Shekar Dattatri

Shekar Dattatri

Shekar Dattatri is a Chennai-based wildlife and conservation filmmaker.

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Shekar Dattatri is one of India’s leading wildlife and conservation filmmakers. During the last 25 years, his films have received 4 National Awards and numerous international awards, and have aired around the world on channels such as National Geographic and Discovery.

A committed conservationist, his well-researched films combine craftsmanship with a profound understanding of conservation issues. In 1998, the UK trade magazine, Television Business International rated him as one of the top ten rising stars of wildlife filmmaking in the world. In 2004 he received a Rolex Award for Enterprise (Associate Laureate) for his conservation filmmaking. He has served on the final juries of several prestigious international wildlife film festivals such as Wildscreen in the UK and the Japan Wildlife Film Festival.

Since 2000 he has focused on using his filmmaking skills to tackle conservation problems in India. Some of his notable conservation films include ‘Mindless Mining – the tragedy of Kudremukh’, ‘The Ridley’s Last Stand’ and ‘The Truth about Tigers’. From 2007 to 2010 he served as a Member of the National Board for Wildlife, which is chaired by the Prime Minister. More information on his work can be found at

22 Posts by Shekar:

New to Conservation? Read This!

India’s Conservation Challenges

Book Review: Nature without Borders

Chilika – A Lake Reborn

To Save the Tiger, Revamp the System

Silent Valley – A People’s Movement that Saved a Forest

Irrawaddy Dolphin, Chilika Lake

Book Review: Shifting Ground – People, Animals, and Mobility in India’s Environmental History

Film on India’s Disappearing Beaches – Watch it, Share it, Help Spread the Word

Why Captive or Man-Eating Big Cats Should not be Released into the Wild

Bird Ringing, Chilika

Conservation Confusion!

BPL – 123, Tale of a Leopard

Be a Conservation-friendly Wildlife Tourist, Nature Lover or Photographer

Bandipur Park Boundary

The Institutional Framework for Wildlife Conservation in India

Running a Conservation Campaign

Making a Conservation Film

Freeing sea turtle nesting beaches from Casuarina plantations – A case study from Tamil Nadu

The Kudremukh Saga — A Triumph for Conservation

Book review — A View from the Machan

The Myth of Harmonious Co-existence