The legendary master Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar initiated Kapila Venu into Kuttiyattam at the tender age of seven.Kapila's repertoire comprises both traditional performances as well as ones that experiment with the form. She has established herself among the leading exponents of Kutiyattam.
Kapila staged her debut at the age of eleven performing Purappadu in Nangiar Koothu. She regularly performs at important festivals and other venues both in India and abroad.
She has also participated at the World Theatre Project which included interactive workshops by renowned theatre practitioners at various venues across Kerela, Sweden and Mozambique.She has also been invited to conduct workshops at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich. Kapila has performed the major female roles including Sakuntala in Abhijnana Sakuntalam of Mahakavi Kalidasa.
Kapila has received several awards and honours for her work in the field of Kutiyattam. She is a recipients the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar (2006) from Sangeet Natak Akademi