Corbett National Park nestles in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is the first
national park of the Indian sub-continent and was the launching pad for the region's
ambitious conservation plan called Project Tiger in 1974.
This 24 minute video was exclusively shot in Corbett Park and portrays the park
from the viewpoint of a tourist. Corbett's magnificent forests with their rich flora
and fauna attract some 48,000 tourists annually, many returning year after year
for sightings of tigers, elephants, deer, ghariyals etc. and some 500 odd species
of birds. The film looks at the conversion of Jim Corbett, the Nainital- born Britisher
who founded the National Park, from hunter to protector of wildlife.
The park's employees - rangers, forest guards and mahouts face threats from wild
animals and poachers. In the film you can meet Subedar Ali, the mahout who survived
a tiger attack, spent a year in hospital and then came back to work in Corbett Park
as a mahout, taking photographers and tourists for jungle trips.
The film is a tribute to the silent protectors of the tiger. It has been motivated
by the belief that the Indian tiger has a better chance of survival when it is worth
more alive than dead. Each tourist to the Park who has been lucky to sight a tiger
goes back with unforgettable memories. Even those who don't manage seeing a tiger
cannot but wonder at the Park's ambience, where elephants, deer and others are sure
to make eye contact with you.
The film makes a subtle statement about saving the tiger through Subedar Ali; not
in so many words as from the obvious passion this mahout has for wildlife.
VHS(PAL) cassettes and VCDs of the short film are being marketed by excelhomevidoes and are available in leading stores in India.
this video online.
* 1% of the sale proceeds of this video will go to Corbett Fund-to be donated for
the upkeep of the Park.