Clay Modeling Camp Held In The Sundarban Tiger Reserve
To win community support for conservation efforts and foster a respect for biodiversity, an art event was organized for artists from local villages around the Sundarban Tiger Reserve.
The first ever clay-modeling camp-cum-competition was held at the Sundarban Tiger Reserve’s Sajnekhali Range Office campus on Sunday January 17th, 2016. The event saw the participation of 26 local artists from 26 different villages ranging from the eastern most part of thepark to the west and north.
As part of the Bagh Bachaao campaign initiated by Aircel Save Our Tigers and Sanctuary Asia, the artists joined hands to show support for the tiger through art. Supported by the Sundarban Tiger Reserve the three hour program kicked off with a speech by Sarbaranjan Mondal, Field Coordinator of the Bagh Bachaao campaign,who explained how every single stakeholder living on the fringes of the reserve has the capacity to spread the message of conservation in their own way. The artists created unique models within the short span allotted to them and the same were judged by Apu Bandhopadhyay an eminent artist from Kolkata and also a conservation campaigner. The models were of varieties representing the biodiversity of the beautiful Sundarban mangroves.
Being a Sunday in the peak tourist season of January, the camp was visited by almost 700 tourists who stopped by to appreciate the event. Quite many of them enquired about the Bagh Bachaao campaign and expressed their eagerness to join future conservation activities. There were several tourist groups from other states who were overwhelmed to find such an unique initiative towards building support to reduce man-animal conflicts.
ADG, Eastern India of the Border Security Force Mr R.P.Singh with his family and fleet were surprise visitors, and they spent time interacting with the participants and the organisers.The Range Officer of Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary Mr Suranjit Sarkar and his team were present throughout to ensure every success, on behalf of the Field Director of Sundarban Tiger Reserve Mr Nilanjan Mullick IFS.
Each participant was presented with a certificate of appreciation and the best three models were awarded, while three consolation prizes were handed over too.