Photography exhibition in Thrissur to celebrate riches of Western Ghats

Western Ghats is one of the top 10 biodiversity hotspots in the world.

A four-day wildlife photography exhibition titled 'Biome', showcasing the biodiversity of the Western Ghats, will be held from August 1 at Chitrasala Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Academy in Thrissur. As many as 11 Nikon-based photographers will feature 55 snaps of various flora and fauna in the Western Ghats, which is one of the top 10 biodiversity hotspots in the world.

Prabhu P M, Assistant Conservator of Forest of Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department will inaugurate the event which will commence at 10:30am.

The photographers, namely; Vinodh Venugopal, Mridula S, Sandeep Das, Sasikiran K, Sreedev Puthur, Salish Menachery, Muralimohan P V, Arun Vijayakumar, Sujith Surendran, Abhilash M R and Muhammed Sayer P K, will put on display five works each.

“Our aim is to create awareness, among the general public, of the importance of conservation of forests and the sustainability of nature for the future generation. The main objective is to preserve the natural habitat of the wild animals,” said Sandeep Das, a researcher and one of the photographers of the event.

Western Ghats also known as the Great Escarpment of India runs parallel to the Arabian Sea along the west coast of India. The region has a spectacular assemblage of large mammals. Around 30% of the world's Asian elephant population and 17% of the world's existing tigers call this region their home. Approximately, 245 million people receive most of their water supply from rivers originating here.

Biome attempts to showcase the mesmerising beauty and the richness of the Western Ghats to highlight the need of conservation of the pristine forests.

The exhibition will conclude on August 4.

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