City based Assistant Professor Anupam Vatsyayan’s book that has been recently published from United Kingdom was released by Salma Ansari, wife of the Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari, at the Vice President House in New Delhi.
“Presenting my first book to a profound personality like Madam Ansari was a cherished moment not only for me but also for my family. ‘Books form the best gifts in the world,’ is what she said when I presented my book to her. It was heartening to hear her quote Mahatma Gandhi and other great personalities several times during the course of the conversation. She is really devoted to the cause of ‘real’ education and has deep insight in various fields of knowledge,” said Vatsyayan, who is currently teaching in the PG Dept of English at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town.
Anupam shared as to how Salma Ansari appreciated her efforts and showered wishes and blessings upon her for her future endeavors. She said that contribution of this great lady to the social cause especially that of providing education to the slum children was what touched her the most about Salma Ansari.
Talking about her book she said, “The subject of my book is adaptations, the theory and its applications, which involve study of varied cultures and different disciplines. In this comparative study, three European plays which were adapted into Indian context by celebrated Indian theatre directors have been selected for a detailed study. I believe my work will appeal to the theatre and literature lovers, alike.”
Directors like Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry, Anjala Maharishi, and Kumara Varma were interviewed by Vatsyayan during the course of her research and their respective theatre idiom forms an intrinsic part of each case study. The book titled “Re-visiting and Re-staging” is published by Cambridge Scholars.
Having done her doctorate from Panjab University Chandigarh, Anupam Vatsyayan has presented and published research papers on literature, theatre, and film criticism, and even won the prestigious Isaaq Sequeira Award for the best conference paper in the 14th International MELOW Conference in 2015. She belongs to a family of educationists and academicians. Her father-in-law Suresh Chandra Vatsyayan was a decorated polyglot poet and scholar, and her father, a retired IPS officer, S.S. Nahar, has penned numerous books. Reading, writing, books, and discussions are integral to their family gatherings. “I am fortunate to be a part of this legacy,” added Vatsyayan.
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