Indian film-maker Shekar Dattatri, born in 1963, traces his lifelong interest in wildlife and conservation to a book he read by naturalist Gerald Durrell when he was 10 years old. The book inspired him and helped channel his nascent interest in natural history into an abiding passion.
This passion was recognized in 2004 when Dattatri’s project to produce a series of short films on India’s vanishing wildlife and wilderness — and as a result influence the public and policy-makers about this fast-disappearing natural heritage — won a Rolex Award. The prize financed much-needed video equipment.
Since then, Dattatri, managing trustee of the Trust for Environmental Education, has made several more films that fit his Wild India Project’s theme: Changing Hearts and Minds through Moving Images. He is also writing children’s books.
Dattatri has recently completed a video on tiger conservation that can be viewed on YouTube and is planning a film on the biodiversity-rich rainforests of the Western Ghats.
Published in 2009