RL Kapur

Prof. RL KapurProf RL Kapur had been associated with NIAS right from the beginning of this institution in 1988 along with Dr Raja Ramanna, the founder Director of NIAS, Prof Kapur played a crucial role in the formative years of NIAS and was directly responsible for organizing the first series of courses for the Senior Executives of the country as wished by JRD Tata -- the visionary who set up NIAS as a unique organization for this very purpose. Prof Kapur who was in charge of the library of the Institute in the early years was responsible for the unique collection of rare books on a variety of subjects that the NIAS library is proud of having. During the period 1990 – 1991 when Dr Ramanna was away in Delhi as Minister of State for Defense, Prof Kapur was appointed as Deputy Director of the Institute, a position he continued to hold till 1996. Prof Kapur was a psychiatrist and was internationally well known and had held visiting positions in several prestigious institutions in UK and USA. He was Head of the Department of Psychiatry at NIMHANS in Bangalore during 1974 – 1983. He used to visit almost every year in summer, high altitude stations in the Himalayas to interview Sanyasis and Sadhus to find out the real motivation behind their drastic decisions to change their life style to Sanyas from normal family living. Based on his findings he has written several articles on this subject. At NIAS, he pursued research on psychology of violence, nature of scientific creativity and a new look at spirituality and psychotherapy. He was also interested in classical music and theatre and had undergone systematic training in yoga. He pursued more seriously Indian philosophy and hoped to draw upon these philosophical and folk traditions to reflect on contemporary issues. He died on 24 November 2006 and he was 68.

 

Qualifications: M.B.B.S, Ph.D. (Edin.), D.P.M., M.R.C., F.R.C.

Career:
  • Professor Emeritus, NIAS
  • Professor of Psychiatry, NIAS; October 1988 -January 1998
  • Deputy Director, NIAS; 1990-1996
  • WHO Consultant in Mental Health for Somalia: WHO Eastern Mediterranian region, Alexandria; July 1986-October 1986
  • Scholar in residence and Visiting Professor, Department of Social Medicine and Centre for the Study of World Religions. Harvard University;September 1985-June 1986
  • Professor of Community Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore; October 1975 - April 1983
  • Head of the Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS,Bangalore; June 2, 1976-March 3, 1983
  • Director (officiating). All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore; January 17, 1979 - March 3, 1979 
  • Director (officiating) NIMHANS, from time to time
Research Interests:
  • Social and community psychiatry and cross-cultural psychiatry;
  • Psychiatric epidemiology; psychiatric phenomenology: long term prognosis;
  • Psychiatric syndrome with special reference to cultural context; youth psychology;
  • Yoga and Mental Health.

Obituary:

Selected Publications

Books

Kapur R L (2009) Another way to live: A psychiatrist among Indian ascetics (M. Kapur and Dorothy Buglass eds.). New Delhi: Penguin.

Kapur, R.L. ed. (1979)  Mind: approaches to its understanding. Bangalore:NIMHANS

Carstairs, G.M. and Kapur, R L (1976) Great universe of Kota: stress, change and mental disorder in   an Indian village.  London:Hogarth Press.

Papers

Kapur R L (2002) Can Indian spiritual practices be used in psychotherapy? In: Proceedings of the Conference on application of oriental philosophical thought in mental health, NIMHANS, Bangalore. NIMHANS Publication No.47, pp 9-20

Kapur, R L (2002) Relief from suffering: western psychotherapy or eatern spiritual practices?. Psychological Foundations 4(1): 1-7

Kapur, R (2002)  Becoming self-conscious: a psychological perspective In: Science and metaphysics: a discussionon Consciousness and genetics (S Menon, A Sinha and B V Sreekantan eds). Bangalore: NIAS. pp 375-383

Sonpar, S and Kapur, R L (2001) Non-conventional indicators: Gender disparities under structural reforms.Economic and Political Weekly xxxvi(1): 66-78   

Kapur, R L (2001)  Families caring for the mentally ill. Health Action 14(4): 15-17.

Kapur, R L (1994) Violence in India: a psychological perspective. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 36(4): 163-169

Kapur, R L (1994) Community involvement in mental health care. National Medical Journal of India 7(6): 292-294.

Kapur, R L (1994) Yoga and the state of mind. Seminar 415: 30-34. 

NIAS Publications

Kapur, R L (2003). What is psychotherapy? L2-03

Kapur, R L (2002). The idea of god. L3-02

Kapur, R L (1999). Qualitative methods in mental health research. SP4-99