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Pradip Krishen

Pradip Krishen (b 1949), is an Indian filmmaker and environmentalist. He has directed three films, Massey Sahib in 1985, In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones in 1989 and Electric Moon for Channel 4, UK in 1991. His films have won significant Indian and international awards, and In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones acquired cult status in the years after it was made.[1]

He subsequently gave up filmmaking, and since 1995, has worked as a naturalist and environmentalist.[2][3]

Contents

  • Education 1
  • Career 2
    • Film-making 2.1
    • Environmental work 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Works 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Education

Pradip Krishen is born in New Delhi in 1949 and educated at Mayo College and St. Stephen's College, then at Balliol College, Oxford. He taught history at Ramjas College of University of Delhi, New Delhi.[4]

Career

Film-making

Before becoming a documentary filmmaker (Krishen made popular science documentaries).

  • Massey Sahib: 1985 Hindi movie of Francis Massey, who is the 'English Type Babu' at the Deputy Commissioner's office, in a small, tribal district town of Central India in 1929. This film won 'Best Actor' Award for Raghuvir Yadav at the Delhi International Film Festival (1986) and the film won a FIPRESCI prize at the Venice Film Festival 1987.
  • In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones: 1989 Indian English TV film, in which it captured the anguish among the students prevailing in professional institutions. [5] It is based on the life of students of School of Planning and Architecture[6] At the 1988 National Film Award it won the award for Best Feature Film in English as well as Best Screenplay for Arundhati Roy.[7][8]
  • Electric Moon: A 1992 Channel 4 production, spoofed game-park tourists, erstwhile royals, social pretence, and ecology.[9] At the 40th National Film Awards, the film won the award for Best Feature Film in English.[10][11]

Krishen began work on a 21 episode television series intended for Doordarshan called Bargad / The Banyan Tree,[12] a project Krishen was forced to abandon before completion, due to interference from the production house he was working for.

Environmental work

Starting in 1995, Krishen began studying trees[13] and spending time in the jungles of Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh, with the help of a forester friend.[14] Krishen taught himself field botany and began identifying and photographing Delhi's trees, extensively exploring the city's green habitat. In the course of his work, Krishen led numerous public "tree-walks" on Sunday mornings[15] and became a keen ecological gardener. Krishen has created "native-plant" gardens in Delhi, west Rajasthan, and Garhwal, and is currently working on a large rewilding scheme around Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He was briefly associated with the Aga Khan Trust in an eco-initiative in the Sunder Nursery in New Delhi.[16]

Krishen's book Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide, published by Dorling Kindersley/Penguin Group in 2006, met with popular and critical acclaim, and became a best-seller in India.[17][18]

Krishen's second book "Jungle Trees of Central India", published by Penguin India, was released in 2014.

Personal life

Pradip Krishen was married to the Booker prize winning novelist Arundhati Roy. He has two daughters, Pia Krishen and Mithva Krishen, from an earlier marriage.

Works

  • Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide, by Pradip Krishen. Published by Dorling Kindersley (India), 2006. ISBN 0-14-400070-9.

References

  1. ^ India's lost cult films The Economic Times, 24 May 2008.
  2. ^ ..well-known environmentalist Pradip Krishen ... The Hindu, 25 March 2007.
  3. ^ ‘I’m a plant man now’ Tehelka, 20 May 2006.
  4. ^ Pradip Krishen chaosmag.in. Retrieved 18 November 2012
  5. ^ 36th National Film Festival, 1989. Directorate of FilM Festival. Retrieved 7 November 2012
  6. ^ Capitally Curious. The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 November 2012
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  9. ^ Goddess of Small Things The Independent. Retrieved 18 November 2012
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  12. ^ 'I think from a very early age, I was determined to negotiate with the world on my own'. Rediff.com.
  13. ^ 'Studying trees began as a hobby' The Times of India, 15 June 2006.
  14. ^ Romancing Delhi’s trees Sify.com, Rashme Sehgal, 24 January 2006.
  15. ^ “tree walk”, to be conducted on Sunday morning by Krishen, eco-botanist and author.. The Indian Express, 3 February 2008.
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  17. ^ Capital’s tree man Pradip Krishen The Hindu, 5 August 2007.
  18. ^ Go take a walk with Pradip Krishen’s Trees of Delhi Gopal Sathe, The Indian Express, 21 May 2006.

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