By Stanley Pinto
MANGALURU: A former techie from Chennai who is now a homemaker here is all set to create awareness among children about tigers and conservation.
Maithily Arulraja, now a part-time content writer, plans to screen 'Truth about Tigers' which triggered her interest in big cats and conduct quizzes and interactive sessions with kids. She plans to conduct competitions to ignite their interest in the big cats. 'Truth about Tigers', a documentary by award-winning wildlife and conservation filmmaker Shekar Dattatri, provides pointers on how ordinary citizens can help save the tiger.
The documentary combines stunning footage shot by leading cinematographers with insights from experts like renowned tiger biologist Ullas Karanth of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and wildlife crime fighter Belinda Wright of the Wildlife Protection Society of India. The film takes you through a tiger's life, from birth to death, and illustrates how different human activities impact conservation efforts. Internationally acclaimed actor Roshan Seth has lent his voice for the narration, and one of Britain's top documentary composers David Mitcham has done the score.
Maithily said: "Since I was in school, I had a passion for tigers. I love their majestic look and my interest led me to collect pictures and posters about tigers. In 2010, I heard about 'Truth about Tigers' and got a DVD from Shekar Dattatri. I was so inspired by it that I planned to spread awareness about tigers among the general public. I contacted Shekar and asked him for suggestions and he assisted me on how to screen the film in schools and clubs."
In Chennai, Maithily contacted a few schools and screened the movie and conducted discussion and quizzes. "I got calls from various clubs in Chennai who heard about my work and the movie there too," she said.
After moving to Mangaluru recently, she plans similar same activities here for young children during their summer vacations. She plans to contact schools in June to screen the movie there. "The documentary says 'Passion without action is of no use' and that made me take that extra step to create awareness,'' she said.