Kalyan Varma

Photo Essays


Shadows on the Grass

While the remnant grasslands are still graced by the shadows of blackbucks and bustards, the dark shadows of changes and development loom large and threaten their very existence.

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Land Scrapes

In the race to make every inch of our land 'productive' we have scarred the landscape forever. We dig, mine, scrape, plant, bore and drill the land. This essays shows some of these landscapes from the air.

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The Knights of Western Ghats

This is a photo essay of the endangered Lion-tailed Macaque which makes its home in the tropical rainforests of the Western Ghats in south-west India. Habitat specialization and slow reproduction rate coupled with habitat destruction and fragmentation have endangered the survival of these rainforest-dwelling macaques.

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Published Stories in Media


  • In pictures: Wonders of the monsoon - BBC, Oct 2014
  • On the tail of Primates - Hindu Business Line, Sept 2014
  • 2013 Year in Review: Environment - National Geographic, Jan 2014
  • Water of life: Arrival of Monsoon - Indian Express Jun 2013
  • Why I Shoot - Tahelka Jun 2012
  • Eye for the small: Interview - The Hindu, Oct 2012
  • For that perfect click - Indian Express, Sept 2012
  • The grass less green - LiveMint Jul 2012
  • The Fight to Save the Tiger - Smithsonian Magazine, Apr 2012
  • Secrets of Wild India - National Geographic, 2011