Visual narratives from conservation landscapes, including Hampi World Heritage Site (WHS), Nagarahole National Park, Gulf of Mannar and Rushikulya
Krupa Rajangam, Priya Gupta, Madhuri Ramesh, Nayana Udayshankar, and Stella James
Many of us are interested in or engaged in some form of conservation whether we call it by that name or not. For instance, when we post a story about a skilled craftsperson, when we make short films on traditional practices, when we sign petitions to save forests and so on. But how many of us stop to think about everyday conservation? About the day-to-day realities of maintaining a ‘pristine forest’ or ‘slice of history’? In this panel discussion, we will focus on the day-to-day experiences of people who live in such conserved landscapes to explore how the ghost of the past influences the present. The panelists will begin by introducing the different forms of conservation they engage with (both natural and cultural) , and then present visual narratives from their diverse fields. Through the session, the panelists aim to highlight some lesser-known aspects and complexities of conservation, how insiders and outsiders may view the same events and practices very differently, and some emerging trends.