Krupakar & Senani
It takes some doing to be able to speak through the lens, and for Krupakar-Senani, the fervent photographer duo from the city, it's a piece of cake. The awesome twosome, who work under the banner 'Krupakar Senani Features', regard Wildlife photography and filmmaking as their forte.
Krupakar B S had a fair bit of stint as a journalist in Mangalore and later in Bangalore, before he fell in love with photography and took it up as his prime vocation. He found perfect company in Senani Hegde who was more than eager in the same profession. The common passion that they shared, led them to initiate their journey to
the woods. To begin with, they studied the small birds in Mandya, thereby translating their observations and findings into photographic images as well as on paper, in the form of articles. From 1985-1993, they studied and photographed birds of the Western Ghats extensively, focusing keenly on their breeding, habitat, and the like.
A major highlight of their career is their study on wild dogs. They ended up making a wildlife documentary titled 'Wild Dog Diaries' that went on to win many awards in the country and abroad including the Best of the Festival Grand Award 2007 at the Japanese Wildlife Film Festival held at Toyama, Japan. It was during the course of research and filming of this documentary that they were captured by Veerappan, the dreaded forest brigand of the time. They spent around two weeks in captivity with the bandit. The documentary struck gold at the Festival de l'Oiseau del la Nature, France (2008), and best Natural History and Wildlife Programme at Asian Television Awards, Singapore (2007), as well.
Other films produced by the duo are 'Forgotten Villages', 'Finding The Link', 'Taming Of A River', 'Eden Of Hope', and 'Journey Through Moyar'. They have written many books in addition to participating in a couple of photo exhibitions too. They have contributed their photographs to various books, magazines, and publications within the country and abroad, including BBC Wildlife, People, GEO, Natural History Magazine, and London Times. They have rendered their services as wildlife consultants, producers, director-cameramen, and the like for top production houses such as National Geographic Channel, BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, and many Indian organizations as well.
They won the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award from the Government of Karnataka, for their book Jeeva Jaala, in the year 1999. They were honoured with the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award from the Government of Karnataka, for their overall contribution to the field of photography, in the year 2006.
Krupakar Senani Features
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