An Indian Artist Using Traditional Art To Portray Indian Indigenous Wildlife Species

An Indian Artist Using Traditional Art To Portray Indian Indigenous Wildlife Species
Sudarshan Shaw

In all its glory, India is home to some of the most wondrous species of animals. Beyond the ones we can name off the top of our heads, there exists a whole universe; existing ecosystems of animals that India is home to. Rarely do we pay heed or even acknowledge their existence but that is not to fully blame individuals. A large part of this lack of knowledge is because of a lack of readily available resources.

Sudarshan Shaw, an illustrator and visual designer, seems to be making this easier for us. His elaborately illustrated series of animals and birds not only gives us a glimpse into Indian wildlife but also traditional art. Under his umbrella folkindica, Sudarshan’s creations are nothing less than exceptional. Here, he used 9 types of folk arts to represent 9 indigenous birds.

Image Courtesy: Sudarshan Shaw

For example, his representation of the Chakwa or the Surkhab ( otherwise known as the Ruddly Shelduck) in Pahadi Folk art explores intricacies we would otherwise not be aware of. The same goes for the Hargila ( the Greater Adjutant Stork) in Kalighat Folk art, the Godawan ( the Great Indian Bustard) in Phad Folk art, and more. Visually enticing as well as close to home, these illustrations are some that deserve greater attention.

Sudarshan’s biodiversity maps made on commission are also some of the most intricate and well thought out pieces of art. All of this makes us realise the importance of art as a vehicle to carry information and perhaps deliver it better than most other media. The dedication to including every detail is as strong as its execution, making these maps not only beautiful to look at but also interactive. They draw you in and urge you to explore piece by piece.

Image Courtesy: Sudarshan Shaw

The intersection of folk art and indigenous animal species is one we did not know we needed. Sudarshan’s exceptional work makes it possible for us to be truly involved in the exploration of India’s vast wildlife, and perhaps even urges us to appreciate it further. Wildlife preservation must begin with awareness, and this is the perfect place to start.

Find Sudarshan Shaw here.

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