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The life of the Iora captured in 50 photographs

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Shantu and Sunil organised the expo to introduce these songbirds to people

Tender moment:The four-day photography exhibition is on at the Suchitra Art Gallery at Kalamandira in Mysore.— Photo: M.A. Sriram
Tender moment:The four-day photography exhibition is on at the Suchitra Art Gallery at Kalamandira in Mysore.— Photo: M.A. Sriram

A four-day photography exhibition on the Iora, commonly found in the Indian subcontinent, opened at the Suchitra Art Gallery at Kalamandira here on Thursday.

The teacher-agriculturist duo of Shantu and Sunil had a mission: to introduce these songbirds, their behaviour and habitats, to people.

So, they organised an exhibition comprising 50 colourful photographs of a family of Ioras, capturing their life, right from building the nest till the time the fledglings flew away.

In Kannada, the bird was called ‘madhurakanta’ and ‘arashinaburude’ in some parts of the State owing to its prominent yellow colour, said Mr. Shantu.

The theme

The exhibition is being held on the theme, ‘Haduva Hakkiya Hadu’, he said and added that this was the fourth in the ‘Bannada Gari’ series. The earlier exhibitions were held in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

The photographs of the Ioras were taken at a tree on Bannur Road a couple of years ago. A multi-speciality hospital had come up there now, Mr. Shantu said.

He said that in today’s times, people had forgotten about the environment, including the birds.

He said that their efforts in organising the exhibitions to create awareness among people on birds had paid off.

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