Prof. D S Kapoor

Art is in his blood…

Prof. D S Kapoor has been a link between the two off-shoots - Mayo School of Art, Lahore (known as National College of Art) and Government College of Art, Chandigarh. A third generation teacher served in the college as student, faculty and Principal, D.S. Kapoor has proudly carried forward the family legacy of art and aesthetics started by his grandfather Master Sunder Singh, and father Master Sujan Singh at MCA, Lahore. D S Kapoor, hails from a family of artists and artisans, his grandfather being Master Sunder Singh and his father being Master Sujan Singh, both very well known in the artistic circles. D S Kapoor is an Art Historian, Art Educationist and Artist of Repute and holds a National Diploma in applied art and also a Masters in Public Relations and Advertising. He is also the proud author of the book “History and Heritage” which captures the beautiful and exciting journey of Art though 140 years of the existence of the Mayo School of Art, Lahore. D S Kapoor has two more books coming, which will again be dealing with Art and its place in our lives. One is ‘Sikh Marshal Art’ and other is Concept of Sovereign; ‘Legacy of Sikh Martyrdom’.

Early Life

D.S. Kapoor was born in Gurgaon, Haryana in 1957. He started his primary education in Lady Irwin School, Shimla and his secondary education from Government Senior Secondary School in Chandigarh. Kapoor was always passionate about pursuing Art as the family atmospheres always made Art feel like home to him. However, initially set on a path to do architecture like his father wanted him to, D S Kapoor eventually earned a seat in College of Art in Chandigarh, passing out with a post-diploma in applied art and that also with distinction. D S Kapoor later did his post-graduation from Daya Nand College of communication and management in public relations and advertising.

After completing his studies, D S Kapoor applied for a job as a teacher of Fine Arts at St. John’s School, Chandigarh and was selected at the first instance. In the year, 1982, he also joined the Government of Haryana as a commercial artist in the Directorate of Industries. D S Kapoor always considered this opportunity to work with the Government of Haryana as a stepping stone as he got an opportunity to explore and do creative work of his own accord. After this, D S Kapoor’s career in art has progressed beautifully with many works under his name, especially, the prestigious industrial journal, “Udyog Yug”.

In the year 1990, D S Kapoor joined the Government College of Art, Chandigarh as faculty, which he says was a dream come true for him. According to D S Kapoor, the opportunity of being able to teach art would help him achieve the same platform that was held both, by his grandfather as well as his father, the men he always looked up to. D S Kapoor has always been enthusiastic in doing any sort of work, be it administrative or design, as long as it related to art. His colleagues also have proudly addressed him as their “State Designer”. D S Kapoor also believed in keeping up with the times and in its furtherance set a computer department in the college and also introduced computer graphics as a subject.

Development of interest in Art

D S Kapoor is a link between the Mayo School of Art, Lahore (Now, National School of Art, Lahore) and Government College of Art Chandigarh. After the partition, Government College of Art was set up in Shimla as an offshoot of Mayo School of Art. D S Kapoor’s grandfather was also an alumnus of Mayo School of Art and his father also studied in the school until Partition in 1947, later on carrying on his education in Government college of Art in Shimla and later on in Chandigarh. D S Kapoor became the third generation to attend this prestigious institution.

D S Kapoor’s father also joined the Government College of Art as a faculty member as a founder Teacher and he used to take D S Kapoor along with him to college during D S Kapoor’s childhood. It was there when D S Kapoor’s fascination with Art began. He was often seen playing with the students of the college who used to also make portraits of him in their sketch books especially capturing his “Mischief”. One day, D S Kapoor even entered the Principal’s office and proceeded to sit on the Principal’s chair and doodling on his notepad. This invited a lot of anger on D S Kapoor’s father’s part but little did he know that years later his son would actually be sitting on the very chair and calling it his own.

Soon, D S Kapoor started working towards enabling himself for a career in Art and joined the very same college as a student. He after completing his graduation and post-graduation came back to the college as the faculty and later, in 2009 was also nominated as its principal. During this time he came to be very well known in the artistic circles for his work, passion and dedication to art and left no one uncertain of his abilities.

Government College of Art, Chandigarh

D S Kapoor had been associated with Government College of Art, Chandigarh since his college days. In 1990 he joined the college as a member of the faculty and in 2009 he was nominated the principal of the prestigious institution. D S Kapoor used this position completely to promote the institutions on a national as well as the international level.

As principal, he ensured that the institution was running with the times, that is, making sure that the studios there were improved and better facilities were provided to both the students as well as the faculty.

The institution celebrated its Diamond Jubilee during D S Kapoor’s tenure as principal and during this celebration no stone was left unturned to celebrate the event. The most memorable moments of D S Kapoor as principal of Government College of Art, Chandigarh are Inauguration of the open air Bhagat Dhanraj sculpture park, National exhibition on India’s Tribal Art, workshop cum exhibition to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, National exhibition on environment, British sponsored exhibition on cartoon for climate and National veteran making printcamp at College.

History and Heritage (Book)

“History and Heritage” is the first book authored by D S Kapoor, which focuses mainly on the beautiful and exciting journey of art through 140 years of the existence of the Mayo School of Art.

While teaching at the Government College of Art, a thought ran through D S Kapoor‘s head, to bring forward the history of this prestigious institution which was garnished with the bio sketches of dominating Personalities, associated with the institution. He believed that every student of the college, every art lover had a right to know the roots of the institution, its history, its source, its founders, its makers, its vision and its growth.

D S Kapoor had started working on the book back in 2009, when he was nominated as the principal of the college. The reason for the book being published so long since its inception also lies in the fact that there were various developments every time that he thought he had finished the book and that such developments could not be left out.

In the process of writing the book, D S Kapoor revisited the college through the eyes of various other pupils of the college and faculty who were not only artistically gifted but also dedicated to their profession. This exercise of meeting people, including their point of view, required innumerable revisions on part of D S Kapoor’s Narration.

History and Heritage was launched in March 2018 by Professor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Govrnor of Haryana and the Chief Guest for the event was Professor Arun Kumar Grover, Former Vice Chancellor of Panjab University. The book was also presented to the President and Vice President of India during their visit to Chandigarh.


D S Kapoor has been honoured three times with a State Award for his contribution to Art and Culture by the Governor of Punjab ad Chandigarh Administration in years 2000, 2008 and 2012. He also received an award of honour on Teachers Day. He was also awarded for his work by the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Academy. He won cash award for designing Logos of Chandigarh Education Department and Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh.

Further, D S Kapoor was honoured with the First Friday Forum Prestigious Award for Creative Excellence in 2006, The Tata Steel Selenium Award for innovative design. He also won the cash award and an appreciation certificate in the National Contest for designing logo and motto for India’s first B.P.S. Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonipat in 2008.

He also has to his credit, the concept and execution of Bronze Sculture for Vishwakarma. He also won the first prize in designing a poster on “Donate Your Organs” which was organized by Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

Personal Life

After retiring from Government College of Art, D S Kapoor was appointed as Dean of State University of Visual and Performing Arts, Rohtak. He is also the Founder and President of “Kala Maitri” Alumni Association and an honorary member of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Academy, life member of INTACH India, a member of Space Macy, and life member of Indian Red Cross Society.

D S Kapoor has chaired as a member of the jury for various art exhibitions, workshops and art competitions at the State as well as the National Level. He has also launched a National level campaign for adding to the value of lives of artists by playing a spin on the saying “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” and naming his campaign “Jai Kalakar”.

At present, D S Kapoor is working as Founder & Officer on Special Duty at National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra.