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Srishti Sambrahma 2020: Celebrating the Earth Mother


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Sat 03 Oct 2020

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Shutterbugs and the Wild

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Srishti Sambrahma 2020: Celebrating the Earth Mother

Panel discussion on Shutterbugs and the Wild

A photograph of the wild speaks more than thousand words and creates a quick buzz, bringing people’s attention to the wildlife that is in joy or crisis. A photographer’s journey, a mighty arduous one, is remarkable and full of cause.

October 03, 2020, Saturday | 05:00 - 07:00 PM IST

Chair: Mr James Godber, Deputy Head of the India Science and Innovation Network, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, British Dy High Commission, Bengaluru


  • Mr. Ricky Kej, Award winning Music Composer
  • Prof. Eishwar Maanay, Dean, BNMIT Technology
  • Shri. Jayanth Sharma, Co-founder & CEO of Toehold & Award-winning Photographer
  • Smt. Rathika Ramasamy, Renowned Wildlife Photographer
  • Mr. Hayath Mohammed, Macro Photographer
  • Ms. Michelle Valberg, Award-winning Photographer, Nikon Ambassador
  • Mr. Ben Hall, Leading Wildlife Photographer (UK)


Featured Image Courtesy: Shri. Eishwar Maanay


Mr. Ricky Kej

Music Composer

Grammy® Award Winner, US Billboard #1 artist, UNESCO- MGIEP Ambassador & UNICEF 'Celebrity Supporter' Ricky Kej is an internationally renowned Indian Music Composer, Environmentalist and Professor. Ricky has dedicated his life and Music to creating awareness on the Environment, and positive social impact. He has performed at prestigious venues in over 30 countries, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and Geneva. Ricky Kej composed and produced his album ‘SHANTI SAMSARA', which was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande at the United Nations COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris. For Shanti Samsara, Ricky collaborated with over 500 musicians from over 40 countries. His past repertoire of work includes 16 studio albums released internationally, over 3500 commercials and 4 feature films, including the natural history documentary 'Wild Karnataka' narrated by Sir David Attenborough. He scored music for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2011, held in Dhaka-Bangladesh.


Mr. James Godber

Dy Head of the India Science and Innovation Network

James Godber is a diplomat, currently working at the British Deputy High Commission in Bengaluru. Having read Environmental Economics at the University of York, UK, he initially entered the UK Civil Service in the Department for Environment working on energy and climate policies. He has since made a career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, serving in China and Qatar as well as in London before coming to India in 2017. Travel has enabled him to develop his photography and he is thrilled to have had the opportunity to experience India’s natural environments as well as the culture and cities.


Shri. Eishwar Maanay

Dean, BNMIT Technology

Eishwar Maanay is a Computer Science Engineer by profession, imparting value-based education to students of BNM Institute of Technology. He is inclined towards Nature Photography, outdoor life in general, studying about tropical plants and planted tank aquariums! His photography off late is much restricted to Butterflies, Amphibians, Serpents’, and Big Mammals and has been recently focusing my photography on documenting the butterflies found mostly in the Indian subcontinent, ranging from India to Indonesia. All his photographs of the butterflies are clicked in their natural environment. Having photo-documented close to 700 species of butterflies, he wishes to photo-document at least a 1000 Indian Butterfly species in the next few years to come


Smt. Rathika Ramasamy

Renowned Wildlife Photographer

Born in a village Venkatachalapuram near Theni, a town in Southern India, Rathika has always had a fierce connect with the drama of nature. Now she is based in Chennai. An MBA/Computer Engineer, she was drawn towards the photographic capture of this drama as a career in 2003 at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, a UNESCO world heritage site. Rathika is arguably one of India's foremost wildlife photographers. She is passionate about birds and is specializing in bird photography. In documenting birds through her photographs, she has developed a style of technical excellence combined with a captivating story. She has travelled to most of the National parks in India, and national parks in Africa to document indigenous species and wildlife. Her work has been appreciated and featured in several national and international publications as well as exhibitions. She regularly conducts wildlife photography workshops and holds talks all over India. She has served on the jury panel of many national and international photography awards and contests, including the National Awards for photography instituted by the Government of India. Year 2017 and 2018. Rathika was cited to be the best known woman photographer across the world on the internet. Rathika has been mentioned in the 10th Standard Science text book this year 2019 edition of Tamil Nadu Government state syllabus.  For her wildlife photography is not only for her a passion, but a powerful medium to connect and conserve nature. She loves to shoot Indian forest, as she believes India has one of the best Fauna and Flora. She is a founder member of  Wildlife Conservation of India. She clicks her pictures with the motto: Every time I press the shutter, its one step closer to Mother Nature


Shri. Jayanth Sharma

Co-founder & CEO of Toehold & Award-winning Photographer

Jayanth took up serious photography in 2004, and after gradually moving out of his day job to pursue his passion full time, co-founded Toehold in 2010 and especially since then, has been a prolific producer of consistently stunning imagery — the kind that is planned in a studio and executed outdoors. Effortlessly combining natural history and fine-art elements, Jayanth brings back rarely seen perspectives from the little-visited domains and far corners of the natural world. Travelling is oxygen for Jayanth, and he wants to explore all possible natural hotspots of the world while he’s on the planet. His unique expertise in photographing in a truly eclectic range of wilderness areas – from Southeast Asia to Canada, Brazil to Norway and East Africa to eastern Russia, is supplemented by his immense experience in the Indian Subcontinent. Having worked in the mighty Himalayas, the unexplored Northeast, the secretive South and the tiger havens of Central India, Jayanth is a homegrown photographer gone totally global.


Mr. Hayath Mohammed

Macro Photographer

Hayath Mohammed is an IT professional who takes to nature to keep the sanity levels in check. Born and raised in Bangalore, finding open areas during the development of the city fuelled his interest towards insects and butterflies. He now uses macro photography as a means of exploration and as a mode of showcasing the many wonders of the arthropod world to the human world.


Ms Michelle Valberg

Award-winning Photographer, Nikon Ambassador

Ms Michelle Valberg has photographed wildlife and landscapes with the intention of regenerating simple beauty in to a deeper reflection of humanity. Michelle's portrayals of the natural world aim to draw viewers toward inner contemplation, based on the idea that building awareness and educating others through nature photography can inspire people to better stewards of the natural world. She is the first Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence. She is a fellow of Royal Canadian Geogrpahic Society and the prestigious Explorer's Club in NYC. She has published 4 books.


Mr. Ben Hall

Leading Wildlife Photographer

Ben Hall has gained worldwide recognition as one of Britain's leading professional wildlife photographers. His images are often surprising, always striking and ever striving to awaken people to the diversity of the natural world. He is described by 'Living Edge' magazine as a "passionate and experienced wildlife photographer, with a perfectionists eye for detail" With a lifelong passion for the natural world, Ben has used his skill in photography to capture many stunning images. He is driven by the need to protect and preserve Britain's last fragile ecosystems, as testified by his work for the RSPB, various Wildlife Trusts and other conservation organisations.