Art and Photography exhibition by ‘Tiger Watch’
Art and Photography exhibitions in Bangalore are common, but what makes it different is the theme that revolves around the exhibition.
FERA was a one of a kind exhibition with an initiative to safeguard the natural habitat, particularly the soon-to-be extinct animals. Tiger Watch, an N.G.O. that works for the conservation and protection of wildlife, at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, organized the exhibition during the first week of October. The group showcased the work of four photographers: Phillip Ross, Ramnath Chandrashekar, Vivek Vellanki and Sudhir Sibram, along with the work of few of the artists and some tribal handicrafts.
Sunjay Kotian, one of the volunteers from the N.G.O., explained more about the exhibition. “It’s a way to celebrate the wild life week where we’ve tried to promote and spread the awareness for the conservation of wild life through photographs.” He also added by saying that it gives an opportunity to all those young photographers and artists to exhibit their work.
All the art work and the photographs exhibited were on sale, and the N.G.O. plans to use the proceeds towards the expedition the organization plans to have towards the end of the year. “We have an expedition that will help us to understand the threats that surrounds the Gharial’s. The expedition will stretch along the Chambal River in Rajasthan,” Sunjay said.
The other facet that the exhibition looked into was the rehabilitation of a tribe called the Moghiya’s, who are the natives of Rajasthan. A lot of their work were also exhibited, which were mostly hand-knitted clothes and others show pieces.
Tiger Watch has been avidly working towards the protection of the environment. The N.G.O. also has been constituted with the idea of augmenting the resources of the Forest Department to combat various problems faced in the management of this famous Tiger Reserve.
In the exhibition, most of the works showcased spoke about spreading the general awareness among people, and to promote the work of the N.G.O. Sudhir Shivram, who was a part of the exhibition as a Guest Photographer said, “I have been a part of the exhibition mainly to spread the awareness about the wild life among the people who come to see the photographs here. I think, it’s a good and a novel way to contribute something towards safeguarding our natural environment, the place we live in.”