Krupakar-Senani

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Krupakar and Senani are wildlife photographers from Karnataka, India. They have produced the wildlife film Wild Dog Diaries for National Geographic Channel.[1] For this documentary they won the following awards:

  • Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature 2008 (Abbeville, France) – Best Nature Documentary Award
  • Japan Wildlife Film Festival 2007 (Toyama, Japan) – Best of Festival Grand Award
  • CMS Vatavaran Environment and Wildlife Film Festival 2007 (New Delhi, India) – Best of Festival Award and Best Story Award
  • Asian Television Awards 2007 (Singapore) – Best Natural History and Wildlife Programme
  • Wildscreen 2006 (Bristol, UK) – nominated for Panda Award
  • NaturVision 2006 (Neuschoenau, Germany) – nominated for Best International Film.

The film was also aired by ARTE in France and Germany.

Presently, they are producing a film on wild dogs for Discovery Channel.

Krupakar studied business administration at D Banumaiah's College in Mysore where he played cricket for Mysore University. He also worked as a journalist in Mangalore and later in Bangalore before taking up photography professionally with Senani Hegde.

Senani Hegde is a graduate in civil engineering from Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering in Mysore. He gave up a lucrative construction business to pursue wildlife photography with Krupakar. Together they wrote photo essays for popular magazines. In the beginning, they studied small birds in Mandya district, capturing the life of capricious birds and recorded their adaptation to changing habitat. Simultaneously, they wrote popular articles on these birds recording their experiences and weaving sociological aspects. Later they moved to Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.

Their book 'Jeeva Jaala', co-authored with K. Puttaswamy, won the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award 1999 for science writing.

They received Karnataka Rajyothsava Award in 2006, the state's highest award, from the Government of Karnataka, for their overall contribution to the field of photography.

Their pictures have been published in international magazines such as GEO, The Times, People, BBC Wildlife, Nature. Oxford Scientific Films, UK, market their photographs.

Krupakar and Senani, along with the then forest officer D Yathish Kumar, have been instrumental in the formation and functioning of Namma Sangha, a conservation effort on the fringes of Bandipur National Park in south India. The society has been very successful in reducing the pressure of removal of fuelwood from the forest, by introducing cooking gas in the villages around the park. The society's network includes 194 villages, and so far 29,000 families are using cooking gas. The uniqueness of this project was funded entirely by friends and well-wishers, without any foreign and government assistance. The project is now self-sustained, and has become a model for other such endeavours.

In October 2010, Krupakar and Senani won the prestigious Green Oscar award for their film on dhole The Pack in the prestigious Wildscreen film festival held at Bristol, UK. “The Pack” was produced and directed in the dense forests of Nilgiris for over a decade and unfolds the lifestyle of dhole. It was the first film produced and directed in Asia to be nominated for this award and competed against David Attenborough's Life Stories and another film by the National Geographic channel. Krupakar and Senani received the honours from noted scientist George Schaller.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DH News Service (2007). "Green honour for Wild Dog Diaries". The Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2007-09-20. 
  2. ^ DH News Service (2010). "Krupakar-Senani win Green Oscar". The Deccan Herald.