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artisans
 

Incredible committment, enthusiasm, first hand familiarity with wild elephants, and skill with the tough and woody Lantana are among the gifts that the indigenous community of artisans has brought to the creation of these herds of elephants with stories to tell. 

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research & design

Conceptualised by Ruth Ganesh & Tarsh Thekaekara and designed by Shubhra Nayar, the exhibition has been preceded by Ruth's unique fund-raiser exhibitions of giant sculpture, Tarsh's work with elephants, lantana and his relationship with the indigenous artisans, and Shubhra's work with design for performance and larger-than-life puppetry. This work was made possible by the extensive on-ground research by The Shola Trust around elephants, their unique personalities and the people they share landscapes with. Every elephant has been crafted and delivered through the work of foundational work by Ranjini Janaki, Kutty, Subhash Gautam, Tariq Thekaekara and many others on the team.

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innovations

We're excited to share our new initiative in tackling Senna Spectabilis by transforming it into creative toys. After four months of experimentation, we've created 30 unique prototypes of animals and birds found in the Nilgiris, including some endemic species. With the help of Tariq T and his team of 13 artisans, we're perfecting these designs and turning invasive wood into beautiful toys. 

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other Products

We've developed a series of art-based products to spread awareness about coexistence with Asian elephants. Our creations, from trump cards to coasters, showcase the incredible range of species that share space with these majestic animals. 

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