The Sixth R.L.Kapur Oration: "The Theatre as Behaviour Science" by Prof. Vijay Padaki, JRD Tata Auditorium, NIAS, 1800hrs


Indian Institute of Science Campus,

Bengaluru - 560 012



 cordially invites you to


The Sixth R.L.Kapur Oration




Prof. Vijay Padaki

Well-known Theater Personality & Playwright




“The Theatre as Behaviour Science”


Chairperson: Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Director, NIAS


Date      :               Friday, June 22nd 2018

Time      :               6.00 p.m. (Coffee/Tea at 5:30 pm)

Venue  :               JRD Tata AuditoriumNIAS, IISc Campus, Bengaluru 560012


Abstract:  From the time the human species began forming groups, finding ways of living and working together, there were profound changes in the nature of interpersonal and group interactions among members of the species. Hitherto dominant behavioural characteristics were replaced by new behaviours emerging to meet the needs of the changing relational context. Central to the emerging new behavioural pattern was the act of sharing and, along with it, the act of cooperation. This encompassed, very rapidly and very naturally, many varieties of sharing – not merely materials, but also information, experiences, feelings, responsibilities, all aided by an ever expanding capacity for information processing in the brain. We can imagine that acquiring new behaviours and modifying old behaviours must have been both welcomed by some and resisted by some others even in the earliest times.  Finding ways to make people change went naturally with the need to live in groups.


The earliest forms of experience sharing in the group setting led to the more formalized role of storytelling in the community later. In the distribution of community responsibilities was not only the production of reliable hunting weapons, the skinning of animals, the construction of dwellings and the joining of wood for crossing water bodies, there was also the respected role of the storyteller and the minstrel. It was not merely entertainment. It served the very important purposes of institutional memory and spiritual upliftment. Evolving steadily from that time on till the present, the storyteller-actor-dramatist has always been a change agent in society, getting people to conform to tried and tested tradition where necessary, but also questioning the status quo and provoking change when needed. The making of the actor-dramatist on the stage today has a strong methodological base that draws heavily from the psychological sciences, although rarely projected as such within the profession. The talk will explore these connections and will be based on the speaker's research and practice in both the fields. He has been a behavioural scientist with a long record as an applied psychologist for over fifty years. He has also been a theatre educator for over forty years, with a special interest in innovations in training methodology.


About the speaker: Prof. Vijay Padaki wears two caps with equal facility. He has been active in the theatre for fifty-five years. He has been a management professional for forty-five years. His academic and professional journey began in biology and went on through social psychology to clinical psychology to a long-applied research career in organizational psychology, ending with a tenured professorship at the Indian Institute in Management. His areas of special interest are Organization and Institutional Development. A good part of his work has been in taking high quality management development to the social and development sectors. In the theatre, he has been a Founder-Trustee at Bangalore Little Theatre Foundation, popularly known as BLT. It is the city’s oldest and most widely respected theatre society, created in 1960, and entering its Diamond Jubilee year in 2019. Unlike conventional performing groups, BLT has a high investment in education and outreach programmes. Prof. Padaki has been responsible for developing most of the long term programmes at BLT. He is best known as a playwright, with over 50 plays in his collection, and as an authority in training methodology, respected in many theatre centres all over India and abroad.










For further details, please contact: Dr. M.B. Rajani <>

Friday, June 22, 2018