Widowed by tigers, abandoned by the state
Urvashi Sarkar • South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

Widowed by tigers, abandoned by the state

Every year, estimates indicate, around 100 men are killed by tigers in the Sundarbans. A bureaucratic maze then disallows their widows from getting compensation, forcing them to live in distress and penury

October 12, 2017 | Urvashi Sarkar
'This calf went missing after I took this photo'
N. Swamy Bassavanna • Chamarajanagar, Karnataka

'This calf went missing after I took this photo'

N. Swamy Bassavanna, a farmer from Mangala village, says in this sixth in a series of six photo essays on life in a forest, ‘Everyone should be involved in farming and understand the challenges we face’

August 21, 2017 | N. Swamy Bassavanna

'That is where the leopard and tiger attack'
M. Indra Kumar • Chamarajanagar, Karnataka

'That is where the leopard and tiger attack'

Indra Kumar, who works in Mangala village near Bandipur National Park, records cattle herders, leopard attacks, folk art performers and the harvest in this fifth photo essay in a series of six on PARI

August 14, 2017 | M. Indra Kumar

Close encounters with the Prince of Bandipur
K.N. Mahesha • Chamarajanagar, Karnataka

Close encounters with the Prince of Bandipur

K.N. Mahesha, a naturalist and cultivator who lives close to Bandipur National Park, brings images of fighting bulls, sensitive cows, work elephants and raptors, in this fourth photo essay in a series of six on PARI

August 7, 2017 | K.N. Mahesha


‘Maach and chaash brought us to Sundarbans’
Urvashi Sarkar • South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

‘Maach and chaash brought us to Sundarbans’

Flood, famine, Partition, riots, the promise of land and jobs drove early migrations to the Sundarbans. The settlers then battled disease, hunger and attacks by tigers, but eventually found a home

April 10, 2017 | Urvashi Sarkar
When Jayamma spotted the leopard
Jayamma Belliah • Chamarajanagar, Karnataka

When Jayamma spotted the leopard

Jayamma Belliah, an Adivasi from Ananjihundi village in Karnataka, documents her life in a forest with a camera. An outstanding photo essay on PARI to commemorate March 8, International Women's Day

March 8, 2017 | Jayamma Belliah

The sting of bees and the tyranny of tigers
Urvashi Sarkar • North 24 Parganas, West Bengal

The sting of bees and the tyranny of tigers

The ‘mouleys’ or honey collectors of the Sundarbans work without safeguards in dense and dangerous jungles – encountering crocodiles, tigers and the diktats of the Forest Department

September 23, 2016 | Urvashi Sarkar
Ferries, fish, tigers and tourism
Mahesh Ramchandani • South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal

Ferries, fish, tigers and tourism

All in a day's work on Bali island in the Sundarbans, in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district

June 22, 2016 | Mahesh Ramchandani

Land of eighteen tides and one goddess
Malay Dasgupta • South 24 Paraganas, West Bengal

Land of eighteen tides and one goddess

A documentary that looks at how the blended mythologies of Ma Bonbibi and Dakshinrai aid the coexitence of humans, nature and the wild in the Sundarbans

June 21, 2016 | Malay Dasgupta

Ma Bonbibi, mother to humans and tigers
Shatarupa Bhattacharyya • South 24 Paraganas, West Bengal

Ma Bonbibi, mother to humans and tigers

The jungle goddess of the Sundarbans in West Bengal demands that Hindus and Muslims unite in upholding her pact with the animal kingdom

April 16, 2016 | Shatarupa Bhattacharyya