Bandhavgarh needs little introduction when we are talking about Tigers in India. Located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh state. The name Bandhavgarh was first given to the most prominent hillock of the area by Lord Rama, the hero of one of our epics i.e. The Ramayana. People believe that when Ravana abducted Sita, lord Rama was passing through these woods in search of her and asked his brother, Lakshmana to keep an eye on Lanka from the top of the hillock, still present, Bandhavgarh, in english means Brother's Fort. Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve can boast of being one of the tiger parks in India having higher tiger density.The park, coupled with its unique ecosystem, very healthy big cat density and a very good inter-connectivity of vehicle tracks help increase the chances of sighting a tiger many folds compared to a lot of other parks in India.This has made the park a popular destination for wildlife lovers who seek the chance of a sighting of this majestic cat in the wild. Such was the popularity of this park that at one point of time Charger (a dominant male tiger) and Sita (one of the most photographed tigresses in wild) became common household names.
The heart of India is just magical, Kanha being a part of it adds pizzazz to that magical effect. Kanha is one of the larger National Parks in India, having a core area of about 940 Sq. KM. and stretching over two districts namely Mandla and Balaghat. The deep dark Sal forests and the many humongous meadows shelter various species with Bengal Tiger being the apex predator of this forest and the unmistakable duende that has attracted tourists and photographers from across the globe to this forest is no doubt the Hard Ground Barasingha for Kanha is the only forest where these animals are found in the entire world. Apart from these other animals found in this gargantuan forest are Leopard, Dhole, Indian Gaur, Sloth bear etc. Kanha is the home to some of the famous tigers and tigresses like Munna, Lakshmi and many more.
The Pench Tiger Reserve is located in the Seoni and Chindwara districts of southern Madhya Pradesh, in the southern reaches of the Satpura Range bordering Maharashtra. Divided by river Pench into nearly two equal parts, the magnificent land of Rudyard Kipling's "Jungle Book" will surely cast a spell on you. The park has extremely rich flora and fauna. Predominantly a teak forest, the park has excellent visibility as teak trees are thin. Tiger is the main attraction of this park, however this magnanimous expanse shelters over 250 resident and migratory birds, Leopards, Indian wolves, Sloth Bears, Dholes, Nilgai, Gaur etc.
A loveless life is futile and what could be more satisfying than loving and being loved by nature? Well, this is for you to decide but he always knew that he belonged with nature. At a very tender age he clearly realised that he is increasingly attracted to nature. The constant longing to get away from the city humdrum guided managing partner, Dibyendu to take up birding and wildlife photography as his profession, working in an IT company could never satisfy the hunger of his soul and mind. A very young Dibyendu took interest in animal skull craft for it used to be his favourite pastime, he read his mother’s zoology books which made his interest in animals grow stronger . His love for wildlife groomed him to grow up into a wildlife enthusiast, he is now an avid traveler and has been to many important birding areas in the Himalayas, honing his skills as a naturalist, birder and a wildlife photographer.
With a huge bird list (which is ever increasing) till date he is currently one of the eminent bird watchers in India. Many of his works have been published in domestic and international publishings, books and newspapers.
Breathing life into the frozen moments of nature is what Soumyajit has been doing through his lenses for the last two decades. Trained as an architect, framing comes to him automatically and composition is his high plus point. Given his early schooling in art & painting, the basic concepts of composition and light always titillated his young brain. Being a self taught he strongly believes in the inherent sense of beauty which at all times, is the best guide than the bookish rules of photography. And he got ample opportunities to cross check his concepts with visiting stalwarts of this field. He valued the criticism of professionals as well as laymen and shaped his creativity accordingly. His photographs strike the very chord in the hearts of his audience urging them to react to the strong messages of nature conservation.
Soumyajit had been long drawn by the mystic world of animals and their natural habitat, the jungle. Coupled with this love for nature and unending patience he makes the right individual to practice wildlife photography. The photographs clicked by him play an integral part in altering the monstrosity of the creatures and highlighting their vulnerability.
Soumyajit is currently whetting his tiger tracking skills especially in the Indian Sunderban, exploring the enigmatic mangroves in a whole new light and bringing the wildlife lovers one step closer to the exotic species of Indian Sunderban not only this but also he shares his knowledge with the clients to ensure that they understand better and the awareness is propagated properly. Having said this, it is needless to mention that not only the tigers of Sunderban, Soumyajit’s erudition about other species of the land of Sundari trees is no doubt remarkable for he has acquired such extensive understanding by spending substantial amount of time in the mysterious mangroves, thus playing a key role in rebuilding the forests and providing protection to its inhabitants.
“Love looks not with the eyes, But with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
His love for tigers is unfathomable. The books of Sir Jim Corbett and of course the wanderlust always made him yearn to be at one with nature, the very thought of observing and photographing the majestic Bengal tigers “filled up his senses like a storm in the desert”, the burning eyes of the majestic beast have lured him to leave his job as an IT professional and made him delve deep into the tangled heart of the forests and breath in the redolence of the jungles. Managing partner, Tamanud Mitra developed a strong understanding of nature and its components, first from the books of Sir Jim Corbett and then by absorbing the jungle lore in the Indian jungles over a considerable period of time, his perseverance and strong determination to walk on the path of his long cherished dream have led him into being an excellent, self-taught tiger tracker and a good enough photographer.