Living Bridges: Folk Cultures of India, Then and Now

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India s natural ecosystems and traditional knowledge are under siege, even in its remotest areas. Dr Erach Bharucha began to study and document this phenomenon in his personal research on the country s wilds first sporadically and then with the immediacy of anxiety. As he saw the values, lifestyles and beliefs of indigenous peoples being rapidly lost to the encroachment of the mainstream and of industry, the documentation grew into a passionate project. Living Bridges is a repository of that research, the story of his travels and of the people he met and, most of all, it is an introduction to richly diverse worlds. He weaves together historical and biogeographical narratives to bring alive the linkages between biological diversity, anthropology, landscape ecology, and the need to protect and conserve traditional knowledge systems. Juxtaposed with his narrative are images by Sumant Moolgaokar, industrialist and lensman, who travelled across India photographing tribal folk in the 1950s and 60s, and those taken by the author from the 1970s onwards. These pages, replete with rare detail and breathtaking images, are a much-needed record of cultures and spaces that are already fading from memory and from land.

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A surgeon by profession, Dr Erach Bharucha has been the head of the department of surgery at Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College and consultant surgeon and former medical director at Jehangir Hospital in Pune. He has been active in the fields of wildlife and nature conservation over the past fifty years. A well-known wildlife photographer, he has studied Indian national parks and wildlife sanctuaries extensively. He has worked as a consultant to government and non-government organizations on conservation issues. He has been a member, an executive functionary and an advisor for several conservation institutions such as the Bombay Natural History Society, World Wide Fund for Nature, Wildlife Institute of India, Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Wildlife Trust of India and Central Zoo Authority. Dr Bharucha has been keenly interested in furthering environment education through the National Council for Educational Research and Training and the University Grants Commission. His textbook on environmental studies for undergraduates is being used by students across the country. His publications include The Biodiversity of India (CD-ROM and book). His three-volume work, Wonders of the Indian Wilderness (Volume I Biodiversity of India; Volume II Protected Areas of India; Volume III A History of Conservation in India), has been published by Mapin Publishing. The first two volumes have been published in the US by Abbeville Press as a single volume.

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