Shekar Dattatri

Wildlife filmmaker and conservationist
Profile / Bio: 

Shekar Dattatri is a distinguished wildlife filmmaker and conservationist. He has worked with some of the world’s leading broadcasters of wildlife programs, including the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and the BBC Natural History Unit.  Some of his films as a producer/cameraman include, ‘The Good Snake’, ‘Nagarahole – Tales from An Indian Jungle’, ‘Monsoon – India’s God of Life’, and ‘The Ridley’s Last Stand’. 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. He has also served on the final juries of several prestigious wildlife and environmental film festivals, including Wildscreen, UK, the Sondrio film festival on Parks and Protected Areas, Italy, the Japan Wildlife Film Festival, and the international section of the Vatavaran Wildlife and Environment Film Festival, India.

In 2004 he won a Rolex Award for Enterprise for his work in conservation filmmaking. In 2008 he won the Edberg Award, conferred by the Edberg Foundation in Sweden. From  2007 to 2010 he was a Member of the National Board for Wildlife, a high-level advisory body of the Government of India. He is the co-founder of Conservation India, an online portal to enable conservation action.