions (because of COVID-19), only a limited number of family members would be present there," Ali said.
Kapila is the younger sister of poet and art critic Keshav Malik. She married noted Hindi Writer S.H. Vatsyayan 'Ajneya' in 1956. The couple called it quits in 1969.
In 2011, she was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India.