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Go wild

Flora and fauna from the state go on display at a four-day photo exhibition in the city.

art and culture Updated: Sep 29, 2012 16:47 IST
Sneha Mahale

Plan to head to a tiger reserve in Rajasthan or a bird sanctuary in Gujarat for much-needed relaxation in the green? Drop the idea now and opt for something more local. In a bid to promote tourism within the state and give the average tourist more options while planning a vacation, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has organised a photo exhibition on wildlife. The four-day exhibition showcases the flora and fauna in the state, and features endangered, rare as well as exotic animals.

The exhibition sees contributions from some of the best photographers in India and features candid shots. Dr Jagdish Patil, managing director, MTDC, says, “We are paying special attention to wildlife tourism in Maharashtra. The flora and fauna in various places of this expansive state offer a delight to wildlife tourists across the country.” Among the places sure to make it to any wildlife enthusiast’s bucket list are Maharashtra’s Jayakwadi Dam and Bird Sanctuary (near Aurangabad), the Nannaj Sanctuary (near Solapur), and the famous Tadoba National Park (near Nagpur).

A coffee-table book titled, Wild Maharashtra will be launched on October 3, featuring the photographs displayed at the exhibition. The book showcases the vibrant heritage and culture of the state and highlights the link between the quality of human life and the health of wild Maharashtra. It has been edited by Sanctuary Asia editor Bittu Sahgal and Lakshmy Raman.

Bear standing and tigers at pool

MIHIR GODBOLE: Summer is the ‘pinch’ period for animals when water becomes scarce. This is when animals are forced into closer proximity than they would normally prefer, as can be seen from this image of a sloth bear, awaiting its turn at a waterhole occupied by two tigers.

Red-rumped Swallow
BAIJU PATIL: Caught in the act of skimming the surface of the Jayakwadi reservoir to scoop up a mouthful of water, this Red-Rumped Swallow is a perfect picture with the setting sun turning the water fiery-red. Insect eaters, swallows nest on overhanging cliffs, or under bridges and buildings. These expert aviators have forked tails and streaked under-parts.

The exhibition is on till September 30 at the Piramal Art Gallery, NCPA