Updated: February 26, 2018 10:30:45 am
In the recently concluded Chembur festival, a local couple put up their collection of wildlife pictures for sale to ensure that the wildlife in Bandipur Tiger Reserve has a continuous supply of drinking water. Raising almost Rs one lac, the couple will use the money to buy solar pumps for borewells to supply water for the animals in the Karnataka reserve.
Dentists by profession, Dr Sarita Subramaniam and Dr PV Subramaniam, are wildlife enthusiasts who have travelled to different parts of the country to experience nature first hand. Being an avid photographer, Dr Subramaniam had taken several pictures during these trips. For the sale they printed around 20 of these pictures on canvas and sold them in the cost range of Rs 5000 to Rs 21000.
“We have been travelling across the country for the last 25 years but for the sale, we chose pictures from the last three to four years. These are pictures taken from Kanha National Park, Corbett National Park, Ranthambore National Park and even Ladakh,” said Dr PV Subramaniam. Over the years their trips were less as tourists and more as concerned nature lovers making them understand the complex issues they face. These understandings motivated them to form an NGO Earth Brigade Foundation which endeavours to work in these areas. “Over the years we have been able to glean over the various issues that plague these areas. Specially of the communities who live in the immediate vicinity of the forests,” added Subramaniam.
As part of their NGO’s initiative, Green Brigade, which works for wildlife-related issues, they began providing solar-powered pumps for existing borewells to fill water holes. Raising funds through family and friends on social media they have already bought one pump, costing Rs 3.16 lacs. “During our trips we learnt that the Reserve needs pumps to bring in water to the watering holes. We volunteered to purchase them and began raising funds. We need to buy three more pumps, two costing Rs. 3.16 lacs and another costing Rs 4.2 lacs. The third pump is more expensive as the depth of the borewell is more,” said Dr. Sarita Subramaniam.
Among the pictures sold at the sale were pictures of the two-star tigers of India- Sharmili and Munna. However, Dr Subramaniam’s personal favourite is the picture of a tiger carrying its kill across a water body. “We captured on camera a tiger carrying a freshly killed deer fawn in its mouth across a rivulet. It was taking the kill to her three cubs. It was heartening to see that the mother did not even taste the kill and left it for the cubs to relish. While we felt sad for the fawn who lost its life we realised this was the law of nature,” he added.
Apart from their work for the wildlife the doctors also conduct free dental check-ups for the tribals living in forest regions and provide them other essentials. As part of their Pink Brigade initiative they help local artisans receive their due price and with the profits they provide sanitary napkins for underprivileged communities. “Last year we helped provide a six month supply of sanitary napkins for tribals in Aarey Colony. We will be providing them more soon,” added Dr. Sarita.
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