Staff Reporter

Shekar Dattatri's film `Monsoon: India's God of Life' follows the southwest monsoon as it hits Kerala coast and travels upwards

HYDERABAD: NatureQuest, a forum to promote conservation awareness was launched in the city on Saturday with the screening of `Monsoon: India's God of Life', a film made by Shekar Dattatri.

The forum which was conceptualised in Chennai three years ago as a collaborative effort between the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Trust for Environmental Education and Orient Longman had conducted 32 programmes there, so far. Offering a common platform for those interested in environment, it would be organising another programme at Vidyaranya High School, Saifabad on November 25.

Mr.Dattatri's `Monsoon: India's God of Life', the one-hour screening on Saturday documented how wildlife in the country copes with summer while waiting for the onset of the monsoon. The film follows the southwest monsoon as it hits the coast of Kerala and travels up towards the Himalayas. Mr.Dattatri, the internationally acclaimed film-maker and winner of the Rolex Award for Enterprise, made a brief presentation. In a career spanning 20 years of making natural history and conservation films,he had produced over 20 documentaries.