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Srishti Sambrahma 2020: Celebrating the Earth Mother


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Sat 03 Oct 2020

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lifeline Nurtured – 2

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Srishti Sambrahma 2020: Celebrating the Earth Mother

Lifeline Nurtured - 2

The Srishti Sambrahma Celebration seeks to create a circle of conversation around people's identities, culture, community, the earth and the other living beings that inhabit it. Our ancestors lived in harmony with the land and with what it provides, with creatures big and small, while staying mindful of the ecological boundaries of the natural world and not taking from the land more than they needed. Lifeline Nurtured will explore how we can stay
interconnected with all life forms.

October 03, 2020, Saturday | 07:00 - 08:00 PM IST

Chair: Shri. Bikram Grewal, Ornithologist, Author, Conservationist


  • Ms. Upasana Ganguly, Wildlife Trust of India
  • Shri. Bibhab Talukdar, Chair - IUCN/SSC; Asian Rhino Specialist Group, Asia Coordinator – International Rhino Foundation


Featured Image Courtesy: Shri. Kalyan Varma


Shri Bikram Grewal

Ornithologist, Author, Conservationist

Shri. Bikram Grewal grew up in the dense evergreen forests of India’s North-east where he first developed his love for birds. He attended the famous Lawrence School, Sanawar, the first educational institute to earn the King’s Colours in the British Empire. He studied Chinese History and the Mandarin Language in Delhi University. He also attended university in England and America. Bikram Grewal made publishing his career and worked in England, Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to Delhi to set up operations for Dorling Kindersley. He was the Managing Director for Asia for over a decade. He gave up full-time publishing to devote his time to the conservation of Indian wildlife, especially working on rare birds. He now serves as a trustee of several wildlife-based institutions and also acts as a consultant on eco- tourism to several Indian states. He is currently helping the Government of Nagaland, set up a five- year bio-diversity conservation programme. He has written over 30 books on birds of the subcontinent. His other books cover diverse subjects diverse subjects, ranging from travel to the joys of collecting British natural-history art. He helped conceive the ‘birdsofindia’ website, which is now the biggest birding site in India and is ranked amongst the top ten birding sites in the world. He is a trustee of the Wildlife Preservation Society of India (WPSI). He was awarded the Lifetime Award for spreading awareness about birds and conservation in India. He is also a full professor in IIT Kanpur. And and guest lecturer at Ashoka University, When not travelling, he spends his time between his farm in Dehradun, where he grows rare plants and his boat in the Sundarbans.


Ms. Upasana Ganguly


Upasana Ganguly leads the Right of Passage: Elephant Corridors Project at Wildlife Trust of India. With a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology (Hons.) and a Masters in Environmental Studies, she has been involved in the Wildlife NGO sector working on wildlife conservation issues over the last 7 years. She is one of the co-authors for the Right of Passage publication- a blueprint to secure 101 Elephant Corridors across India. She also leads the network of Green Corridor Champions- training and empowering local community-based organizations for protecting elephant corridors and habitats across 11 states in India.


Shri. Bibhab Talukdar

Chair: IUCN/SSC; Asian Rhino Specialist Group, Asia Coordinator – International Rhino Foundation

Shri Bibhab Kumar Talukdar is a M.Sc. in Zoology with specialisation in Animal Ecology and Wildlife Biology and a Ph.D. working in the field of wildlife research and conservation since 1989. He was one of the founders of Aaranyak in 1989, which is a premier NGO of NE India, and currently the Chief Executive Officer of Aaranyak. He is also the Chair of Asian Rhino Specialist Group of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2008. He is also the Asia Coordinator of International Rhino Foundation since June 2008. As a chair of Asian Rhino Specialist Group, he is responsible to prepare global status report of Asian Rhino Horn trades for the CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). He has served as a member of the Standing committee of National Board of Wildlife during 2008-2010 and also the National Board of Wildlife chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India since 2008 till 2017. He is currently also a member of the State Board of Wildlife, Assam chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam. He is also a member of Rhino Taxon Advisory Group of European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). He has been involved in wildlife crime monitoring in NE India and also in South and South East Asia since 1998. He has published over 60 scientific papers in journal of national and international reputes.