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Sunita DhairyamSunita Dhairyam   AFC Sunita Dhairyam
My speciality is oil on canvas. I paint wildlife of India.
Artist & Nature Conservationist

Mangala Village, Gundlupet Taluk,Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Chamrajnager district, Karnataka, India

- Nature conservationist/naturalist
- Artist (murals, oil paintings, visual design)

Online References
http://www.indianaturewatch.net/d isplayimage.php?id=47174

Highest Qualification:

Bachelor of Textile Design (1980-1983), South Delhi Polytechnic

Work Experience:

Manager, Kabini River Lodge, India (1984 1985)
Kabini River Lodge is a resort in the lap of nature in the Indian State of Karnataka. The neighbouring forests of Nagarhole are known for its rich wildlife, particularly tigers. As a manager, I managed resources of the resort and introduced the guests to nature.

Freelance Artist, USA (1985 - 1995)
Freelance artist working on murals in diverse locations like the Stillwater theatre in Minnesota, and the Bilibong sports bar in Bloomington, Minneapolis.

Artist, Conservationist & Social Worker (1995 - ):

I own a design company, Temple Tree Designs, through which I sell my wild life related products for the sole purpose of raising funds for the Mariamma Charitable Trust.

Highlights as an Artist:

- On commission by the Maharaja of Mysore to do a mural in his Fernhill Palace, today a luxury hotel in Ooty
- Was commissioned to paint murals by the Karnataka Forest Department for their reception and conference room.
-Commissioned to paint murals based on animal themes for the Jungle Lodges & Resorts rooms in Bandipur(The Bandipur Safari Lodge).
- Founded a company 'Temple Tree Designs' to design and manufacture products such as t-shirts, key-chains etc. based on wildlife/nature themes
- Oil paintings of animals (4 of which are on sale)

Support for Conservation:
Highlights as a Conservationist & Social Worker

My support for wildlife conservation is working with local people who live on the periphery of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, to live in harmony and tolerance of the forest and wildlife.

➢ Ammembal Medical Charities started operating from my farm, to give free medical treatment for poor people. This enabled me to come into direct contact with the rural people inhabiting this crucial wildlife habitat and understand their problems related to wildlife and the environment, therefore giving me an opportunity to work with them to tackle these serious issues.
➢ Formed a charitable trust called The Mariamma Charitable Trust to compensate people whose cattle have been killed/injured by wild animals. This programme is run for 15
villages in an attempt to reduce the man-animal conflict by preventing revenge killing (in the form of poisoning of carcasses) of these large carnivores in this sensitive zone.
➢ Twice a year, I undertake immunization of rural dogs to prevent the spread of diseases like rabies. This serves the purpose of lessening the impact of their diseases on precious
wildlife as well as controlling the population. IPAN (Indian Project for Animals and Nature) is an ally in this effort, who have trained personnel like dog catchers and veterinary doctors.
➢ Work with the local community to spread conservation awareness among children and adults alike.
➢ Give financial help to young bright students to further their education, both for school and college. I pay the salary for a school teacher in the village government school for six months of every year, as the school is always understaffed.

Special Achievements:
  • The Mariamma Charitable Trust.
    Formation of the Mariamma Charitable Trust to tackle the problem of man/animal conflict in an eco-sensitive zone.


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Mangala Village Gundlupet Taluk
Chamrajnager District, Karnataka
India 571 126
Tel: 0091-9449808796
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