Chitra Visweswaran

The library on the first floor of CAPA (Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts), Chitra Visweswaran’s 30-year-old institution at Alwarpet, Chennai, is large, both in terms of size and variety. In it, books on dance, music and the performing arts rub backs with writings on art, architecture, science, spirituality, poetry and philosophy. Downstairs, in her home, where a love for art and aesthetics combine with a sense of hospitality, Chitra prides herself on a personal collection that she and her late husband Visweswaran, together, sowed and grew over the years. In many ways, Chitra is like her library – hearty, generous, open-minded and eclectic.