Speakers

Dr. S. Subramanya Birder

Dr. S. Subramanya, known as `Subbu’ among birding circles, did his doctoral work in the area of Agricultural Ornithology and is a well known ornithologist in India. He is member of several national and international professional bodies and ornithological institutions. Dr. Subramanya is very active in conservation efforts and has been playing key role in influencing decision makers in the country to help protect crucial habitats. During last couple of decades he made important contributions to various projects. He worked in the Bird Migration Studies headed by Dr. Salim Ali during 1980. He has been playing a very key role in conservation of critically endangered Indian Vulture’s habitat at Ramanagarm and working towards getting the place being declared as a sanctuary by the Karnataka Government. He has numerous publications in national and international journals and books. He also mainly worked on Indian heronries, survey of vulnerable endemic species like Yellow-throated Bulbul and Broad-tailed Grassbird.

Sangeetha Kadur Wildlife Illustrator

Sangeetha Kadur loves to explore the mysteries of the natural world through the medium of art. Both these passions, nature and art, come together in her exciting career as a wildlife illustrator. She has worked on a series of commissioned projects for various wildlife organisations. Her two recent art publications include, ‘Wildlife in a city Pond’ for Pratham books and ‘Butterflying in SGNP’, a butterfly guide book for Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Her illustrations have been nominated as finalists in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year in 2009 and 2012. Driven with a strong urge to share her passion for creating art from natural history, she co-founded “GreenScraps”, a nature journaling workshop, with which she hopes to inspire a new generation of passionate nature artists.

Sumit K. Sen Author & Conservationist

Sumit K.Sen is a conservationist, author and wildlife photographer with over two decades of experience in photographing birds and wildlife across India. He is one of the pioneers in India in the fields of Digital Bird Photography and Digiscoping.  Sumit runs the popular and informative website: Birds of India (www .kolkatabirds.com), is active across the social media

Kalyan Varma Environmental Photographer

Environmental photographer, filmmaker, naturalist and explorer specializing in environment, science and ecology in India. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Lonely planet.

Sarath Champati Lead trainer & advisor for Karnataka eco-tourism board (Festival Curator)

A wildlife enthusiast for the past 30 years, Sarath has travelled extensively in India and to about 25 countries in pursuit of wild animals including to both the Poles. He has hands on experience of guiding many prestigious wildlife groups. Sarath has been the Chief Naturalist for Jungle Lodges and Resorts and also for Taj Safaris at their resorts in South Africa and Madhya Pradesh. He has a special interest for birds and has travelled to all the continents in the world in search of them. He is a regular speaker in many ecotourism workshops and also given a few TED Talks. He served on the Madhya Pradesh Ecotourism Board and currently is the Lead Trainer for the Karnataka Ecotourism Board.He is the Founder Member of Ecotourism Society of India. He is also the Honorary Wildlife Warden for Mysore District.

Vijay Mohan Raj IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests

Known as VMR among wildlife circles, he has held various field positions including that of the Director of a Tiger Reserve. VMR is conversant with both, the harsh realities of the frontline staff of the forest department and the demands of the new eco-tourist. He brings with him the skills of a photographer, administrator and a conservationist. He has also authored a coffee table book – Daroji, an Ecological Destination. He is one of the founders of www.creativenaturephotography.net

SAMAD K.S.A Author of Birds of Hampi & Active Conservationist

Honorary Wildlife Warden of Bellary district in 1997-2000 and 2002-05,Governing council member, Zoo Authority of Karnataka (ZAK) 2002-05, Research coordinator and advisor, Wildlife SOS-New Delhi, President, North Karnataka Birders Network (NKBN),Member, Indian Birds Conservation Network (IBCN),Co-convener, INTACH-Hampi-Anegundi Chapter.
Samad played a vital role in prevention of Ritual hunting in Hampi vicinity-from 2001 to 2014. No incident of ritual hunting for last 6 years.Identified the bear charmers and played vital role in eradication of dancing bears in Karnataka and South India by Wildlife SOS and respective forest departments. Rescued more than 10 bear cubs from poachers and sent to rescue center with the help of forest department. .Initiated the hobby of bird watching in Bellary district since 2000 AD and documented more than 230 species of birds in Hampi vicinity.Rediscovered Great Indian Bustards in remote corners of Bellary and Koppal districts in 2006 and still documenting their movements. Discovered 16 Long billed Vultures in North Karnataka and breeding population.Identified rare flora and fauna in Sandur hill ranges where rampant mining is going on. Currently pursuing PhD on “Ecology of Sloth bears in Bellary dist” from Dept of Wildlife and Management, Kuvempu University, Shimoga. He is also the author for BIRDS OF HAMPI- a pocket guide.

Karthikeyan S Chief Naturalist at Jungle Lodges & Resorts

Karthik is an avid birdwatcher and has a keen interest in butterflies. Since the last 30 years, he has been passionately educating the young and old alike in aspects of natural history. He is a recipient of the Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award.Karthik has to his credit a compilation called The Fauna of Bangalore, an activity book called Ideas for Outdoors – Plants and a pocket book titled Avenue Trees. He currently works as the Chief Naturalist with Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. and continues reaching out to people through his blog www.wildwanderer.com

Sudhir Shivaram Indian wildlife photographer & entrepreneur

Sudhir Shivaram is a renowned wildlife photographer in India. His long and passionate association with photography began in his student days. What started out as an exploration of the enchanting world of the camera gradually gained direction and came to focus upon wildlife photography – in particular, bird photography. Sudhir is deeply committed to the cause of wildlife conservation and follows ethical practices while photographing his subjects in the wild.

Sudhir is one of the brand ambassadors for Canon India and is the recipient of Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 award. In order to share his passion for wildlife photography and the extensive knowledge he has acquired in this field, Sudhir holds photography workshops and photo tours to help both beginners and advanced photographers enhance their skills and understanding of nature and wildlife photography.

Prashanth Nuggehalli Srinivas PhD Scholar, Institute of Public Health

Prashanth Nuggehalli Srinivas (Prashanth N S) is a medical doctor who has worked in several forest areas in south and north-east India. From his medical student days at Mysore Medical College to his later years as a researcher on public health, he has maintained a close association with organisations and people working on birds and wildlife. He worked for several years in the Biligirirangan Hills as a doctor. During his time in BR Hills, he spent several years with Soliga elders documenting understanding their traditional knowledge on birds and wildlife.

Prashanth is passionate about building a greater understanding about health within the larger debates of sustainable development and conservation, something that he has learnt from his interactions with tribal communities. He splits his time between a health and development research field station in BR Hills and the Institute of Public Health, Bangalore He also teaches courses in public health research and management at various institutions across India. He also works closely with several wildlife conservation organisations, trying to bridge the discussions and debates across health, development and environment. He is also an active editor on wikipedia and strongly believes that it has contributed significantly to narrowing the gap between the expert and the amateur. Information and health suffer from similar inequities, and perhaps information equity will be achieved far earlier than for health, and one day, the only barrier to the sum of all human knowledge will be apathy.

Ramit Singal Quintessential Birder & Environmentalist

I currently work on a conservation project funded by the Rufford Foundation which assesses the faunal biodiversity along the laterite landscapes of coastal Karnataka and related conservation based education. In the past, I’ve worked with Centre for Wildlife Studies. I am deeply interested in birds, especially along the Coastal Plains of Karnataka, and have authored “A Birder’s Handbook to Manipal”. I was an engineering student at Manipal Institute of Technology.

M.V. Shreeram Professional Wildlife Photographer & Passionate Naturalist

Shreeram is a professional wildlife photographer and a passionate naturalist. His wildlife images are widely acclaimed and have been featured in reputed magazines like National Geographic Traveller and Sanctuary Asia. An IIM Bangalore alumnus, Shreeram chose to follow his passion of wildlife photography over a career in the corporate world. He has volunteered as a naturalist at Jungle Lodges and Resort’s River Tern Lodge at Bhadra and Kabini River Lodge.

Shreeram has photographed wildlife across multiple habitats through most of India – from rainforests to grasslands, from the mountains to the coasts, from deciduous forests to mangroves. He enjoys photographing nature in all its forms and sizes, from tiny spiders to the mighty elephants. His personal favorites are birds and he hopes to see and photograph every single species of birds found in India. See some of his works at Visual Quotient