Pradip Krishen

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Pradip Krishen (b 1949), is an Indian filmmaker and environmentalist. He has directed three films, Massey Sahib in 1985, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones in 1989 and Electric Moon for Channel 4, UK in 1991. His films have won significant Indian and international awards, and In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones acquired cult status in the years after it was made.[1] He was married to Arundhati Roy who also acted in his films.[2] He subsequently gave up filmmaking, and since 1995, has worked as a naturalist and environmentalist.[3][4]


Pradip Krishen is born in New Delhi in 1949 and educated at Mayo College and St. Stephen's College, then at Balliol College, Oxford. He taught history at Ramjas College of University of Delhi, New Delhi.[5]



Before becoming a documentary filmmaker (Krishen made popular science documentaries).

Krishen began work on a 21 episode television series intended for Doordarshan called Bargad / The Banyan Tree,[13] a project Krishen was forced to abandon before completion, due to interference from the production house he was working for.

Environmental work[edit]

Starting in 1995, Krishen began studying trees[14] and spending time in the jungles of Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh, with the help of a forester friend.[15] Krishen taught himself field botany and began identifying and photographing Delhi's trees, extensively exploring the city's green habitat. In the course of his work, Krishen led numerous public "tree-walks" on Sunday mornings[16] and became a keen ecological gardener. Krishen has created "native-plant" gardens in Delhi, west Rajasthan, and Garhwal, and is currently working on a large rewilding scheme at Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park near Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He was briefly associated with the Aga Khan Trust in an eco-initiative in the Sunder Nursery in New Delhi.[17] In 2014, Krishen began work on a new gardening initiative at Abha Mahal in Nagaur Fort, Rajasthan. The following year, he took over as Project Director of the gardens of the Calico Museum in Ahmedabad, and most recently, leads a team of horticulturists and landscape architects to restore an extensive set of sand dunes in Jaipur city, Rajasthan.

Krishen's book Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide, published by Dorling Kindersley/Penguin Group in 2006, met with popular and critical acclaim, and became a best-seller in India.[18][19]

Krishen's second book Jungle Trees of Central India, published by Penguin India, was released in 2014.


  • Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide, by Pradip Krishen. Published by Dorling Kindersley (India), 2006. ISBN 0-14-400070-9.
  • "Jungle trees of central india" by pradip krishen published by penguin books .


  1. ^ India's lost cult films The Economic Times, 24 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Arundhati Roy, the Not-So-Reluctant Renegade". Archived from the original on 21 April 2016.
  3. ^ ..well-known environmentalist Pradip Krishen ... The Hindu, 25 March 2007.
  4. ^ ‘I’m a plant man now’ Tehelka, 20 May 2006.
  5. ^ Pradip Krishen Retrieved 18 November 2012
  6. ^ 36th National Film Festival, 1989 Archived 16 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Directorate of Film Festival. Retrieved 7 November 2012
  7. ^ Capitally Curious. The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 November 2012
  8. ^ "36th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  9. ^ "36th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals.
  10. ^ Goddess of Small Things The Independent. Retrieved 18 November 2012
  11. ^ "40th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  12. ^ "40th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  13. ^ 'I think from a very early age, I was determined to negotiate with the world on my own'.
  14. ^ 'Studying trees began as a hobby' The Times of India, 15 June 2006.
  15. ^ Romancing Delhi’s trees, Rashme Sehgal, 24 January 2006.
  16. ^ “tree walk”, to be conducted on Sunday morning by Krishen, eco-botanist and author.. Archived 3 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine The Indian Express, 3 February 2008.
  17. ^ "Sunder Nursery, city's new oasis". Indian Express. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  18. ^ Capital’s tree man Pradip Krishen The Hindu, 5 August 2007.
  19. ^ Go take a walk with Pradip Krishen’s Trees of Delhi[permanent dead link] Gopal Sathe, The Indian Express, 21 May 2006.

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